The OSBA Fall conference will be held on November 07, 2015 at the Garden Exhibition Center and will be hosted by Central Oklahoma Beekeepers Association. This meeting will be located at:
Garden Exhibition Center
3400 NW 36th Street
Oklahoma City, OK 73112
Our guest speaker will be Greg Hannaford. His is a member of Northeast Oklahoma Beekeepers Association and has Tulsa Urban Bee Company in Tulsa. Greg has over four hundred bee colonies and is the Chairman of the education committee for the American Beekeeping Federation. He has been a speaker at national forums. Don Molnar, from the Oklahoma Dept. of Agriculture, will be giving us his updates.
Registration will begin at 8:00AM and the meeting will start at 9:00AM. Donuts and coffee will be served. We will also be having a “pot luck” dinner. Drinks will be provided by OSBA. Also, we will have our traditional fundraising auction. Bringing items for auction would be appreciated. It is also our officer election meeting. Please consider running for the following positions: President, Vice President, Secretary, or Treasurer. Please inform me or Maribeth Snapp if you are interested in running for any of these positions. Do you know a person that you would like to see honored with the OSBA Beekeeper of the Year or Junior Beekeeper of the Year award? Check out the “Beekeeper of the Year” link for nomination forms and submit them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tommy Thornton will be present as a vendor for and may be reached at beekeepingetc.com or at 405-600-7200 for orders delivered to the meeting without shipping charges. Also, Kacey Cole with Dadant will be present as a vendor and may be reached at 877-632-3268 for orders delivered to the meeting without shipping charges.
I am looking forward to seeing all of you at the meeting and hope that your association is well represented.
The origin of the Oklahoma State Beekeepers Association has been traced back some 70 years. However, written records are very inconclusive or non-existent; therefore, the historical report has been based largely on people's recollections of dates and events.
The Oklahoma State Beekeepers Association was formed in 1938 or 1939, according to Mr. J. M. Goin of Rattan, Oklahoma. Mr. Goin worked for the Entomology Division of the Oklahoma State Department of Agriculture. He entered the department in 1938. Shortly after that, possibly in 1939, the first State Association was formed. Mr. Bob Blackwell of Oklahoma City was the first president.
Gradually the Association began to grow. More and more people became aware of the importance of beekeeping and the desire for recognition prompted them to join the Association and attend the meetings. During this period the meetings were held in the Skirvin Hotel in Oklahoma City. With the growing interest in beekeeping and with beekeepers scattered all over the state, this prompted the idea for beekeepers in different areas of the state to form local associations. Beekeepers in the northeastern section of the state were the first local to organize with the "Northeastern Oklahoma Beekeepers Association, with headquarters at Claremore in 1967. In March of 1968, the "East Central Oklahoma Beekeepers Association" was organized with headquarters in Ada, Oklahoma. In October of 1968, the Northwestern Oklahoma Beekeepers Association was formed at Enid. As previously stated, the State Association held most of their meetings in Oklahoma City; however, with the organization of various local associations over the state, this led to the ruling of having the spring meetings, which were designated as being educational: meetings, to be hosted by the local associations. In June 1969, the state meeting was held at Ada, Oklahoma, at the Fairgrounds building, hosted by the East Central Oklahoma Beekeepers Association. This turned out to be a very worthwhile meeting not only for the gracious hospitality of the host association, but also for the speech given by Dr. Wm. G. Peterson, famous allergy specialist. Dr. Peterson recommended pure raw honey as a cure for most allergies and hay fever patients. In two months time his speech had been printed some 20 thousand times in newspapers and medical journals all over the country. It was a "shot in the arm" for all beekeepers large and small.