Iowa Honey Queen Program
I would like to Thank all of you that donated items for our Queen Auctions and for all of you that bid on these items to make this a very successful fundraiser for our Queen Program. We raised $3025.00 from our silent auctions and live auction at our Annual Meeting, November 4thand 5th in Marshalltown. The money that we raised from these auctions is there to benefit members by having our Honey Queen attend their functions such as Farmers Markets, Craft Shows, Grocery Store Promotions, etc. This money raised will pay for their expenses to attend your event.
We had two very qualified Candidates this year and I am happy to announce that Renae Beard daughter of Randy and Jackie Beard of Chariton, Iowa was crowned our 2012 Iowa Honey Queen.
Since we had two qualified Candidates for our 100th Year Anniversary, we felt both these young ladies would benefit our Association, so we decided to Crown Hannah Van Wyk daughter of Neal and Cathy VanWyk of Otley, Iowa our 2012 Iowa Honey Princess.
If you would like our Queen to attend one of your functions, please call me (515)480-6076 or e-mail me
email@example.com and we will get it arranged.
Remember, every time I mention the Queen, because we had another exceptional candidate this year, we have available Hannah, the Honey Princess available to fill in if there is a scheduling conflict or at larger events we will be able to utilize both young ladies.
I would also like to Thank Ellie Johnson for her time and effort as the 2011 Iowa Honey Queen and wish her much success for her future.
IHPA Honey Queen Chair,
2012 Iowa Honey Queen Renae Beard (left), 2012 Iowa Honey Princess Hannah VanWyk (middle), and 2011 Iowa Honey Queen Ellie Johnson (right) showing some of the great items donated to the Queen Program Auction during the 99th IHPA Annual Meeting.
2011 Iowa Honey Queen
I hope this finds you well. As the leaves change and the weather grows colder I keep you in my thoughts. I'm working very hard at my jobs, the ISU dairy farm and the Ames haunted forest while powering through my classes. So far October has not given me very many opportunities. The last appearance I had was at the Clay County Fair and the people were lovely. I enjoyed my hours at the fair and wish I could have stayed longer. Soon my reign as queen will come to an end and it's hard to believe it is here so fast. Though I am glad that the annual meeting is coming up because it will give me a chance to visit with all of you.
See you very soon
2011 Iowa Honey Queen
2012 Iowa Honey Queen
Greetings Iowa Honey Producers,
My name is Renae Michelle Beard and I am your 2012 Iowa Honey Queen. My parents are Randy and Jackie Beard and my siblings are Greg Beard and Emily McDonnell. We live on a farm near Chariton, Iowa where we primarily raise beef cattle (along with a menagerie of other livestock), and care for our five beehives.
I am a senior at Chariton High School where I stay involved in Senior Steering Committee, Student Council, Talented and Gifted, National Honor Society, School Improvement Advisory Committee, Future Business Leaders of America, Varsity Cross Country, and Varsity Track. I am also an active member of the Chariton Challengers 4-H Club, Lucas County 4-H Youth Council, Iowa State 4-H Youth Council, and Farm Bureau Ag in the Classroom Committee. My future plans include attending the University of Northern Iowa next fall to double major in Psychology and Education, pursuing my dream of becoming a School Psychologist.
My first upcoming adventure as Iowa Honey Queen will be on November 19 in Fort Madison where I will appear in Chelsa Bronnenberg’s One Stop Holiday Shop. I will possibly attending The Healthy Cedar Valley Coalition’s presentation: Vanishing of the Bees on November 30 at the University of Northern Iowa campus.
I would like to extend my thanks to all of the Iowa Honey Producers and distinguished sponsors for the experiences and opportunities that I have been granted through my participation in the Iowa Bee Scholar Program thus far and am very excited for all the new experiences this year will bring. I am extremely honored to represent Iowa as their Honey Queen and look forward to continuing to endorse the beekeeping industry, the value of the honeybee, and promoting the consumption of honey. It is my hope that I can help to inspire other people to be just as passionate about honeybees and beekeeping as I am.
Please, don’t hesitate to contact the Iowa Honey Producers Association Queen Chair, Connie Bronnenberg if you would like me to attend an event. I would love to come help support the beekeeping industry with you and would be more than happy to be of service in any way possible. Enjoy the holidays and don’t forget to “bee happy”!
Renae M. Beard
2012 Iowa Honey Queen
Renae Beard the 2012 Iowa Honey Queen (wearing tiara) looks over the wonderful items donated for auction to benefit the Queen Program. A big thanks goes out to everyone that donated items during the IHPA Annual Meeting to support the Queen Program .