The 2017 Golden Hive Tool Award
was presented to
The Mussenden Family
at our 2017 LACBA Annual Holiday Banquet
December 4, 2017
The Golden Hive Tool Award is our president’s choice of someone who has shown great dedication to the club and thereby improves peoples’ experience with beekeeping. This tradition was started by past president of the Los Angeles County Beekeepers Association, Clyde Steese, to honor a beekeeper in our association that has gone above and beyond in volunteering for the LACBA and who embodies the spirit of promoting the love of honeybees amongst other beekeepers and the community.
“It’s amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit.”
Harry Truman, our 33rd President of the United States said this, and this year’s Golden Hive Tool Award recipient personifies that very concept. Credit isn’t sought. But the opportunity to be helpful, to be useful, is indeed the mantra for this candidate.
Over the last three years, take a look at the variety of events hosted by the LACBA or related to its members. Perhaps consider printing out this daunting list and posting it on the wall. Wrap a blindfold over your eyes and arm yourself with an assortment of darts. Let them fly, and you are very unlikely to hit anywhere that you wouldn’t see this recipient:
Los Angeles County Beekeepers Association Beekeeping Class 101
Honey Harvest Festival in Fillmore
Los Angeles County Fair Bee Booth (for consecutive years)
The Valley Hive Honey Competition and Grand Reopening
AG Day LA
“Wild For the Plant Day” at the L.A Zoo
It’s conceivably easier to attempt to consider where they haven’t helped. But then again, in recent years, I quite literally could not find such an instance.
And it’s not just any help. But the best help. Here are some of the quotes from those who have worked with this candidate.
“The commitment to the bee club is extraordinary.”
“When everything seems lost, they always seem to show up and save the day. It’s uncanny, and eerily consistent.”
“Amazing. Dedicated. Talented. Consistent: Just a few adjectives I would use.”
The Los Angeles County Beekeepers Association is grateful to The Mussenden Family for their dedication to our association, to other beekeepers, and most of all, for their service to the bees.
The Los Angeles Beekeepers Association Golden Hive Tool Award was presented to The Mussenden Family by Jon Reese, incoming 2018 President of the Los Angeles County Beekeepers Association.