NCSBA Spring Meeting: Will be held Thursday – Saturday, March 6 – 8, 2014, at the
Wilmington Convention Center. Speakers include the Honorable Dan O’Hanlon (WV),
Christy Hemenway (ME), Dr. Greg Hunt (Purdue Univ.), Dr. David Tarpy (NCSU), and Dick
Rogers (Bayer Crop Science), among others. Advance registration closes on February 27.
Click here for more information or see pp. 10-15 in the Spring 2014 issue of the NC BeeBuzz.
Interested in beekeeping, but unsure how to get started? Or, have you just started but have lots of questions? This intensive, informational workshop will help you successfully work with honeybees in North Carolina. A full day of classroom instruction is followed by an afternoon of guided, hands-on work in club-sponsored hives. Testing to become NCSBA Certified beekeepers is offered, and encouraged.
The workshop will be held the weekend of March 29-30, 2014. Classroom instruction will be held Saturday at the Raleigh Police Club at 3500 Leonard Rd. in Knightdale, with the hands-on portion following on Sunday afternoon at the club hives in Oak View County Park in Raleigh. Participation is limited to 60, and registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. Cost of the two-day workshop is $50 and includes one year memberships to both the WCBA and the NCSBA.
Register by March 15, 2014.
WCBA 2014 Workshop Registration Form
WEATHER ALERT: The club officers are monitoring the weather situation, and are currently still planning to host Dr. Connor’s lecture tonight. However, if conditions demand it, we may need to cancel or reschedule – please check back here frequently for updates!
February’s presentation will start earlier than usual at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, February 11. Join beekeeping expert Dr. Larry Connor as he leads you through your hive, telling you what each cell, bee, and frame tells you about colony health. This three-part presentation will consist of Dr. Connor’s lecture (approx. 50 minutes), a question & answer session, followed by a book signing and sales period.
A regular contributor to Bee Culture and The American Bee Journal, Dr. Connor is a highly sought after speaker. He earned his Ph.D from Michigan State University, and as owner of Wicwas Press, has published more than a dozen titles dealing with bees, beekeeping, queen rearing and pollination. Dr. Connor will have some signed copies of his books available for purchase (no credit cards, please).
More information about Dr. Connor can be found here.
Beekeepers from surrounding counties are welcome to attend as well.
Dr. Connor will also give a lecture in Chatham County on February 13 on winter losses and recovery. Please visit the Chatham County Beekeepers Association website for more information.
If you decide to attend the Pittsboro meeting, please RSVP to CCBA president Pat Weisbrodt (919-545-9603) and tell her which county you’re coming from.
Join us Tuesday, January 14, 2014 as the WCBA hosts a webinar featuring Dr. David Tarpy, Associate Professor and Extension Apiculturist in the Department of Entomology at North Carolina State University. He will present resources available for new and experienced beekeepers, including the Bee Informed Partnership and the online Beekeeper Education & Engagement System (BEES), and he will discuss the NC State Apiculture Program and how its work assists beekeepers in North Carolina and beyond.
7 – 9 p.m., 4011 Carya Drive, Raleigh
Once again, it is time for the WCBA’s annual Christmas Banquet! This will take place next Tuesday, our regular meeting date, but we’ll be setting up starting at 5:30 p.m. with the meal planned to start at 6:30 p.m. The club will provide meats, and asks members to bring sides, salads and desserts to share.
We’ll need a few volunteers to help with set up and clean up, so if you are able, please sign up using the link below:
We are also still planning to have a separate table dedicated to a low-key honey tasting, so if you have your own or other interesting honey to share, please bring it.
We look forward to seeing everyone for an evening of fun, feasting and fellowship. See you then!
It’s time to renew your WCBA and NCSBA memberships for 2014. Registration renewal forms will be available at the February and March meetings and online (link below).
Please renew by March 31, 2014, or you will be dropped from the membership roster.
2014 Registration Renewal form for WCBA and NCSBA
The WCBA is pleased to offer club members an opportunity to display beekeeping and club pride with logo shirts. These unisex, light yellow, short sleeved collared polo shirts will have the WCBA logo embroidered in navy blue on the chest, and will be available in sizes S – XL ($15 each), 2X ($17) and 3X ($19).
Payment may be made by cash or check, and must be made when you order. Forms and payment should be given to Ricky Barbour, sale coordinator, and may be made in person (cash or check to WCBA) or by mail (check only).
2013 WCBA Shirt Order Form
ORDERS MUST BE RECEIVED BY DECEMBER 31, 2013 FOR MARCH 2014 DELIVERY.
Our regular monthly club meeting will take place tonight at the Wake County Extension Building on Carya Drive – our usual meeting place, now available post-election season. Tom Underhill will demonstrate lip balm making and provide samples. We also have 2 NCSU – E KY basketball tickets (with parking pass!) for the Nov 30 game as a raffle, thanks to club VP Ken Cobb.
The social starts at 7 p.m., followed by the club meeting and program at 7:30 p.m.
Also, we have 2 people signed up to bring snacks tonight, but if one more person could step up & help out, that would be great! Remember, the club will reinburse you.
Thank you so much – hope to see you there!
The October meeting will be held Tuesday, Oct 8, at the Raleigh Police Club at 3500 Leonard Road in Knightdale, at 7 pm. We will return to Carya Dr. for the November and December meetings.
At the October meeting, Dr. John Ambrose of NC State will discuss Apitherapy, or the use of hive products in health and nutrition. Also, Don Hopkins should be present to sign up volunteers for the NCSBA educational booth at the state fair. Please see the newsletter for more information!
Click here for a PDF of the presentation.
The 5 County Beekeepers Association cordially invites all beekeepers from Franklin, Johnston, Nash, Wake and Wilson counties to its first annual cookout on Sunday, September 29, 2013 at the Bennett Bunn Plantation in Zebulon from 1:00 – 6:00 p.m. The meal will start at 3:00 p.m. Please bring a side dish or dessert to share, meats will be provided. Click
here for more information, including directions to the plantation and a link to the online reservation list.