WSBA Newsletter, November 2021                                                            View this email in your browser

WSBA Newsletter - November 2021

A collection of recent events, upcoming opportunities, informational articles, and points of discussion. You are receiving this newsletter compliments of the West Sound Beekeepers Association because we sincerely want to share our love of bees and useful information with you.  For more information visit our website: or join the group's Facebook page at West Sound Beekeepers Association (WSBA) Group Page!  Link to the Washington State Beekeepers Association newsletter: Feel free to share the newsletter or unsubscribe at any time.  (Links at the bottom).

2021 Board Members & Appointed Positions
President:  Gordon Cromwell,
Vice President:  David Leger,
Treasurer:  John Sasser,
Secretary:  Steve Hickman,
Trustee A (-2021)/Webmaster:  Joe Gwynne,
Trustee B (-2022):  Jason Sanko,
Trustee C (-2023): 
Bob Finley,
Apiary Director:  David Leger,
Education Director:  Sandy Fanara,
Newsletter Editor & Volunteer Coordinator:  Lauren

  • No membership meeting this month!
  • No more Saturday Apiary days this year.

For more information, contact

Message from our President
Gordon Cromwell

November heralds the beginning of the Holiday season, and relative downtime for Northwest beekeepers. This is a good time to think about what we want to accomplish with our bees next year, and make appropriate plans. Queen rearing, making Nucs, honey production, or just managing your hives, these are things to contemplate as each has it’s own requirements.

WSBA has enjoyed a very successful year, even though COVID has made all of our lives difficult. As of October 31, 2021 our club has 246 paid members. Our financial status is healthy, and we have had a vigorous educational program including both classroom instruction and hands on Apiary sessions each Saturday. Our Apiary is unique amongst bee clubs, both for it’s size, the weekly teaching - hands on sessions, and a dedicated Apiary team. This all adds up to real world learning for beginning and more experienced beekeepers.

We held our first in person/hybrid meeting in October. New video and computer equipment is being purchased to allow for a high quality Zoom experience for in person/hybrid meetings and speakers. Our educational programs will directly benefit also.

There will be No WSBA meetings this November and December. We will resume in person/hybrid meetings in January 2022 and are planning a series of speakers to address seasonally appropriate topics for both beginning and more advanced beekeeping.


Happy Thanksgiving 🦃🦃🦃

No General Membership Meeting This Month!
Recap on the Kitsap County Fair
By Brenda Smith
Sorry for the delay folks! I want to thank all the volunteers that stepped up to man the fair booth . Even though the COVID restrictions were in place, we had a great turn out!

Our big draw was of course the live honeys! There was even a display for the Asian giant hornets. Thank you Jason Sanko for lending his agh specimen for people to see! We also had Jim Ullrich and his mason bee display added to our booth this year.

Again I want to thank everyone! Have a great holiday season and bee blessed!

Brenda Smith
WSBA Fair Superintendant
Congratulations to our current President
Gordon Cromwell
on being voted WSBA's 2021 Beekeeper of the Year!

We appreciate all your hard work this year.
Apiary Team Report
by Dave Leger, Apiary Director & Vice President

As fall turns to winter and the days become shorter, beekeepers take a nice break from tending bees and begin  planning for spring. The Apiary Team is planning to have plenty of learning opportunities for everyone,  from first year to those well seasoned beekeepers. 

Mike Stalnaker is working on a Google Calendar, to help schedule classes, as well as a Google Sheets hive assessment tool, which he will be using to track hives in the apiary. This assessment tool will be made available to all members to share information. We will continue to use the tape and brick method of marking hives, since it works so well.

Deborah Schmidt has volunteered to coordinate volunteers and mentors. Beekeepers  that have finished the Apprentice class and are working towards Journeyman,  will be contacting Deborah  for teaching and mentoring opportunities in the apiary. 

Jason Sanko will be setting up a commercial style hive on a four way pallet to teach small scale honey production techniques. 

We will be teaching techniques to help keep your hive numbers down, I know its a terrible  problem when you have  "too many bees" but many hobbyist beekeepers don't want more that a couple hives.

We will also be working with some new high tech video equipment in the apiary,  to record some of  the education material. 

All fun stuff, plus we get to play with stinging insects.

Dave Leger

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