It was in April 2011 that the Omaha Bee Club first implemented an annual membership fee of $10.00 per person and $15.00 per family/group.
It's near the end of February 2012 now with March just a few days away.
All of us who are officers and project team leads at the Omaha Bee Club certainly hope that our now 50 + dues paid members are having fun and finding value in their Omaha Bee Club membership.
We have started some interesting ongoing projects over the past year and as we go into this next year, we are doing even more. There are several things our members can participate in to increase their knowledge and experience as beekeepers as well as provide education to the public and advocate on behalf of bee related issues.
No matter what type of group or club people join or are involved with, it is no less true with the Omaha Bee Club that the more you put into your membership in terms of participation and activity, the more you will get out of it.
Let's take a quick look at what you have been able to access through the Omaha Bee club over this past year...
- Mentor Project (free to members) allows people who want to work alongside an experienced beekeeper to gain hands on experience and have a mentor they can ask questions of and count on to help them over the year with learning to become a beekeeper or to learn new things about beekeeping.
- Bee Fest/Events group This team of current and soon to be beekeepers is planning and getting ready to put our annual public bee event which coincides with National Honey Bee Day in August. They also coordinate with other project teams to publicize and put our best foot forward when we do other activities and events such as appearances at county fairs and presentations to community and educational groups
- Observation Hive Project This team of current and soon to be beekeepers is responsible for building, maintaining and providing educational presentations using our large and transportable observation bee hive.
- At almost every meeting we have a bee education presentation provided by one of our members or by a noted and experienced person in the bee field to help our members learn about a wide variety or techniques, methods, tools and information.
- We have relationships with area land owners that allow only Omaha Bee Club members to place hives on forage rich property at no cost.
- We provide opportunities for members who want to be beekeepers but are unable to have their own hives learn and be an active participant in beekeeping by assisting in maintaining Omaha Bee Club operated hives.
- The Omaha Bee Club puts out a monthly newsletter to inform members of upcoming activities and events and the "What's What" of their Omaha Bee Club
- The Omaha Bee Club searches out and creates opportunities for it's members to acquire bees at the most reasonable prices such as this years $95.00 5 frame Italian nucs deal and the ongoing arrangement with BBE-Tech for "rescued" colony 5 frame nucs for only $45.00 each as they become available.
Whew... That's quite a bit for finishing up our first year collecting dues. I'm not sure there's any other bee group out there that is providing their members with half as much.
Speaking of which, for many of our members, especially those who have been with us since last April, we certainly hope you have had fun, learned a lot and found good value in your Omaha Bee Club membership. Hopefully enough so that we will see you again over this next year by re-newing your membership into 2013.