FT. MYERS, FL -- For the first time since 1997, the Florida State
Beekeepers Association has crowned a Florida Honey Queen.
The Beekeepers Association of Southwest Florida (BASF) crowned Jayla
Gillaspie, 17, as their Honey Queen for 2010. At the 90th Annual
Convention for Florida State Beekeepers Association (FSBA), she was
crowned Florida Honey Queen for the year 2011.
The Honey Queen Program, begun in the 1930's, is an ambassadorship
of sorts. Traditionally, young ladies are crowned by local beekeeper
associations and hold their post for one year. At the end of that
time period, they compete at the annual convention of the FSBA for
the State Honey Queen position. After one year as the State Honey
Queen, she attends the American Beekeeping Federation (ABF)
conference and competes with other states Queens.
The Honey Queen program is a knowledge contest, not a beauty
contest. These young ladies, ranging in age from 17 to 24, are
usually beekeepers or have grown up on an apiary, assisting their
parents or other relatives with the bees. In the case of the Florida
Honey Queen, Jayla, she is a beekeeper who maintains her own hives
and even sells her honey locally. Jayla has been a beekeeper for
more than five years.
Queen Jayla will travel throughout the State of Florida over the
next year lecturing and giving cooking demonstrations using honey
recipes. She is available to schools, scout groups, religious groups
and other local bee associations. Queen Jayla will be available for
media interviews as well.
To arrange for a visit by Queen Jayla or for more information please
contact Beth Fox at (407) 702-2853 or via email at FlaHQP@aol.com.
The Beekeepers Association of Southwest Florida (BASF) was pleased to
announce the 2010 Florida State Beekeepers Association Annual
Convention which will be held in Southwest Florida on October 28, 29
& 30, 2010.
The Convention, Annual Business Meeting, BBQ/Cookout, Convention
Seminars, and the Awards Banquet were member only events.
You had to be a member of the Florida State Beekeepers Association (FSBA)
to attend these events. Note: If you are a member of our local
association (BASF), then you are also a member of the FSBA.
The GENERAL PUBLIC was invited to Saturday's "A Day in the
Bee Yard" for a walk-in admission price of $15.00
The Pre-Registration ADMISSION Price for the Convention
was $40.00 and was open for members only.
The event began with the Annual Business Meeting&
BBQ/Cookout for Members on the evening of Thursday 28 October
Location of the Business Meeting and BBQ/Cookout was at
Keith and Melissa's. The BBQ/Cookout was INCLUDED in the
Pre-Registration ADMISSION Price for members.
The Convention was held at the
Estero Community Park, Estero, FL on Friday & Saturday October
29 & 30, 2010. Seminars and Vendors were in the Park
Recreation Center and on the Park Grounds.
A Day in the Bee Yard: A LIVE BEE YARD will also be on the
Park grounds for training on Saturday, October 30, 2010
(8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.). This portion of the convention will be
the only portion open to the general public on a walk-in basis.
Admission has been set at $15 for first member of household and $10
for each additional member of the same household. 8:00 to 4:30
Hive Assembly (Both Standard and Top Bar Types)
Lighting of Smokers and Proper Fuels to Use
Queen Production and Identification ~ Ted Miksa
Honey Extracting & Bottling ~ Bert Kelley
Honeybee Diseases and Parasites
Honey Products ~ David Webb
Wax Reclamation, Refining, and Processing ~ John Adams
Bee Beard (Live Bees on Face to form Beard) Demonstration ~
Laurence Cutts (also possibly Keith Councell)
Bee Products Medicinal (hand creams, propolis, etc.) ~
Indoor exhibits demonstration/classes, outdoor live bee hive
exhibits, and more: SEE PROGRAM SCHEDULE If
you have your own veils and protective gear, please bring. If
you don't own a protective gear, then we will have loaners.
BANQUET: The banquet was held at The Holiday Inn
(see below). It's a really nice new hotel with a restaurant, fitness
center, and was close by a large shopping center for
browsing/shopping if you have any free time. Banquet Menu:
Chicken Italian, Pasta Primavera, Green Beans Almandine, Garlic
Bread, Antipasto, Chef’s choice Dessert, Coffee/Tea
HOTELS: Arrangements were made with hotel close to
the park for attendees. The Hotel was approximately 7 miles
(only 11 minutes) from the Convention. We encouraged everybody to
REGISTER EARLY and stay at the Holiday Inn which was also where
the Banquet was held and VERY CLOSE to the Convention and the
same Hotel where the Banquet will be.
The Holiday Inn Fort Myers $89.00 included full breakfast
... and also was the *BANQUET SITE*
Airport @ Town Center
9931 Interstate Commerce Dr.
Fort Myers, FL 33913
Will be held Thursday, October 28, 2010 in
Estero, FL preceding the Florida State Beekeepers Association
October 2010 Master Beekeeper Registration
Flyer Available Online!
Click here to view the October 2010 Master Beekeeper flyer
including schedules and a printable registration form.
Convention Planning Committee Meeting Will Meet Again on Sunday, October 17, 2010 at
2:00 p.m. at the
Estero Community Park, Estero Florida
All club members were INVITED, especially those who wished to help out
with the final preparations, or who were interested in knowing more
about what the park and community center had to offer (check out
the amenities, grounds, recreation center, etc.)
HERE and enter your address for driving directions from your
place to the Park
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