COVID Caretaking of our Beekeeping Community:
During the GBA Fall Conference we are requesting that everyone wear masks and practice social distancing in keeping with the CDC Guidelines.
We welcome beekeepers to the GBA fall meeting on September 23-25, 2021. Our fall conference is proudly sponsored by the following vendors: Pigeon Mountain Trading Company, Blue Ridge Honey and Mountain Sweet Honey. We encourage our members to support these companies with your business both at the conference and in pre-conference orders.
Our first in-person meeting since spring of 2020 is designed to offer a wide range of topics for beginner and seasoned beekeepers. This year we will also be teaming up with Young Harris College and The University of Georgia by offering the reviews and testing for Journeyman and Master Beekeeper levels of certification as normally offered during the Young Harris College-University of Georgia Beekeeping Institute. Those wishing to pursue a Welsh Honey Judge designation will find that path offered as well. Please note that there will be an additional fee that goes to YHBI to sit for the test. These certifications will be presented at the Friday night dinner, so please register for the dinner if you want to receive your certificate in person.
This fall, we will feature guest speakers, Dr. Jennifer Leavey, Dr. Jonathan Lundgren, Dr. Tom Seeley, Dr. Victoria Soroker and Dr. Jim Tew. Dr. Seeley, Dr. Soroker, and Dr. Lundgren will all be appearing via Zoom. The rest of our speakers will be there in person. Dr. Geoff Williams will be unable to attend due to a conflict. We'll see him in the future. Dr. Jennifer Leavey, who runs the bee program at Georgia Tech, will be giving a keynote in his place.
Expanding our knowledge through national and international speakers is a wonderful opportunity for us at GBA, we will also keep our interests local with a lineup of familiar keynote speakers and breakout sessions with Jennifer Berry, Bobby Chaisson, Joe Conti, Brutz English, Jimmy Gatt, David Holloman, Barry Hart, Emily Heath, David Kirslis, Dan Long, Olivia Menard, Bobby Thanepohn,.
Below you'll find a schedule at a glance to allow you to see what speakers and topics will be presented on each day. Here is a link to the program for the conference, including all of the events, not just the speakers.
The GBA Board of Directors meets at 4:30 PM on Thursday, Sept 23.
The actual conference begins on Friday, September 24. We are meeting at the Ramsey Conference Center in Gainesville, GA. Registration at the conference includes lunch on both Friday and Saturday and attendance at the ice cream social on Friday afternoon.
Registration is $75 for members and $90 for nonmembers. Beginning September 19, registration will be $95 for everyone. We are offering a one day registration fee of $45. Beginning September 19, a one day registration will be $60.
Hotel details will also be available soon. There are a number of hotels/motels in the conference center area within a four or five mile radius.
All activities of the conference will take place at the Ramsey Conference Center.
One of the features of the GBA Fall Conference is the fall honey show. To see the categories and rules for the honey show, click here. Enter often in many categories! The honey show is only open to current dues paid members of GBA who attend the conference.
If you'd like to join us as a new member, click here. Once you have joined the organization, you can come back here and register for the conference at the member rate! As a nonmember registrant, you cannot enter the honey show, but if you join now, you can also enter the fall honey show.
If you are already a member and want to pay your dues for the next year as many of us like to do with the fall meeting registration, visit your member profile page when you have completed your registration and renew your membership. If you don't do that at this time, you will be sent a membership renewal reminder at the end of your membership year.
The officer election is held at the fall meeting. Members must have their dues paid up to date to vote in the election. If you are not sure when your dues should be paid, check on your personal profile page.
The nonmember rate is $90 per person, and entitles you to a one year membership, beginning the month after the September meeting. You'll get the GBA newsletter as our gift to you for the next year–we hope we will intrigue you enough to want to remain a member of our great GBA organization.
Refund policy: If you cancel by September 15, you may receive a refund of your registration fee. If you cancel after September 15, you will receive a refund of your registration minus $30 to cover the prepaid lunches and other costs. If you signed up for the dinner, you will receive a refund minus $55 for lunches and the dinner reserved for you.
Welcome, everyone! We are going to have a great fall conference and look forward to everyone's participation.