I am basically in charge of putting together our club's short course on beekeeping. We are 1 year old club and the first several meetings we held were dealing with the basics to get a lot of our members up to speed with beekeeping. We have considerable interest in new people getting started. A few of us have been in short courses before at the club we were previously involved with. I know most of the basic stuff that we need to cover. We are having it in one day, on a January Saturday in order for the new ones to get going with ordering bees and equipment. A field day will be latter in spring to look at bees.
What I am interested in is the things that made your short course really good or unique and that kept the new people interested. I know that door prizes really help and if we can swing it maybe giving a complete hive away at the end of the day. I am thinking about using handouts from each presentor for all of the topics that we can.Your thoughts and Ideas.