Beekeeping in Vermont

Beekeeping in Vermont

By-Laws & Constitution

THE VERMONT BEEKEEPERS ASSOCIATION, INC.

By-Laws of the Vermont Beekeepers Association, Inc. (V.B.A.)

ARTICLE I. MEMBERSHIP and DUES

Existing members must pay membership dues before the membership date of expiration and all members must pay dues in accordance with one of the following types of membership:

  • Regular Individual membership (one year): Fifteen Dollars ($15)

  • Regular Individual membership (three years): Forty Dollars ($40)

  • Family membership (One Year): Twenty Five Dollars ($25)

  • Family Membership (Three Years): Sixty Five Dollars ($65)

  • Student Membership (one year): Five Dollars ($5)

The types of memberships and the amounts for dues may be amended from time to time at any meeting of the membership duly warned.

ARTICLE II. OFFICERS

Section 1. The Officers shall be President, Vice President, Recording Secretary, Membership Secretary, Treasurer, Director-at-Large, and immediate past president of the VBA, elected annually by the membership of this Association. It shall be non-profit and shall be conducted in such a manner as to comply with the Rules and Regulations of the Internal Revenue Service. The President may appoint advisors to the board. These advisors are non-voting and serve to advise and assist the board.

Section 2. Each Officer of the Association shall serve until his/her successor is elected and has assumed office. During their term of office, each Officer will have their yearly membership dues waived.

Section 3. The terms of office for President, Vice President, Secretaries, and Treasurer and Director-at-Large shall be for one year. The President and Vice President may serve no more than three consecutive terms.

Section 4. The President shall be the Chief Executive Officer of the Association, and when present, shall preside at all meetings of the membership and the Board of Directors. The President, unless some other person is specifically authorized by vote of the Board of Directors, shall sign all agreements and contracts of the Association. The President shall appoint the Chairman of such standing committees as are deemed necessary to carry out the aims and policies of the Association. He or she shall perform all the duties commonly incident to his/her office and such other duties as may be fixed and determined by the Board of Directors and not contrary to the Constitution or Section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code as amended. The president shall hold at least four board meetings per year and these may be conducted online, by telephone, or in person. Votes may occur via electronic mail or a voice vote.

Section 5. The Vice President shall perform all duties of the President in the absence or disability of that Officer. He or she may also perform other duties as directed by the President.

Section 6. The Treasurer shall have the care and custody of the funds and securities of the Association and deposit the same in the name of the V.B.A., in such bank or banks as the Board of Directors may elect. He or she shall sign all checks, drafts, notes and orders for the payment of money in accordance with such rules and regulations for the same as may be made by the Board. He or she shall keep an account of receipts and expenditures and other financial transactions of the Association; shall report such receipts, expenditures and transactions to the membership at the annual meeting, a statement which shall be audited by an auditor appointed by the President. He/she shall perform other such duties as may be required of him/her by the Board of Directors.

Section 7. It shall be the duty of the Recording Secretary to keep a record of all proceedings of the Association, and to conduct the correspondence of the same, including posting of the minutes of board meetings and the winter and summer meetings on the organization’s website. He or she may also perform other duties as directed by the Board of Directors.

Section 8. It shall be the duty of the Membership Secretary to record the name and address of each member and the date dues were paid. He/she shall perform other such duties as may be required of him/her by the Board of Directors.

Section 9. It shall be the duty of the Director-at-large to perform such duties as may be required of him/her by the Board of Directors.

Section 10 Any vacancy on the Board shall be filled by a member appointed by majority of the Directors then in office whether or not a quorum. Incumbents thus appointed shall serve until the next regularly scheduled election of officers by the membership.

Section 11 Any person or committee, who is responsible for conducting a sale, operating a honey booth at a farm show or other venue or otherwise engaging in business for Association members, shall see to it that all bills are paid and settlement made with participating members within thirty (30) days after the close of such business undertaking. A statement of quantity of goods sold, and monies received and disbursed shall be submitted to the President and Treasurer within thirty (30) days.

