Awards, Thank You and Contest Winners!!
As with tradition, several MSBA members were recognized at the Fall Conference for their outstanding work and contributions to their fellow beekeepers.
Dean Sanders has been the MSBA cornerstone for the Missouri State Fair for many years!! For the last 12 years, Dean has been the State Fair Chair. This year, MSBA presented him with the Lifetime Achievement Award. Dean is also known for his countless hours of mentoring beginning beekeepers.
Erin Mullins was recognized as the State Fair Volunteer of the Year!! Erin volunteered two weeks at the Fair educating the youth and working at the MSBA booth. We continue to salute her for her nonstop support!!
Roger Wood received the MSBA Mentor of the Year Award. He has shared his knowledge through newsletter articles for both Midwestern Beekeepers Association and MSBA. Roger has personally mentored beekeepers of the Kansas City Area in his personal yard. Pictured below is Roger (right) and Kyle Day, newly elected West Central Region Director.
Anna Johnson was selected as the 2018 Youth Beekeeper of the Year. “This young lady is an inspiration to all who crosses her path and has passed her beekeeping love and bravery to her younger sister to whom Anna supplied her too with a bee suit and hive tool.”
Bob Williams was not able to attend the Fall Conference, but we caught up with him the next day at the Midwestern Beekeepers Association’s meeting. Bob has a willingness to share his expertise and time to fellow beekeepers, especially the new ones. He fields many questions and you will often find him talking to someone about beekeeping or stopping by to help someone out. Bob has been an active member of the MSBA and has used his position as Midwestern Beekeepers Association president to promote events. He has worked in the State Fair Booth as well as entering items to be judged. Congrats to Bob!! Photo (left to right): Clayton Lee, Kyle Day, Bob Williams, and Roger Nichols.
A very special “thank you” was given to Diane Makovec. Diane has been the leader of the Beehive Café at our Conferences and that is no small task. Her wonderful personality makes everyone feel at home and her fantastic energy makes the Café a great place to stop, snack and visit.
Beekeepers of the Years
It was a very special moment to salute the past Beekeepers of the Years. Fifteen (15) were able to attend and we consider these folks our All Stars in beekeeping!! We continue to thank them for all they have done and will do in the future.
Back row (left to right): Neal Bergman-1999, Dean Sanders-2007, Roger Nichols-1996, Art Gelder-2002, Jim Duever-2009, Ken Norman-2008, Eugene Makovec 2006 & 2015.
Front row (left to right): Charlotte Ekker-Wiggins-2015, Steve Moeller-2013, Ron Vivian-1995, Cathy Misko-2015, Vera Gelder-2002, Val Duever-2009, Erin Mullins-2016, Bruce Snavely-2015.
Fall Conference Contest Winners:
Cooking with Honey:
Cookies/Candy: 1st Place Corinne Collins
Bread: 1st Place Corinne Collins
Cake/Pie: 1st Place Gina Draker
Photography: 1st place Dr. Leo Sharashkin
Arts & Crafts: 1st Place Dr. Leo Sharashkin
Cookies & Bread: Corinne Collins
Cake/Pie: Gina Draker
Photography: Corinne Collins
Arts & Crafts: Doreen West