Dear beekeepers:

My name is Rachel Bryson and I am a public relations masters’ student at Shippensburg University. I am completing my final project for my degree, which is to create a communication plan for the Pennsylvania State Beekeepers Association (PSBA). You are being asked to participate in the research portion of this project by taking the following survey.

The approximately 20 question survey should take no longer than 30 minutes to complete. Because the survey is online, your identity will not be connected to any of your answers. The results of this study will be used in designing a communication plan for the PSBA, which will better allow the organization to represent all Pennsylvania beekeepers. Your honest and open feedback is very important.

Your participation in this project is greatly appreciated. As a sign of this appreciation, a raffle for one $50 Visa gift card is being offered to participants. To enter the raffle, please provide your name and email or phone number at the conclusion of the survey.

If you choose to participate, please complete the survey by July 27, 2013. If you have any questions regarding this project, please contact me at (717) 300-0146 or

Thank you in advance for your participation.


Rachel Bryson