3/19/17

March 2017 Meeting - hope to see everyone at the CCBA meeting, Wednesday, March 22 at 7p;  we will meet at CPI in Pleasant Gap - all are welcome.  If you just want to come check out the club, please join us - no obligation!

Everyone - bring a dessert or snack to share!  We will review the results of the member survey done early this year, then have parallel discussions: 1) for new beekeepers - how to install a package of bees and basic equipment
2) swarms - best practices for managing/minimizing and if you see one, how to catch it!


Hope to see everyone there!

Dee & Nellie
Co-Presidents

2/25/17

2017 Centre County Beekeeping off to a great start!

The club's initial meeting for 2017 was held at CPI in Pleasant Gap on Feb. 22.  About 60 people attended - new and old members, experienced and beginning beeks! We want to welcome everyone back and a special hello and welcome to new folks joining us!

We owe a special thanks to Joe DeLuca and Paul Donovan who have led this group for several years - great job!  New officers were installed - Nellie Bhattarai and Dee Bagshaw as Co-Presidents and Fran Cooley as Treasurer. One of our members kindly noted the following main points for the meeting:

  1. Joe stepped down as President, and Paul stepped down as Treasurer after years (and I mean YEARS) of faithful service.
  2. Dee and Nellie stepped up as co-Presidents, and Fran stepped up as Treasurer (dues, which are $10 per individual or family, can go to Fran Cooley, but they can wait for the next meeting you attend). Kindly extend your thanks to all of the aforementioned folks for keeping our club up and running.
  3. Joe provided an overview of equipment for beginners (there was a large number of new beeks).
  4. Craig Cella mentioned that he will be making packages available to the club ($113). Warren Miller will be making deep nucs available to the club from Aaron Fisher's bees ($120, delivery April 8). Joe Riley (Spring Creek Honey) will have bees available in May. The contact info for these folks is on the club website - www.centrecountybees.com
  5. A lot of people suffered losses this winter in their hives - discussed some reasons.
  6. Steve McAninch and another beek will be offering a workshop for beginning beeks THIS SATURDAY, 2/25. 
NEXT meeting: March 22, 7p at CPI in Pleasant Gap - topics and details to follow soon.  For more regular updates, go to the website and sign up to be on the listserve - this is where announcements are made, questions are asked and answered about your bees - join in!

2/20/17

February 2017 Meeting

We will hold the first meeting of the year Wednesday evening at the CPI School in Pleasant Gap. All are welcome, even if you are just exploring the possibility of keeping bees. Come out and meet some Centre County Beekeepers.

Meeting Date:

Wednesday, February 22 at 7:00

Location:

Central Pennsylvania Institute for Science and Technology (CPI)
540 North Harrison Rd
Pleasant Gap, PA

Topic:

Getting bees, equipment, starting the new beekeeping season, and confirmation of new officers

Agenda:

  • Welcome to new beekeepers
  • Elections
  • Meeting Schedule for the year
  • Communication in the association
  • Getting Bees
  • Getting Started
  • Open discussion, question and answer session on topics raised by participants
NOTE: We will discuss opportunities for getting bees this year.

Bring some honey. To show our appreciation for the staff at CPI, we give them samples of our local honey. So, if you have a jar of honey that you would be willing to donate, please bring it.

1/21/17

Happy New Year Beekeepers!  The monthly meeting schedule for 2017 is set: see list on right side column. The first meeting is February 22 where we'll look forward to the coming year and answer questions for new beekeepers, find out about getting bees ordered and what Beginning Beekeeping classes are available. It's also a good time to start pairing up mentors with those who think they could use a little help and guidance during the coming season.

If you are just exploring the possibility of keeping bees and are uncertain about joining the club, feel free to attend. You are welcome. It's a chance to meet some folks and get some questions answered with no obligation.

Starting in April, we'll meet at the apiary of one of our members. These meetings allow a chance to look at other people's bees and do hive inspections with experienced beekeepers. This is a wonderful learning opportunity and an enjoyable social activity. It's a great way to spend a spring or summer afternoon.

If you are willing and able to host one of our monthly meetings at your apiary, please send an email to centrecountybeekeepers@gmail.com. We look forward to seeing you in February.

10/21/16

October 2016 Meeting

We will hold the final meeting of the year on Monday evening at the CPI School in Pleasant Gap. We’ll take a look at the year in review and hold elections. It's your opportunity to take the gavel or the ledger. Come out and meet some Centre County Beekeepers and cast your vote or get elected.

Meeting Date:

Monday, October 24 at 7:00

Location:

Central Pennsylvania Institute for Science and Technology (CPI)
540 North Harrison Rd
Pleasant Gap, PA

Topic:

End of year review, elections

Agenda:

  • Wrap up
  • Elections
  • Open discussion, question and answer session on topics raised by participants
Bring some honey. To show our appreciation for the staff at CPI, we give them samples of our bees' work. So, if you have a jar of honey that you would be willing to donate, please bring it.