About EMBA

EMBA is a volunteer-based organization that trains beginning and advanced beekeepers, promotes beekeeping within the region; and provides networking opportunities for beekeepers, old and new.

Our Purpose

EMBA’s purpose is to help its members and beekeepers at all levels become more successful and reach their goals with respect to these exciting insects and their products.

Our Mission

To promote beekeeping generally;

to broaden the knowledge of beekeeping among its members; and to foster the best practices and techniques in apiary management.

Our Goals

Providing educational opportunities to further the development of beekeepers, researching and implementing best practices and offering as many free activities are EMBA’s primary goals.

Education & Development

EMBA prides itself on holding professionally organized meetings, programs, and events, spanning every month of the year.  Speakers, researchers, and educators of national renown are frequent guests of the EMBA, as the club’s reputation continues to grow nationally.

Best Practices

The EMBA believes in promoting best practices, based on the results of scientific research, and in using those findings and practices to promote beekeeping in a manner that ensures both the health of the bees and the success of their keepers. Teaching beekeepers the biology of the colony lets them learn to anticipate what the bees will be doing, and react to what they actually choose to do.  Truly understanding the colonies’ needs and challenges enables beekeepers to truly be stewards their hives’ prosperity.

Fiscal Responsibility

Virtually all of the rich annual program is free of charge, as the club relies on minimal annual dues and the success of limited fundraising events, to underwrite its’ expenses.  As a non-profit organization, it is staffed completely by unpaid volunteers, and 100% of the funds raised are used for the benefit of the club members and to promote beekeeping in the community.

Leadership Board

Our Board Members volunteer their time to serve on the EMBA board. They have a passion for bees and beekeeping.

EMBA President Bob Sears



Vice President John Pashia


Vice President



Finance Director Laura Faust



Social Events Director Madonna Bagacki


Social Events

Communications Director Michael Wagner



Apiary Director Michael Godfrey



The board’s continual efforts to promote successful beekeeping are supported with the never ending support of additional members and volunteers.

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