Member Garage Sale

At the August 2nd Meeting we are going to use part of the meeting time to hold our annual member garage sale. If you have some beekeeping items that you are no longer using or need (or if you just have extra items) that are taking up space then bring them to the meeting. Name your price and be ready to haggle with a fellow beekeeper.

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July 2016 Meeting

On July 5th at the monthly meeting we will hear from Charles about our nemesis the Varroa mite. Robert will be presenting on basic beekeeping for all the new (and those that want to be new) beekeepers! Note that will be an apiary meeting this month but the topic will be a surprise.

Note, that if you want to join the club. Purchase your membership for 2016 by seeing Andy Matelich at the meeting.

6:00 – 6:45 Apiary – In Person Training by Charles Schafer
There are some interesting issues that are popping up with the nucs in the apiary. Come and find out how to diagnose a random issue and what needs to be done to fix it
7:00 – 7:30 Basic Beekeeping by Robert Clark
We are coming into a potential dearth of nectar in many places around the east side. Robert will talk about what should be done to make sure your bees will survive until they reach the knotweed flow in late August.
7:30 – 8:00 Tea Time
8:00 – 9:00 The Varroa Miteby Charles Schafer
Charles will be presenting on the Varroa mite. So come learn about the mite that if it was human proportions would be the size of a dinner plate.

Meetings are 7:00-9:00 pm on the first Tuesday of each month at Meadowbrook Interpretive Center (directions to Meadowbrook) and are open to the public.

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June 2016 Meeting

On June 7th at the monthly meeting we will hear from Bob about foundationless beekeeping.  Robert will be presenting on basic beekeeping for all the new (and those that want to be new) beekeepers! Note that there will be no apiary meeting this month.

Note, that if you want to join the club. Purchase your membership for 2016 by seeing Andy Matelich at the meeting.

7:00 – 7:30 Basic Beekeeping by Robert Clark
With the blackberry flow on and actually coming to an end in some places. Charles will explain what June brings for the bees and the beekeeper.
7:30 – 8:00 Tea Time
8:00 – 9:00 Foundationless Beekeeping by Bob Combs
Learn how easy it is to keep bees without needing to install foundation in each frame. Learn what you need to watch out for and how to correct the most common issues you will be confronted with by the bees.

Meetings are 7:00-9:00 pm on the first Tuesday of each month at Meadowbrook Interpretive Center (directions to Meadowbrook) and are open to the public.

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Mentors

We’re getting the mentor program started again, and need some volunteers for mentors. If you’ve got a couple of years of beekeeping under your belt and know how to tell the difference between a drone and a queen, you’re probably qualified.

Sign up for being a mentor, or ask to be assigned one at:
mentor@snoqualmievalleybeekeepers.org

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May 2016 Meeting

Today, May 3rd at the monthly meeting we will hear about the swarming seasons and how to trap them for free bees. Robert will be presenting on basic beekeeping for all the new (and those that want to be new) beekeepers! Also this is the first month of the apiary lessons, so come early and learn about managing the hives.

Note, that if you have not renewed your membership for 2016 be sure to see Andy Matelich at the meeting.

6:00 – 6:45 Apiary – In person Training by Charles Schafer
Charles will be marking queens in the Apiary from the packages installed that were installed last week. It should be a nice sunny day so come out early and enjoy.
7:00 – 7:30 Basic Beekeeping by Robert Clark
Packages are going to be installed soon and those overwintered colonies are building up quickly with the abundant pollen and nectar. Charles will explain what April brings for the bees and the beekeeper.
7:30 – 8:00 Tea Time
8:00 – 9:00 Swarm Trapping Techniques and Stories from the Field by Bob Combs and Mike Skripek
Bob and Mike will talk about trapping swarms and sharing stories of those huge 10 pound swarms. So if you want to know how to trap them or what you need come and hear.

Meetings are 7:00-9:00 pm on the first Tuesday of each month at Meadowbrook Interpretive Center (directions to Meadowbrook) and are open to the public.

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April 2016 Meeting

On April 5th at the monthly meeting we will hear from Charles, Bob and Mike on how to build hive bodies and frames using tools that you have lying around the house. Robert will be presenting on basic beekeeping for all the new (and those that want to be new) beekeepers!

Note, that if you have not renewed your membership for 2016 be sure to see Andy Matelich at the meeting.

