The Ohio State Beekeepers association cannot run with just it’s officers, it relies on its members and volunteers to stay strong and vibrant. Below are a number of volunteer opportunities. If you are interested in any of them please submit the form at the end of the page and your information will be forwarded to the chairperson of the areas you select.
Ohio State Fair – The state fair committee is always in need of members to expand support to the OSBA beekeeping pavilion at the Ohio State Fair, a major attraction for more than 8,000 fair visitors annually. Volunteers who enjoy talking about honey bees to the non-beekeeping public and planning informative, crowd-pleasing displays and events are especially needed. The time commitment is very minimal during the year with most committee activity leading up to, and during fair week (late July-early August) The beekeeping pavilion is OSBA’s largest outreach program and to be successful requires the support of a somewhat large committee and more than 70 volunteers.
2020 Fall Conference – Looking for volunteers to fill these slots and many others: Speaker Support, Raffle Table, OSBA Table, Room Monitors, Friday Set-up, Saturday Tear-down. Many of you have attended the Fall Conference in the past and you have volunteered at many levels. I’m sure we can fill the above spaces and if you can think of others that will make the conference run smoother, please don’t hesitate to suggest your idea. I’m looking forward to working with as many of you as possible.
Outreach Events – Looking for volunteers to staff the OSBA table at events like Lithopolis, Farm Science Review, Pollinator Week. This is a great opportunity if you like to talk to people about beekeeping and OSBA. Each event will need a minimum of 2-3 volunteers to speak on OSBA programs and outreach opportunities.
Nominating Committee – The Nominating Committee seeks Committee members who reside, participate and have some knowledge of OSBA members in their region of Ohio. Being acquainted with other OSBA members who are interested in being part of the OSBA Board to help direct OSBA into the future and serve on a committee is helpful. Networking within the OSBA community to seek out prospective OSBA Board members is an annual event, prior to elections at the Fall Conference.
OSBA Newsletter Staff – Various tasks and positions need to completed which includes:
- Soliciting advertisers to help support publication costs: includes billing and follow-up
- Writing articles for the OSBA Newsletter
- Soliciting articles for the newsletter.
- Soliciting the OSBA Executive Board for material
- Soliciting the OSBA Board for material on local associations
OSBA Newsletter Editor – Responsible for the timely publishing of the OSBA Quarterly Newsletter which includes, but is not limited to, overseeing the Newsletter staff, completing all tasks not handled by the staff and Compiling information for the newsletter and sending it to the printer. Must be experienced using desktop publishing software including Microsoft Office and Adobe. This is a significant commitment with an estimated yearly commitment of up to 500 hours depending on how much assistance the newsletter staff is.
Delegates to other Beekeeping Associations – These are annually renewed positions by OSBA. Representatives/Delegates are to learn from their role in the position and to share their educational experience with the OSBA Board, and Ohio beekeepers. Duties and responsibilities vary by the organization:
- American Beekeeping Federation Duties and Responsibilities
- Eastern Apiculture Society
- Heartland Apiculture Society (also see HAS by-Laws)