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May 17, 2023 Mini : Enhancing your Beekeeping Club Organization, Cooperation and Activities

May 17, 2023, 7 PM (Mountain Daylight Time), 1 AM UTC

Speaker 1: "Sustainable Bee Clubs Begin with Leadership",

Michele Colopy

Talk Summary: This talk will present the role of the Board of Directors of a well-run nonprofit member association. Board members, beekeeping mentors and instructors need to be the example of ethical leadership, must get to know their members, understand the legal responsibilities, connect qualified volunteers to the needed skill sets of the club for sustainability, and learn how to envision the future of the bee club through strategic planning.

Speaker 1 Bio: Michele Colopy co-founded the nonprofit LEAD for Pollinators, providing leadership, education, action and development to support the health and sustainability of honey bees, native pollinators, and the keepers of the ecosystem. She holds a Master’s degree in Nonprofit Management and has 27 years of experience working with a variety of nonprofits at the local, state, and national level. Her father was a beekeeper in southeast Ohio for their small apple orchard. She keeps honey bees in the city, and has replaced her crabgrass front yard with pesticide-free pollinator flowers for her honey bees and native pollinators.

Speaker 2: "Beekeeping Organization Levels and ABF"

Debbie Seib

Talk Summary: We will discuss beekeeping organizations, what to expect at each level. We will then talk about American Beekeeping Federation, the programs they support, the benefits of being a member, how beekeepers across the nation benefit, and what we do for our industry.

Speaker 2 Bio: In 1984, Debbie got involved in beekeeping. She is the Treasurer for The Beekeepers of Indiana and is a past Treasurer for the regional Heartland Apicultural Society. Debbie is a director on the board of the American Beekeeping Federation, the State Delegates Assembly Chair and serves on the Executive Committee. Along with presenting at school, libraries, garden clubs and other venues, each year she hosts a Newbie Day to educate potential new beekeepers.

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