Clyde Steese was honored with the Golden Hive Tool Award by the Los Angeles County Beekeepers Association during their annual Holiday Banquet on December 7, 2015.
The Golden Hive Tool Award is the LACBA President’s choice of someone who has shown great dedication to the club and thereby improved people’s experience of beekeeping.
Keith Roberts, LACBA President, says he chose Clyde Steese to receive this award for Clyde's many years of service to the LACBA. For the past 19 years, Clyde has volunteered countless hours at the Bee Booth at the LA County Fair. For the past seven years, he has been the Chairman of the Bee Booth. Each year, Clyde takes time time off from his work as co-owner of Bill's Bees, and heads off to the fair for five weeks on the momentous task of organizing, setting up, and overseeing the Bee Booth. The Bee Booth is a major highlight of the fair where thousands of fair attendees are educated about bees and the importance they play in our lives. The fair is also the only fundraiser of the year for the Los Angeles County Beekeepers Association. Through the efforts of Clyde and other LACBA members who volunteer at the Bee Booth, funds are raised from the profits of honey sales to support all the LACBA’s educational activities throughout the year. These funds also enable the LACBA to send member representatives to the California State Beekeepers Convention. This year, the LACBA was able to donate support for ongoing research and other activities for the benefit of honey bees to the following organizations:
American Beekeeping Federation - American Honey Queen Program
Bee Informed Partnership
California State Beekeepers Association Research Fund
California State Beekeepers Association - Right to Farm Act
E.L. Nino Bee Lab - UC Davis
Harry H. Laidlaw Jr. Honey Bee Research Facility
Project Apis m.
Clyde, along with his business partner, Bill Lewis, host the LACBA Beekeeping Class 101 on Bill's Bees Bee Farm. Over the course of nine months, they take new and seasoned beekeepers through an entire season of beekeeping sharing their experience, knowledge and love of the art and craft of keeping bees.
Clyde Steese is a past president of the Los Angeles County Beekeepers Association.
We would like to congratulate Clyde for receiving the Golden Hive Tool Award thank him for his many years of service to beekeeping, beekeepers, and honey bees. We are grateful he is part of Bill's Bees.