Greetings from the President
of the IHPA
Dear Honey Producers,
Another month has slipped into history and we seem to be just
as busy as ever. I thought that maybe I would have a few days
available to catch up on some computer work, but was I wrong.
Let me explain. I scheduled my foot surgery for Friday, September
15th thinking that I would have the weekend to relax a little
following the surgery. It was not to be. I had the surgery on
Friday morning and was home by 11:30. I couldn’t just sit
around so I did some light housework in between having my foot
up and icing it. Saturday rolled around early with a wake-up at
5 a.m. to get to the Ankeny market. Mike and I had a great day
at the market and then we went to Marshalltown to the Central
Iowa Beekeepers meeting so I could participate in the Marketing
discussion. Sunday proved to be another good day for us. We went
to Des Moines to speak to the Men’s Garden Club for their
Fall Garden Walk. We answered lots of "bee" questions
and sold products. Monday rolled around just like usual with work
and a market. At the market on Monday, I remembered that I needed
to write an article for the BUZZ. So here I sit wondering why
I didn’t have time to get this article done on time. I guess
it is called over scheduling!
Speaking of scheduling, please make reservations
to attend the Annual Meeting of the Iowa Honey Producers on November
17th and 18th. The meeting is to be held in Marshalltown at the
Best Western Regency Inn. Pat has lined up a fantastic program.
Mike and I were talking about the meeting to several people at
the garden walk and one of the things that always comes up, is
that no matter how many meetings or conventions we attend, we
always have a great time speaking to other beekeepers. We learn
just as much from those conversations and get a sense of comradeship
with others doing the same "hobby" that we enjoy. Please
give the meeting a try if you haven’t attended. If you have
attended before, please join us again. You never know, there might
be some surprising things happen that aren’t in the agenda.
Beekeepers are a wonderful group of individuals with a great sense
of adventure and are not afraid to try new things. We are always
learning and willing to discuss great solutions to a problem with
others. There is never only one way to do things, especially since
the honey bees have never read the same books as we have.
Make sure you submit names to Ellie Johnson
for the awards to be presented at the banquet. It is wonderful
to have a full slate of awards to give out. Don’t forget
to bring your best "honey" foods to enter the contest.
Bring those interesting beekeeping photos along with you for the
photo contest. There will also be silent auctions both days to
benefit our Iowa Honey Queen program and there will be a live
auction during the banquet. Join in the fun by bidding on some
unique honey and bee related items to help us keep a quality program
going. If you have been successful making mead, feel free to bring
some to sample during the Marshalltown welcoming reception before
the banquet. Let’s make this meeting one of our best attended.
I just got off the telephone with Teresa. She informed me that
she has 15 applications for the youth scholarship program. What
great news, we have some very interested youth and parents. I
feel this is going to be an important way that we can get more
people involved with beekeeping and get the word out about the
importance of honey bees.
Don’t forget to check out any and all information
on candidates running for offices that will affect beekeeping,
especially the Secretary of Agriculture position. Contact both
Denise O’Brien and Bill Northey to find out their positions
on the direction they will take the Agriculture Department and
specifically the Apiary Department. After making an informed decision,
please exercise your right to vote. It is vital to the survival
of our industry. If you would like any information, please contact
me, (712) 774-5878 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Birthdays, anniversaries and homecomings are on the calendar for
our house in the coming weeks. Hope you enjoy the fall weather
and take time to appreciate our changing seasons.
Donna Brahms, IHPA President
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The Buzz is a monthly newsletter published by the Iowa Honey
Producers Association which is an affiliate of the Iowa State
Horticultural Society. IHPA Membership is only $10 annually.
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Phone : (515) 278-1762