President- Coral Still-Glosser
Vice-President- Renee Heldrich
Treasurer- Bea Walters
Secretary- Linda Gettys
Past Presidents- Julia Kurtz and Jeremy Barnes
Download a pdf copy of the York County Beekeepers Assocation Bylaws.
The York County Beekeepers Association was established in 1919 by a few beekeepers and has grown to a membership of over 180. We have a thriving community with a range of experience from newbees waiting for their first bees all the way up to the commercial level who provide pollination services for local orchards and farms and travel to California for almonds and Maine for blueberry crops. We also have commercial and smaller honey producers, suppliers of beekeeping equipment and products, and those who raise and sell local queens and bees.
Our focus is on education and every meeting has speakers from many areas of interest in beekeeping from around the globe. We have a mentorship program available to members, geared especially to newbees who want someone with experience to help guide them through the process of working in their hives. Volunteers all around the county make themselves available for this endeavor.
We also have members who teach beekeeping classes, volunteer for public events to educate the general public like the PA Garden Show, Herb Festival, Codorus Blast and the York Fair. Our members have spoken at York Rotary, The Jewish Community Center, Girl Scouts, public schools, day care centers and church groups this past year (2014).
We started and continue to support an initiative to raise local bees who have survived winter by encouraging members to split and either sell or give away "Nuc" boxes of overwintered local bees and queens. The bees have had a rough time of it for many years with varroa and tracheal mites, viruses, small hive beetle and wax moth resulting in tremendous losses. They don't need the added stress of being shipped hundreds of miles, crammed in a box with a queen who may or may not be effective in her job of laying eggs. We have experienced upwards of 40% losses from the packaged bees, a rate which is unacceptable, especially with the other issues they face. Survivor stock, we hope, may help with this.
Please check our meeting schedule and feel welcome to join us, we would love to have you!