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LA COUNTY FAIR - BEE BOOTH

About the Los Angeles County Beekeepers Association!

 

"Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much." 

Helen Keller

Our Objectives:

  • To promote the interest of bee culture and beekeeping within Los Angeles County.
  • To enhance the education of the general public and of the association members concerning the important roles of honeybees in the natural, rural, and urban worlds.
  • To provide information for the closer cooperation of beekeepers with apiculture researchers and public agencies that they may work together for the promotion of systematic, managed beekeeping in the County of Los Angeles.

Our Beginning:

On Saturday, August 18, 1873, the nine founding members of the Los Angeles County Beekeepers Association held its first meeting in El Monte, California. A Constitution and By-Laws were adopted and the following officers were elected: President: John T. Gordon, Vice-Presidents: Thomas A. Garvey and W. T. Martin, Secretary: William M. Rasmussen, Treasurer: J.C. Bames.  Members: Henry Beekley, L.M. Rasmussen, Levi Richardson, and A.J. Davidson were in attendance. The Los Angeles County Beekeepers Association has met continuously since then. When Robert's Rules of Order were published in 1876 as a "guide to fair and orderly procedures in meetings" they were adopted by the LACBA.

2017 Officers of the Los Angeles County Beekeepers Association:  

President:  Jeremy Jensen
Jeremy Jensen has been a member of the Los Angeles County Beekeepers Association for the past seven years. He was the 2015 and 2016 Vice President of our club. In the seven years Jeremy has been keeping bees, he's accumulated approximately thirty hives.  

 

Vice President: Stacy McKenna
Stacy McKenna has a degree in civil/environmental engineering, and is working on her Masters in Library and Information Science. Currently the Menu Archivist for the Los Angeles Public Library (LAPL), she has also volunteered at both the LAPL Central Library Art Department and the Natural History Museum's Research Library. She was raised doing things like recycling and keeping vegetable gardens before it became "green." When not at a library, she keeps herself busy with projects like low-water vegetable gardening techniques, greywater systems, knitting, and of course, beekeeping. She became the club's secretary in 2010. While merely a hobbyist with a single hive, she finds all aspects of beekeeping fascinating, from observing local native species to supporting the commercial guys through their trials, tribulations and triumphs. Stacy received the *LACBA Golden Hive Tool Award in 2013. 
 

Secretary: Ruth Askren
Ruth became a beekeeper in 2009 as a project to do together with her aging father. At the time she was teaching art in elementary school, but she soon came down with what is known as “Bee Fever”. She joined a local beekeeping club that focused on swarm captures, removals, and relocations of unwanted feral bee colonies. However, the hives she kept in her backyard were her real love and she helped many friends get started with theirs. In 2012 she left her art-teaching job and established Bee Capture, a live bee removal company. However, many of her clients wanted bees of their own, but couldn’t care for them. Bee Capture came to offer an annual subscription for monthly scheduled beehive maintenance, serving estates, restaurants and private residences. Soon the feral bees were replaced with those of known genetics, and The Hive Tribe was born. As of today, Ruth cares for a total of about 60 hives, at sites which vary from one to 12 hives each, from Point Dume to mid-city. She sends removal calls to other beekeepers according to their geographical areas. ruth@thehivetribe.com 

Treasurer: Bill Rathfelder
Bill Rathfelder retired from Lockheed as an aeronautical engineer after fifty years of service. Bill's interest in bees goes way back to childhood. He became actively involved with beekeeping over fifty years ago. Bill passed his interest in bees onto his sons when they were kids. He built them an observation hive and they kept it in their room. Bill became a member of the LACBA  in 1999. He's been volunteering at the LA County Bee Booth for over ten years. In 2000 Bill received the LA County Fair Award for Best Hobbyiest Beekeeper and in 2012, he received the *LACBA Golden Hive Tool Award. Although Bill no longer maintains a lot of hives, he heads up to the almonds every year with his fellow beekeepers. For the past nine years has served as the LACBA treasurer. 

Assistant Treasurer: Jon Reese
Jon was born in Culver City and grew up in Canoga Park. He graduated from Chatsworth High School in 1969, then attended SFVSC where he received a BA in Ceramics.  Jon traveled throughout United States and Europe during school summers.  He established pottery in 1976, built kilns, and produced hand-thrown utilitarian ware. In 1981, Jon apprenticed into the tile industry and in 1994 opened his own tile contracting company, Stoneware Tile, that has operated for the past 22 years. From 1998 to the present, Jon has been a signatory to Local Union18.  From 2000 to the present, he has been the management officer of the Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee.  How Jon ‘got into bees’: “In 2011 bees moved into the eaves of our house," he says. Jon contacted Walter McBride, a seasoned beekeeper and member of the Los Angeles Beekeepers Association. Walt helped him move the bees out of the eaves and into a hive box. That was the beginning of Jon’s beekeeping career. Since 2011, Jon has been a hobbyist beekeeper. He presently has 19 hives. In 2016, Jon was awarded the *LACBA Golden Hive Tool Award. Jon is dedicated to service, especially helping beekeepers with their bees. He volunteered countless hours at the Bee Booth at the LA County Fair, educating the public on bees and beekeeping. This is Jon’s first term as Assistant Treasurer with the LACBA. stonewaretile@sbcglobal.net 

*The LACBA Golden Hive Tool Award is our President’s choice of someone who has shown great dedication to the club and thereby improved people’s experience of beekeeping.

Our Community:

We are a diverse community populated by individuals from all walks of life. We are brought together by our interest in and love of the honeybee. We're composed of bee hobbyists, bee enthusiasts, small scale beekeepers, and commercial beekeepers who make our living from working with bees. Whether a new bee or a long time beekeeper we share our experience and knowledge with each other and others. Our members unselfishly give of our time and energy to help ourselves and others better understand and care for the honeybee. We are involved in beekeeping on an individual, group, state, national, and international level.