The Texas Beekeepers Association, also known as the TBA, is a voice for all beekeepers in the state of Texas. TBA is instrumental in fighting battles for beekeepers of all sizes with our legislators. TBA is instrumental in providing education to beekeepers and the public about our pollinators. Two events every beekeeper should have on their calendar, the Summer Clinic held in June, and the Annual Conference held in the fall. These events put beekeepers face to face with researchers in our industry, giving us access to the latest findings and the best management practices.
The Texas Beekeepers Association just held it's delegates meeting in February. Each club in the state can send two delegates to represent the needs of their area, glean the latest in the works from the organization, and then report back to their local clubs. Michelle Boerst and Saundra Smith attended the delegates meeting on behalf of DCBA. Please take a moment to thank both of these ladies for volunteering for this trip. The report below is a summary of news and topics covered at the meeting.
New DCBA members: As part of your membership with the DCBA, you receive your first year membership to the Texas Beekeepers Association at no charge. Please log into the website and complete your profile information. This will enable us to submit your information for your complimentary year of TBA membership.
Thank you again, Saundra and Michelle.
Report credit: Michelle Boerst.
The TBA is concerned about a Chinese Flea Beetle being released soon to eliminate Tallow trees. These trees are a major form of pollen for bees in South Texas. The TBA is asking clubs to oppose the Chinese flea. More info to come.
Volunteers are needed for various committees: some of the positions open are webmaster and treasurer. Lisa Dittfurth has more details on open volunteer positions.
The TBA was voting after the delegates meeting on changing the TBA from a 501c7 (social club) to a 501c5 (agricultural classification). This should not affect club members, it’s more of a tax issue.
There are funds available for beekeepers affected by weather and flooding. It is $25/per hive up to two hives per beekeeper.
Mentor programs not very successful. A more successful option was to put together a list of beekeepers who were willing to take a phone call from new members.
Scholarship programs were discussed as well as the various methods of applicant qualifying and using students as volunteers.
Equipment sharing was also discussed. Many clubs have a library system with items available for checkout. Some clubs require a deposit for larger items. Storage of items is a problem for most clubs with individual members storing items same as DCBA.
Speaker funding was discussed and some clubs get together and pay for speakers to come to a joint event for the club. I spoke with Ryan Gieseke of Trinity Valley about doing something like that. He is all in favor of more collaborative efforts between DCBA and Trinity Valley Bee Clubs.
His speaker budget is $1000/annually and he feels that allows him to get good speakers for his club.
The Journal will now be using various forms of communication such as facebook, email blasts, etc in conjunction with the emailed and printed Journal. TBA would like clubs to disseminate more info to the clubs at their general meetings.
I spoke with our Director Roger Farr and let him know of the new Cooke County Bee Club, and gave him Jan’s number so he could welcome the club to the TBA, etc.
Shirley Doggett did confirm that my name and email are no longer listed as the Club’s email and I have finally been able to maintain a personal TBA membership.
On a personal note, I am now doing public relations, publicity, web and social media content, and assisting with editing/layout of the TBA Journal.