Richard Brutsche received the award from the Sandusky River Valley Beekeepers Association (SRVBA). The presentation was made Dec. 3 at the Buckeye Fire and Grill Camp Ground in Clyde, where the association held its Christmas party with about 100 members in attendance.
For years, Brutsche has been an active educator in Huron, Erie, Sandusky, Seneca and Ottawa counties.
Brutsche, SRVBA past president and current educational chairman, has volunteered his time to set up and work at the five area county fairs, “Explore Your Backyard” (a program for Sandusky County fourth graders who meet for two days of educational instruction), the beginners beekeeping class (a 10-hour, two-day class designed to teach and mentor new beekeepers) and countless honeybee talks given throughout the year.
In a press release announcing the award, the SRVBA stated: “Thank you, Richard Brutsche, for your time and educating the general public on the importance and benefits of the honey bee.”
At the party, the association furnished pulled pork and sloppy joe sandwiches, while members brought covered dishes to share.
Door prizes and a silent auction also were part of the festivities.