FLBC Officers

On February 17, the FLBC members held elections for officers of the club.  We welcome the following beekeepers to their new leadership roles.  If you have any questions, comments or concerns about the club, you can send a note to any of us privately, or to the Officers mailing list at Officers@flbeeclub.com.

Bernie and Shawn McNinch
Bernie and Shawn started keeping bees about 6 years ago and it was horrible when we started. We did everything wrong and struggled through. Then we heard about the bee club and joined to see what we could learn. Boy what a relief that was and did we ever learn a lot. Well the rest is history as we have 3 prosperous hives, have lots of honey and we make mead to boot. We really enjoy being members of the bee club and have been active participants since we joined the club 5 years ago. Aside from keeping bees we have 3 horses, 6 chickens and 3 dogs. Bernie enjoys horseback riding and goes on many horse camping trips throughout the year. Shawn splits his time between billiards, cooking and home projects. Bernie works for a horse vet and Shawn works at the Statler Hotel at Cornell University. We both are very happy to be the co-presidents of the Finger Lakes Beekeepers Club! Bee Happy!

Vice President/Apiary Manager
David Hopkins
David has been a honey bee fan since childhood, part of the club for a decade, and tending bees long enough to help others get a good start with our amazing insect friends. Always willing to help find answers in the lifelong learning curve of tending honey bees.

Second Vice President:
Lesli Sagan
I’ve been keeping bees since 2004. I started with 2 hives and now keep around a dozen in any given year. I use the marvelous things my bees make to create soaps, balms, and lotions for my business, Avital’s Apiaries.

George Myers
I’m entering my fifth year of beekeeping. I’ve had great joy managing my hives, and have learned most of what I know from my FLBC mentor and the club members who are always willing to share their expertise.  When not tending the bees, I am a classical violist who tries hard not to get stung on the hand before a concert.

Eleanor Andrews
I’ve kept 1-4 hives on and off since 2010. I’m also working on my doctorate at Cornell, trying to understand how honey bee health is framed and addressed by beekeepers and scientists. I love learning and watching other people learn: getting over a fear of stings, learning to recognize problems, disagreeing over how to do different things- each finding our own approach to keeping bees.

Co-Apiary Manager
Denise O’Leary
Denise got her start in beekeeping at Ithaca College in 2016. Since then, she has not stopped talking about bees! Currently enrolled in Cornell’s Master Beekeeper Program, Denise hopes to educate and spark passion for our pollinator pals!