October Meeting Reminder

Meeting Reminder – Monday, October 8:

  • 6pm RPBBA Club Social
  • 6:45pm RPBBA Meeting
  • Special Guest Speaker: Keith Tignor, State Apiarist with VDACS – Keith will talk about winterizing and integrative pest management
  • New local source for queens and nucs
  • Brushy Mountain Bee Farm distributor to deliver at club meetings

A separate email will be sent out soon to members calling for nominations for officers and standing committee chairs for 2019 – be on the lookout!

September Picnic in lieu of meeting

There will be no September meeting. Instead we will have the RPBBA Annual Members & Families Picnic! It is being held on Saturday, September 22nd from 4-8pm at Gregory’s Pond. Rain or shine.

Please bring your family or a plus one for a relaxing evening in a beautiful setting just around the corner from Rockwood Park.

The club will provide fried chicken, water and some sodas and paper products. Please bring a dish to share and a folding chair to sit on.

We will enjoy appetizers from 4-5:30 for the “tell your favorite or most outrageous bee story”, sit and enjoy the scenery and fish in the tranquil Gregory’s Pond time" time. If you play a musical instrument bring that too!

Dinner will start at 5:30pm and continue until everyone gets full or 8:00PM, whichever comes first.

Please RSVP by 9/18/2018 by submitting this form (click here). Directions to follow.

We look forward to seeing you all there!

July meeting & other info of interest

This is just a friendly reminder that our July meeting is Monday, July 9th – our Club Social starts at 6pm, the meeting will start at 6:45pm.

Channel 6 News gave us some fabulous publicity for the Honey Bee Festival – here is the article: https://wtvr.com/2018/06/25/honey-bee-festival/

The Eastern Apiculture Society is having its annual conference August 13-17 at the Hampton Roads Convention Center. For more information, visit http://www.easternapiculture.org/

**ALERT** June Meeting

SPECIAL SPEAKER, PLACE & TIME

Monday, June 11th at 7pm
Powhatan Village Building Auditorium
3910 Old Buckingham Road, Powhatan, VA

Special Guest Speaker: Dr. Dewey Carson

It’s open to the public, but there will be a $5 charge for those who are not already a member of either Rockwood Park Backyard Beekeepers or Huguenot Backyard Beekeepers (the joint sponsors of this event.)

Dr. Dewey M. Caron

Emeritus Professor of Entomology & Wildlife Ecology, University of Delaware

Affiliate Professor, Department of Horticulture, Oregon State University

Background:

  • 40+ years teaching, apiculture research and extension service

  • Cornell (1967-70)

  • University of Maryland, College Park (1970-1981)

  • University of Delaware (1981-2009).

In Bolivia, he keeps Africanized bees and teaches beekeeping in Spanish. [En Bolivia, mantiene abejas africanizadas y enseña apicultura en español.] In Oregon, he keeps 5 backyard colonies of European bees. He teaches Bee Short Courses and gives lectures to various bee clubs and state organizations. Over the last 50 years, he has served in numerous leadership roles in the Eastern Apicultural Society (EAS) and is currently the Advisor for EAS Master Beekeeper program.

May Meeting & Heads up About June Meeting

Monday, May 14th: Bill Shanabruch of Reedy Creek Environmental will be coming to talk with us about:

  • Native plants to our area
  • Best plants for bees, other pollinators
  • Organic care/Best practice, a little about riparian planting for erosion control and improved water quality
  • Places to buy the plants.

Club social starts at 6pm
Meeting starts at 6:45-7:30pm

Heads Up about June’s meeting:

Monday, June 11th – SPECIAL SPEAKER & PLACE
Dr. Dewey Carson, Powhatan Village Building Auditorium
3910 Old Buckingham Road, Powhatan, VA
Not yet sure of time – will send out a reminder in early June

It’s open to the public, but there will be a $5 charge for those who are not already a member of either Rockwood Park Backyard Beekeepers or Huguenot Backyard Beekeepers (the joint sponsors of this event.)

Dr. Dewey M. Caron

Emeritus Professor of Entomology & Wildlife Ecology, University of Delaware

Affiliate Professor, Department of Horticulture, Oregon State University

Background:

  • 40+ years teaching, apiculture research and extension service

  • Cornell (1967-70)

  • University of Maryland, College Park (1970-1981)

  • University of Delaware (1981-2009).

In Bolivia, he keeps Africanized bees and teaches beekeeping in Spanish. [En Bolivia, mantiene abejas africanizadas y enseña apicultura en español.] In Oregon, he keeps 5 backyard colonies of European bees. He teaches Bee Short Courses and gives lectures to various bee clubs and state organizations. Over the last 50 years, he has served in numerous leadership roles in the Eastern Apicultural Society (EAS) and is currently the Advisor for EAS Master Beekeeper program.

April 9th Club Meeting

Hi Folks – this is a friendly reminder that our next meeting is Monday, April 9th:

6:00pm Club Social
6:45pm Club Meeting

Agenda:

  • We will be talking about the Honey Bee Festival on June 23rd and how everyone can help.
  • "Masters of the swarm and split: tales, wisdom, and close encounters during swarm season". This is an informal discussion panel of experienced members of the club. Members are encouraged to come with questions and, perhaps, a story of their own to share.