National Honey Bee Awareness Day - 22 Aug, 2009

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  1. BjornBee

    BjornBee New Member

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    Please consider talking to your associations and clubs to get them involved in the National Honey Bee Awareness Day event. We have had a tremendous response so far.

    A growing list of participants can be found at http://www.nhbad.com

    This is a day to connect with the local community, and take part in the excitement of a national effort and high visibility.

    Get Involved!
     
  2. Iddee

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    I have posted it on my local beek club website.
     

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    seriously... everyday should be "National Honey Bee Awareness Day"
     
  4. BjornBee

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    As my wife says...baby steps....one day at a time....;) Of course she talking about having to deal with me. But the premise is the same. ;)

    BTW...I'm getting ready to update the website and adding California and Minnesota. I'd love to add Georgia or North Carolina...wink, wink.
     
  5. Iddee

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    It would be easier to approach a club or group if you had a printable sheet explaining it. Then we could just print it and pass it out at a meeting or two, or three....
     
  6. BjornBee

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    iddee,
    Below is the original letter I sent to all email addresses for clubs I could find, which missed many. You can print this out, and also print out the website www.nhbad.com That way you can highlight perhaps the parts worth mentioning and tailor the presentation to your group. Thank you.

    National Honey Bee Awareness Day

    The past couple of years, CCD has allowed many in the public to read about problems, hear our concerns, and for some, actually get involved. But for as many side benefits that CCD has created, what will happen when that same chatter goes away? Will we wait for the next tragic circumstances to unfold and hope we benefit from that also? Or is it time to perhaps do something ourselves to further those benefits?

    Ever hear about the “Great American Smoke Out� Can you imagine that same recognition or effort from the bee industry?

    I am hoping to gain support for a day where county clubs across the country will all hold events targeted at education and connecting with the public. A day where some event such as an open house can allow the public to come in contact with the beekeeping industry.

    Can you imagine all county clubs holding an event all on the same day? The marketing benefits, advertisement, and public awareness would be multiplied as compared to any stand alone single event. Can you further envision county and state associations all across the country coming together to support such efforts?

    Many clubs already are active in supporting environmental centers, school programs, etc. This day could be centered around opening up an apiary or honey house, to allow the public an opportunity to get involved in bees. Perhaps a honey tasting can be set up. Or information on making the public aware of the impact that homeowners have with pesticides and chemicals. The possibilities are many.

    What I am hoping to do is to get every county club to participate this year in a coordinated effort to hold a “National Honey Bee Awareness Day†event, all at the same time. Saturday, August 22, 2009 has been selected for the first organized event.

    This can be a day where county and individual clubs can set aside their individual goals, and take part in an event designed to promote bees on a larger scale unattainable by a single group. There are many events tailored at bringing the bee community together. There are county bee association meetings, state association meetings, and national conferences. But they get beekeepers together, and do little from the publics viewpoint. A day where the public takes priority can benefit everyone involved. A National Honey Bee Awareness Day event, can be tailored at opening the doors of the beekeeping community and centered around getting more involved. A day where we give back to the community.

    I am hoping to get a commitment from each and every county club. Will yours be willing to get involved?

    Some ideas for the day’s event….

    * Hold an open house at an apiary, education center, or county environmental center.
    * Select topics focused on introducing honey bees to the general public, the importance of bees in the food industry, pesticides and what homeowners can do to help keep bees healthy, etc.
    * Provide refreshments. Invite people to come out and have a hotdog and a coke while learning about bees. (Donations from a market sponsoring the event is something to consider.)
    * Advertise in at least one newspaper in your county. This is great for the community events page and great exposure for the club or association. A press release will be distributed to help get this accomplished.
    * This can be used as an introduction for many people in helping them get into beekeeping. County club membership would no doubt benefit from such an event.
    * Consider a “honey tasting†for the public.

    The idea is to get as many groups involved doing something that day to promote the bee industry. What each club does is up to them. The point is to harness the energy, advertisement, marketing, and goodwill of the bee industry coming together all at the same time.

