Our 2005 Iowa Honey Queen, Teresa Jurchen, has
been crowned the 2006 American Honey Princess at the American
Beekeeping Federation Convention, January 11-14, 2006 in Louisville,
Kentucky. Theresa was chosen by a panel of three anonymous judges
based on her application, marketing presentation, interview, and
her ability to communicate with beekeepers throughout the convention.
As her chaperone, I am very proud to say that Teresa did an excellent
job representing the IHPA. I received too many compliments to
count on how impressive and professional she is. Her marketing
presentation, which you may have seen in November at IHPA convention,
was a crowd favorite. I'm sure Teresa will work as hard for the
ABF this coming year as she did for the IHPA in 2005. Most of
her national traveling and
promotion will be in the fall, so feel free to invite Teresa to
your spring and summer promotions. Be sure to let her know how
proud we are to have her representing our industry once again!
2006 Iowa Honey Queen Crowned
The Iowa Honey Queen Program is proud to announce
that Elizabeth Macken of Readlyn, Iowa was crowned the 2006 Iowa
Honey Queen in November at the IHPA Annual Convention. Elizabeth
is the daughter of Jerry and Susan Macken and was sponsored by
the newly formed Northeast Iowa Beekeepers and her parents. She
is a senior at Wapsie Valley High School where she is involved
in FFA, Dance Team, Golf, Volleyball, and National Honor Society.
Her hobbies include dancing, clothing design, art, photography,
and travel. Liz has been a beekeeper with her parents for two
years and has had several interesting experiences so far. She
is eager to learn more about bees as she helps you promote your
product. Liz is available to attend local beekeeping meetings,
fairs, festivals, farmers' markets, and other honey promotional
activities. To arrange for Liz to assist you with your promotion,
please contact Regina Jager at (641) 660-0772.
Iowa Honey Queen Chairman
Featured Beekeeper of the Month
This month Ellie Johnson is our featured beekeeper.
She is Gordon and Beverly Powell’s granddaughter and lives
with them in Des Moines. Ellie says she has a boyfriend but put
a question mark, so lets just say she has friends who are boys.
Ellie tells us she has been keeping bees ever
since she can remember. Grandpa Gordon helped her get started.
Currently she has 2 hives and helps Gordon with 15 to 20 colonies.
She markets bottled honey, candles and packaged bees.
Ellie says she finds beekeeping satisfying because
she gets to work with other beekeepers and learn their ways. In
the future she plans to have a nice sized business and acquire
a vast education in beekeeping.
Ellie is a member of CIBA. The group helps promote
beekeeping. She is also involved in IHPA where she is the head
of awards committee and also a member of the Katrina committee.
The Katrina committee distributes money IHPA designated to help
beekeepers in the hurricane stricken areas in the Southern United
Ellie doesn’t seem to be afraid of anything,
but says she used to be extremely afraid of honeybees. However
now that she has held a bee and felt it and learned to know its
behavior, it is a thing of beauty to her.
If we can recruit more young members like Ellie,
Iowa Honey Producers have a bright future.
Thanks for your story Ellie.
Submitted by Ron Wehr
And the Prize Goes to…
At the IHPA board meeting held January 21st,
the 2006 American Honey Princess, Teresa Jurchen, picked Tim Laughlin's
name to receive the free registration certificate (valued at $20)
for the 2006 annual meeting. The names were those members completing
evaluations at the end of the 2005 meeting.