ARTICLE III. NOMINATING COMMITTEE

The President shall appoint, at least 90 days prior to the annual (summer) meeting, with the approval of the Board of Directors, a Nominating Committee of not less than three, not more than one of whom shall be a member of the Board of Directors, who shall serve from the date of their appointment until the date of the first meeting of the Board of Directors following the annual meeting next ensuing. The Committee shall give continuous attention and study to securing suitable persons for Director services. The Committee shall present nominations at the annual meeting for vacancies on the Board of Directors and among the Officers of the Association occurring through expiration of terms of office and otherwise. The names of the nominees chosen by the nominating committee are to be provided to the Board of Directors at least 30 days prior to the date of the Summer meeting.

ARTICLE IV. ORDER OF BUSINESS

Business meetings of this Association shall include at a minimum: Call to order, reading review of minutes of the previous meeting and intervening meetings of the Board of Directors, if requested, communications, Treasurer’s reports, reports of other Officers, unfinished business, new business, election of Officers as required by the by-laws, announcements, program, and adjournment.

ARTICLE V. MEETINGS

Section 1a. There shall be a minimum of two regular meetings of this Association, viz: a Winter meeting and a Summer meeting at a place selected by the Board of Directors. The Summer meeting shall constitute the annual business meeting at which time officers shall be elected and other necessary business transacted.

Section 1b Educational meetings and workshops may be presented by the Vermont Beekeepers Association alone or in conjunction with other organizations such as the University of Vermont, the Vermont Bee Lab, or the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food, and Markets.

Section 2. Other meetings may be called by the President or by a majority of the Board of Directors.

ARTICLE VI. RULES OF ORDER

The rules contained in Robert’s Rules of Order (revised) shall govern the organization in all cases in which they are applicable and not inconsistent with its Constitution and By-Laws.

ARTICLE VII. AMENDMENTS

The Constitution and By-Laws may be amended by a two-thirds vote of the members present at any appropriately warned meeting of the Association. Any proposed amendment shall have been presented to the Board of Directors for consideration and reported upon prior to action thereon by the Association. No such amendment shall be inconsistent with the provisions of the Rules and Regulations governing non-profit educational organizations.

ARTICLE VIII. Finance

An operational budget is to be developed by the board of directors for approval by the membership at the Summer meeting. The budget shall contain the yearly spending plan for the VBA.

 

THE VERMONT BEEKEEPERS ASSOCIATION, INC.

Constitution

ARTICLE I. NAME

The name of this organization, a nonprofit organization, shall be The Vermont Beekeepers Association, Inc. (hereinafter referred to as “V.B.A.”)

ARTICLE II. PURPOSE

The V.B.A. is formed to engage in activities which will promote the common interests and general welfare of Vermont’s beekeeping industry and to form a friendly bond of unity among the State’s beekeepers. It shall be non-profit and shall be conducted in such a way as to comply with the Rules and Regulations of the Internal Revenue Service governing such organizations.

ARTICLE III. MEMBERSHIP

Section 1. Membership in this organization shall consist of all those interested in, or engaged in, the beekeeping industry and paying dues as provided in the By-Laws.

Section 2. Membership dues are payable according to the selected membership plan.

Section 3. Any person may be made an honorary member of this Association by a majority vote of the members present at any regular meeting. This person has all the rights and privileges of a regular VBA member.

ARTICLE IV. BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Section 1. The positions on the V.B.A. Board of Directors shall be the Officers - President, Vice President, Recording Secretary, Membership Secretary, Treasurer, and Immediate past president, plus one Director-at-large who shall constitute the Board of Directors.

Section 2. The Board of Directors shall meet at least once annually and at such intervals as is deemed necessary during the year. Said meeting shall be called at a time and place to be specified by the President, or by a majority of the Board of Directors. Three members of this Board shall constitute a quorum.

Section 3. The Board of Directors shall have the authority to transact all necessary business between annual meetings. No action by the Board, nor the membership shall be adopted contrary to any rule or regulation of the IRS Section 501(c).

