February 21, 2019

Maine State Beekeepers Association Annual Meeting 2018

The Maine State Beekeepers Association Annual Meeting 2018 will be held on Saturday, October 13th at SKY-HY Conference Center in Topsham, ME from 9 am – 5 pm (registration begins at 8:00 am).

Please note: Online registration is now closed. You can still register at the door on the day of the event.

This year’s event is hosted by the Sagadahoc County Beekeepers

Join us for a day of learning, conversation, honey tasting contest, dozens of raffle items, beekeeping supply vendors and and lunch. Please be aware that only cash and checks will be accepted for raffle tickets and Annual Meeting T-shirts, and that there is no ATM at the venue. Please plan accordingly.

*Current MSBA Membership is required to attend the Annual Meeting

Guest Speakers


Dr. John A. Skinner

John Skinner Ph.D. is a professor and Extension Bee Specialist working in the Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology at the University of Tennessee. His areas of specialty include pollination ecology of native and crop species, bee pest and disease IPM, and developing floral resource habitat to sustain and promote pollination. Dr. Skinner will be speaking on the following topics:  “Understanding Varroa mites: biology, vectoring viruses and management” and “Reliable research-based beekeeping internet sources.”




Photo credit: Misha Vargas of the Maine NRCS

Eric Venturini is a Partner Biologist with the USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service and The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation, and will be speaking on pollinator conservation efforts in Maine.






Jennifer Lund – Maine State Apiarist

Maine State Apiarist Jennifer Lund will present “State of the State” in which she’ll share what she’s observed in her hive inspections throughout the state over the past year.





  • Video presentation on the Georgetown Central Elementary School Bee Project.


Annual business meeting:

Presentation of awards and election of new MSBA board officers and directors.



President: David Spicer – David established a beekeeping supply business in Whitefield five years ago. He is currently MSBA vice president and past president of Knox-Lincoln County Beekeepers.
Vice President: Judith Stanton – Judith is an at-large director of MSBA and has held offices in Sagadahoc County Beekeepers. She keeps bees in Harpswell, where she serves on town committees and is the director of the community garden.
Secretary: Jane Dunston – Jane is the current president and Bee School Director of Knox-Lincoln County Beekeepers, and represents KLCB as their MSBA chapter rep. She works as an emergency room nurse  and raises llamas and chickens in Newcastle.
Treasurer: Keith Kettelhut – Keith is the current president of Cumberland County Beekeepers and a scoutmaster for Boy Scout Troop 109 in Lisbon Falls. He is a satellite communications engineer, and works for WMTW TV-8 operating and maintaining their satellite truck. He lives in Durham.

At-Large Directors:

Bob Genest – Bob lives in Enfield and helped start up Northern Penobscot County Beekeepers in 2015. He was the Director of Pharmacy at five Maine hospitals before retiring.
Chris Rogers – Chris operates Backwoods Bee Farm in Windham, selling beekeeping supplies and teaching classes. He is an EAS Master Beekeeper.
Mike McNally – has served on the board of Sagadahoc County Beekeepers, including as president. He lives in Brunswick and is a retired podiatrist.
Opal Staudenmaier – Opal lives in Gorham and is a member of Cumberland County Beekeepers. She works as a Software Developer at IDEXX Laboratories, Inc. and is the web-keeper for MSBA’s website.
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