LCBA members shared fun & fellowship at our 5th (!) Annual Summer Potluck. Once again Bob & Sharon Harris shared their beautiful Rose of Sharon Farm with us.
We held a raffle to benefit former member Wilma Sofranko's nonprofit group, KiReeCo, a farming cooperative in Kenya ~ Wilma is gearing up to train 350+ new beekeepers, whose bees will help pollinate their crops and raise honey that the new beekeepers can sell to help fund their children's schooling.
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Above, Gordon Bellevue won a new hive tool sporting cutouts for removing nails, screws, etc. - kind of a beekeepers' Leatherman. Below, Dahlia won one of Tomme Trikosko's hand-painted bee visors:
Below, Herb Keeling displays his case of canning jars - or maybe honey jars? Maggie Keeling won twice and took home LCBA mugs for the both of them.
Above, Norm extols the virtues of a bee escape board to member Mel Grigorich . . . who went with a bouquet from Terrie Phillips' lavender farm instead, below:
But not to worry: the bee escape went to a good home when Pres. Norm's ticket came up:
Above, LCBA President Norm Switzler (wearing the Hat of Beekeeping Authority) & helper Michaela ran the KiReeCo fundraising raffle. Below, members relax . . .
Below, Rob Jenkins, one of LCBA's Bee Team swarm & colony removal leaders, shows the design member Jennifer Taylor made to spiff up his windbreaker:
Above, Michaela watches a few evening foragers straggle home to one of Bob's hives; below, Michaela and mom Terrie (who won the bee visor for Michaela):
Below, Treasurer Jon Wade with his new LCBA coffee mug in one hand and raffle tix in the other:
Above, Norm displays a haz-mat suit that can double as beekeeping protective gear (Norm wore one for two years of removals before buying a "regulation" bee suit); bees can't hang onto the fabric and so can't sting through it. Below, that's member Roy Schaafsma behind the suit: