About 80 beekeepers & family members gathered at Alexander Park in Chehalis for LCBA's 7th Annual Summer Potluck - a great time! We shared food (so much food!), fellowship, bee talk (of course), & raised $450 for our 2016 Youth Scholarship program - enough to outfit one middle- or high-school student from a family new to beekeeping with bees & the necessary gear - each new student gets an experienced beekeeper as mentor. With what we already had raised, we now can outfit two new youth in beekeeping students in 2016 - with another fundraiser at our holiday potluck, we may be able to bring 3 new young people into the bee world next year!
MANY thanks to our members who bought drawing tickets, our board members who organized - especially Dan Maughan, our community outreach coordinator - & to those who donated drawing items, both members & local vendors:
* Dan, whose hand-crafted cedar deep hive box and nuc (with bottom boards & covers) were the 1st 2 items chosen;
* Kevin Reichert, our VP, for the bee feeders, and for working with Reichert's Distributing, who donated a 50 pound sack of sugar, and Reichert's Meats, who donated a $30 gift certificate;
* Beeline Apiaries, who donated 3 $25 gift certificates;
* Jeremy's Farm to Table Restaurant & Market, The Pearl Café, & the Tiki Tap House for donating gift certificates for meals;
*Kaija's Garden Center for donating a head veil;
* Copy Depot - Precision Printing for donating LCBA logo mugs;
* Peter Glover & Susanne Weil for donating Woogie Bee honey bears, bee escapes, & honey buckets;
* Kimo Thielges for donating honey jars;
....in fact, members, showing their usual generosity, put so many items on the table that your scribe couldn't match them all with names - the hand-tooled wooden picture frames, hand-made jewelry, the 25 pound bag of sugar, and more.
Above, LCBA member Terrie Phillips finally wins her LCBA logo mug (donated by Copy Depot - Precision Printing). Middle, Terrie's daughter Michaela, now a third year beekeeper, and President Norm Switzler's (right) drawing helper.
Above, Cody Warren (who donated the cool bee waterer devices!) wins an autographed copy of Dewey Caron's handbook on honey bee diseases.
LCBA Secretary Susanne Weil taking pictures; next, left to right, Ed Odell, Bob Becker (who won the deep hive box, along with a division board feeder & coffee mug); standing in back, Kasey and Geina Studeman; right, Kelsey Studeman (the Studeman family is in their first year of beekeeping and caught the swarm capture bug - they now have 7, count 'em, colonies!). Photo by Phil Wilson.
Above, President Norm and Michaela running the drawing, flanked by Dan.
Above, President Norm with son Ian Troy Switzler & one of the Spiffy's food grade honey buckets.
Above, Michaela won a hand-made bracelet donated by one of our members.
Above, LCBA secretary Susanne Weil finally nailed by a photographer (thanks to Phil Wilson for the photo!); below, Susanne wore these shoes at the behest of member Marnel Groebner . . . they elicited some comments, let's just say. Yes, you can find them on Amazon.....
Above, new member Violet Arnold won some Woogie Bee wildflower honey . . .
Above, after dinner, potluck attendees - LCBA members & families - just before the drawing. On the table, at left, Dan Maughan's beautiful hand-made cedar hive box - a deep & a nuc, with screened bottom boards. The nuc has a telescoping cover too. Sugar sacks were big hits, too!
Above, LCBA member Gordon Bellevue talking with VP Kevin Reichert, with Grant and Diane Inmon.
Above, Norm's voice starting giving out, so Dan Maughan took over with help from Michaela.
Above, LCBA Education Coordinator Peter Glover handled the drawing ticket sales & was kept busy right up till the drawing started!
Above, folks watching the drawing. With the intermittent drizzles, we were thankful for the covered shelter at Alexander Park - and also thankful for the breaking of the heat wave.
Above, an overenthusiastic shake of the jar caused a ticket mishap....
Above, a hand in the back goes up - someone's ticket was called....
Above, members at the potluck: left to right, Violet & John Arnold, Kevin Reichert, Terrie Philips, Linda Newton, Steve Howard, Gordon Bellevue, & Cody Warren.
Above, closeup of Dan's hive boxes & the 50 pound sugar sack from Reichert's Distributing (photo, Phil Wilson). The deep hive box was won by Bob Becker; the nuc went home with Sandy Moore.
Above, division board feeders donated by Kevin Reichert, LCBA logo mugs donated by Copy Depot, honey bears from The Woogie Bee, hand-made photo frames donated by a member, and assorted gift certificates - from Reicherts' Choice Meats, The Pearl Cafe, Jeremy's Farm to Table Restaurant and Market, the Tiki Tap House; also bee escapes, a signed bee diseases book by Dr. Dewey Caron, and the big bag-o-sugar from Reichert's Distributing, Inc .(photo by Phil Wilson).
Above, as the forage dries up for our bees, a lot of beekeepers will move to feeding sugar syrup to help keep our bees going (photo, Phil Wilson)
Above foreground, Cheryl Howard, and Dan Maughan, our Community Outreach Coordinator & potluck organizer, and wife Larissa.