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Our Purpose

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. Check out our purpose, mission + goals below.

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Our Purpose

To raise awareness of the importance of bees in the environment and to foster their health.

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Our Mission

To advance 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.

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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 be better stewards of their hive's prosperity.

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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.


Our By-Laws

In 2023 the EMBA board updated the club's by-laws. Click the link below to see the latest version.

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EMBA Board

Our Board Members volunteer their time to serve on the EMBA board.

DAN BROUK

President

MELISSA SOSTMAN

Vice President

DONNA GRAVATT

Secretary

LOREN GROSSMAN

Treasurer

TOM SOSTMAN

Program Chairperson

ALISA KNOTTS

Communications

JANET HOOK

Website + Social Media

MELISSA CATALANO

Board Advisor

MICHAEL KILFOY

Board Advisor

EMBA VOLUNTEERS

Apiary Director Michael Godfrey

Education

MICHAEL GODFREY

Audio Visual

Vice President John Pashia

JOHN PASHIA

Education

Finance Director Laura Faust

LAURA FAUST

Finance + Events

KEN HEITKAMP

Communications Director Michael Wagner

MICHAEL WAGNER

Mentor Program

KATE SMITH

Apiary

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ABOUT EMBA

Educating Beekeepers Since 1939

Located in St. Louis, Missouri, the Eastern Missouri Beekeepers Association (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. Educating beekeepers for the last 85 years!

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Wyoming Street

St. Louis, MO 63218

314-451-2335

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Eastern Missouri Beekeepers Association.

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