Leaders providing member association education will ensure the longevity of their local, state, and national association only if they embrace the “new normal.” Take your feedback from your audience and make the changes to protect, educate, inspire, and grow your audience.
Tropilaelaps is an emerging threat to honey bee health and beekeeping. Know your beekeeping goals, do your research and have a plan in place. Read, watch and listen to the science on Tropilaelaps. Understand its’ life cycle, why it parasitizes honey bees, when we can expect it, and how to mitigate for it before it arrives.
“Regulatory impotence flows from the default assumption that industrial chemicals are safe, unless or until, unequivocally proven unsafe. Essentially human consumers are today’s guinea pigs of the chemical industry, just like the previous generation was for DDT, PCBs, asbestos, radiation and lead. Once a dangerous product is put on the market, it is only withdrawn after it has already caused large scale, undeniable damage and/or death.”
As the number of individuals receiving the Covid-19 vaccinations increases, the closer we are to gathering at member meetings, educational programs, conferences, and events. This past year of constrained in-person events and the rise of virtual activities to stay connected has shown us some changes we should retain from this experience.
The return to large events, conferences, fairs, and more will be slow for many of us. The full audience will not return for a while, and conference planners, and member education leaders will have to compromise with speakers, members, venues, and vendors.
To provide education we have to continue to be open to new ways to communicate, to share, and to learn from each other. Learn to plan and implement hybrid conferences and meetings. The new normal will have to offer both on-site and online access.