ARTICLE V. MEETINGS

Section 1a. There shall be a minimum of two regular meetings of this Association, viz: a Winter meeting and a Summer meeting at a place selected by the Board of Directors. The Summer meeting shall constitute the annual business meeting at which time Officers shall be elected and other necessary business transacted.

Section 1b. Educational meetings and workshops may be presented by the Vermont Beekeepers Association alone or in conjunction with other organizations such as the University of Vermont, the Vermont Bee Lab or the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food, and Markets.

Section 2. Other meetings may be called by the President or by a majority of the Board of Directors.

ARTICLE VI. RULES OF ORDER

The rules contained in Robert’s Rules of Order (revised) shall govern all meetings of the organization in all cases where they are applicable and not inconsistent with its Constitution and By-Laws.

ARTICLE VII. OTHER MATTERS

All matters not defined in this Constitution shall be as provided in the By-laws.

ARTICLE VIII. AMENDMENTS

The Constitution and By-Laws may be amended by a two-thirds vote of the members present at any regularly called meeting of the Association, provided that any proposed amendment shall have been presented to the Board of Directors for consideration and reported upon prior to action thereon by the Association and provided no such amendment is inconsistent with the provisions of the Rules and Regulations of the Internal Revenue Service.

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Details

These By-laws and Constitution approved by membership October 17, 2020

2020 VBA Winter Meeting Agenda

Agenda for VBA Winter Meeting

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Location: Champlain Valley Exposition
105 Pearl St. Essex Junction, VT 05452

Expo North, A and B Conference Rooms

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Who We Are and What We Do

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Since 1886 the VBA has promoted the general welfare of Vermont's Apiculture Industry while sustaining a friendly body of unity among the state's beekeepers.  

The Vermont Beekeepers Association, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, represents over 900 beekeepers that raise bees for the love and honey and in many cases, to make a living. We're as diverse as the 246 towns in Vermont, but are unified in our fascination with and affection for bees. VBA members range from hobbyists with one or two colonies to sideliners who try to make a bit of extra income from their 25-200 colonies as well as a number of full-time professional migratory and commercial apiculture enterprises. Join Today!

In total, our 14,000 colonies produce about 700,000 pounds of honey per year

We want to help our members become Bee KEEPERS, not Bee HAVERS.  Please look around and get involved! The bees depend on you for their very survival and your satisfaction.

Some of the things we offer:

  • Nurture beginning beekeepers and support experienced ones with tested information and practices 
  • Share information about problems facing bees and their solutions
  • Help develop markets for beekeeping products
  • Be alert to all state and national laws related to beekeeping and the production and marketing of honey and waxvbaworkshop24050810
  • Promote understanding between the beekeepers of the state, the nation and the world
  • Promote public awareness of honey bee importance for pollination
  • Foster interactions with the other members of the agricultural community  
  • Help develop programs for young people wanting to become beekeepers   
  • An ever-growing and user-friendly web site  
  • VBA Newsletters  
  • Mentor Programs
  • Young beekeeper scholarship program  
  • Educational workshops around the state 
  • Detailed workshop notes for self-guided learning
  • Winter and summer all-membership meetings  
  • Swarm list  
  • Cookbooks  
  • Discounted subscription (20%) to Bee Culture magazine, when placed by telephone

VBA Leadership 

President: Andrew Munkres

Vice President: Jeff Battaglini

Treasurer: Richard Roy

Recording Secretary: Fred Putnam, Jr.

Membership Secretary: Laura Johnson

Director At Large: James T. Key

Immediate Past President: Jack Rath

Advisory Board Members: Bill Mares, Samantha Alger, Greg Smela, Scott Wilson, and Brooke Decker (State Apiculturist.)


Questions?

Please use our Contact page.

Farewell to VBA

Outgoing VBA President Bill Mares gave the following speech at the 2011 Vermont Beekeepers Association Summer meeting last weekend...

Thanks for Stuart Alexander, Bill Smith, Beth Griffin, Paul Yanus and others for putting on such a fine summer meeting.

