As of February 15, 2016, the Tennessee Beekeepers Association had 40 affiliated associations with about 1,600 members. It only takes six local members to join the TBA for the association to be affiliated and have a seat on our board of directors. (The TBA web site lists ALL beekeeping organizations, regardless of TBA affiliation for the benefit of prospective beekeepers.)
Individual beekeepers receive the TBA newsletter and are part of a unified voice of beekeepers in the state. There are also benefits to local clubs who become affiliated with the TBA:
Hive Grant: Upon meeting the eligibility requirements, which will be set forth each year the grant is available, Tennessee Beekeepers Association local associations can participate in the hive grant program.
TBA, with the help of grant funds from the Tennessee Department of Agriculture, will provide the equipment kit for two new beekeepers per club with the local associations purchasing one kit for a total of three kits per association. 2016 cost is $134.00 per kit
Short Course Grant: Local associations are eligible for $200.00 grant to help offset their short courses. Local associations must make a request for the grant by forwarding verification of having the short course. Verification can be a list of attendees, a newspaper clipping, or flier. Request should be sent to the treasurer (Petra Mitchell) with a deadline for the request of April 30th 2016.
TBA Fall Conference Scholarship – For a new 2016 TBA Member: This is a one day $25.00 early registration funded by TBA. One scholarship per TBA delegate for affiliated associations. This scholarship would be non-transferrable and only for early registrations. Each affiliated association would select/choose new TBA member(s) to receive the scholarship. The individual(s) name would be submitted to the treasurer (Petra Mitchell) to verify as a new dues paying member of TBA for 2016 to be eligible for the scholarship.
If this new member wishes to attend the two day fall conference, he/she would pay the additional $10 early registration and for any meals.
Educational Material Grant: $200.00 For purchase of educational materials. Must send receipt to treasurer for reimbursement. Deadline April 30th 2016.
Associations participating in all four grants can see a benefit of $693.00 from their affiliation with TBA.