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


  • 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.

Club Meeting March 12

Hi Everyone – I can’t believe it’s almost time for the March Club Meeting on Monday, March 12th at the Nature Center. Our Guest Speaker will be Virginia State Master Beekeeper John Davis. He will be teaching everyone about how to investigate a dead hive and figure out what went wrong and how to prevent it from happening again. It’s not always what you thought.

We will also be talking about what we should be doing with our hives in March. Honey Bee Festival announcements will also be on the agenda.

Our club social will start at 6:00pm with the meeting starting at 6:45pm. Hope to see you all there …


Mentoring and selling bees – 2 quick questions

Are you selling bees this year? If so, would you be interested in posting a free ad to our Clazzified section on our website? We’re getting inquiries from folks looking to purchase packages and nucs and would like to get interested parties connected. If you have bees for sale, please consider submitting your information here: https://rockwoodbeekeepers.com/clazzifieds/

Are you willing to be a mentor? This would involve in-hive sessions at the mentor’s location or as mutually agreed on between the two. If you are interested in being a mentor, please respond to this email so that our Vice President, Kit Munson, can get in contact with you.

EAS 2018 Conference

Dear Virginia Beekeepers,

This year it is our state’s pleasure to host the Eastern Apicultural Society conference here in Hampton roads.

As the conference comes closer we ask that you spread the word to your fellow members. I have attached materials and conference information you can use on your websites, Facebook pages, and in meetings to help advertise the conference.

You can find additional materials such as our publicity videos and presentations on the publicity page of our website http://easternapiculture.org/conferences/eas-2018/publicity.html

For more information about the conference go to our website conference page. http://www.easternapiculture.org/conferences/eas-2018.html

We also have great opportunities for volunteers who would like to help with the conference and receive discounted rates for their volunteer hours. To learn more about volunteering please email EAS2018Virginia

Hotels are now taking reservations for the conference and will fill up fast so make your reservations as soon as possible.

Hotel Offerings:

EAS has negotiated special EAS hotel rates with the conference hotels listed below. It is critically important that you make your EAS hotel reservations using these links and where provided, discount code. Please DO NOT book these hotels using hotwire, Travelocity or other similar services or EAS will not get the credit it needs to reduce the cost of the venue and keep conference costs as affordable as possible for EAS members. Thank you for your cooperation!

Conference Hotel attached to Convention Center by covered walkway – Embassy Suites by Hilton Hampton
Hotel Convention Center & Spa,
1700 Coliseum Drive,
Hampton, Virginia, 23666, USA TEL: +1-757-827-8200
2-room suite w/sofa bed: Single or Double occupancy: $115+ tax; 3 people: $125+ tax; 4 people: $135+tax

Crowne Plaza Hampton-Marina
700 Settlers Landing Road, Hampton
Virginia 23669 United States tel 1-757-7279700
King w/sofa bed or 2 double beds: $119+tax
Group Code: E18

ยท Hampton Public Piers to reserve a dock: http://www.downtownhampton.com/boating/public-piers (NO shuttle to HRCC)

Hampton Inn
3101 Coliseum Drive
Hampton, Virginia, 23666
USA TEL: +1-757-838-1400
2 Queen beds: $109+tax; King w/NO sofa bed: $99+tax

Courtyard Marriott1917 Coliseum Dr, Hampton, VA 23666, Phone: (757) 838-3300
King w/sofa bed: $104+tax

Holiday Inn Express
1813 W Mercury Blvd
Hampton, VA 23666
Phone: (757) 838-8484
King w/sofa bed or 2 double beds: $86.50+tax

Group Code: ENA


The Colonies RV and Travel Park501 Fenwick Rd
Fort Monroe, VA 23651
Phone: (757) 722-2200

Thank you,


Kristine Smith

EAS Publicity

Members Only: Master Beekeeper Study Group

Hi Everyone … Tomorrow ( Monday, Jan 15 ) will be the first Master Beekeeper Study Group Meeting of 2018 …7:00PM at the Nature Center …Please join us for a fun learning experience …If you can go to the Virginia State Beekeepers Association website and download the Apprentice Study Guide …That will be our guide for the meetings …If you want download the Journeyman Guide also … We will eventually be covering that too …Your questions and group answers will be worked in as we go , so it will be very worth your time … Hope to see many of you there …


**ALERT** February Meeting Date Changed to Tuesday, Feb 13

Hi Everyone we have great news! We have an important speaker for the February meeting, but the meeting date has changed to Tuesday, Feb 13th.

Nosema has been killing hives in Virginia – it’s “the other one,” Nosema cerana, most of us (including me) know very little about, and Keith Tignor of the Virginia State Beekeepers has issued a warning. So we are pleased to have Mike Sandridge, from Sandridge and Sons Honey, give us an in-depth presentation on this fairly unknown bee killer. Mike lost over 50 hives (around 50%) and had Keith investigate. He is currently informing most of the Central Valley groups. Please attend.

We will also talk about getting ready for spring, and have a question and answer session at the end. Please remember that we asked for input from all of you on making the Association better for you. So please do one of the following: fill out this suggestion/comment form, email us, or post in our RPBBA Discussion Group on Facebook. If you’ve not joined RPBBA Discussion Group on Facebook, please do – it’s our interactive page for information, questions and beekeeping help.

Remember, no meeting the second Monday in February, instead, the meeting has been moved to Feb 13 at Rockwood Nature Center. Our club social will start at 6:00pm with the meeting starting at 6:45pm.

Stan Houk
RPBBA President