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Deadline to RSVP to the BCBA Christmas dinner extended…


Hi BCBA members,

 One quick announcement and reminder:
The deadline to RSVP to the BCBA Christmas dinner has been extended until tomorrowDecember 6th. Please come if you’re available this coming Monday, Dec. 9th at 6:30 pm. The cost for the dinner is $20.

* Reminder to those coming- bring a small bee related holiday grab bag gift if you would like to participate. The budget for these bags are $20. 

Address location for dinner:
Rothchild Catering
8007 Kingston Pike

We hope to see all of you there!

Happy Holidays, 
Sarah Peterson 

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BCBA Christmas Party


Hello BCBA members,

BCBA’s Christmas Dinner event will take place on Monday, December 9th at 6:30 at Rothchild Catering
8007 Kingston Pike.

Dale Hinkle is donating honey that will be incorporated into the dinner and dessert.

Anyone wanting to participate in a holiday grab bag is encouraged to bring a bee related gift with a spending budget of $20.

The cost for the dinner is $20. Please have all checks mailed by Dec. 2nd to Bernie McGraw, 1220 Havenwood Dr., Maryville, 37804. No payments will be received the night of the dinner.

We look forward to seeing everyone there!

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The Pollinators – movie!


The movie is ON!

Wednesday November 6, 2019 at 6:30pm

Message from Howard Kerr:

Link to the Maryville location ticket purchase:

https://tickets.demand.film/event/9106


We have an opportunity to see here in Maryville a truly great film about bees. It is called The Pollinators. It is a documentary film about migratory beekeeping and will be shown here in Maryville on November 6 at 6:30 pm IF WE SELL A TOTAL OF 50 TICKETS BY 28 October – just 3 days away. We buy the tickets online as shown in the attached flyer. You can get a 10% discount if you use the discount code TN10. If we cannot sell 50 tickets by 28 October the movie will not be shown here and your card will not be charged. And we will miss a great movie

This movie has been chosen as the best documentary at several film festivals and was a smash hit at the recent Apimondia conference in Canada. I strongly urge each of our members to buy tickets for your family and friends. It is about 90 minutes long.

Flyer info is below…

Sign up to see “The Pollinators” in selected Tennessee cities on November 6

One of every three bites of food we eat depends on honeybees and other pollinators. 

Over 1,000 of the 1,200 most common fruits and vegetables depend on pollinators. 

Over one-half of all honeybee hives are now dying every year in our country. 

The Pollinators is a cinematic journey around the United States following migratory beekeepers and their truckloads of honey bees as they pollinate the flowers that become the fruits, nuts and vegetables we all eat. The many challenges these beekeepers and their bees face en route reveal the many threats to their survival that bees face now. The filmmakers talk to farmers, scientists, chefs and academics along the way to give a broad perspective about the threats to honey bees, what it means to our food security and how we can improve it. This film has already been selected by 25 national and international film festivals and has been honored as “Best Documentary” at seven of them. The Tennessee Beekeepers Association, Tennessee Environmental Council, Tennessee Sierra Club and many other groups fully endorse this documentary and are promoting it statewide. 

On November 6, 2019, help bring The Pollinators to Tennessee cities through the Demand Film program. This innovative way to share the film doesn’t rely on traditional theater placements, but uses audience demand instead. Tickets are reserved in advance, but do not get charged until the ticket threshold for each theater is reached (about 50 seats). The tickets need to be ordered online by October 28. Theaters in nineteen cities are signed up and selling tickets: Chattanooga, Clarksville, Cleveland, Cookeville, Crossville, Dyersburg, Greeneville, Hendersonville, Johnson City, Knoxville, Maryville, McMinnville, Memphis, Morristown, Mt. Juliet, Nashville, Spring Hill and Tullahoma. You can see the film trailer and reserve your tickets here: https://us.demand.film/the-pollinators/  Buy extra for local decision-makers (elected officials, parks and highway officials, agriculture teachers, garden club leaders, local farmers and media) in your town and invite them to join you. Order your tickets today. 

Two excellent articles have appeared on “The Pollinators” in recent days. Peter Nelson, the film’s creator, was interviewed today on National Public Radio’s “Marketplace” program. Here is an extended transcript of that broadcast interview:  https://www.marketplace.org/2019/10/23/why-dwindling-bee-populations-are-threatening-u-s-agricultural/ 

You can also read more about this film at this Sierra Club link: https://www.sierraclub.org/sierra/one-third-our-food-supply-relies-very-sick-species-honeybees?fbclid=IwAR0HJnwH32fhzgfpjKxsISWI2nr8cuWx15A4qOx_KEf1sK3QVprUPBAjuI8

BECAUSE OF THE STRONG INTEREST IN TENNESSEE, DEMAND FILM IS GIVING US A 10% DISCOUNT ON THE TICKETS. JUST ENTER “TN10” IN THE DISCOUNT CODE FIELD WHEN YOU ORDER YOUR TICKETS. BE SURE TO PURCHASE YOUR TICKETS ONLINE BY OCTOBER 28 TO INSURE THE FILM WILL BE SHOWN. 


The most important living creatures on this planet (honeybees)* can’t save themselves. 

But, yes, yes, we can. The best place to start is to go to the link and order your tickets TODAY.

*https://www.sciencetimes.com/articles/23245/20190709/bees-are-the-most-important-living-being-on-earth.htm