Featured Beekeeper of the Month
This month our featured beekeeper is Chance Nye. He is a friendly, energetic member of the Southeast Iowa Beekeepers Association who lives at Ft. Madison with his mother, Heather, his brother who is 17, and sister who is 14.
Last year when he was in 4th grade, Chance was inspired to take a beekeeping class Ron Wehr was teaching in Washington, Iowa. It seems Chance was selling pizza at a farmers market and met Dave Hay who told him all about beekeeping and Chance thought it looked like fun.
When he started beekeeping Chance thought bee stings didn't hurt. He and Dave attended Ron Wehr's field day and he tried to get stung. The bees finally showed him they needed some respect and he got stung in the eye. "I quickly changed that bee stings don't hurt," said Chance. He is currently in the 5th grade at Denmark Elementary School. He likes math, and his hobbies are beekeeping, driving everything and farming. He is also a 4-H member. At this point Chance would like to open his own airline business when he grows up. His mentors are Dave Hay, Kerwin Woodroffe, the Southeast Iowa Beekeepers, and his mother.
His future plans in beekeeping are to sell honey and teach people the importance of bees. He is a willing student and has a lot of energy so he will OK. Good luck with your bees Chance.
Submitted by Ron Wehr
Southeast Iowa Beekeepers
On September 24 the Southeast Iowa Beekeepers held a field day at Vernie and Doris Ramsey’s home. There were 30 in attendance. Topics discussed were winterizing colonies, checking for mites, uniting colonies, and questions and answers.