7:00 – 7:30 Basic Beekeeping by Robert Clark
What should we be looking for inour overwintering colonies? How should we be preparing for our packages? Charles will explain what April brings for the bees and the beekeeper.
7:30 – 8:00 Tea Time
8:00 – 9:00 Assembling Bee Hive Equipment using Basic Tools by Bob Combs, Charles Schaffer and Mike Skripek
Charles, Bob and Mike will provide demonstrations on building your hive equipment using basic tools that any homeowner has in their garage.

Meetings are 7:00-9:00 pm on the first Tuesday of each month at Meadowbrook Interpretive Center (directions to Meadowbrook) and are open to the public.

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April Beekeeping Class

OOPS! I misspoke at the March meeting. The class is NOT 1st weekend in April (See below). This is why I should always check calendars before announcing dates.

Beekeeping 101 – w/ Treatment-Free practices.

This class is a two-part class (two afternoons) including all the information you’ll need to get started in beekeeping. Also included is information on keeping bees in a treatment-free program (foundationless, small-cell, top-bar and langstroth). Enrollment in the Washington Master Beekeepers Apprentice program is included in the cost.

Price $30 per family.
Dates:
Class #2 Apr 16 & 17, 12:00 – 4:00.

The April class will include hands on in the apiary weather permitting.

Information and registration at http://www.siviewpark.org/

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March 2016 Meeting

On March 1st at the monthly meeting we will hear from Daniel Najera about the results from the overwintered electronic hive monitoring. If you remember a few of these monitors were placed throughout Western Washington to see if we could track some helpful statistics to see how we can help the bees through winter. Robert of course will be presenting on basic beekeeping for all the new (and those that want to be new) beekeepers!

Note, that if you have not renewed your membership for 2016 be sure to see Andy Matelich at the meeting. If you need to order package bees or spring nucs be sure to see Charles Schaffer or Mike Skripek.

7:00 – 7:30 Basic Beekeeping by Robert Clark
What are the basics to get started in beekeeping? Charles will explain what a beekeeper does.
7:30 – 8:00 Tea Time
8:00 – 9:00 Results of the 2015-2016 Over-Winter Electronic Hive Monitoring by Daniel Najera from Green River Community College
Daniel will go over the results of the electronic hive monitoring experiment with the club.

Meetings are 7:00-9:00 pm on the first Tuesday of each month at Meadowbrook Interpretive Center (directions to Meadowbrook) and are open to the public.

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February 2016 Meeting

On February 2nd at the monthly meeting we will discuss the letter from President Schaffer and what we want to do as a club heading forward. Charles then will present on 6 years of research in honeybee mating biology. So if you want to bounce your ideas for the club off your fellow members and the club leadership or you are raising queens and want to understand the process better than come to our February meeting!

Also we will be renewing memberships at the February meeting so bring cash or check for the renewal fee. Remember that as a club member you get entered into the nuc drawing in September and also get to borrow the club equipment for your own apiary.

7:00 – 7:30 January’s President Letter and Q&A by Charles E. Schaffer
As mentioned in the Jan 2016 President Letter we will be talking about the club and what we want to be doing going forward.
7:30 – 8:00 Tea Time
8:00 – 9:00 Mating Biology of Honey Bees by Charles E. Schaffer
This presentation will not be a “how to” but an understanding of what happens in the entire process of honey bee mating. If you are raising queens or have a desire to do so this information may be helpful in managing your queen mating.

Meetings are 7:00-9:00 pm on the first Tuesday of each month at Meadowbrook Interpretive Center (directions to Meadowbrook) and are open to the public.

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Letter to the Membership

President Schaffer’s letter to the general club membership is posted here: Jan 2016 President Letter.

In summary:

  • Complete list of club officers, board members and committee chairs
  • Thanks to the outgoing officers
  • Reminder to bring money to renew your membership for 2016 if you haven’t already
  • Request for the membership to provide input on what we can do to help you as club members.
  • Nuc Drawing for club members at the September meeting. You get tickets by coming to the regular meetings (next one on Feb 2nd).
  • Request to think about what you need this year (woodenware, bees, etc.) If you want woodenware express your desire as we may not be having an order this year if there is not enough interest.
  • The first part February meeting is to talk about this letter. Robert Clark will begin the beginner’s series in March. The second half will be the mating biology of bees.

 

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