December 8, 2015 Club Meeting: Pot Luck

Join us at 6:30 pm at the Wake County Commons Building, 4011 Carya Drive, Raleigh NC, for our annual holiday dinner.  As a special treat, Ricky is cooking BBQ Chicken for the club.  Please bring a side dish or dessert to share.

If you have anything that belongs to the club, please bring it to the meeting for inventory.

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November Club Meeting: Honey Tasting Contest

Join us on Tuesday, November 11, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. as we return to the Wake County Commons Building at 4011 Carya Drive for our monthly club meeting.  This meeting will feature a club honey tasting and contest!  If you would like to contribute a honey sample to the contest, please bring an unlabeled 16-ounce jar of preferably single-source honey. Attendees will have to guess the flower source and location for each sample, with prizes awarded to those who make the most correct identifications.  Additional details are included in the contest description posted below:


While the contest will include only 10 samples, we encourage everyone to bring their own or other interesting honeys to sample – there will be an opportunity to sample these as well.

As always, our meetings are free and open to the public at large!

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October meeting: Officer elections; Will Hicks on preparing hives for winter

Join us at the NC Rural Development Center at 4021 Carya Drive in Raleigh on Tuesday, October 13 at 7 p.m.  NC Apiary Inspector Will Hicks reviews how to prepare your hives to survive the winter.  Will brings a wealth of practical expertise, so please come with your questions!

Also, the club will be electing officers for 2016 at the start of the meeting.  We need a good turnout to show support for the following slate of officers put forth by the nominating committee:

President – Mike Childers

Vice President – Ben Crawley

Secretary – Susan Benton

Treasurer – Dawn Childers

Program Chair – Marc Larin

Sergeant-at-Arms – Tom Underhill

Board of Directors –  Ricky Barbour (3 years); Sarah Myers (2 years); Sue Carson (1 year)

There will also be an opportunity for nominations from the floor, plus we can always use additional volunteers at meetings to help out.  As always, visitors are welcome at the meetings.  Current members are eligible to vote.

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September club meeting: Pig-picking at the NC Rural Center, 6:30 p.m.

Our September meeting will feature a pig-picking at the North Carolina Rural Center at 4021 Carya Drive on Tuesday, September 8, at 6:30 p.m.  The club will provide the meat, beverages and cups and utensils.  Please bring a salad, side dish or dessert to share, along with appropriate serving utensils.

We are also still a few volunteers short for Bug Fest on September 19, so please look at your calendars and see if you can squeeze in a few hours to talk to the public about bees and beekeeping.  The sign up sheet will be available at the meeting.

Hope to see you there!

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August club meeting: Nancy Ruppert on managing pests and diseases

Join us Tuesday, August 11 from 7 – 9 p.m. at the Wake County Commons Building at Carya Drive as NC Apiary Inspector Nancy Ruppert updates the club on managing pests and diseases.  As always, there will be time for questions.

Also, please note that the September club meeting will be our annual cook-out; club president Ricky Barbour will be preparing pork barbecue.

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July club meeting: Make a sugar-shake jar to check for varroa

Our July club meeting will be a hands-on activity as we make sugar-shake jars to use to check your colonies for varroa mites.

The club will supply hardware cloth and quart canning jars with ring lids, although if you have a jar/lid combination you’d prefer to use and only need the hardware cloth insert, feel free to supply your own jar.  If you have extra jars and lids to share, they would also be welcome.  We will also have tin snips / scissors for cutting metal to cut the hardware cloth – if you have a set of your own, please bring them to help with cutting the mesh cloth to the appropriate size for use in the jars.

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June club meeting: Will Hicks on seasonal hive management

Join us Tuesday, June 9, at the Wake County Commons Building as NCDA Apiary Inspector Will Hicks discusses seasonal hive management: what you should be looking for and doing now to ensure the health of your colonies.  We will also hold a raffle for a complete hive (no bees, sorry!), so bring small bills for raffle tickets.

Social time starts at 7 p.m., with the meeting starting at 7:30 p.m.  WCBA meetings are open to the general public – all are welcome.

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May club meeting: Kevin Clemmer of NCDOT on wildflower planting

Have you ever wondered about how to create a wildflower planting or meadow, or been inspired by the roadside plantings maintained by NCDOT?  Join us Tuesday from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Wake County Commons Building as Kevin Clemmer of the NC Department of Transportation’s Roadside Environmental Unit discusses vegetation management practices including the Wildflower Program.

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April club meeting: Nancy Ruppert on “How to read the hive for pests and/or disease”

Join us Tuesday evening, April 14, from 7 – 9 p.m. at the Wake County Commons Building as state apiary inspector Nancy Ruppert shows us how to read a hive for pests and diseases!  Signs to look for and strategies for management will be discussed.

The Wake County Commons Building is located at 4011 Carya Drive in Raleigh.

Also, our April newsletter is available!

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March club meeting: Swarms & mites!

Our monthly club meeting will be Tuesday, March 10, from 7 – 9 p.m. at the Wake County Commons Building at 4011 Carya Drive in Raleigh.  Club president Ricky Barbour and vice president Mike Childers will discuss catching swarms, and Danny Jaynes will discuss the advantages of testing & treating for mites.  2015 membership forms and dues are also due March 31 – you can give them to the treasurer at the upcoming meeting.

See this month’s club newsletter for more information.  Hope you can join us on Tuesday!

WCBA Newsletter March 2015

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