LCBA's 7th Annual Holiday Potluck was a lovely time. Over 80 beekeepers & family members braved the rains & roads & made it to the Newaukum Grange to share good food & fellowship - & thanks to generous donors, we raised $703 for our 2016 Youth Scholarship Program, which means we can fund 3 to 4 young beekeepers next year! Photos with narratives follow.....
Special thanks to our volunteers: Steve Howard and Cheryl Howard brought the table-toppers (fir boughs & ornaments to ma...ke the hall festive) . . . Kevin N Jeanne Reichert and Peter Glover & Susanne Weil brought 2 hams . . . . Richelle Johnson, Harold Mullins, Ron Black, Phil Wilson, Dan Maughan and Larissa Maughan all helped Susanne & Peter do the set up . . . . Barbara Grega helped arrange up the potluck abundance in the kitchen . . . Pamela Guzzo Daudet baked five boxes of fabulous cookies . . . and many members donated items to help us raise funds with our drawing (see the photos that follow).
Our members brought a wonderful array of dishes & we all enjoyed a great meal . . . & also filled a donation box for the Greater Lewis County Food Bank. Also, many thanks to local businesses that supported us with donated items & gift certificates: Reicherts Choice Meats, Reichert's Distributing, Inc, Kaija's Garden and Pet, The Tiki Tap House, The Pearl Cafe, Jeremy's Farm to Table restaurant, Beeline Apiaries & Woodenware. Merry Christmas to all & best wishes for a wonderful 2016!
Below, LCBA's president from 2011 through 2015, Norm Switzler, with Marcelle Stenzig and Martin Stenzig, our Mentorship Coordinator.
Below, a highlight of the evening was honoring our president from 2011-2015, Norm Switzler, as he steps down to become past president. The board elected him our 2nd honorary lifetime member, and Martin Stenzig made a beautiful bee vaccuum box to aid in Norm's future colony removal adventures:
Above, Community Outreach Coordinator Dan Maughan (left,with the cap), and Larissa Maughan watching the drawing. Below, LCBA's Queen Bee Michaela helped President Norm with the drawing - & won a couple items herself....
Above, members Herb Zile (standing left) & Harold Mullins (right) both made oxalic acid fume vaporizers & explained to members how they made them - & how to use them; below, member Ron Black won Herb Zile's oxalic acid fume vaporizer:
Above, Martin Stenzig won a 50 pound bag of sugar donated by Reichert's Distributing, Inc; below, vent boxes made by member Mel Grigorich to aid in winter moisture control in the hives, complete with cedar chips to absorb evaporated water (also won by Ron Black):
Above, Treasurer Rick Battin with the adorable little sparkling light honey bee decorations he won....below, seriously, how cute are these?
Below, Kimo Thilges and other members watching the oxalic acid fume vaporizer presentation:
Above, members watching the oxalic acid fume vaporizer presentation by Herb Zile and Harold Mullins; below, Ian Troy Switzler took home the Tiki Tap House gift certificate for a giant pizza which he and dad Norm (looking on) are planning to devour soon. . . ..
Merry Christmas to all & best wishes for a wonderful 2016!
Above, potluck attendees watching the drawing; below, LCBA's new president, Kevin Reichert, carves the holiday ham with helpers Jeanne Reichert and Education Coordinator Peter Glover.
Below, Woodenware made by our talented members! Left, a screened bottom board, medium brood box, and telescoping cover hand-made by Martin Stenzig (inside, frames & an inner cover). Middle is a cedar brood box made by Dan Maughan. Right, two ventilation boxes - plus cedar chips to help make them work - made by member Mel Grigorich.
Above, Closeup of Martin's beautiful hive box set; below, LCBA member Kent Collins won it in our drawing to raise funds for our 2016 Youth Scholarship Program:
Above, Member Howard Mullins' beautifully made oxalic acid fume vaporizer to aid in Varroa mite control; below, member Terrie Phillips takes it home:
Above, bee-autiful bee-themed wreath made by Tammy Nelson. To see more of Tammy's wreaths, visit Craft Creations by Tammy on Facebook - she makes Seahawks wreaths too....below, member Nancy Toenyan took it home:
Above, members were very generous with bee-themed fun items! Below, Gillian Davis won a string of honey bee holiday lights:
Above, members watching the drawing;' below, Steve Howard and Kevin Reichert:
Below, Marcelle Stenzig, one of our Facebook page administrators, holds up a bee toy for Baby Stenzig ...
Above, Some generous local businesses donated gift certificates: Beeline Apiaries and Woodenware in Rochester, Reicherts Choice Meats , The Pearl Cafe , The Tiki Tap House , and Jeremy's Farm to Table Restaurant. Below, Tim and Sharette Giese won the gift certificate to Reicherts Choice Meats - Tim, pictured contemplating assorted beef & pork products. . . .
Below, Secretary Susanne Weil won a set of honey bee plant stakes; pictured here is her Kenyan kitty, Makora, already planning to turn them into cat toys. . . . (they have been rescued & removed to a safe space):