Greetings from the President of the IHPA
Dear Honey Producers:
As I sit at the computer composing this article,
the honey bees are flying fast and furious to the water in the
backyard. They are searching for food, water and taking cleansing
flights. They have been out flying the past two weeks when the
weather is warm and not too windy. Make sure you check your hives
and feed the bees as needed. This has been another unusual winter
and the stores of honey are being used up quickly. It is a very
critical time of year for our hives. Do your part and provide
the necessary food for them to make sure they will survive the
rest of the winter.
CONGRATULATIONS, TERESA!! Teresa called us Saturday
evening as we were returning home from the Central Iowa Beekeepers
Assn. meeting in Marshalltown to let us know that she had been
chosen as the 2006 American Honey Princess. We are very excited
for her and know that she will do an awesome job representing
the honey industry as a spokesperson. Thanks go to Regina for
the help and guidance she has given to Teresa over the past year.
Hope both women enjoyed the trip to Louisville. I'm sure we will
hear more of the details later.
I know this is a beekeeping article, but we always
get asked about our family when we are at meetings. Here is a
quick update. As of January 12th, 2006, Mitch is out of the Army.
His belongings are enroute to Cumberland and should arrive around
the 24th. I'm sure there is going to be a big adjustment period.
He has been in the Army since 1997. Shawn is stationed in Kuwait
and doing convoy recovery into Iraq driving a wrecker to recover
broken equipment. His wife, Meladee and sons, Michael and Vincent
moved to Massena over Chrismas vacation from Fort Sill, Oklahoma.
It is great having them close by. Another big adjustment. Steve,
Emma, JoAnn(2 years) and Jack(3 months) helped me move Meladee
and the boys along with my sister, Cindy. What an experience!
Please remember that we still have lots of troops deployed all
over the world and keep them in your thoughts and prayers.
There is still time to get some winter work done
before Spring gets here for real. Clean up your hive bodies, install
any new foundation that you need, paint and do a general inventory
of what is going to be needed for the new season. Now is also
a great time to read any magazine articles that you missed over
the busy summer. Plan to attend the joint meeting of the Missouri
and Kansas beekeepers to be held on March 3rd and 4th in Kansas
City to get lots of ideas and even pick up any ordered equipment
from the vendors that will be attending. I'm quite sure that Draper's
and Mid-Con will be in attendance. See the article on the meeting
in another section of the BUZZ edition.
The IHPA officers and board of directors are
working hard to get several new programs going for the benefit
of our membership. We will keep you posted on the outcome. We
are working on several proposals. These things take time, but
we hope they will be of great service to our members.
Keep checking the bees for food. They use up
so much this kind of weather. Let's see if we can help them all
that we can.
Bee Sweet to your family and friends this Valentine's day and
throughout the month.
Donna Brahms, IHPA President
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