Thank you MSBA Members
When I started beekeeping in 2014, with a Youth Scholarship from Midwestern Beekeepers Association, I never dreamed it would grow this big. I met and looked up to some of the best beekeepers in Missouri and knew I wanted to help others like they helped me. Over the years I helped beginner Beekeepers, taught at the Midwestern Beekeepers Beginner Class, and still write articles for their monthly newsletters, and at that point I thought I was doing great as a kid still in high school. Then I moved on to college and moved to Springfield to attend Missouri State University and wasn’t as hands-on involved with beekeeping. Then one day, out of the blue, I received an email about one of the best opportunities I have received. For the last year, I traveled over 3,500 miles around the state of Missouri attending 15 events as the first Honey Ambassador, not including my continued appearance to my local beekeeping meetings. Over this time, I have met and interacted with beekeepers and the public from all over the state and have been able to help others while still developing my own beekeeping knowledge. Like I said during my speech at the Fall Conference Banquet, there are many beekeepers across this state I would consider family, and Dean Sanders would be that crazy uncle your parents only let you see a few times a year because they are afraid what he is going to teach you. Because of other beekeepers I was able to start beekeeping, I was able to help pass that on to others, and now with the guidance of some beekeepers this fall I moved home to continue my college career while expanding my personal apiaries and filling a couple local small pollination contracts and soon opening a small beekeeping supply store out of my home.
As of the MSBA Executive Board meeting on October 20th, I am now serving as the West Central Regional Director for the MSBA. I am excited for this opportunity and am already working with Ray Shadow (Past West Central Director, now Vice President) to learn the ropes and have emailed all the club contacts in the region. I will be planning to attend each local club at least 2 meetings per each year but hopefully it will be more! If you are within the West Central Region and would like to contact me, you can do so at firstname.lastname@example.org or mostatebeekeepers.org under the Executive Committee Tab.
Thank you all, Missouri Beekeepers. Many of you have helped me further my education and have been great role models. I look forward to returning that knowledge to new and existing beekeepers. The MSBA Executive Committee is filled with great beekeepers from around the state, all willing to help advance the education and prosperity of all Missouri Beekeepers. If you have any ideas or suggestions on what the MSBA could do to help, feel free to contact myself or any Executive Committee member.