In 2021 the Oregon State Beekeepers Association will reach its 100-year anniversary. In the course of those 100 short years, Oregon beekeepers have enjoyed a strong voice speaking for pollinator protection, beekeepers, and the beekeeping industry. Our agricultural stakeholders growing pollinated crops have come to rely on the OSBA for support and collaboration on critical issues as they arise.
So, what have beekeepers been doing? They have been working very, very hard across the board. Oregon’s regional associations, as they have formed along the way, have spent a tremendous amount of effort, resources, and time supporting beekeeping and beekeepers in their regions. Many of Oregon’s very successful beekeepers received their basic training by attending a bee school in their region many years ago. Before they knew where all of the years went, they found themselves presenting a topic at their own local bee school.
No matter where you fit into Oregon’s beekeeping landscape, if you’re serious about bees, you have been working hard, and the OSBA has been working hard for you.
Don’t you think it is time to celebrate all of our accomplishments and achievements in Oregon? Although 2021 seems like a log way off, as things go, it will be upon us before we know it. What would you envision for the OSBA 100-Year Anniversary Fall Conference 2021?
Let me share with you a few of my thoughts for the event, if I may.
I envision us holding the 100-year anniversary conference in a gigantic convention center such as the Salem Convention Center, capable of containing several hundred attendees. Leading up to the conference, we take out advertising in the national bee journals, Mother Earth News, and any and all other print and digital media outlets.
Along with interesting sidetracks, how about some contests and competitions for prizes?
How about if every regional association in Oregon has a booth to reach out to attendees throughout the state?
How much money could we raise with a dunk tank on the first evening? I want to volunteer to be the first one on the hot seat in the tank. I’ll raise so much money for Ramesh, he won’t know what to do with it all!
The 2021 100-year anniversary is right around the corner. It is time to begin the planning stage of this wonderful landmark conference. Please think about it and send your thoughts and wishes to our awesome OSBA secretary.
Meanwhile, work safe, be well, and have a great spring!