Club Events


October 2015

Hello to All,

Well, things are finally winding down.  A few remaining supers to be extracted, final feedings, medications to be removed and mouse guards to be placed.  Maybe some repair work to be addressed and then to settle in to read over the winter.  And one last club meeting to look forward to before the end of the year.

As usual, we will be meeting on the third Thursday of the month, November 19 at the Good Zoo, starting at 7:00 pm.  Not to worry, Thanksgiving is the following Thursday.  Thanksgiving??  Already??  Yesterday was Labor Day wasn’t it??

The November meeting is traditionally show and tell, bring your questions and comments, and starting this year we’ll try sell and swap.  Bring anything to show.  Newly found ideas, failures, equipment, books you have read.  Anything.  Bring your questions.  Some of you are novices who now have a year behind you.  I’m sure there are areas to review, refresh, and resolve.  Maybe you have extracted honey and want to show it off.  We’ll have honey tasting, and I’ll have a refractor to allow you to determine the water content of your honey.

Sell and swap…  We will have tables set up for you to display anything.  Any new items that you thought you could use but never did.  I need two tables for that.  Any old items that you no longer use.  A reminder though, no used woodenware.  Bring whatever you have with a price assigned and with your name on it so members can link items to sellers.

The more we bring, both for show and tell and for sale, the more successful this will be, so don’t be bashful!!

I am lining up speakers for the late winter and spring meetings.  I am also working on a big one for our club members and hope to have details at the November meeting.  Plans are being made for the novice program so please be alert for anyone who may be interested in participating.  We will begin taking reservations in January.  In the coming year we hope to take a more proactive role in the WV Beekeepers Association.  Also keep in mind potential sponsors for the spring 2017 conference.  We will have the sponsors brochure ready by our meeting.  The benefit that you derive from your membership relies heavily on your participation and assistance.  I thank you for your enthusiasm to date, but also beg your help in coming times.

With best wishes I hope to see all of you in November.





July 29, 2015

Hello to All,

As was promised to us, the weather has warmed, the flowers are in full bloom, and the bees are prospering.  These are busy times for both the bees and the keepers.  Packages and nucs have been received and many of us are experiencing beekeeping for the first time.  In part overwhelming, and in part a true pleasure.

We end the summer with our annual picnic held at the Bethlehem community park on Thursday, August 20 at 6:00 pm.  The club will supply chicken and members are asked to bring goodies of their choice.  This has proven to be a fun time, allowing us to meet very informally and enjoy conversation.  In the past, that conversation often strays far from beekeeping.

We have experienced a tremendous increase in interest and numbers, and as a result we hope to further expand our functions to allow each of us to continue to grow as beekeepers and continue to serve the community by fostering an appreciation of the honey bee.

I look forward to seeing you all at coming events…



Annual Picnic



AUGUST 20, 2015

The annual picnic of the TriState Beekeepers Association will be held at the Bethlehem Community Park on Thursday, August 20 at 6:00 pm.  The picnic will be held at the John Daniel Shelter.  The shelter is very spacious with a full kitchen including refrigeration and attached restrooms. 

Film - More Than Honey


MORE THAN HONEY is a film examining numerous aspects of the honey bee.  Searching for answers “More than Honey” takes us around the world to meet people living with and off honeybees. On our trip we meet almond growers in California, a Swiss mountain beekeeper, a neuroscientist investigating bee brains in Berlin, a pollen dealer in China, and a bee researcher in Australia. We even get to see “killer bees” invading the New World.

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