Criteria for Beekeeper of the Year Candidate:
1. Own and/or currently manage or maintain honeybee colonies.
2. Have an adequate working knowledge of honeybee diseases and their diagnoses and control.
3. Have an adequate working knowledge of honeybee management with respect to swarm control, honey production, division, queen rearing, etc.
4. Be a member and play an active role in State and local beekeeping association functions.
Be active in local beekeeping education and honey promotion.
The nominee’s spouse is encouraged to be included.
Aretha Kees- 11-04-06 WVBA meeting
1989 - Herbert and Vertrude Shafer - First WV Beekeeper of the Year
1990 – Jesse Monroe
Debbie and James Copenhaver
John & Dorothy Campbell
Tom & Aretha Kees
Milford & Rosemary Bragg
Gordon & Jean Mead
Dave & Helen Freese
David & Jean Rectenwald