MSBA's November meeting includes the annual award of two major types of recognition to members of the beekeeping community:
- MSBA honored Mr. Robert Crouse, Master Beekeeper and long time treasurer of the Association with The Free State Beekeeper Citizenship Award on the occasion of his retirement from that post. Bob has been both a treasurer and Treasurer for this organization! The Free State Award recognizes beekeepers who help boost and protect the role of beekeeping in our communities. It includes an amazing statue (pictured below) to which Bob's name will be added.
- Announced at the meeting but to be awarded in February (after his return from research oversees). Dr. Samuel Ramsey will receive The George S. Imirie Education Award, which has been presented since 2003 to encourage research and continuing education for active beekeepers.