**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

Meeting Jan 8, 2018

Hope everyone had a great December and are ready for the New Year and the first Club Meeting of 2018 on Monday, January 8th from 6:30 to 8:30pm at Rockwood Nature Center.

Frank Walker from the Virginia State Beekeepers Association will be our Guest Speaker. Frank designed the State’s Master Beekeepers Program and will be talking about that and some other bee news from the State. Let’s pack the house and get in gear for a Great Year of Beekeeping.

We are starting some new things this year and want your ideas to make the Club even more enjoyable for all. Hope to see you all there!!!!

Sent on behalf of the 2018 RPBBA Officers:

Stan Houk, President

Kit Munson, Vice President

Diana Briegel, Treasurer

Lee Harris, Secretary

2018 Chatham Virginia Backyard Beekeeper’s Conference – February 2, 3, 2018

Practical Back-Yard Beekeeping

Friday- February 2 and Saturday February 3, 2018

For Small-Scale (Hobby) and Serious Sideline Beekeepers


Olde Dominion Agricultural Complex in Chatham, Virginia

      FRIDAY FEBRUARY 2, 2017 $35

Friday Evening (6:00 PM) we will sponsor a Special “BEEKEEPERS DINNER AND PROGRAM” Starting with an exquisite catered meal. All courses will be flavored with specialty honeys! The main course will be Black Angus Beef. (This meal gets rave reviews every year from the attendees!) Immediately following the dinner, (7:00 PM) Dr. Debbie Delaney will present two fascinating programs titled Bees in Trees &Coal Mining to Bee Keeping” to be followed by audience Q’s and A’s. PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. To Register: http://halifaxbeekeepers.org/index.php/upcoming-events Checks, Money Orders or questions contact Jim Zeigler (jimmyz6@centurylink.net ) or call Jim at 434-376-4490.

     SATURDAY February 3, 2018$60


Kickoff Coffee, Tea, Donuts and Fruit Light Lunch at Noon; planned morning and afternoon breaks.

Topics: Sustainability of Honey Bees, Nutritional Forage for Pollinators, Why Genetics are Important To a Beekeeper, and Honey Marketing. (End at 4:00)

Plenty of Q and A Time

To Register: http://halifaxbeekeepers.org/index.php/upcoming-events Checks, Money Orders and Questions go to Jim Zeigler jimmyz@centurylink.net or call Jim at 434-376-4490

Dr. Debbie Delaney Biography


Dr. Delaney is an associate professor in the Department of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology at the University of Delaware where she mentors graduate and undergraduate students working on various aspects of pollinator health and productivity. She teaches Insects and Society, Apiculture and Pollination Ecology and Aquatic Entomology.

Debbie has 20 years of experience working with pollinators, specifically honey bees and maintains between 25 and 60 colonies in the teaching apiary at UD’s Newark farm. She is also

proud to say she was a beekeeper before she became a scientist and ran a small honey business. Debbie brings a wealth of knowledge and experience from her career achievements on many subjects relating to honey bees. We are fortunate to have Dr. Delaney include our two day symposium in her busy schedule.

New Officers 2018

RPBBA Members:

Just a short note to thank so many of you for your input and guidance as we selected the 2018 Officers for our club.

The Nominating Committee and 2017 Officers completed the process for Secretary. It is with great pleasure to now announce all the Officers for 2018:

President – Stan Houk
Vice President – Kit Munson
Treasurer – Diana Briegel
Secretary – Lee Harris

We thank them for their commitment to RPBBA and their gift of their talents and service. The transitioning process with the current Officer team is already in progress as per our charter.

Thank you again for your participation in this process and wishing everyone a wonderful holiday season.

The Nominating Committee

Stargell’s Apiaries

My name is  Brandy Stargell, my husband  Matthew and I are the owner’s of Stargell’s Apiaries In Varina, VA. We are a small but growing family operation. We are located near the Richmond Airport. I would like to extend an offer that we have only to Bee Clubs in our area. We are offering 3lb Packages for $90ea on order of 100 or more. Less than 100 the price would be $98 each. Also, we have Nucs priced at $140ea on order of 50 or more and less than 50 $165 each. We do ask that Payment in full be made before 1/1/18 so we can reserve the correct amount.
Matt and I are open to any questions or concerns that you may have, fell free to email us any time.
Brandy Stargell
Stargells Apiaries

Wooden Ware Workshop Feb 24, 2018

Hello fellow Beeks,

Just checking to see if you would join us in Feb 2018 for a combined wooden ware workshop. We have a large enough space where we meet in Sandston to assemble hive parts and frames. In the past we have ordered supplies from Andy Westrich and people picked them up on Saturday. Some stayed to assemble and others took their supplies with them. See info below on prices, etc. We will do the workshop on Sat Feb 24th from 9am-2pm. We’ve had three air nail guns and jigs etc to use. Please let me know if your group would like to join us or if a different Sat that would work for your group.  To see new beekeepers putting things together is refreshing too. Thank you.

Steve Bugnacki

East Richmond Beekeepers

I got the price list Andy Westrich will use for the Feb Wooden Ware Workshop on the 24th of Feb. Please send it out to your members that would like to order some things. I realize it is early but perhaps some there are some who would like to at least place an order for the holiday gift season. Any questions on ordering please contact Andy Westrich at  andy@hamptonapiary.com

They can pick up at our location for the workshop…. 13 N Confederate Ave, Sandston,
VA 23150 on the 24th of Feb between 9 am and 2 pm.
If you are interested in helping with the workshop or could lend some assembly equipment please let me know. Our beekeeping family is growing. Let’s make 2018 our best year ever for beekeeping!
PS Andy has kept the 2017 prices for us to take advantage of for 2018.
PSS Also is attached something to sing along to if you want. Share it so
freely if you want.

RPBBA Meeting November 13, 2017

Rockwood Park Backyard Beekeepers Association Monthly Meeting is Monday, November 13, 2017 at 6:30pm

  • RPBBA Announcements
  • Nominating Committee Chairman: Gene Disalvo – ***WE ARE VOTING ON NEW OFFICERS***
  • Speaker: John Davis & Rob Wakoty, "Treatments & Alternatives"
  • Beekeepers Show-n-Sell: RPBBA members are welcome to show and sell their Bee-Wares to other members and visitors such as honey, soap, lip balm, candles, pottery, etc. before and after our meeting.

There is no meeting in December but remember our potluck Christmas Party, Monday December 11, 6:30-8:30. If you would like to take part in our White Elephant Gift Exchange bring an unisex gift ($10 or less) and come join the fun. We look forward to being with you.

On behalf of your 2017 Officers:

President – Paul Edens
Vice President – Stan Houk
Secretary – Jody Conway
Treasurer – Theo Hartmann

REMINDER: RPBBA Monthly Meetings at Rockwood Park Nature Center at 6:30 PM, every 2nd Monday of the month.