OSBA Elections

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Last year OSBA officially created a Nominating Committee to establish a Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for the Committee.  The Committee SOP is a guide for the purpose of:

  • Voting procedures for Constitution updates 
  • Seeking Board Members
    • Nominee Application form
    • Nominee Bio
    • Nominee background check (only required of those nominees with access to the OSBA checking/savings/Certificates of Deposit/Paypal).
  • Establishing voting procedures
  • Ballot counting and handling, and
  • Creating a policy for the several OSBA awards.

The 2020 OSBA Constitution:

Within the 2 documents below, please read & review the description of each.

  1. This document is the current constitution with language struck out to show the new language. Click Constitution Strike Changes 
  2. This document is a fresh copy with all of the changes done. This is the final language we will be voting on. Click Constitution Fresh Copy

The 2020 OSBA Nominating Committee: 

The OSBA Nominating Committee will be sending an e-mail letter to all OSBA Board Member candidates on record as running for a position to be voted on during the 2020 Fall Conference.  This letter requested each candidate create a biography using six questions developed by the Nominating Committee.  The candidate response will be used to inform the general membership of who the candidates are and how they position themselves as qualified for the positions.   The responses the OSBA Nominating Committee has received will be made available on the OSBA website, with the links to each candidate’s response.  The candidate’s responses to the six questions/bio are posted in their original format, unedited and uncensored.  The positions up for election this year are:

  • OSBA Vice President
  • OSBA Secretary
  • Buckeye Hills Regional Director
  • Crossroads Regional Director
  • Western Reserve Regional Director

Each candidate received these directions:

The list of questions is to be used in creating a biography that will appear in the OSBA Quarterly Newsletter. The biography candidates create will allow the OSBA membership the opportunity to get to know each candidate and make a more informed voting decision. The candidate’s responses to the six questions/bio are posted in their original format, unedited and uncensored.  

 Questions candidates were to answer:

  1. List any past experiences you might have in bringing a project to completion.
  2. List any special skills you might have that would be useful to OSBA.
  3. List any Beekeeping Clubs you belong to and committees and leadership roles in which you have been involved.
  4. Will you be able to make the necessary time commitment and be accessible as a Board Member?
  5. Have you read and do you understand the job and responsibilities of your position?
  6. After looking at the OSBA Committee List (in the Newsletter and on OSBA’s website), what Committee(s) do you have a willingness to be a committee member?   

Select the candidate’s name to read the responses to the six questions. (Candidates are listed in alphabetical order in each category) 


OSBA Vice President – candidate

____________________  LINK TO BIO/QUESTIONS

  •     Nominee Application form 
  •     Nominee Bio 

OSBA Secretary – candidate

___________________ LINK TO BIO/QUESTIONS

  •     Nominee Application form completed
  •     Nominee Bio 

Buckeye Hills Regional Director – candidate

________________  LINK TO BIO/QUESTIONS

  •     Nominee Application form 
  •     Nominee Bio 

Crossroads Regional Director – candidate

________________   LINK TO BIO/QUESTIONS

  •     Nominee Application form 
  •     Nominee Bio 

Western Reserve Regional Director-candidate

________________  LINK TO BIO/QUESTIONS

  •     Nominee Application form 
  •     Nominee Bio 

Learn the OSBA Directors and Representatives Regions at https://www.ohiostatebeekeepers.org/about-osba/osba-regions/

  • Absentee ballots are permitted. The mailed ballot must be in an envelope with the return address of the OSBA member on the outside of the envelope.  This is to prevent multiple voting by one member.  The absentee ballot will not be opened until ballot counting and will not be used to record or monitor the member’s vote.  Completed absentee ballots will be mailed directly by the voter to the Nominating Committee Chairperson’s address.  This address will be listed in the OSBA Fall Newsletter on the absentee ballot. If the Nominating Committee Chairperson is seeking election /re-election the Nominating Committee will determine the applicable mailing address for the absentee ballots.
  • Write-in ballots are permitted under the following guidelines;
    1. The name on the write-in ballot must be spelled correctly using first and last name.
    2. The home address or name of the home club or home city of the write-in candidate must be used to avoid any like-named persons.
    3. The candidate must be an OSBA member in good standing.

Online voting will be conducted at the Virtual Online – Fall Conference.  OSBA members may only vote once.  Write-in candidates will be accepted on the Absentee and on-site ballot.

For more information contact the Nominating Committee Chairperson at

OSBA Nominating Committee Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) – Final SOP to be approved by the OSBA Board