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Amended By-Laws of the Vermont Beekeepers Association, Inc. (V.B.A.)

THE VERMONT BEEKEEPERS ASSOCIATION, INC.

By-Laws of the Vermont Beekeepers Association, Inc. (V.B.A.)


ARTICLE I. ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP DUES

The annual membership dues shall be Fifteen Dollars ($15.00) for individuals and Twenty-five Dollars ($25.00) for families. The amounts may be amended from time to time at any meeting of the membership duly warned.

ARTICLE II. OFFICERS

Section 1.     The Officers shall be President, Vice President, Recording Secretary, Membership Secretary, Treasurer and immediate past president of the VBA,  elected annually by the membership of this Association. Alternate Officers for the positions of Secretary and Treasurer shall also be elected to fill in for the primary Officers should they be absent from a meeting. It shall be non-profit and shall be conducted in such a manner as to comply with the Rules and Regulations of the Internal Revenue Service.

Section 2.     Each Officer of the Association shall serve until his/her successor is elected and has assumed office. During their term of office, each Officer will have their yearly membership dues waived.

Section 3.     The term of office for President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer shall be for one year. One of these Officers may be re-elected for no more than three additional terms after which at least one year must elapse before he or she can be returned to the same office.

Section 4.     The President shall be the Chief Executive Officer of the Association, and when present, shall preside at all meetings of the membership and the Board of Directors. The President, unless some other person is specifically authorized by vote of the Board of Directors, shall sign all agreements and contracts of the Association. The President shall appoint the Chairman of such standing committees as are deemed necessary to carry out the aims and policies of the Association. He or she shall perform all the duties commonly incident to his/her office and such other duties as may be fixed and determined by the Board of Directors and not contrary to the Constitution or Section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code as amended.

Section 5.     The Vice President shall perform all duties of the President in the absence or disability of that Officer. He or she may also perform other duties as directed by the President.

Section 6.     The Treasurer shall have the care and custody of the funds and securities of the Association and deposit the same in the name of the V.B.A., in such bank or banks as the Board of Directors may elect. He or she shall sign all checks, drafts, notes and orders for the payment of money in accordance with such rules and regulations for the same as may be made by the Board. He or she shall keep an account of receipts and expenditures and other financial transactions of the Association; shall report such receipts, expenditures and transactions to the membership at the annual meeting, a statement which shall be audited by an auditor appointed by the President. He/she shall perform other such duties as maybe required of him/her by the Board of Directors.

Section 7.     It shall be the duty of the Recording Secretary to keep a record of all proceedings of the Association, and to conduct the correspondence of the same.

Section 8.     It shall be the duty of the Membership Secretary to record the name and address of all annual dues paid and date paid. It shall also be his/her duty to maintain a complete record of all physical property and equipment owned by this Association and of the location of same. He/she shall perform such other duties as may be required of him/her by the Board of Directors.

Section 9.     Any person or committee, who is responsible for conducting a sale, operating a honey booth at a farm show or other venue or otherwise engaging in business for Association members, shall see to it that all bills are paid and settlement made with participating members within thirty (30) days after the close of such business undertaking. A statement of quantity of goods sold, and monies received and disbursed shall be submitted to the President and Treasurer within thirty (30) days.

ARTICLE III. NOMINATING COMMITTEE

The President shall appoint, with the approval of the Board of Directors, a Nominating Committee of three, nor more than one of who shall be a member of the Board of Directors, who shall serve from the date of their appointment until the date of the first meeting of the Board of Directors following the annual meeting next ensuing. The Committee shall give continuous attention and study to the problem of securing suitable persons for Director services. The Committee shall present nominations at the annual meeting for vacancies on the Board of Directors and among the Officers of the Association occurring through expiration of terms of office and otherwise.

ARTICLE IV. ORDER OF BUSINESS

Business meetings of this Association shall include at a minimum: Call to order, reading of minutes of the previous meeting and intervening meetings of the Board of Directors, if requested, communications, Treasurer’s reports, reports of other Officers, unfinished business, new business, election of Officers as required by the by-laws, announcements, program and adjournment.

