We regret to inform you that our EAS conference 2020 scheduled to be held at The University of Maine Orono on August 3-7 has been cancelled. The EAS Executive Board made this difficult decision after carefully weighing input from our members, State Directors, the University of Maine and the CDC. We are all disappointed that there will be no face to face meeting this year, but we need to follow the guidelines to protect our members, speakers, vendors and University Staff.
We sincerely appreciate all of the hard work that the Maine EAS committee did to plan for an outstanding conference. They have been working hard for over two years to make the conference a success.
We know that EAS is more than just an educational meeting. It is our chance to see old friends and make new ones. It is our time to talk bees all day long and into the night. It is our chance to hear how we keep bees in different climates and locations, and show off our bee bling. We will miss each other. If you are on Facebook, please go to our page and post your photo, so that we can see each other’s faces. Please also send them to Linda Mizer so that she can create a collage. Journaleditor@easternapiculture.org
The plans for the 2021 conference to be held on the campus of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst will continue. We do not know at this time what our conference will look like, due to the uncertain progress of the COVID-19 virus and the response of individual states. We hope that it will be possible to hold the 2021 conference as planned.
Although registration never opened this year if you have made hotel or travel reservations specifically for the conference, we would encourage you to cancel them at your earliest convenience.
The executive committee is exploring doing Webinars for our members with this year’s research award winners and speakers.
We hope that you will keep your membership up to date, so that you can enjoy the Journal articles from this year’s award winners and participate in our planned Webinars throughout the year. We look forward to this difficult time being over and hope to see all of you next year in Massachusetts.
Please take care and be safe!
Lou (Eloise) Naylor
Chairman of the Executive Board
Because of the significant change in our lives as a result of COVID-19, many of us are working from home as we ‘social distance’ and quarantine ourselves. The USPS is doing the Best that they can, but mail is being delayed because of this disruption they are experiencing as well. This means, as we have heard from many of you, that your hard copy of Bee Culture is not showing up as in the past. We have a Digital version of Bee Culture. We are making this available to you at NO COST until this situation is over. This is how you can access it and read it for FREE online. Go to www.beeculture.com and click on the “Latest Issues” tap at the top of the page.
We thank each of you as we all go through this together. Hang in there.
The Bee Culture Team.