Introducing the NRVBA President for 2018: Fred Jones

President-elect Fred Jones would like to share with you his vision for the NRVBA in 2018:

As president-elect of the NRVBA I would like to introduce myself and give a brief summary of what to expect in 2018.

To begin, I believe there is much we can learn by taking a lesson from the honeybees we all know and love.  Perhaps the single most important decision bees make comes when a swarm must choose a new home.  Research has proven that in a honeybee democracy only 3% to 5% of the population participate in that decision. Following that model, it is one of my goals to minimize the business portion of general meetings and leave most of those aspects up to the Board of Directors. I hope to make the meetings informative, fast paced, fun and much shorter. My thanks go to Jim Hill, our current president, for overseeing a much needed rewrite of the bylaws that should streamline our association and allow for these changes

The programs for winter and spring 2018 will have an emphasis on fundamental aspects of hive management.  These will build on Jerry Borger’s excellent beekeeping class and I believe will be of benefit to even our most experienced members.  The summer/fall programs will tend toward more advanced topics and subjects related to honeybees, but not necessarily to hive management.

I will begin each meeting with, “What should you be doing with your bees?.” This will not be a session to cover the problems of individual beekeepers, but a short summary of what our more experienced beekeepers are doing that month. This should be a terrific guide for newer members.

The raffle will continue, but tickets will be available before and throughout the meeting at a table in the back of the room. By eliminating an intermission and shortening the meetings I envision a post-meeting social gathering wherein new beekeepers might ask questions to more experienced members and the old-timers can swap new ideas.

While public speaking is not my strong suit, I am a good listener.  Suggestions and comments are always welcome. Together we can move the NRVBA forward as one of the strongest honeybee associations in the state.

Happy holidays to you all,  

Fred Jones

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“So, You Want To Be A Beekeeper” Presentations, 2018

“So, You Want To Be A Beekeeper” Presentations, 2018 and Beginning Beekeeper’s Course, 2018

Members of the New River Valley Beekeepers’ Association (NRVBA) will present “So, You Want To Be  a Beekeeper” sessions at regional library branches in January 2018 (see dates and locations below) addressing all aspects of getting started in beekeeping (costs, equipment needed, time required, procedures for acquiring and keeping bees, expectations for honey harvest, etc.)  Presentations last approximately one hour and are free.  No sign-up or pre-registration required.  Address questions to Jerry Borger, 540-382-1798.

Schedule of presentations:

13 January at 1:30 pm                                     20 January at 1:30 pm
Blacksburg Library                                          Christiansburg  Library
200 Miller Street                                              125 Sheltman Street
Blacksburg                                                         Christiansburg

20 January at 1:30 pm                                     21 January at 1:30 pm
Jessie Peterman Library                                  Meadowbrook Public Library
321 West Main Street                                       267 Alleghany Spring Road
Floyd                                                                    Shawsville

Those interested will be able to sign up for a Beginning Beekeeper’s Course in person at one of the sessions described above or on-line at www.nrvba.org  or https://secure.west-point.org/nrvba.  The course lasts two Saturdays, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm, 10 February and 7 April 2018.  Cost is $60 per student and includes a beginner’s book, course materials, and lunch; $30 for additional family members who share the book and course materials. The course will be held at 220 Price Hall on the Virginia Tech Campus and will include (weather permitting) a hands-on session in the NRVBA apiary. Seating is limited and pre-registration not later than 31 January 2018 is mandatory.  Registration will close on 31 January or when the class is full.  Address questions to Jerry Borger, 540-382-1798.

 

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No December Meeting

As usual there will be no meeting of the New River Valley Beekeepers’ Association in December. The next meeting will be on Thursday January 11th at 6:30 pm

Don’t forget to renew your membership for 2018!  Only $10 for individuals, $15 for families, and free for students.  You can sign-up online at https://secure.west-point.org/nrvba/ or go to our webpage, https://nrvba.org and click on ‘Join/Renew’ on the menu bar. You may also pay at our monthly meetings. Dues paid now are good through 2018.

If you don’t renew you will miss out on benefits like the listserv, access to the Association’s commercial radial extractors and other honey harvesting equipment, and discounts on bee packages.

Visitors and guests are welcome at our meetings, held the second Thursday each month at 6:30 p.m. in the Community Room of the Montgomery County Health and Human Services Building, 210 W. Pepper St., Christiansburg, VA.

 

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November 9th meeting: Wintering Your Colonies

Please join us at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday 9th November at the Montgomery County Health and Human Services Building at 210 Pepper St., Christiansburg when NRVBA member and past president Richard Reid will talk about preparing colonies for winter, how to salvage drawn comb, capped honey, uncapped honey, pollen stores and old frames/foundation after a winter dead out, or a fall queen failure (when it is too late in the season to replace the queen).

We will have our monthly beekeeper raffle and a “what should you be doing with your hives this month” discussion.

Please consider bringing a snack or drink to share.

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Time to renew for 2018!

