LCBA'S Board has developed some basic resource materials for mentors. In March 2016, LCBA signed an agreement with Covington's for liability insurance coverage for the organization which covers mentors doing club activities.
These LCBA mentor materials were presented at our April 10, 2015 mentor training & revised based on comments from members present.
LCBA's board has adopted a set of guidelines & best practice for our mentors: to read them, click the link in the right column of this page. We appreciate the support from the statewide Master Gardeners and 4H program letting us adapt their materials.
We encourage mentors to set reasonable boundaries with their mentees. Our goal as an educational association is to help beekeepers learn to manage their bees effectively - not to do this for them. Mentees should be proactive in educating themselves about bees, whether by taking a class or through reading, and hands-on experience is vital to become a beekeeper rather than a "bee haver" or a "bee watcher." Mentors are available to consult by phone, email, & in person, though "house calls" should be reserved for serious beekeeping problems, not routine apiary set-up and maintenance.
Mentees will be matched with mentors by contacting Mentorship Coordinator Dan Maughan (firstname.lastname@example.org). Mentors who have questions about working with mentees should contact Dan.
For resources to help mentors help their mentees in various aspects of beekeeping, please consult the links on this page (see header, above):
Getting Started, Equipment List & Apiary Set-Up;
Hiving Package Bees;
Testing for Diseases/Parasites;
Fall Management Issues;
LCBA Hold Harmless Form
LCBA requires that all mentors, volunteers, & workshop participants sign a Hold Harmless Agreement. To view or download the form, click here.
LCBA Liability Guidelines for Mentors: click here.
* This document abridges key materials from handbooks & website materials by the WSU-Extension Master Gardener and 4H programs.
* LCBA is not a state agency (nor affiliated with one), so requirements binding WSU Extension volunteers do not bind us. However, Master Gardeners & 4H are educational & service organizations, like LCBA, so many of their guidelines are worth considering as we advise beekeepers. Comments re: how LCBA volunteers might respond to the issues discussed are in bold italic font.
* Please bear with us, as this is a work in progress. If you have suggestions, please let us know! Contact LCBA Secretary Susanne Weil (email@example.com) or Mentorship Coordinator Dan Maughan (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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