ARTICLE V. MEETINGS

Section 1a.     There shall be a minimum of two regular meetings of this Association, viz: a Winter meeting in conjunction with the Vermont Farm Show, and a Summer meeting at a place selected by the Board of Directors. The Summer meeting shall constitute the annual business meeting at which time officers shall be elected and other necessary business transacted.

Section 1b.     Educational meetings may be held under the aegis of the Agricultural Department of the University of Vermont or other non-profit Educational or Social Institution as determined by the Board of Directors who may set the time, place and agenda.

Section 2.     Other meetings may be called by the President or by a majority of the Board of Directors.

ARTICLE VI. RULES OF ORDER

The rules contained in Robert’s Rules of Order (revised) shall govern the organization in all cases in which they are applicable and not inconsistent with its Constitution and By-Laws.

ARTICLE VII. OTHER MATTERS

All matters not defined in this Constitution shall be as provided in the By-laws.

ARTICLE VIII. AMENDMENTS

The Constitution and By-Laws may be amended by a two-thirds vote of the members present at any regularly called meeting of the Association. Any proposed amendment shall have been presented to the Board of Directors for consideration and reported upon prior to action thereon by the Association. No such amendment shall be inconsistent with the provisions of the Rules and Regulations governing non-profit educational organizations.

 
THE VERMONT BEEKEEPERS ASSOCIATION, INC.

Constitution

ARTICLE I. NAME

The name of this organization, a nonprofit organization, shall be The Vermont Beekeepers Association, Inc. (hereinafter referred to as “V.B.A.”)

ARTICLE II. PURPOSE

The V.B.A. is formed to engage in activities which will promote the common interests and general welfare of Vermont’s beekeeping industry and to form a friendly bond of unity among the State’s beekeepers. It shall be non-profit and shall be conducted in such a way as to comply with the Rules and Regulations of the Internal Revenue Service governing such organizations.

ARTICLE III. MEMBERSHIP

Section 1. Membership in this organization shall consist of all those interested in, or engaged in, the beekeeping industry and paying dues as provided in the By-Laws.

Section 2. Membership dues are payable on an annual basis.

Section 3. Any person may be made an honorary member of this Association by a majority vote of the members present at any regular meeting.

ARTICLE IV. OFFICERS

Section 1. The Officers of the V.B.A. shall be: President, Vice President, Recording Secretary, Membership Secretary, Treasurer and Immediate past president, who shall constitute the Board of Directors.

Section 2. The Board of Directors shall meet at least once annually and at such intervals as is deemed necessary during the year. Said meeting shall be called at a time and place to be specified by the President, or by a majority of the Board of Directors. Three members of this Board shall constitute a quorum.

Section 3. The Board of Directors shall have the authority to transact all necessary business between annual meetings. No action by the Board, nor the membership shall be adopted contrary to any rule or regulation of the IRS Section 501(c).

ARTICLE V. MEETINGS

Section 1a. There shall be a minimum of two regular meetings of this Association, viz: a Winter meeting and a Summer meeting at a place selected by the Board of Directors. The Summer meeting shall constitute the annual business meeting at which time Officers shall be elected and other necessary business transacted.

Section 1b. Educational meetings may be held under the aegis of the Agricultural Department of the University of Vermont or other non-profit Educational or Social Institution as determined by the Board of Directors who may set the time, place and agenda.

Section 2. Other meetings may be called by the President or by a majority of the Board of Directors.

ARTICLE VI. RULES OF ORDER

The rules contained in Robert’s Rules of Order (revised) shall govern all meetings of the organization in all cases where they are applicable and not inconsistent with its Constitution and By-Laws.

ARTICLE VII. OTHER MATTERS

All matters not defined in this Constitution shall be as provided in the By-laws.

ARTICLE VIII. AMENDMENTS

The Constitution and By-Laws may be amended by a two-thirds vote of the members present at any regularly called meeting of the Association, provided that any proposed amendment shall have been presented to the Board of Directors for consideration and reported upon prior to action thereon by the Association and provided no such amendment is inconsistent with the provisions of the Rules and Regulations of the Internal Revenue Service.

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Who We Are and What We Do

vba2Since 1886 the VBA has promoted the general welfare of Vermont's Honey Industry, while sustaining a friendly body of unity among the state's beekeepers.  

