Bekeeper of the Year
  Each year the Alabama Beekeepers Association awards the honor of "Beekeeper of the Year" to the one Association members that has shown the most outstanding leadership and has made the most significant contribution to beekeeping in the state of Alabama.
The 2019 winner is David Ellis
David has served 4 terms as President, 4 terms as Vice President and 3 terms on the board of directors of the Alabama Beekeepers Association. He has helped with Masters Beekeeper Program since its inception. He has represented Jefferson County on the Honey and Honeybee commodity division of the Alabama Farmers Federation (ALFA). He has participated in Alabama A&M's studies of pollination and mite control. He has served as President of the Jefferson County Beekeepers Association multiple times where he organized the Jefferson County’s first beginner beginning classes as well as organizing members of the Jefferson County Beekeepers Association to sell their honey at Birmingham’s Pepper Place Market. He has taught many beginning bee classes at Jefferson County. He has taught numerous classes at both the Alabama Beekeepers Association annual meeting and the ACES Symposium over the years on various topics. As president, in 2010, David resurrected the, then defunct, "Beekeeper of The Year" certificate program. It is fitting but long overdue for David to be selected as the 2019 Alabama Beekeepers Association’s Beekeeper of the Year.
Previous Bekeeper of the Year

The "Beekeeper Of The Year Award" was started by Jim Smith (the ABA president) in 1998.  It was awarded for 3 consecutive years and then discontinued until David Ellis (the ABA president) reactivated the award in 2010. The following members have received this award:

2018: Bonnie Funderburg
2017: Fred Harrison
2016: Lionel Evans
2015: Thomas Knightington
2014: O. j. Blount
2013: Phillip Garrison
2012: Bill Mullins
2011: Hugh Feagle
2010: Rex Aldridge
2009: Lonnie Funderburg
2002 through 2008: no award was given
2001: Edward Norman
2000: Bob Fanning
1999: Margie Smith
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