— Our next meeting is on Monday, January 15th, 2018NOTE, NEW location for this meeting only. 

Just a reminder that DCBA meets the 3rd Monday of each month at Sarah P Duke Garden, 6:30-8:30pm, unless otherwise announced.  Below is this years schedule.  Please remember that we also have field days at the Duke Campus Farm Apiary , 2pm, the first Sunday of each month, with exception to February (please see the Swarms and Bait Hives Workshop for February’s field day details).  Also, I would be remiss if I didn’t remind everyone that DCBA and NCSBA dues, $10 and $15 respectively, can be payed at any DCBA meeting or event, but are not required to attend DCBA meetings (click here for DCBA Membership Form). 

2017 Club Meeting Schedule:  (2018 schedule coming in January after 1st meeting)

  • January 16th, Will Hicks, NC Department of Agriculture Apiary Inspector, Open-ended Conversation
  • February 20th, David Fruchtenicht, Preparing for Swarms 
  • March 20, Cheralyn Schmidt, NC Cooperative Extension Agent, Cooking with Honey
  • April 17, TBA, Queen Rearing
  • May 15, Robert Gotwals, NC School of Science and Math, Computing the Honeybee
  • June 19, Donna Devanney, Extracting Honey
  • July 17, Randall Austin, Mites/SHB/Treating
  • August 21, Midyear Potluck
  • September 18, Annie Krueger, Research Associate-Pollinator Safety, Bayer Crop Science, Nutrition
  • October 16, Overwintering – Panel Discussion
  • November 20, End of Year Potluck and Planning Meeting

2018 Officers and Coordinator Roles

  • President- Matthew Yearout
  • Vice President- Grey Reavis
  • Treasurer- John Cowan
  • Secretary- Molly Strayer Brown
  • Education Coordinator- Michael Parsons
  • State Fair Coordinators- Bonnie Pivacek, Janice Thomas
  • Club Apiary Coordinator- Stan Holt
  • At Large- Donna Devanney
  • GAP Coordinators – Gayle Young, Pakis Bessias

Bee School Field Day

2018 Bee School starts Tuesday, January 16th and continues through March.  The field day is open to all club members, and will be on March 17th, it will be in the morning, though the exact time and location is still to be determined.  If you have been keeping for over a year, then you may take the Certified Beekeeper practical exam, so put it on the calendar.

Google Group/Communications 

Some of you are receiving this message because you signed up for bee school or are on the waiting list.  I won’t make a habit of messaging you, though I do plan to send a a few more event notification. Please let me know if you do not want these messages, please join the DCBA Google Group if you wish to receive additional notifications and/or to engage the beekeeping community of Durham, https://groups.google.com/forum/m/#!forum/durham-county-beekeepers                     

Looking forward to a new year of beekeeping adventures!


DCBA, President