April 12, 2018
With winter’s transit once again in our collective rear view mirrors, we’re reminded of life’s wonder as
the first wafts of the soft, earthy, musky, humid aromas rise up out of our hives and envelop our
senses. The buzz of the mating yard, the incoming loads of pollen and workers full of nectar, the
return of vitality as spring bursts forth all around us with the bees thriving and growing once again—
these things all serve to awaken us as we share the same fascination with God’s little flying
creatures. Such a great time of the year!
Changes—So much has changed within WAS since we last met in Davis. Fran Bach, our
beloved, long-term Editor and Historian, has followed through on her decision that the time
has arrived to pass the torch. As of this spring, she now has more time to reconnect with her
vast family up in Canada and is striving mightily to complete a thoroughly researched family
history. Always the consummate planner, Fran had thought through this transition beforehand
and offered a recommendation for her replacement.
For all of our members familiar with the Oregon State Beekeepers Association (orsba.org), our
new Editor will certainly be a familiar face. Rosanna Mattingly, PhD, Editor for the OSBA The Bee
Line since 2005, has agreed to take on the task as WAS Editor. For those of you who have yet to
make Ms. Mattingly’s acquaintance, you are in for a pleasant surprise. First, check out Rosanna’s
website here: www.beargrasspress.com/portfolio. Honey-Maker: How the Honey Bee Worker
Does What She Does is a wonderful book that demonstrates Rosanna’s in-depth knowledge and
familiarity with this fascinating topic. The webpage also offers a number of other well-researched
guides and cards. We are indeed fortunate to have someone as competent as Rosanna to help
WAS spread our message.
As you know, last summer, Peggy Beckett decided to step away as a WAS Director. I am
pleased to inform the membership that the Board has unanimously accepted Peggy’s
recommendation for her replacement. Ms. Noelani Waters, a graduate from the University of
Hawaii at Hilo, recently served as an Apiary Specialist and Inspector for the Hawaii Department
of Agriculture. Today, Noe has joined a VSH breeding lab and continues an exciting beekeeping
career. When the opportunity arises, be sure to welcome Noe to WAS and wish her well. She’s
a great example of how beekeeping is changing these days—changing for the better, too.
April 12, 2018