About 60 beekeepers braved rain & wind for our 6th Annual LCBA Holiday Potluck at the Newaukum Grange – we had a blast! Good food, even better company, & with our drawing, we raised over $260 for our 2015 Youth Scholarship Program. Many thanks to those who donated items for the drawing – and brought canned & dry goods for the Greater Chehalis Area Food Bank – we filled 3 big boxes. And a big thank you to Steve & Cheryl Howard for bringing the table décor of fir boughs & Xmas tree ornaments! Check out the photos & captions for details. . . . and have a honey of a holiday! (Sorry, could not resist ;)
Above, Kevin Reichert deploying his electric knife on Susanne & Peter's potluck ham (we think he's done this before......;) Looking for a great ham glaze for the holidays? Try this: mix 2 cups of honey (raw, local, of course!), 4 Tbs bourbon, a teaspoon of ginger & another of clove, & heat till well blended - then baste the ham, tent with foil, & bake (re-apply glaze periodically)! Recipe courtesy of the National Honey Board.
Above, Barb & Steve Grega looking pleased with their candy board prize; below, Jeanne Reichert won the fishing rod hand-made by Herb Keeling - thanks to Herb for his craft & generosity! Somehow we have a feeling that this fishin' pole is going to get poached by Kevin....
Above, Judy & Gary Kalich with nuc box they won, courtesy of Beeline; below, Ian Switzler won a coffeemaker & Heather Victoria will help him put it to work!
Above, Michaela reads her "Shy Bee" story (text in our December newsletter) as Norm holds up her illustrations; below, some of the prizes that helped us fund the 2015 Youth Scholarship Program:
Above & below, LCBA members watching the drawing - below foreground, Norm's drone statue gift (see right):
Above, from right, Jeanne & Kevin Reichert, Gary & Kathy Stelzner, Linda Gorremans, William Pittman, & Marcelle Stenzig.
Above, a whimsical Christmas Bee from the Pollinator Stewardship Council - to hear the "12 Days of a Beekeeping Christmas" song that won Bee Culture's lyrics contest, visit:
http://youtu.be/yWj-8zPvpxg Below, LCBA members watching the drawing to help fund our 2015 Youth Scholarship Program after our potluck dinner.
Above, President Norm Switzler & Treasurer Rick Battin ran the potluck with helpers Michaela & Dakota; below, Dakota seems to like his prize :)
Above, Norm holds the fishing rod as Michaela & Dakota draw Jeanne's winning ticket; below, Mel Grigorich with cute bee-themed holiday lights:
Above, LCBA's newly elected Community Outreach Coordinator Dan Maughan with his drawing prizes; below, mason bee maven Kimo Thielges & friends.
Above, Linda Gorremans had a surprise for Norm....; below, Norm's very own drone statue (note, the little guy is wearing at tie, a sartorial accessory we doubt we'll ever see on Norm himself ;)
Ted Saari & other guests at our potluck.