Happy New Year Beekeepers! As I write this it's a week past the solstice so the seasons have officially changed from fall to winter and the days are getting longer. The commercial beekeepers are gearing up for the almond pollination season.
I'll be here again as president this year, it will be my fourth year. The lesson here is don't ever miss the elections at the November meeting. All kidding aside I'm still having a good time with it and am happy to serve another year.
Where has the time gone, it seems like I was just a newbie with one colony trying to figure out what a deep or medium super was. Now here it is ten or so years later, I can tell the difference between a deep and medium but thanks to a bear raid on my bee yard I'm a fourth year president of a bee club who doesn't have any bees. Is that allowed....I'll have to check the bylaws.
Spencer Wingfield has volunteered to be vice president for the coming year but we'll have a vote at the January meeting to make it official. Spencer attended the program meeting in December where the board gets together and pools ideas for speakers and the schedule for the coming year. The vice president then takes that information and puts together a calendar for the coming year so he has already been hard at work. I'm sure you will all give him your support and welcome him into his new position.
We have some great speakers lined up for the year and as usual we will all be educated as well as entertained. I'm looking foreword to another year of beekeeping (what bees?) with you all and will see you at the next meeting.
Jerry Van Heeringen