The Vermont Beekeepers Association, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, represents hundreds of beekeepers that raise bees for the love and honey. We’re as diverse as the 246 towns in Vermont, but are unified in our fascination with and affection for bees. Most of us are hobbyists, but there are some “side liners” who try to make a bit of extra income from their 25-200 hives as well as a handful of full-time professionals. Join Today!

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Farewell to VBA

Outgoing VBA President Bill Mares gave the following speech at the 2011 Vermont Beekeepers Association Summer meeting last weekend...

Thanks for Stuart Alexander, Bill Smith, Beth Griffin, Paul Yanus and others for putting on such a fine summer meeting.

I want to thank you all for the opportunity to serve you and the bees for three years, two great groups of engaging billblogcreatures.

We've ridden the worries and concerns about CCD to record numbers of novice beekeepers. VBA now has almost 500 members. There are six local clubs around the state.

Many hands always make little work, and I've been blessed to have folks like Mike and Diane, and Valarie, and Mike Willard and Kim Greenwood, Greg Smela, Maddie Sobel who have borne much of the load.

We are close to getting status with the IRS to permit you to make a tax-deductible gifts to VBA.

Steve Parise and Ross Conrad have spear-headed an excellent certification program, with now over 20 members.

We've been awarded $25,000 in three grants to improve beekeeping in the state—newbies, queen-rearing and now "train the trainers."

I started keeping bees about 40 years ago, and I'm just as excited now as I was at the beginning. I love turning people onto the legal drug of beekeeping. I've fielded countless calls on swarms, diseases, insecticides, worried neighbors, and disappearing queens. I calculated that in seven years of teaching beekeeping at CVU, more than 500 have taken our classes with Scott Wilson, Russ Aceto, Rick Stoner and Mike Willard.

My service to VBA won't end here; as President of the Eastern Apicultural Society, I'll be thinking about bees every day from now until August 13, 2012. But I only took this job because I knew that Vermont's beekeepers were ready to help us put on the best EAS Conference since the LAST time Vermont was the host.

We have a wonderful organization, which is destined for even greater good work under Chas Mraz' leadership.

Thanks again, Bill

Vermont-Reared Queens

The following are raising Vermont Queens. Please contact them directly for further information.

Michael Willard - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. - Fairfax

Bob Hedges - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. - Hinesburg

Jack Rath - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. - W. Pawlet

Jennings Berger - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. - Brookline

Gib Geiger - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. - Waitsfield

John Mailloux - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. - Williamstown

John McNeil - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. - Orange

Genevieve Drutchas - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. - Putnamville

Mike Palmer - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. - St. Albans

Joshua White - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. -Westfield

Roland Smith - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  - Orwell

Bees and Equipment

Betterbee, Inc.

Brushy Mountain Bees

Dadant and Sons, Inc.

Green Mountain Bee Farm, LLC
Michael Willard
19 Birch Road
Fairfax, Vermont 05454
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Website: www.greenmountainbeefarm.com
We offer overwintered nucleus colonies with Vermont raised queens. We also offer our Vermont raised queens separately. *Our Spring Nucs for 2014 are sold out*  We are also sold out of Vermont Queens for the 2014 season.

Honey Bee Headquarters
Italian and Russian Packaged Bees
High Quality Woodware
ph: 424.246.6392
Website: www.honeybeeheadquarters.com

Lefevre Custom Woodworks, LLC
Mitch Lefevre
Essex Junction, VT 05452
ph. 413.281.9271
email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
website: www.lefevrecustomwoodworks.com
We offer a full range of beekeeping woodenware, including DOUBLE NUCS!! All of our woodenware is handmade in Vermont using local materials. If you have any questions please contact us.

Mann Lake Ltd.

Northwoods Apiaries
2770 Loop Road
Westfield, VT 05874
ph. 802-744-2007

Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Website: www.northwoodsapiaries.com

We offer our own 5-frame nucleus colonies, a complete line of essential beekeeping equipment, Vermont made woodenware, Honey Jars and Containers, Vermont produced Honey and pollination services. Let us help you get started!

Vermont Beekeeping Supplies Co.
John J. Tardie
68 Meadow Lane
Underhill, VT 05484
ph:802-899-5464
Beekeeping supplies and a complete line of honey jars.

