At their annual banquet on December 3, Jeanne Malterer of Iron Ridge was recognized as Beekeeper of the Year by the Dodge-Jefferson County Beekeepers Association. A member since 2003, Malterer has been a past president of the bee club, chairs the Dodge County Fair Honey Booth committee, and has contributed greatly to the group’s annual beekeeping activities. An advocate for healthy bees and local, quality honey, Malterer manages about 10 hives and sells her product at area farm markets and local shops.
Honey Queen Kimberly Westenberg of Watertown was presented with a scholarship for her work in promoting honey and bees to the public throughout the year.
Emily Weber of Helenville earned her achievement certificate as she successfully completed a year in the club’s Youth in Beekeeping program. She recounted her learning experiences with honey bee swarms, stings, and hive management. Anton Bednarski of Watertown also completed the youth beekeeping program.