It’s time to think about renewing your membership in the New River Valley Beekeepers’ Association for 2018!  Only $10 for individuals, $15 for families, and free for students.  You can sign-up online at https://secure.west-point.org/nrvba/ or go to our webpage, https://nrvba.org and click on ‘Join/Renew’ on the menu bar. You may also pay at our monthly meetings. Dues paid now are good through 2018.

If you don’t renew you will miss out on benefits like the listserv, access to the Association’s commercial radial extractors and other honey harvesting equipment, and discounts on bee packages.

Visitors and guests are welcome at our meetings, held the second Thursday each month at 6:30 p.m. in the Community Room of the Montgomery County Health and Human Services Building, 210 W. Pepper St., Christiansburg, VA. No meeting is held in July or December.

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Beekeepers’ Ball, July 22. 10:00 – 3:00

OK, it’s time to take a break from cracking open all those hives, and enjoy some summer socializing! Enjoy live music from the Bank Street Band, good food, and company at 569 Long Mountain Rd., Willis VA 24380. (Directions below). Family members welcome!

The club will provide:

Fried Chicken
Hamburgers & Hot Dogs
Buns
Relishes/onions/mayo/cheese/mustard/ketchup
Potato salad
Beans
5 Gallon coolers with ice tea/lemonade
Paper plates/cups/utensils/napkins

This is a pot luck gathering beyond this.  Bring desserts, salads, drinks, additions to above list. Game items/frisbees/volleyballs/etc.

Here is the address for your GPS:

569 Long Mountain Rd., Willis VA 24380.  https://goo.gl/maps/qv1gY1UgYqG2

Directions from Christiansburg: (follow directions from Floyd for other starting points)

Come to stop light on Rte 8 in Floyd.  Turn right on US-221 S/W Main St.  Go through Willis after 10 miles, then another 3 miles to protected turn lane. Turn left onto Buffalo Mountain Rd (VA 758) .  Go  7 miles to Long Mountain on the right (629).  Less than a mile on the right.

Alternatively:

Take Rte 8 from Christiansburg towards Floyd at exit 114 I81. After 10.5 miles turn right on Alum Ridge (750). After 12 miles turn right on US 221  S. Go 5.3 miles and turn left on VA 758 Buffalo Mountain Rd. After 4.7 miles turn right on State Rte 628. (Rock Church Rd).  After 1 mile turn left on State Rd 629 Long Mountain Rd. Site is 1 mile on left

This is the site where we have been before, and it has cover in case it rains. No plan B for inclement weather.

Remember there is no meeting at the Montgomery County Health and Human Services Building at 210 Pepper St., Christiansburg in July.

(Photos from 2008 picnic)

 

 

 

 

 

 

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May 11th: Honey bee diseases and pests

Please join us at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday 11th May at the Montgomery County Health and Human Services Building at 210 Pepper St., Christiansburg when  Virginia Tech entomology emeritus professor Dr. Richard Fell will discuss honey bee diseases and pests.

Virginia Tech honey bee researcher Rick Fell

We will have our monthly beekeeper raffle and a “what should you be doing with your hives this month” discussion.

Please consider bringing a snack or drink to share.

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April 13th Meeting: Hardy Survivor Stock

Please join us at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday 13th April at the Montgomery County Health and Human Services Building at 210 Pepper St., Christiansburg when Judge O’Hanlon from West Virginia will talk about producing queens and hardy  survivor stock.

Dan O’Hanlon has been a beekeeper & queen producer in West Virginia for many decades.  He is an officer in his local bee club and the founder of the West Virginia Queen Producers, an organization dedicated to supporting local queen producers.  Dan led the effort to pass the first bill in the nation granting beekeepers immunity from civil liability.  Dan was selected as the 2011 Beekeeper of the Year by the WV Beekeepers Association.

We will have our monthly beekeeper raffle and a “what should you be doing with your hives this month” discussion.

Please consider bringing a snack or drink to share.

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March 9th Meeting: Swarms, Splits and Nucs

Swarms, splits and nucs: Management from a hobbyist’s perspective.

Please join us at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday 9th March at the Montgomery County Health and Human Services Building at 210 Pepper St., Christiansburg when NRVBA member Bob Whiton will talk about managing swarms, and making splits and nucs. Maintaining a small apiary is difficult as the beekeeper is annually faced with either disastrous losses or an unmanageable surplus of bees. Nucs provide the flexibility needed to stabilize the backyard apiary without large investments of money or space.

Bob has kept two or three hives in his back yard for 11 years without treatments.

 

We will have our monthly beekeeper raffle and a “what should you be doing with your hives this month” discussion, and discuss new wording for our bylaws.

Please consider bringing a snack or drink to share.

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February 9th meeting: Building your own hives

Please join us at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday 9th February at the Montgomery County Health and Human Services Building at 210 Pepper St., Christiansburg when NRVBA members Richard Reid, Jim Hill, Glenn Buss and Jerry Borger will show us various aspects of woodenware construction, including how to make and assemble your own bee keeping equipment.  They will review the check list of basic beekeeping equipment needs.

We will have our monthly beekeeper raffle and a “what should you be doing with your hives this month” discussion, and discuss new wording for our bylaws.

Please consider bringing a snack or drink to share.

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