About Our Association

The Stateline Beekeepers Association resulted from a class that was conducted by Terrence Ingram more than 20 years ago. Initially meeting in Stockton, Illinois, we have since moved our round-table discussions and gatherings to the Farm Bureau in Freeport, Illinois.

The association has grown from 10 beekeepers to more than 60 and includes beekeepers with many different backgrounds and lifestyles. Some of our beekeepers have a single hive, others have several, even as many as 1,600 hives. Each member has something interesting to offer the group as we talk about our varied experiences with beekeeping.

The “Stateline” in our name refers to the Illinois-Wisconsin and Illinois-Iowa state lines, and our association includes beekeepers from northwest Illinois, southwest Wisconsin, and southeast Iowa. Illinois beekeepers represent Jo Daviess, Stephenson, Winnebago, Boone, Ogle, Dekalb, Whiteside, and Lee counties. Our Wisconsin beekeepers are from Green, Lafayette, Grant, and Dane counties. Iowa members come from Dubuque county.

Anyone interested in beekeeping is welcome to join our association. Dues are $10/year per family. Contact our treasurer using the email link or phone number below to find out where to send your check.

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Constitution and By-Laws

Stateline Beekeepers Association

Article I: Name
This Association shall be known as the Stateline Beekeepers Association.

Article II: Purpose
The purpose and function of the Association shall be to:

  1. share information and ideas about beekeeping
  2. encourage good beekeeping management
  3. pool the buying power of members to get supplies at a discount
  4. hold social meetings for beekeepers
  5. provide consumer information about bees, honey, and honey products
  6. promote fair beekeeping legislation

Article III: Membership

  1. Membership in the Stateline Beekeepers Association shall be open to all persons interested in bees and beekeeping, and who have paid their annual dues.
  2. Membership in the Association shall run from November 1 to October 31 each year.
  3. Any member not paying his or her dues by May 1 shall be dropped from the membership rolls.

Article IV: Officers and Tenure

  1. The officers of the Stateline Beekeepers Association shall be: President, Vice-President, Secretary, and Treasurer.
  2. The term of office shall be one year.
  3. The president may not succeed himself/herself for more than two (2) consecutive years. He or she may be re-elected any time after a retirement of one year.
  4. All elected officers shall be members of the Stateline Beekeepers Association and in good standing (having paid their required annual dues).
  5. The above named officers shall constitute the Executive Board and will hereinafter be referred to as such board.

Article V: Meetings

  1. Annual meetings: The annual meeting of the Stateline Beekeepers Association shall be held during the first two weeks of November.
  2. Regular meetings: Regular meetings of the Association shall be held once each quarter.
  3. Special meetings: Special meetings of the Association may be called by the president or three other members of the Association.

Article VI: Elections
Election of officers shall be by a majority of votes cast by members attending the annual meeting.

Article VII: Amendments
This Constitution may be amended by a two-thirds (2/3) majority vote of the members present at any annual meeting of the Association. All proposed amendments must be given to all members two weeks before the meeting by first class mail.