January 2022 club meeting

*UPDATE*
Due to the snow in North Bend, this is now a Zoom-only meeting. There is no in-person meeting.

When: 7:00-9:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 4
Where: Zoom meeting: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/82289661247?pwd=T3dBY2JSZFVNR2hkamJzaTM4SjJMdz09

Tuesday night is our first meeting of 2022 and we will talk about what you should be doing in January to prepare for the new year.

And new President Dave will have a great presentation about what is really in your honey and how to find out. An very interesting talk.

If you have feedback or ways we can make it work better for you, please let us know: [email protected].

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November club meeting

When: 7:00-9:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 2
WhereMeadowbrook Farm Park, 1711 Boalch Ave NW, North Bend
OR
Where: Zoom meeting: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/92391693233?pwd=dkQzOC9kVFljeFZscEtHcXlVUTE4QT09

Tuesday night is our November meeting and we will answer all of your overwintering questions.

Winter is coming, and it is time to make sure your bees have what they need to stay snuggly and warm. We’ve got a few tips and tricks for you, and we will attempt to answer your questions.

And the last hybrid meeting went so well, we are doing it again.

The system worked well last time, so you can join us at the Meadowbrook Farm or on Zoom.

Those who attend in person will probably enjoy a bounty of leftover Halloween candy brought by members.

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October club meeting

When: 7:00-9:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 4
WhereMeadowbrook Farm Park, 1711 Boalch Ave NW, North Bend
OR
Where: Zoom meeting: https://snovalleybees.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=d34ff71fcdf8adc9277ade000&id=ce4657bc4d&e=d617d2aeb0

Cory Marchand of the Snohomish Bee Company will be joining us in person tomorrow night to talk about winterizing your hives. Last year, Cory’s presentation on keeping your hives warm through the winter received fantastic reviews, so we asked him for an encore performance.

…and due to COVID concerns, we are making it a hybrid meeting

With the weather getting colder and the potential for rain, we will be holding our meeting indoors tomorrow night, but will also offer a Zoom option for those who would prefer not to be inside.

We have a new system we will be trying, so we welcome your feedback.

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September club meeting

September 7 is our first in-person club meeting in more than a year.

The forecast is for a lovely evening and if the forecast holds, we will open the doors and meet outside. If we meet inside, masks will be required, but won’t spoil the fun of seeing everyone.

And we have a great program, including the return of honored friend-of-the-club Charles Schaffer and our amazing panel of experts who will answer all questions about mite treatments, winter preparations, and the black knotweed honey that will soon be in your hives.

Zoom won’t be available for the meeting, so we look forward to seeing everyone in person.

Club elections

Tomorrow is also our annual meeting and we will be electing officers for 2022. Current President Todd Myers is moving out of the area, so several positions are open, including:

  • President
  • Treasurer
  • Secretary

We are also looking for new board members. Our members and board members make the club strong and we have a fun group. Thanks to the leadership of Past President Diane Price, the club is in good financial shape. What more could you ask for?

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

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June club meeting

When: Tuesday, June 1, 7:00 p.m.
Where: Zoom meeting: https://snovalleybees.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=d34ff71fcdf8adc9277ade000&id=75f0d00c06&e=d617d2aeb0

For the new members, there will no doubt be many questions about how your new hives are doing. Have no fear…the ever-popular panel of experts will answer all of your questions.

We have an interesting speaker – Sasha Shaw from the King County Noxious Weed Control Program. She will tell us about what beekeepers can do to make their bees are happy and well fed while reducing the harm from invasive plants.

Plus we will discuss when to meet in person!

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May club meeting

When: Tuesday, May 4, 7:00 p.m.
Where: Zoom meeting: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/92391693233?pwd=dkQzOC9kVFljeFZscEtHcXlVUTE4QT09

This month we feature our famous panel of experts who can answer all of your questions. Bring all your beekeeping queries for the Q&A, especially those timely Spring topics such as package installation, queen health, sugar syrup ratios, and anything else on your mind.

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April club meeting

When: Tuesday, April 6, 7:00 p.m.
Where: Zoom meeting: https://zoom.us/j/92391693233?pwd=dkQzOC9kVFljeFZscEtHcXlVUTE4QT09

Spring is here and it is time to get ready for new hives! Joining us for a primer on beginning beekeeping is Danny Najera of Green River Community College. Learn about the equipment you need, how to install bees in your new hive and how to them off to a good start.

And, if that wasn’t enough, Cassie Cichorz of the WA Department of Agriculture will join us to give an update on the Asian giant hornet and efforts to track and eradicate them.

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March club meeting

When: Tuesday, March 2, 7:00 p.m.
Where: Zoom meeting: https://zoom.us/j/92391693233?pwd=dkQzOC9kVFljeFZscEtHcXlVUTE4QT09

Our first speaker on March 2 is Loni Ronnebaum of Fungi Perfecti. She will discuss “how fungi can help give bees a chance.” Fungi Perfecti has teamed up with Washington State University to study the effects of fungal extracts on bees. Together our efforts have raised over $5 million towards this important cause! She will discuss their research, future plans and what, as individuals, we can do to give bees a chance.

Then we will hear from Ellen Miller of the Washington State Beekeepers Association, who will talk about their Apprentice and Journeyman beekeeping programs. If you haven’t taken the Apprentice class, it is very worthwhile and will improve your beekeeping knowledge. If you already have your Apprentice certification, the SnoKing Beekeepers Association is forming a study group for the Journeyman program, starting on March 22.

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February club meeting

When: Tuesday, February 2, 7:00 p.m.
Where: Zoom meeting: https://zoom.us/j/92391693233?pwd=dkQzOC9kVFljeFZscEtHcXlVUTE4QT09

It is still chilly, but spring isn’t far away and it is time to think about what you need to be prepared.

Our speaker will be friend of the club Cory Marchand from the Snohomish Bee Company. Cory spoke to the group last fall about preparing for winter, so it seems appropriate that he’d talk to us about how to get ready for when the colonies that survived (thanks to his great advice) are flying again.

If you are a new beekeeper, you will not want to miss this.

And, of course we will have the ever-popular roundtable to answer your beekeeping questions.

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January club meeting

When: Tuesday, January 5, 7:00 p.m.
Where: Zoom meeting: https://zoom.us/j/92391693233?pwd=dkQzOC9kVFljeFZscEtHcXlVUTE4QT09

To start 2021 off on a sweet note, our program will be all about honey.

Carla Marchese, from the American Honey Tasting Society, will tell us all about honey – the taste, the color, and the love.

We figured it would be good to start with something that is unique, interesting, and positive. We will return to fretting about winter hive loss, varroa, and murder hornets later.

And, to make sure we fully spread the honey love, we want everyone to join us, even if you haven’t visited in a while or haven’t paid dues. It would be good to see everyone’s smiling face.

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