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Hobbyist Membership Level Renamed Small Scale_October 2010
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Hobbyist Membership Level Renamed Small Scale

Annual Dues Amount Remains Unchanged

Good news for small scale beekeepers! We have learned from many of you that the term “hobbyist” may not accurately represent your commitment to beekeeping. Even though you operate 25 colonies or less, beekeeping is much more than a just a hobby.

The American Beekeeping Federation (ABF) Board of Directors has heard your comments and is pleased to announce that the Hobbyist name will be replaced. This membership type will now be called Small Scale. The annual dues amount of $50 for this membership type will not change. In addition, the name of the Hobbyist-Sideliner Special Interest Group (SIG) will change to Small Scale-Sideliner SIG.

Over the next few months, we will work to update the ABF Web site, newsletter and other areas to reflect the new name across all areas of ABF communications and correspondence. The Board of Directors is also working on a new category of financial support to address the interest of non-beekeepers that wish to support ABF activities – the ABF “Friends of the Bee” program. Details regarding this new initiative will be coming soon!

Thank you for your continued support of the ABF and the beekeeping industry. Should you have any questions regarding this membership type change, please contact the ABF Membership Department at 404.760.2875 or info@abfnet.org.

posted October 2010

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