Information about this year’s Annual Meeting will be available in mid-summer. To view an archive of past Annual Meetings from 2001 through 2019, please click here. 

MSBA Beekeeper of the Year, Junior Beekeeper of the Year, and Lifetime Achievement Award Nominations

 The MSBA Beekeeper of the Year Award is given annually to a beekeeper who has demonstrated and promoted good honey bee management practices, and participated as a volunteer in the beekeeping community. The candidate must be a current member of the MSBA and can be nominated by a local chapter, a member in good standing of the MSBA or the MSBA Board of Directors. They must also currently own or manage honey bee colonies in Maine. The nomination letter should outline what the candidate has done to promote beekeeping and educate beekeepers, prospective beekeepers and the public over a period of time. Activities such as teaching bee schools, presenting to community organizations, demonstrations at fairs (county, state, horticulture or environmental), volunteering for MSBA and local beekeeping organizations, and media interviews will all be considered.

The Junior Beekeeper of the Year Award is also given when suitable nominations are received. That person must also be a member in good standing of the MSBA.

The Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes a beekeeper or a beekeeping couple who have over a period of years promoted beekeeping in Maine. Nomination letters should describe how they have reached out to the general public and other beekeepers, and should include examples of supportive activities such as teaching bee school or instructional venues, speaking to the general public, and mentoring and serving as a source of knowledge to new beekeepers.

Please email or mail forms to the MSBA president by no later than September 12, 2020. Awards will be presented at the MSBA Annual Meeting in October, whether occurs in person or via videoconference.

A nomination form may be downloaded here, or a PDF can be e-mailed to you by contacting vp@mainebeekeepers.org. Please submit completed forms to:

president@mainebeekeepers.org or
David Spicer
373 Hunts Meadow Rd
Whitefield, ME 04353

Dr Thomas Seeley Maine
Dr Thomas Seeley, 2009 and 2016 speaker
Dr. Jamie Ellis Maine
Dr. Jamie Ellis, 2019 speaker
Dr Dennis vanEngelsdorp Maine
Dr Dennis vanEngelsdorp, 2011 speaker