PCBA is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization committed to helping honey bees through education and by supporting research. We conduct educational programs under the Oregon State University Master Beekeepers Educational Program, primarily for the enjoyment and educational goals of our members. (PCBA Bylaws - Click Here)
Programs and Awards
We offer community outreach programs as well as programs and awards for those already involved in our local beekeeping community.
Study Grant Program
Are you between the ages of 13-18, with interst in learning about beekeeping? If so apply for the PCBA Study Grant Program. The purpose is to encourage the next generation to take up beekeeping through mentoring, education and providing equipment. Applicants must live in the Pierce County Beekeepers' service area, including all of Pierce County and those parts of adjoining cities. It is a wonderful program! (Application and Requirements - Click Here) - MAKE A PDF - KATHLEEN
Bob Stump Award
The Bob Stump Memorial Award is in honor of Bob’s commitment and love of beekeeping. He was dedicated to promoting the gentle art and science of beekeeping in the community. Bob was an exceptional leader and educator, sharing his enthusiasm and knowledge as a speaker, mentor and teacher. Award Criteria: The Bob Stump Memorial Award is an honor bestowed upon an individual for outstanding contributions to apiculture. Nominees will be selected by the PCBA Board of Directors. One of these nominees will be voted in by the general membership at the PCBA general meeting in February of each year. Award Conditions: The recipient must be a member in good standing of the Pierce County Beekeepers Association (PCBA). The actions of the recipient should be (but not limited to) complimentary to the art, science and husbandry of apiculture. The recipient need not be an active Washington State Beekeepers Association member. Previous recipients of this award are not eligible for future Bob Stump awards. The recipients names, past and present, will be on permanent display at the PCBA general meeting hall. Bob Stump’s Legacy: Bob was a Master Beekeeper. He was elected president of the Washington State Beekeepers Association in 1999 and served in that capacity through 2003. He also served as treasurer of the Master Beekeeper’s Committee for several years. His work and dedication in supporting WSU and Dr. Sheppard in their efforts has created a great partnership for all of us to follow. He was voted the 1996 WSBA Beekeeper of the Year. Beginning in 1987, the Washington State Beekeepers Association wanted to recognize the importance of Washington State beekeepers who make a significant impact on the industry. Each year local associations are asked to submit a candidate of their choice to receive the WSBA Beekeeper of the Year Award, to be voted on by the WSBA Executive Board prior to the annual meeting. Criteria: Which beekeeper has done the most to promote and demonstrate good beekeeping, improve the public image of the industry and/or show how this member has volunteered for civic and other projects. Bob Stump lived in Gig Harbor, WA. He passed away March 31, 2005. Members of his family include his wife, Tillie, and his six sons, two daughters and three stepchildren: son Robert, daughter Pat Hubbard (Don), son Bill (Mary Anne), daughter Betty Logan (Bob), son David (Chris), son Tom (Jeri), son Kevin (Heather), son Greg, and Tillie’s two daughters, Lucinda and Norma Jean, and son Ronald.
Board Members & Committee Chairs
PCBA member since 2015
Beekeeper since 2015
Currently working on the OSU Apprentice challenge.
Retired from Nursing after 45 years
Owner of The Woodland Hearth, LLC
Mary loves beekeeping and has 12 hives in 4 different apiaries. She also manages 2 hives for a local apartment complex. When not tending her bees, she enjoys spending time with her husband, Skip, camping with her family, hiking and reading.
PCBA Member since 2021
Beekeeper since 2021
Apprentice Student of the OSU Master Beekeeping Program
Operations Manager for SkillShow
Kathleen is new to beekeeping but is passionate about bees and the people who keep them. An urban beekeeper, she has two hives at home in Tacoma, and an additional four hive apiary in Fircrest. With a focus on community for all who share in the love for bees, Kathleen is proud to serve as PCBA Vice President.
Fawn is an urban beekeeper that's constantly amazed at everything honeybees... how they live, work, & how much there is to learn about them. She grew up with a beekeeping uncle, who is now one of her beekeeping mentors but enjoys sharing with him what beekeeping in horizontal hives is like. She is currently trying to convince her husband to build a bee shed with an observation hive. Dreaming, of course.
Husband, father of 2 vibrant teenagers. Has Lived in Edgewood for 20 years, loves cycling, bee keeping (of course), and cultivating a healthy local ecosystem go Bees!
Hospitality/ Social Events Committee Chair
Jeannie is retired and became interested in beekeeping while on an environmental tour with work. She started beekeeping four years ago and, "continues working on my learning curve! Fascinating creatures"!
Education Committee Chair
I am a bug lover since I can remember--I was always bringing all sorts of critters in the house to my mother’s dismay. I've lived in WA most of my life, did a stint in Tokyo, Japan for a year, then I met my husband at BYU-Hawaii, married, moved back here to WA in 2012, and became a mom in 2013. In 2015 I was inspired to start learning about bees and the possibility of beekeeping when a huge swarm landed in my backyard and we called a beekeeper to come get them. It was amazing to watch! Now I'm a product of a slow rolling start of many failed attempts, an undying interest in bees, and thrift! When I first started I had 2 toddlers and a $0-50 budget for 'hobbies' so relied on generous beekeepers downsizing, finding good deals, and free time as a stay at home mom to learn how to build things myself. On the side of bees I also enjoy mushroom hunting, raising butterflies, hissing cockroaches and giant stick bugs, painting, gardening (ask me about my purple popcorn project) and look forward to learning more each year in this journey of bees. Also--Eventually I'd love to open an all-bug zoo here in Tacoma (or anywhere) and feature the coolest indoor observation hives in the US.
Fundraising is at the heart of our association. Without funding, We can not offer our members and community the programs needed to support local beekeeping. The person that fills this position will work with the Board to develop a solid funding strategy.
Library Committee Chair
This position manages our association library. If interested, please contact Mary Dempsey
This position manages our Facebook, Instagram and other social media. If your are interested, please contact Mary Dempsey @ 253-640-1615
Membership Services Chair
We are currently looking for volunteers for Library manager, Member Services Chair and Fundraising Chair
If you feel like you would be a good fit for any of these positions, please contact the board at email@example.com for consideration.