I want to thank you all for the opportunity to serve you and the bees for three years, two great groups of engaging billblogcreatures.

We've ridden the worries and concerns about CCD to record numbers of novice beekeepers. VBA now has almost 500 members. There are six local clubs around the state.

Many hands always make little work, and I've been blessed to have folks like Mike and Diane, and Valarie, and Mike Willard and Kim Greenwood, Greg Smela, Maddie Sobel who have borne much of the load.

We are close to getting status with the IRS to permit you to make a tax-deductible gifts to VBA.

Steve Parise and Ross Conrad have spear-headed an excellent certification program, with now over 20 members.

We've been awarded $25,000 in three grants to improve beekeeping in the state—newbies, queen-rearing and now "train the trainers."

I started keeping bees about 40 years ago, and I'm just as excited now as I was at the beginning. I love turning people onto the legal drug of beekeeping. I've fielded countless calls on swarms, diseases, insecticides, worried neighbors, and disappearing queens. I calculated that in seven years of teaching beekeeping at CVU, more than 500 have taken our classes with Scott Wilson, Russ Aceto, Rick Stoner and Mike Willard.

My service to VBA won't end here; as President of the Eastern Apicultural Society, I'll be thinking about bees every day from now until August 13, 2012. But I only took this job because I knew that Vermont's beekeepers were ready to help us put on the best EAS Conference since the LAST time Vermont was the host.

We have a wonderful organization, which is destined for even greater good work under Chas Mraz' leadership.

Thanks again, Bill

Beekeeping Equipment

Betterbee, Inc.

Dadant and Sons, Inc.

Mann Lake Ltd.

Northwoods Apiaries

Vermont Beekeeping Supply


Links to national beekeeping businesses are provided as a courtesy and no endorsement by VBA should be implied. Please send your listing request or questions to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Other Products & Services

Beekeeping Classes/education - www.suddabeeshoney.com. Classes ranging from beginner to advanced, grafting, splitting/swarms, overwintering and more.

Organic Beekeeping classes, presentations and workshops, Ross Conrad, Dancing Bee Gardens, PO Box 443, Middlebury, VT 05753 - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. - beginner and advanced level courses, beeswax healing salves and candles, beekeeping books and DVDs.


Veterinary Services, Deborah Pasho, DVM - I am a veterinarian providing bee services (VFDs, prescriptions, disease diagnosis, treatment recommendations, etc). I am licensed in VT and NH and located in Hartland, VT. Email is This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Cell is 603-244-6343.


Links to VBA member's businesses are provided as a courtesy and is not an endorsement by VBA. Please send your listing request or questions to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Honey & Products for Sale

To make a purchase of one of the items listed, please contact the Vermont Beekeeper Association member directly. Be sure to tell them you are responding to their listing on this site.

We thank you for your purchase of our Vermont Honey products. Please send your listing request or questions to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Bee Happy Vermont - Starksboro, VT. 100% Pure Beeswax candles, fresh Vermont Honey, Lip balm, and Honey treats, produced by Pedro Salas and the Bee Happy Bees. Honey and candles can be ordered online at: www.beehappyvermont.com, by phone: (802) 453-7996, or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
 

Bees on Broadway - Honey, and natural body care products using our own filtered beeswax and honey. Lip balm, salves/balms, lotions, and old-fashioned herbal soaps. Please visit our Facebook page for product information: www.facebook.com/beesonbroadway/. Phone: 802-233-6864  Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Bulldog Honey and Bee Keeping Supplies LLC - Underhill, Vermont. We sell all types of beehive equipment, and services. Our website is www.bulldoghoneybeekeepingsupplies.com. Phone: 802-923-6146 or email us at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Busy Bee Honey - Brandon, Vermont. We sell 100% local raw, unfiltered honey in a wide variety of jars for gifts, wedding favors, and everyday use. We use no chemical pesticides or antibiotics in our hives. We harvest several times per year allowing us to offer honey that ranges from very light color to darker amber color with a nice variety in flavor. We also sell comb honey, beeswax, and raw propolis. Contact us by email at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by phone: 802-247-3323.

