Quarterly messages from the WAS President
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.
2018 WAS Conference – Boise, ID
Whazzup? Boise, 2018. WAS Up!
We are about two months away from our conference. I hope that you have submitted your registration materials to our Treasurer. The sooner we know how many are coming, the better we can plan for food, in particular. You also should get your reservations made in one of our motels, since we do not have a convention center or convention hotel in Davis. I have prepared a separate Journal article on traveling to and driving around the campus, to reach the conference facility. Parking permits are going to be at the registration desk in ARC near Ballrooms A&B. You will be liable for a parking ticket if the ticket person spots your vehicle before you can get into ARC and return with your permit. I begged for a bit of leniency. If you get a ticket, it could be “fixed” if I submit your license plate number and your permit number on an appropriate list. But, I’m only going to do that for “best efforts.”
Davis Visitor Information
If you are going to be around Davis for a day or two extra, and you are wondering about what you might wish to do locally, our little Davis paper, The Davis Enterprise, just published and distributed a 24-page (including significant advertising) “Summer 2017 Davis Visitor’s Guide.” I have prepared two other lists: Davis Restaurants and Davis Fast Food Places that appear in the Journal.
Details in the Journal
The July/August WAS Journal contains the schedule for the conference, as it stands today. (It will also be posted here on the website soon.) Of course, things are subject to change, but this is how it appears to be going: see conference schedule beginning on page 13. As you can see, the entire on-campus meeting is going to take place in the ARC Ballroom. That very large hall has a retractile wall that we will use to separate the space into two rooms. The larger room will seat the audience for presentations. The smaller room will house the vendors and the silent auction, and then on Friday afternoon will be set up for the banquet. The tours will leave in private vehicles from parking lots #25 and #35.
Deadline for Award Candidate submissions is July 31
We are getting close to the closing date (July 31st) for submitting names and supporting information for the candidates for the “Outstanding Service to Beekeeping Award” (U.S. or Canada) and “Thurber Award for Inventiveness” (local award, probably from California). The Awards Committee has to have time to make the selection, contact the recipients, make arrangements for them to be present at the awards banquet, and have their plaques engraved. So, if you have one or more candidates, get that information to Awards Committee chair, Archie Mitchell, at: Archibald_178@hotmail.com by July 31st.
Looking forward to seeing you at this special 40th Anniversary WAS Conference.