The RDBC Executive consists of 5 volunteer positions. One President, one Administrative position, and 3 director positions. Each executive is elected during our annual members general meeting in the spring and holds their position for a 3 year term. Executive duties are spread out across the board. The President position is determined by the the board itself, and the president must have had previous experience on the board before becoming president. Once the 3 year term is up, the executive must stand down for a minimum of one year, to allow for new members to become a part of the board. Andrew Hamilton - President I currently operate around 60 hives on my farm north of Regina. My Great grandfather moved here from Scotland and was one of the creators of the SBA (Saskatchewan Bee Association). He started down here in the Qu'Apelle Valley and eventually moved to the Nipawin area where I grew up. I spent my youth helping my grandparents and father with their bees. I find it very rewarding to be running bees in the area where my great grandfather started.
I joined the club in 2010, and started with 2 hives. Every year since I have expanded a little more. I am always ready to talk bees and loving helping the club out as a mentor to new beekeepers.
Linda Kletchko - Administration Linda Kletchko and her husband Greg are located 20 miles east of Regina in the hamlet of St. Joseph’s Colony. They have been ‘beekeeping’ for going on 14 years and have often wondered who’s ‘keeping’ whom! Linda became a member of the Regina and District Bee Club in 1997 and has held different positions within the Club over the years. Linda has volunteered many years with Agribition working at Agri-Ed or the Trade Booth and admits to loving every minute of it. "It's great to see how much interest is being expressed by many in, not just the honey bee, but bees in general. People are realizing what a vital role these little gals play in the production of food and that 1/3 of all food has been touched by a bee! GO BEES!!"
Judi Gazda - Advertising My husband Tom and I live on 35 acres, south of Lumsden. This is also home to two horses, two dogs, two cats and now two bee hives. Last year as a beginning beekeeper, I discovered the Regina and District Bee Club and the vast pool of knowledge and expertise available from its members. I intend to bring my "novice beekeeper" perspective to the executive and continue to develop as a beekeeper in my community.
Yens Pedersen - Director I currently have one very small urban hive which I have kept in Regina for three years. Long before that, I grew up on a third generation commercial apiary (which my sister now operates) and spent 10 summers beekeeping. I have enjoyed working with bees from an early age, but didn't want the work of a full sized hive, which is why I designed the micro hive (about 1/2 the size of a nuc). I enjoy educating the public about bees and have given several tours of my hive.
Kaylin Henry - Director Kaylin Henry lives in Regina where she is expanding her beginner beekeeping knowledge. While living in Victoria, BC, she learned about hobby and urban beekeeping practices. She is looking forward to connecting with the Saskatchewan beekeeping community and keeping bees.