• Members in the News

    Date: 2012.07.17 | Category: Uncategorized | Tags:

    The CVBA has two members going into competition.  One is participating in the Summer Olympics, and the other has been nominated for GA Beekeeper of the Year.  They are two totally different challenges, and are both noteworthy.

    The first to happen is the 2012 Summer Olympics held in London, England.  Our very own Jason Parker will be competing in the men’s 50m rifle shooting competition.  Yes, our fellow beekeeper is one of the best shooters in the world and is slated to win gold.  Jason’s competitive career already has quite a few accomplishments such as:

    • Has three career Pan American Games gold medals and 10 national championships to his name.
    • Shooting in a fourth-straight Olympic Games in men’s 50m rifle 3 positions.
    • Won bronze (rifle prone) and gold (rifle 3 positions) medals at 2011 Pan American Games

    He was the final athlete to qualify for the 20 member U.S. shooting team and he became the seventh U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit shooter to qualify for the Olympics, meaning over one-third of Team USA’s shooters in London will come from the prestigious USAMU.  But only one will come from the Chattahoochee Valley.  We are very proud to have Jason in our ranks, and all will be rooting for him.  The shooting events are scheduled from Saturday 7/28 through Monday 8/6.  Good Luck Jason, we’ll be watching and listening for the latest buzz coming from London!

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    Betty Beegle, one of our founding members, has been nominated for the title of Georgia Beekeeper of the Year.  What an honor!  This title is bestowed by the Georgia Beekeepers Association, and is a very coveted award.  At our last meeting, Betty was voted our nominee from the entire Chattahoochee Valley Region, and on September 9th, 2012, the GA Beekeepers Association will announce their choice as winner at their meeting in McDonough, GA.  Our CVBA annual picnic was postponed one week because of this event.  Betty hosts our picnic every year at her farm and sells under the label of “If and When” Honey.  She has brought numerous members into our club, including her son Freddy, and has given talks at schools to promote awareness and understanding of the honey bee. We all know that Betty is one of our most knowledgeable members who has mentored, taught, helped, encouraged and advised to our great benefit.  In our minds, she has already won… so let’s celebrate on September 16th at the Beegle Farm!