@RBK I toyed with the idea of keeping bees in my head for a couple of years but never made the commitment until the Flow Hive came along (and I moved to a place I could actually keep them).
I was welcomed by my local bee club but my choice of hive was met with semi-open minded skepticism by more than a few members. They've since warmed to the Flow.
At the end of my very first meeting, I spoke with the guest speaker, a Master Beekeeper and an educational speaker and guest lecturer on apicultural topics for beekeeping organizations and community groups, not only across Georgia - but on a national and international level as well. He has lectured and presented workshops at the meetings of the Georgia Beekeepers Association, and Eastern Apicultural Society. The man even serves on the staff of the annual Young Harris – UGA Beekeeping Institute in Young Harris, Georgia.
This man has been sought out for comment on apicultural matters by media outlets such as the New York Times, Atlanta Journal & Constitution, Los Angeles Times, Atlanta Magazine and the British Broadcasting Company and even served the Georgia Beekeepers Association first as Secretary then as President.
He lambasted my choice, derided the product and labeled everyone that was getting into beekeeping because of the Flow Hive as idiots.
I've heard him lecture 2 additional times over the last year (and each time he derides the Flow Hive looking right at me). I've made it a point to post progress updates on my club's Facebook page and tagging him whenever the opportunity arises.