WCBA Annual Business Meeting
Please join us for our first monthly meeting in 2023!
2022 Review and Annual Business Meeting. President’s state of the club, Secretary’s review of 2022.
Treasurer’s annual financial report was sent out via email on 01/05/2023
Potluck Dinner is BACK!
Bring a dish big enough for 10 based on the first letter of your last name:
- A-I – Vegetable or side
- J-R – Desert
- S-Z – Main Course
Please remember to bring your own tableware.
Election of two Directors at large and Treasurer
In order to be transparent, we would like to remind you all that the Nominating Committee is not part of the BOD, but a separate committee that is tasked to bring nominations forward to the membership for approval prior to a vote. If anyone has a nomination, or is interested in serving on the board as a director or treasurer, we ask that you reach out to the nominating committee no later than January 27th. This is a firm deadline. Please contact directly: Rebecca Knapp at email@example.com or Peter Hoffman at firstname.lastname@example.org.
WCBA BYLAW Section 2 Nominating Committee
The nominating Committee shall consist of three members. The President shall nominate one member after each annual meeting, to serve three years. The most senior appointee shall serve as Chairman. The nominee must be confirmed by the Board of Directors, and must NOT be a member of the Board of Directors. The committee shall present its report, consisting of the nominees for each elective office vacancy, at the last monthly meeting preceding the annual meeting.
Affirmation of two newly appointed directors
Presidents appreciation award.
Beekeeper of the year award.
2023 Honey Queen announcement.
Speaker Jean Vose
Master gardener and certified horticulturist will share her extensive knowledge of honey bees and other pollinators – and the gardens one can plant to attract them.
Creating a Pollinator Friendly Garden
Considering the growing concern over the recent loss and disappearance of honeybees and other pollinators across the country, many backyard devotees are rediscovering a relatively simple and fun way to assist not only the honeybee but also the other essential pollinators in their back yard and gardens. By providing a pollinator habitat in the yard, one can increase the quality and quantity of their garden fruits and vegetables. While many may prefer butterflies, moths and birds paying visits to their gardens, bees and other insects should also be welcomed, as they are such important pollinators of many crops in our food supply.
Jean Vose will present a program entitled “Pollinators and the Gardens that Feed Them: Creating a Pollinator-Friendly Yard”. Pollinators include bees of all kinds, wasps [both predatory and parasitic], birds, bats, and butterflies as well as moths and other beneficial creatures found in our gardens. She will discuss how to create an environment to attract and support them. This includes identification of these creatures and how they work in gardens. Part of the presentation includes eco-friendly tips as well.
Jean is an experienced Master Gardener, certified horticulturist and backyard beekeeper living in Danielson, Connecticut where she has created gardens to attract pollinators as well as the other beneficial creatures. The original home, established in 1973, features a cape cod home of that era bounded by trees and understory shrubs. She moved into the home in June 2022 and found the gardens in need of renovating and rehabilitation. She spent the summer resurrecting gardens that now feature ornamental plants, vegetables, herbs, and shady spots. In addition, there is a garden grown just for her backyard bunny – an eastern cottontail named Flopsy.
Prior to her move to Connecticut, she spent 24 years in mid coast Maine where created gardens to attract pollinators as well as the other beneficial creatures. The original homestead, established in 1910, features a farmhouse of that era bounded by more than 10 acres of open fields and mixed woods. The gardens feature vegetables, herbs, ornamental grasses, trees, and shady spots. There is a garden grown just for beneficial insects/pollinators. Most of these gardens have been established for over 20 years.
She had been a backyard beekeeper since 1986. She kept and managed honeybee hives in her backyard apiary for pollination and honey. She and her late husband, after relocating to Maine in 1998, created a beekeeping school in 2001. From this school, Knox-Lincoln County Beekeepers (KLCB) was launched in 2003.
She is very interested in conservation and other nature activities. She has been a “birder” for many years and enjoys watching the birds in her back yard. In the winter, she counts birds for Cornell’s Project Feeder Watch; an activity she has enjoyed for almost 40 years.