Looking Back at 2017 and Ahead to 2018


By: John Benham

The end of the year is near and the start of another “Bee” season is just around the corner. We had a good year at the Kentucky State Beekeepers Association (KSBA) and have plans on making next year even better.

Once again our membership (528) has grown over the previous year and we thank all our supporters and wish you and your bees the very best over the holidays and in to the New Year. A special welcome to our 5 new associations, Ohio County, Lawrence County, Johnson County, Perry County and Martin County. Thank you Jason Conley for your hard work in recruiting our new members. The 2017 Treasurer’s Report is below.

Looking forward to 2018, we have arranged for Jim Tew to be our featured speaker at what we hope will be one of our largest meetings/field days ever next year. We plan to hold it in the Louisville area. Jim is a well-known honey bee authority and professor emeritus of entomology and plant pathology at Ohio State University. He is an excellent speaker and the author of Wisdom for Beekeepers: 500 Tips for Successful Beekeeping and The Beekeeper’s Problem Solver.

We will be scheduling other meetings in 2018 at various locations across the state with our aim to reach out to Kentucky beekeepers in Eastern, Central, and Western Kentucky. As soon as facilities are reserved we will post the dates and locations on the KSBA calendar.

Looking way ahead, we are also seeking to get Randy Oliver as a featured speaker in 2019.

KSBA Treasurer’s Report

Submitted by John Benham

Beginning balance, 6/1/17 . . . . . . . . . . $ 33,648.63
Bank fees . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . – 199.96 (Monthly fees $50; deposit charges from Honey Booth, $112.96; check fees $37)
Ck 1844 – ABF expenses / Sutton . – 1,284.95
Ck 1845 – Honey Booth liability ins. . – 167.72
Ck 1846 – Johnson Co. startup. . . . – 100.00
Ck 1847 – Jason Conley gift card. . . – 100.00
Ck 1848 – Martin County startup . . . – 100.00
Ck 1849 – KEFC . . . . . . . . . . . – 900.00
Ck 1850 – Honey Booth apartment. . – 585.00
Ck 1851 – KRC . . . . . . . . . . . . – 10.00
Ck 1852 – Licking River school. . . . – 666.00
Ck 1853 – Member card print fee. . . – 105.95
Ck 1854 – EAS dues. . . . . . . . . . – 50.00
Ck 1855 – ABF dues . . . . . . . . . – 200.00
Ck 1856 – KRC . . . . . . . . . . . . – 10.00
Ck 1857 – EAS Research Fund. . . . – 150.00
Ck 1858 – Ky Ag Council dues. . . . – 250.00
Ck 1859 – Pollinator Stewardship Council dues. . . . . . – 500.00
Total Debits . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . – 5,279.58
Deposits . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 693.75
Ending Balance, 10/20/17 . . . . . . . . . . $ 29,062.80

2017 KSBA Payouts
Bee Schools. . . . . . . . . . . . – $ 2,529.00
New Association start-up funding. . . – 500.00 (Johnson, Lawrence, Martin, Ohio, and Perry counties, $100 each)
Dues to various honey bee/pollinator and research groups . . . – 2,300.00
Meeting expenses, including speaker fees and catering . . . . . – 3,570.56

Total KSBA membership for 2017 = 528 (up from 2016, and increasing yearly since 2014)

KSBA Apiary Beekeeper Education Account remains unchanged at $4,869.43.