    We celebrate a day to plant a tree every year (arbor day). We have national news and get all excited about pulling out a groundhog every year. It is about time we have a day dedicated to bees.

    Please see www.nhbad.com for updates and a list with those making a commitment to the event.

    This is a grassroots effort. We are asking for your support. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.

    Mikenida@ptd.net
    717-938-0444
    Mike Thomas
     
  7. Iddee

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    Thanks... I have printed it and will get copies made to pass out at the meetings.
     
  8. Iddee

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    I made 11 copies. 9 were picked up at the Guilford County spring picnic. I gave 1 to the President of the club. I was the speaker at the Forsyth county club meeting last night and gave the last one to the president of that club. I will have to make more copies, as the Randolph county club meets Tues. night.
     
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    Sounds to me that if we ever have state "directors" as the event grows, iddee would be the man! ;)

    Thank you iddee.
     
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    I gave 5 copies to our regional director tonight. He said he would give four of them to the presidents of four local county clubs. Maybe you will be getting some feedback soon.
     
  11. BjornBee

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    When we started this, we thought that having 20 states, and 40 clubs/associations, would be a good first year goal. We currently have 11 states and 21 groups listed. So we are half way there. Thank you to everyone making an effort for this worthwhile event.
     
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    Bjorn,

    I was asked by a local club member - "Is there any significance of Aug 22nd?"

    BTW - I'm trying to find a link, but I heard that our govenor, Mitch Daniels, has officially proclaimed Aug 22nd as Honey Bee Awareness Day in Indiana.
     
  13. BjornBee

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    In picking a date, we wanted something that would not conflict with other things like "National Pollinators" week in June, national honey month in September,etc. We also did not want to interfer with EAS, HAS, and other standing items. And it also could not be later in the year due to beekeepers in cold areas participating and in some areas winter snows may arrive in September. We wanted to also wait until most could extract their honey for such things as honey tasting, etc. So it just seemed August 22 was an open date and the timing seemed good.

    Yes, I have been in touch with Tina who not only is coordinating NHBAD efforts in Indiana but has spearheaded efforts to have Indiana state proclaim Aug 22 as Honey bee day this year. She has really taken the ball and has done a wonderful job. She should be commended.

    We just added three more groups today bringing the total to 12 states and 24 groups.

    Thanks goes out to everyone working behind the scenes making this happen.
     
  14. BjornBee

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    We are adding a very interesting group out of Washington state to the the NHBAD event. I find these operations fascinating. Wish I had one around here....or the time! ;)

    www.21acres.org

    ;)
     
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    Update:
    We are getting ready to add our 30th group to the list. We started with a goal of 40, so although time is getting short, we are well within striking distance.
    The willingness for others to get involved has been tremendous. We thank all involved.

    I hope the readers of this consider talking to their local bee association.
     
  16. BjornBee

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    Finally adding Kentucky to the list.... :D The big south fork Beekeepers are throwing an excellent program.
     
  17. BjornBee

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    Well, Today is the day!

    Received the official proclamation from the Secretary of Agriculture of the United States of America, recognizing today as National Honey Bee Awareness Day.

    So many people helped put this together. The support and efforts have been fantastic. Thank you to all involved.

    I'll be getting out this morning visiting some of the county groups doing presentations and programs.

    What a great day for beekeeping.
     
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    Thank you very much Charles.

    If anyone does a search using "National Honey Bee Day", you will see many peoples efforts and programs. It really took off in the weeks prior to the event. Some groups did amazing programs. NPR (national public radio) Fox News, NBC, and local papers (to name a few) all across the country had articles.

    We hope more groups get involved for next years program.

    The website will be updated in the next couple days and I hope everyone checks it out.
     
  20. BjornBee

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    Many additions to the website have been added, as well as next year's date for the next National Honey Bee Day.

    It is never too late to approach your club or association or get involved yourself.

    The one thing we learned this past year was that there are just as many individuals out their promoting and doing wonderful things, than there are associations.

    Check out all the details..... www.nationalhoneybeeday.com