January 2015 Meeting

Happy new year everyone!

I predict 2015 is going to be a great year for beekeeping! Our next meeting is Monday, January 12 at 6:30pm and the speaker will be Steve Ward from Mosquito Squad. Have you ever wondered whether or not this type of business is detrimental to our bees? So have I. Steve will be happy to answer any and all questions concerning the safety of the product they use to kill mosquitoes. And guess what? He is a beekeeper!

Hope to see you all there!

Sarah Buckley, President.

Beekeeping Class at Lewis Ginter


The Beekeepers Year: Winter into Spring

Sundays, 2 – 4:30 pm

January 25, February 22, March 22, April 19, 2015


Learn the basics of setting up your own backyard beekeeping by following and learning the common tasks that define the rhythm of the beekeeper’s year. Hands-on instruction, assistance in ordering equipment and bees, and a workshop to assemble your hive, plus opportunities to learn how to install bees into a hive with the assistance of experienced beekeepers, are all included.

  • Basic terminology, ordering equipment and bees January 25
  • Locating your apiary, assembly workshop February 22
  • Frame by frame: what to look for in the hive March 22 (rain date March 29)
  • Installing nucs and packages, feeding, supering April 19 (rain date April 26)

$100 member 

Pairs (adult/child age 10 or older, spouses, partners) may register for $15 per additional person). 


Christmas Party!

Hi everyone!

This is a reminder that our Christmas party is coming up Monday December 8th at 6:30pm!

One change…we will not be playing left,center,right. It was brought to my attention that this is “gambling” which is not allowed on County property. We will however play the other reindeer games, eat great food (don’t forget to bring a dish to share), do the Chinese Gift exchange (bring a $10 wrapped gift if you wish to participate) and listen to great music!!!!

I look forward to seeing everyone!!!

Sarah Buckley vp.

Christmas Party!

Hi everyone!

Thank you to everyone who filled out the survey at the last meeting, it was very helpful in planning our Christmas party. I hope that the agenda for the evening sounds appealing to everyone.our next meeting is the members Christmas party on December 8 at 6:30 PM.

If you haven’t joined the club yet, now’s the time to do so! Benefits of joining the club…you receive a club beekeeper book containing a study outline to become a master beekeeper, and keep all of your notes together. You will get a mentor (if you would like one).you get to enjoy the Christmas party and summer picnic. All for only $15 a year, per household.


Now, about the Christmas party. The club will provide drinks and tableservice. Members are to bring a dish to share. Potluck dinner style! We will have musical entertainment provided by our own talented Kristi Orcutt and Harlan Williams. We will have a Chinese gift exchange. If you would like to participate, please bring a wrapped gift in the $10 price range. It does not have to be bee related. Then we will play a quick game called, two truths and a lie. This game is a fun way to get to know your fellow bee Club members a little better. You simply tell three facts about your self, and people try to gas which fact is a lie. Then, those that would like to,can play a game called left, center, right. It is a dice game – no skill required. We may play anywhere from 1 to 3 games. For each game, You will need 3 $1.00 bills. Of course those that don’t care to play, can always just socialize!

So, here is what you need to bring to the members Christmas party.

  1. A covered dish.
  2. A wrapped gift ($10.00)
  3. nine $1.00 bills.

I’m looking forward to seeing everyone at the party. I will send this email again, closer to the date as a reminder.

Thanks everyone!

Sarah Buckley v.p.

Meeting Nov 10th – vote for 2015 officers

Hello folks!

It’s hard to believe November is already here. Our next program/meeting is November 10th,from 6:30-8:30. We will be having a panel discussion with four beekeepers who have quite a bit of experience in beekeeping under their belts. The panel will be Mason Roberts, Wilhelm Gollub, Rob Wokaty, and Valerie West. This is a chance to have any and all of your beekeeping questions answered.please take a minute to think about your questions for the panel.

We will also be voting for the 2015 officers, so be ready to vote for your favorite! I look forward to seeing you all at the next meeting.

Sarah Buckley
RPBBA Vice President

2015 RPBBA Officer Nominations

Dear Members,

The 2015 Officers Nominating Committee, Gene Disalvo, Paul Edens and Kristi Orcutt, are soliciting nominations. They need your feedback by October 27th. The Committee will present the recommended slate of officers at the November 10th meeting. If you would like to nominate someone including yourself for any of the positions, please complete this form:

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