Maine State Beekeepers Association, Inc. Beekeeper of the Year Criteria
The Maine State Beekeepers Association, Inc. (MSBA) Beekeeper of the Year Award is given annually to a beekeeper that has, over a period of years, demonstrated and promoted good beekeeping, improved the public image of the industry, and served the industry as a volunteer.
The candidate for the Award must be a member in good standing of the Maine State Beekeepers Association and shall be nominated by a local Chapter, an MSBA member in good standing or by a member of the MSBA Board of Directors. The candidate also must currently own or manage honeybee colonies in the state of Maine.
Nomination is made by letter or email to the MSBA President one week prior to the Board of Directors meeting held the month before the Annual Meeting. The letter should outline what the candidate has done to promote beekeeping and educate beekeepers, prospective beekeepers and the non-beekeeping public over a period of time. Activities such as teaching beekeeper short courses or Chapter Bee Schools, presentations to community organizations, demonstrations at fairs (county, state, horticulture or environmental), volunteering for the State and local beekeeping organizations and media interviews or presentations will all be considered.
The Board will evaluate the nominations submitted and select one winner to be announced at the Annual Meeting.
A selection of previous Beekeeper of the Year winners can be found here »