November Meetings Cancelled

The meetings for November (both general and board) have been cancelled due to scheduling conflicts. We’ll meet again in December.

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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October Board Meeting

Note to all Board Members: On October 3, 2016 following the club meeting (9pm) we will be holding a board meeting to discuss Greg Wicks education outreach proposal along with other topics for consideration by the board.

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October 2016 Meeting

On October 4th at the monthly meeting we will hear from Bob about a fun side activity that any beekeeper can get into, Making Mead. Robert also will be presenting on basic beekeeping for all the new (and those that want to be new) beekeepers!

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
Now that the bees are set for winter what are we going to do as beekeepers to prepare for spring and make sure the colony survives?
7:30 – 8:00 Tea Time
8:00 – 9:00 Making Mead by Bob Combs
Bob will be presenting on his highly requested mead making class. Learn what to do with the slush that you have after you extract that pure golden honey. Learn how yeast and honey selection creates a wide range of flavors.

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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September 2016 Meeting

On September 6th at the monthly meeting we will be holding the annual club meeting. This meeting is a very important meeting of the year and we hope you are planning to attend and participate.  Just a reminder, apiary actives are complete for this year. We will have the drawing for the free nuc based on your attendance from February through September.  You need to be present for the drawing to win.  For each meeting you have attended you will receive one ticket for the drawing.  So be there for a chance of winning a free nucleus beehive.  There will also be 2 nucs available for a silent auction.

7:00 – 7:30 Basic Beekeeping by Robert Clark
We are coming into the final preparations for winter, both for the beekeeper and the bees. Robert will review what we should look out for and what we can do during our “time off”.
7:30 – 8:00 Tea Time
8:00 – 9:00 Club Meeting by Club Leadership and Members
We are also having the annual general meeting to elect officers for the calendar year 2017.  This includes President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer.  Please be thinking who you would like to nominate to fill these positions.  Your nominations of course can include people currently holding the office.

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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August 2016 Meeting

On August 2nd at the monthly meeting we will be holding the annual club member garage sales. The perfect time to get rid of equipment that you are no longer using or snag a deal on some previously loved equipment. Robert will be presenting on basic beekeeping for all the new (and those that want to be new) beekeepers! And yes there will be an apiary meeting (weather permitting) this month.

6:00 – 6:45 Apiary – In Person Training by Charles Schafer
We’ll be talking about how to make sure the bees are ready for winter.
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 Garage Sale by All Club Members
Time to do that summer cleaning. If you have extra equipment that you are unloading, then bring it and state your price. If you are looking for more equipment then come and state your offer to your fellow beekeepers.

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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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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