April 8 meeting: Spring Banquet

Come enjoy food & friendship with your fellow beekeepers, celebrating spring!  Bring a salad, side dish or dessert to share; the club will provide meats.  The banquet will be held at the Raleigh Police Club at 3500 Leonard Road in Knightdale.  Plan to arrive by 6 p.m. so the meal can start promptly at 6:30 p.m.

Indoor space will probably be tight, so please bring lawn chairs and portable tables if you are able – weather permitting, we may have some outdoor dining!

 
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Beginning Beekeeping – workshop information & reference materials for March 29, 2014

Thanks to all those who have registered for this weekend’s workshop!  We will begin check-in at 7:30 a.m. so that we can start instruction promptly at 8 a.m.  We will have a very full day of instruction, covering lots of material.  For your reference, PDF files of two very content-rich topics, honeybee biology and enemies of the hive, are available below.  If you are planning to take the NCSBA Certified Level test at the end of the class, these documents will be useful for review.

The location of the Raleigh Police Club in Knightdale can be found here - you can enter your starting address to get directions from Google Maps, or enter the street address of 3500 Leonard Road, Knightdale, NC 27545.

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Enemies of the Hive

 

 

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March Beginner Beekeeper Workshop Full – thank you!

Registration for the March 2014 beekeeping class has closed, and the 60-person class is full.

If there is sufficient interest, the WCBA may offer a second class later in the year.

Please contact club secretary Kate Hanser (secretary@wakecountybeekeepers.org) if you would like to receive information about a future class.

Thank you to all who have expressed interest!

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March 11 meeting: Amie Newsome on Presenting Bees to the Public

Please note that the March meeting will be held at the Raleigh Police Club, 3500 Leonard Road, Knightdale, NC 27545.

As beekeepers, we are often asked questions about bees by people we meet.  While interest in bees remains high, ignorance and fear persist in the minds of the public.  Ms. Newsome’s talk will address how to interact with the public when talking about bees so that we can more effectively educate and communicate with our communities about how valuable and threatened our honeybees are.

A graduate of NC State University, Ms. Newsome holds a degree in horticulture and works for the Johnston County Cooperative Extension as an extension agent for agriculture and commercial horticulture.  In addition to promoting Johnston County nursery products, she teaches classes including the Beginning Beekeepers Short Course.  Please welcome Amie as she brings her knowledge, enthusiasm and experience to Wake County.

 

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Spring Workshop for Beginner Beekeepers – March 29-30, 2014

Registration for the March 2014 beekeeping class has closed, and the class is full.   If there is sufficient interest, the WCBA may offer a second class later in the year.  Please contact club secretary Kate Hanser (secretary@wakecountybeekeepers.org) if you would like to receive information about a future class.  Thank you to all who have expressed interest!

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.

 

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February Meeting: Dr. Larry Connor on Reading Bees

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.

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January 2014 meeting: Webinar with Dr. David Tarpy, NCSU

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

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December meeting: Christmas Banquet and honey tasting

Happy holidays!

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:

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/70A0948AAAA2FA75-december

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!

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2014 Club Membership Renewal Form

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

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Club Shirt Orders

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.

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