Singing Cedars Apiaries
Roland and Deborah Smith
802.948.2057
Website: vtbees.com
5 frame overwintered and spring nucleus colonies, also northern survivor queens.

Vermont Beekeeping Supply
Marke & Sheri Englert
PO Box 31
Williamstown, VT 05679
ph: 802-433-9897
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Website: www.vtbee.com
Hive components, tools, accessories, clothing, packaged bees, queens, nucs, swarm capture. Visit our website for details on all our services.

Walter Kelley

Weeping Pine Farm & Apiaries
John Mailloux
677 VT Rte 14
Williamstown, VT 05679
802-249-0390
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

For spring we are offering 3lb packages of bees available for pick-up on May 8th.  Please email or call us for more information or to reserve your package.


VBA Members may list their businesses at no charge as part of their membership benefit. Links to national beekeeping businesses are provided as a courtesy and no endorsement by VBA should be implied. Please send your listing request or questions to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

 

 

 

 

 

Other Products & Services

The Bee Well Book, A Tribute To The HoneybeeBEEWELLCOVER

An important part of  the Bee Well Mission is to support and raise awareness about the honeybees. This book is a collection of art work, photographs, poetry, interviews,  song lyrics, recipes and more bee-ish art from people that are so special and so unique in their own way.  I hope you all enjoy this BEE-autiful collection of  art and creative energy, all for a good cause! This book is my tribute… All of the author’s profits (that’s me!) will go to support healthy honeybee life. For more information on The Bee Well Book and Bee Well Massage:

Contact: Melissa Brodeur, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Ph: 802.BEE.WELL (233.9355), Burlington, VT
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Honey & Products for Sale

To make a purchase of one of the items listed, please contact the Vermont Beekeeper Association member directly. Be sure to tell them you are responding to their ad on this site. We thank you for your purchase of our Vermont Honey products. 


Bee Haven Honey Farm - We have true local raw honey available. It's not been heated at all and only wax filtered out. It's not crystallized yet so still prime for bottling if others need more honey at this point. Contact us at 802-223-7316 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you're interested.

Champlain Valley Apiaries - We sell honey, candles, cosmetics, bees wax and many Gift packs. Our web address is champlainvalleyhoney.com. Our toll free # is (800) 841-7334 Our local # is (802) 388-7724 Fax is (802) 388-1653.

Dancing Bee Gardens, Ross Conrad, www.dancingbeegardens.com. Raw honey produced without chemicals and antibiotics, Organic beekeeping information, Natural Beekeeping: Organic Approaches To Modern Apiculture.

French Hill Apiaries - Honey produced in the northern Champlain valley. Bulk and Wholesale. Comb Honey in season. Overwintered nucleus colonies. Queens open mated here in Vermont, June 15-August 15. Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Heavenly Honey Apiary in Monkton, VT. Selling pure-natural honey. To see our Vermont Honey offerings, please visit our website at www.vtbeekeeper.com, or give us a call at (802) 333-0084.

Sanderson Hill Farm, West Charleston, VT : High Quality local honey from the heart of the Northeast kingdom, available in 1lb, 2lb & 5lb jars: Contact Aaron Young at (802) 748-3034 or Larry Young at (802) 895-2889

Local Pollinators & Extractors

Pollination Services

Small scale pollination services in or near Windham County, VT.
Please contact: Jennings Berger, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Northwoods Apiaries, 2770 Loop Road, Westfield, Vermont 05874
Ph: 802-744-2007, www.northwoodsapiaries.com
We do pollination for a few vt orchards.

Heavenly Honey Apiary- Monkton,Northern Addison County, and Southern Chittenden County. We proviede small scale pollination services. Call 802-333-0084 for 2014 pricing.

Extracting Services

Heavenly Honey Apiary - Contact us if you need honey to be extracted from your frames but do not possess the tools to do so. We offer this service. Please view our honey extraction page for requirements and fees.
Contact: Scott Wilson - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. - ph:802-333-0084

Vermont Beekeeping Supplies Co.
John J. Tardie
68 Meadow Lane
Underhill, VT 05484
802-899-5464
Honey extractor package to rent. (Two frame extractor, electric uncapping knife, capping scratcher, double sieve, two 60lb pails.) $29 per day.

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