“Meet” Randy Oliver (!) at our members-only September Zoom meeting

Our September 1 meeting brings our Annual Meeting.  Two important events normally happen at this time, our ELECTIONS for our Board Officers and Trustees and also the NUC DRAWING.

Additionally, this year’s September meeting also brings another opportunity for our active members. RANDY OLIVER will be our guest speaker. In lieu of our Members-Only Summer Picnic, our September’s meeting is a Member-Only event. If you are not yet an active member, you too have an opportunity to join us and see renowned beekeeping expert Randy Oliver on September 1. 

Elections
We are taking nominations for the 2021 Board Officers and Members at Large positions.  Whether you would like to nominate yourself or another active member, we are accepting nominations for:

  • President 
  • Vice President
  • Secretary 
  • Treasurer
  • 2-3 trustees 

To nominate yourself or another member, email Diane at [email protected].

Nuc Drawing
Our annual Nuc Drawing is normally held at the September meeting. With Covid-19, there have been many changes we all have experienced including the apiary, which has not been operating in normal fashion. So, this year we do not have an actual Nuc to raffle off. Instead the club will purchase a “Nuc Gift Certificate” from Snohomish Bee Company and raffle that off this year. The Nuc itself will be available for pickup at the Snohomish Bee Company in Spring 2021.

  • Each currently active member household will receive one ticket in the raffle.   
  • For these currently active members, who renew their membership (for 2021) by August 31,  2020, you will receive an additional ticket for this year’s Nuc raffle.  (Two chances to win.)
  • Those who are currently inactive and join by August 31st, 2020 will receive a ticket for this year’s Nuc raffle.  

The drawing will occur at our September 1, 2020 meeting after Randy Oliver’s presentation during our club announcements between 8:00 – 9:00 PM on our Zoom call. You must be present on the Zoom call to win.

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Honey Sale 2020 – ONLINE SALES NOW CLOSED

Online sales are now closed. Thank you to everyone who ordered online! We look forward to seeing you from 9:00-noon on Saturday, August 15 at the Umpqua Bank in North Bend (146 W 2nd St.).

If you did not get a chance to purchase online, you can swing by our event on Saturday and purchase some honey!

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COVID-19 beekeeping: Todd talks equipment

Just because we’re all supposed to stay apart these days doesn’t mean we can’t learn from each other. With many of us receiving bee packages this week, our vice president Todd takes us through some equipment basics.

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March club meeting

When: 7:00-9:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 3
WhereMeadowbrook Farm Park, 1711 Boalch Ave NW, North Bend

We’re getting closer to spring, and that means if you’ll be receiving new packages this year, it’s getting “real” in terms of getting your hives and equipment ready. Fear not! We’ll be discussing woodenware. And if you haven’t yet arranged to buy a package, fear not! We’ll be discussing where to source bees.

As always, our regular monthly meetings are open and we’re a friendly group, so don’t feel like you have to already be a member to come check us out. We’re excited about bees and we love to share that with everyone who is interested.

6:45 – Check-in and membership renewal

7:00 – Bee-ginner Beekeeping Q&A – Todd will be discussing woodenware for your hives and where to source bees. If you’re thinking about becoming a beekeeper, this is valuable information. Learn in March what you need to be ready for April.

7:45 – Refreshments and club announcements

8:00 – A representative from the state Dept. of Agriculture will present on what they’re doing to support local beekeepers and how the agency is responding to the invasive Asian giant hornet that has now been spotted in B.C. and Washington.

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February club meeting

6:45 – Check-in and membership renewal

7:00 – Bee-ginner Beekeeping Q&A – Dave and Todd will do a quick recap of the Winter Beekeeping presentation from last month with a Q&A/panel discussion following.

7:30 – Refreshments and club announcements

8:00 – Dave won a Honey DNA Analysis at the summer picnic. This analysis lets you know which plants your bees visited to collect the nectar. He will be sharing the results with the club along with an explanation of how the technology works and some of its limitations.

When: 7:00-9:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 4
Where: Meadowbrook Farm Park, 1711 Boalch Ave NW, North Bend
Who: Everyone! You need not already be a member to attend – feel free to come check out the club

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November club meeting

6:45 – Check-in and membership renewal

7:00 – Bee-ginner Beekeeping Q&A – all Q&A! Bring your questions

7:30 – Refreshments and club announcements

8:00 – Learn how to make mead! You’ve got gallons of fermentable honey in your garage? We have a way to put that to good use! Learn how to make mead that isn’t too sweet, including flavored meads, and make a nice after-dinner aperitif.

When: 7:00-9:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 5
WhereMeadowbrook Farm Park, 1711 Boalch Ave NW, North Bend

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October club meeting

6:45 – Check-in and membership renewal

7:00 – Bee-ginner Beekeeping and Q & A – Wrapping up Winter Preparation.

7:30 – Refreshments and club announcements

8:00 – Danny Najera, PhD will be sharing his knowledge on how bees find nectar and the waggle dance.  Dr. Najera is a professor at Green River College and a sought-after speaker at local bee clubs.  He was featured earlier this year in South Sound Magazine in an article titled “Saving Our Bees.” Read what he has to say here  https://southsoundmag.com/saving-our-bees/  

When: 7:00-9:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 1
WhereMeadowbrook Farm Park, 1711 Boalch Ave NW, North Bend

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September club meeting

It’s a special meeting coming up on Tuesday, September 3. It’s election night! All active members are eligible to nominate and vote for officers and open trustee positions.

In addition, the raffle drawing for the nuc will be held at this meeting! Charles has selected the best club nuc from the apiary to be given away to the lucky winner.

An enlightening beginner lesson, elections, a raffle, a fun filled social time with fellow beekeepers and a fantastic main presentation. It just doesn’t get any better than this. Guests are welcome – come check us out.

When: 7:00-9:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 3
WhereMeadowbrook Farm Park, 1711 Boalch Ave NW, North Bend

6:45 Check-in and membership renewal
7:00-7:30 Basic Beekeeping on continued winter preparations
7:30-8:00 Elections, raffle, and club announcements
8:00-9:00 Guest speaker Dave Noble, Apiarist from the Stratford Ecological Center, will be presenting. The title of his talk is “Management and Treatment” for the hive. He will focus on Drone Brood Trapping & IPM (Integrated Pest Management) for Varroa in the context of sustainable management practices, such as making nucs.

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Beekeeping booth at Outdoor Jamboree on Aug. 7

The club will be hosting a booth at the Snoqualmie Valley Outdoor Adventure Jamboree. More info is below, be sure to stop by our booth and say hi!

Snoqualmie Valley Outdoor Adventure Jamboree
When: Wednesday, August 7, 10AM-3PM
Where: Meadowbrook Farm, 1711 Boalch Ave. NW, North Bend
Price: Free

“Si View Metro Parks is hosting this FREE community event to get kids and families in the greater Snoqualmie Valley excited about exploring the great outdoors! Come play outside, explore interactive stations learning about the amazing natural environment, and meet local outdoor recreation service providers. All ages welcome.”


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August club meeting

When: 7:00-9:00 p.m. on Tuesday, August 6 (apiary at 6:00)
WhereMeadowbrook Farm Park, 1711 Boalch Ave NW, North Bend

6:00 Apiary demonstration
6:45 Check-in
7:00-8:00 Club announcements and Basic Beekeeping
8:00-9:00 Guest speaker

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