2014 Annual Convention Information


When: Friday February 21st and Saturday February 22nd (Friday and Saturday, times to be announced)

Where: Should be Best Western Cottontree Inn, 10695 South Auto Mall Drive, Sandy

Dinner Banquet: On Friday night at 6:30pm (business casual dress), more information below.

Keynote speakers:

Susan Cobey, an acknowledged world expert in the field of honey bee breeding, maintains the New World Carniolan Closed Population Breeding Program, now in its 32nd generation. She currently operates Honey Bee Insemination Service and holds a 50% appointment at Washington State University. A major focus is an industry and University collaborative effort to enhance domestic U.S. honey bee breeding stocks through the incorporation of germplasm collected from Old World European honey bees. This project includes the establishment of a germplasm repository at WSU. Her background includes working for several bee research labs including University of California, Davis; Ohio State University; and the USDA Honey Bee Lab, Baton Rouge.

She also has worked in commercial queen production in FL. and CA. and founded and operated a queen production business, Vaca Valley Apiaries, in northern California.

Frank started playing with bees at 13 years old when his family caught a swarm. After he graduated from college in Animal Science/Agriculture he worked for a commercial tree topper and prune harvester. In 1980 Frank married his college sweetheart Sheri and started working for Koehnens. He worked there 11 years learning bees and queen raising. During that time we built boxes, wired and wax frames, and slowly built up our number of hives without going into debt. Then we moved to his family’s ranch in Stonyford, CA and began our own bee business. We did much of the work as a family with our three children. We caged ourselves those first queens we sold. Today with 6,000 NUCS we have a dedicated caging crew to catch and mark the Cordovan Italian Queens we sell. With 23 years now raising our own stock of Italians and 34 years total experience we have learned many lessons from the bees.

Frank has been active in many Business and Community groups as well. He had been on the California State Beekeepers Association Board for over 20 years. Served as their President in 2011. Served as President of the California Bee Breeders Association. Serves on the local Fire Department Board of Directors and over 20 years on the Stonyford Community Church Board.


Lodging: Best Western Cottontree Inn, 10695 Auto Mall Dr. Sandy, UT; 801-523-8484,  http://www.cottontreeinns.com/sandy/index.html;

We have a block of rooms reserved for the UBA Convention at a special rate of $84.00. The room block will be held through To Be Announced. After this date the rooms are released and the rate goes up. Please call the hotel directly and ask for the Utah Beekeeper Convention Room Block.

If you are planning on staying overnight, PLEASE consider staying at the Best Western Cottontree Inn. Filling the room block helps to pay for our meeting rooms, thus keeping the convention costs down. Amenities include complimentary hot breakfast, wireless internet, indoor pool and hot tub & exercise facility.


This is the annual beekeeping convention for beekeepers of all skill levels. A dinner banquet will be held the evening of the 2nd were we will be awarding the coveted hive tool award to a special recipient. We hope you can all join us for these two days at this fun educating event; more information to follow - please check back soon!


Key Speakers
Honey Tasting
Convention Registration Form


Membership Dues and Registration Fees:

Please visit our Membership Page.


Banquet Dinner Information:

The Utah Beekeepers Association will have its annual banquet dinner at the Best Western Cottontree Inn (same place as the convention) on To Be Announced

Cost: $20.00 per plate if you register before February 147th, $25.00 per plate after Februray 14th.

RSVP: on the registration form and include payment.

Dress: Business Casual

Menu: To Be Announced (Held in the conference room at the Cotton Tree Inn)

Special Dietary Needs:Vegetarian Entrée or Sugar Free Desserts can be accommodated upon request at the time of RSVP.

Parking: in the hotel parking lot.



Utah Beekeepers Association Annual Convention 2014 Agenda:

Convention Schedule
Day Time Event

Friday February 21st

  8:30am Registration/Set Up/Honey Tasting
  9:00am Welcome – President Gaylen Yack
  9:10am Financial Report – Kathy Jones
  9:20am Susan Cobey - Importation of honey Bee Germplasm to Enhance US Breeding Stocks.
  11:00am President Gaylen Yack – Open discussion on Raw Honey guidelines.
  11:30am Reports from Hobbyist Organizations
  12:00pm Break for lunch
  1:00pm Henry Nahalewski – Utah Department of Agriculture – Pesticide Application
  1:45pm Frank & Sheri Pendell – Pendell Apiaries Operation
  3:15pm Election for new Director
  3:20pm Break
  3:30pm Darren Cox – Report of American Honey Producers Convention
  4:00pm President Gaylen Yack – Yack Honey Company Operations
  5:00pm Adjourn until Banquet Dinner
  6:30pm Banquet at Cottontree Inn
Saturday February 22nd    
  8:30am Registration
  9:15am Susan Cobey - Rearing High Quality Queens
  10:45am Brett Adee – National Honey Advisory Board/Pollination Stewardship Council
  11:15am Break
  11:30am Frank & Sheri Pendell – Queen Rearing Operation
  1:00pm Open discussion – Move the Hall talk to the Meeting Room
  2:00pm Adjourn



Key Speakers:

This years key speakers are:


Honey Tasting:

Show off lasts year's honey this year at the convention. Bring it early on Friday morning to share.



No newsletter this year.


Convention Registration Form:

Please take a moment to fill out a registration form prior to the convention. Doing so allows us to have a nicely printed name sticker/tag for you. This form also helps us keep you informed about upcoming conventions and events. The form can be printed and can be mailed with dues included to:

Utah Beekeepers Association

Information to be Issued soon!

Checks and money orders should be made out to Utah Beekeepers Association. Please do not send cash.

Registration Form