|Southeast Alabama Beekeepers Association
Welcome to the
Southeast Alabama Beekeepers
SEABA is comprised of local beekeepers from
several surrounding counties and is located in
beautiful Coffee County.
Meetings are held the first Thursday of every
month at 7pm at the Coffee County Extension office
in New Brockton, Alabama.
Everyone is welcome to attend the meeting where
we discuss problems, successes, up coming
events, education, and helpful information dealing
with honey bees and beekeeping.
|President - Gerry Whitaker
Vice President - Robert Bourne
Secretary/Treasurer - Phyllis Wilson
|The Allen Blair Project
The Southeast Alabama Beekeepers Association, sensing a declining trend in
beekeeping and future generations' interest and exposure to it, initiated a youth in a
beekeeping project. It supplies an interested person, ages 10 to 15, with all the
necessary equipment, along with workshops, meetings and most importantly,
mentor ship. The project is named the Allen Blair Project. Club members'
enthusiasm for the project was unanimous, but no enthusiasm was greater than
that of Allen's. Allen, who had been confined to a wheelchair, kept bees for several
years, even putting a hive in his bedroom with an outside entrance for the bees.
"The wheelchair was not enough to slow him down when it came to caring for his
bees," shared Gerry Whitaker, SEABA Vice-President. "His love for beekeeping
was so contagious that his new wife cared for the bees by his side. Allen was
diagnosed with a cancer and died just weeks after the discovery. The Allen Blair
Project is named in his memory." The Walter T. Kelley Company has donated $200
worth of product, allowing a youth to have everything they need. We're honored to
help influence the next generation of beekeepers, doing it in the name of a man who
loved bees, and with the enthusiasm and expertise of the SEABA!