The 2022 Pioneer Award winner, John Spate is described as a loyal, dedicated volunteer for the WHPA.  Serving as WHPA Northeastern District Chairperson for many years, he encourages membership within the organization by attending county beekeeping organization meetings, assisting with mentorship and building a community of beekeepers in the northwestern Wisconsin.  John serves on the WHPA budget and finance committee, ensuring that the organization’s funds are used wisely to advance honey bee health, research, promotion, and education.  He has been a regular volunteer at the Wisconsin State Fair, making the long trek from Chippewa Falls to West Allis each year to share his knowledge on bees and honey to fairgoers.  John’s demonstrates steadfast and committed service to WHPA and his fellow beekeepers. Congratulations John!