Champlain Valley Apiaries - We sell honey, candles, cosmetics, bees wax and many Gift packs. Our web address is champlainvalleyhoney.com. Our toll free # is 800-841-7334 Our local # is 802-388-7724 Fax is 802-388-1653.

Dancing Bee Gardens - Raw honey produced without chemicals and antibiotics, Organic beekeeping information, Natural Beekeeping: Organic Approaches To Modern Apiculture. Ross Conrad, www.dancingbeegardens.com

French Hill Apiaries - Honey produced in the northern Champlain valley. Bulk and Wholesale. Comb Honey in season. Overwintered nucleus colonies. Queens open mated here in Vermont, June 15-August 15. Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Green Mountain Bee Farm, LLC - Fairfax, VT - We offer award winning pure Vermont honey and honey comb produced in the foothills of the Green Moutains.  We also sell all natural lip balm and lotion bars along with our natural beeswax.  Please visit our website to see available options for honey, all natural skin care products and beeswax.  www.greenmountainbeefarm.com  802-849-9884

However Wild Honey - 1242 Myers Road, Shaftsbury, VT. 05262. We offer pure Vermont Raw, liquid honey and comb honey. Available in various sizes and in bulk. Bulk Beeswax and beeswax products. See howeverwildhoney.com for additional information. Contact: 802-733-4761 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 

Locust Tree Apiary - Fairfax, VT. We have honey for sale in 1 pound, 2 pound, and 4 pound jars. We are located at 73 Sam Webb Road, Fairfax, Vermont.  Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for prices and availiability of product.

Mohawk Valley Trading Company specializes in varietal raw honey including, but not limited to buckwheat, wildflower and wildflower comb honey to name a few. Our honey is in the same condition as it was in the hive and although no pesticides or herbicides are used in our apiaries, we do not label it organic honey. We also offer propolis, beeswax, beeswax candles, handmade soap, natural skin care products, maple syrup and maple sugar. Contact 315-519-2640 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. On the web at https://www.tenonanatche.com/raw-honey.htm.

Northwoods Apiaries - 2770 Loop Road, Westfield, Vermont 05874, Ph: 802-744-2007, www.northwoodsapiaries.com
We offer a line of raw, cream, liquid, and specialty honeys for wholesale by the case, as well as in the bucket and barrel.

Royce Hill Apiaries - Orwell, VT.  We sell local (Addison & Rutland Co.) honey in a variety of sizes.  Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for details and prices.

Suddabees Honey - 323 Churchill Rd., Morrisville, VT. 05661. We offer pure Vermont honey in multiple sizes; Special order comb honey; Wedding favors - multiple styles and sizes; Bulk honey. Contact: Zachary Suddaby at 802-595-5311 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. On the web at www.suddabeeshoney.com.

Wanna Bee Keeper – Westford, VT - We had a very good year with 3 hives producing 160 pounds of honey.  We have it packaged in 1 and 2 pound glass jars.  It is raw, produced without chemicals or antibiotics and extremely tasty (Westford field clover and wild flowers)! Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you’re interested. 

Local Pollinators & Extractors

Dancing Bee Gardens, PO Box 443, Middlebury, Vermont - local pollination services for organic fruit, berry and vegetable growers. Contact Ross Conrad 802-349-4279 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 
However Wild Honey - 1242 Myers Road, Shaftsbury, VT. 05262. Contact us for your pollination needs large or small. See howeverwildhoney.com for additional information. Contact: 802-733-4761 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 
NEK BEE, PO Box 112, East Charleston, VT 05833 - Northeast Kingdom Bee services: pollination, hive inspections, training, assistance, extraction, swarm removal, etc. Contact Josh at 802-766-0166 or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Suddabees Honey, 323 Churchill Rd, Morrisville, VT 05661 Pollination and extraction: Zachary Suddaby, 802-595-5311. We can accommodate small and large pollination. We can extract any quantity of honey. www.suddabeeshoney.com or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
 

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