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 2 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 2 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.
Keara Bistretzan - Administration
Keara Bistretzan has had a handful of hives. Living in the city, she keeps her bees on her grandfather’s farm west of Regina.Keara has been involved at Agri-Ed and has been on the Honey Show Committee. A reoccurring ‘Pierre the Bear’, she has done the CWA auction the past 2 years.
“Being on the board is a new experience for me and I look forward to contributing as much as I can and learning a lot. The RDBC is a group of great people and I am glad to be a part of it.”
Jeff Tholl - Director
We are located at Windthorst approxiamately 90 miles southeast of Regina. We have been involved with bees for 5 years. Starting with 2 hives and expanding to currently 30 hives. Our operation has it's own little niche market as we have 4 flavours of honey. And no, there is no favourite. We are in the process of attaining CFIA accreditation.
Since we have joined we have also been involved with Agribition. With all the press associated with CCD the interest in our industry as grown tremendously. So even with the negative impact this has had on the industry, it has also had a silver lining. Thanks to all for your help at Agribition and keep up the good work spreading the news about bees and our products.
With the variety of operations in our club we feel this offers many advantages. From the hobbyist to the major producers, beginner to seasoned veterans, the wealth of knowledge right here locally is endless. So if there is some way we are able to assist you don't hesitate to give a shout.
May the flow bee with you,
Linda Kletchko - Director
As mentioned in the AGM News on Page 1 and the President Report on Page 3, we have 3 new Executives. Here is a bit about each of them. 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!!"
Daphne Murphy - Director
Bats, butterflies, birds and bees - apparently loving all things beginning with 'B', Daphne has had a fascination with bees since she was a little girl and spent days sitting on the fence in her mother's garden watching the bees that visited the asters stuff pollen into their leg sacs and swearing one day she would keep some. That day is getting closer. Although Daphne does not own any hives (yet) she plans to keep a few in the City of Regina soon. In the mean time she keeps busy tending and growing her hummingbird, butterfly and bee garden and prairie plant wildflower garden.
An ecologist first and educator second, Daphne works for the Ministry of Environment as her day job. Daphne has been involved with Agribition and the Agri-Ed bee booth and finds the time spent talking to the public about bees both invigorating and rewarding. She is grateful for the opportunity to support the Regina Bee Club and other local bee keepers, partly for selfish reasons of ensuring the support is there when she gets her own bees, but more because of the importance of this tiny organism to our environment. Her ecologist side plans to study the impact of the introduction of honey bees to an area on the native bees already there when she gets around to setting up her own hives.
As a future Urban Beekeeper, Daphne is interested in supporting the development of a network of urban beekeepers each keeping small hive numbers but between them a strong and robust community of hives - and learning a lot about keeping bees in the meantime.
"As a member of the RDBC for the past two years I have enjoyed getting to know all the wonderful people who are members of the club, getting to experience 'beekeeping' and getting out into the field on field-days, and the friendships I have developed through these activities. Moving forward, I'm excited about the challenges and opportunities being on the executive will bring and look forward to working with a great group of people."
Conrad Schultz - President
Conrad Schultz has a half dozen hives and has been a member since 2009. Along with being involved with the club he is also the SBA's Secretary\Treasurer. He and his wife live in Regina. Conrad is a Programmer Analyst, operating a web design company. He has volunteered at Agri-Ed and has even jumped into the ‘Pierre the Bear’ suit.
“This is an important time for us beekeepers. The industry is getting a lot of attention and we have an opportunity to ride on that. I am looking forward to getting to know all the members. I am excited to be working with a fantastic executive team and I am looking forward to the new season. Thanks to everyone who has contributed their time and efforts into the club over the years - thanks especially to our past president Colette Stushnoff and director Michelle Frischholtz. Your dedication to the club has been fantastic!"
|Last Updated on Sunday, 15 January 2012 12:14|