Southern Tier Beekeepers, Broome County, NY

GOT BEES IN YOUR WALLS or TREES?   See a SWARM?
See our list of bee catching members here


   
Southern Tier Beekeepers Association members are working together to learn the tools and techniques needed to keep healthy hives in today's challenging environment.  We meet year around!

Club Meetings are held at the Chenango Town Hall,1525 NY RT 12, aka Upper Front Street, in the Town of Chenango (~0.3 miles North of the new Price Chopper.) Generally, club Meetings are the first Tuesday of the month. Our Summer Field Meetings are on the second Sunday of the month and are held at Sue & Bob's at 294 Ostrum Rd., Kirkwood. Please check back regularly for updated information, plans change!

WINTER WEATHER CANCELLATIONS: If Binghamton Schools are closed we are staying home by the fire and cancelling the meeting.  Watch our Facebook page for a notice as well.
UPCOMING EVENTS

 When      What    
 Where
 2 December
 1st Tuesday 7:00 pm Club Meeting   

 6pm Board Meeting

Planned speakers:  Bob Finch and Dee Ross will talk on "Hive Products"

Moderator: Bob Finch
 Chenango Town Hall
 13 December
BEGINNING BEEKEEPER FALL CLASS 9 AM to 1 PM  details here
 Chenango Town Hall
 2015  
 6 January
7pm Speaker: Kevin Baker, swarm collector and  commercial beekeeper from Lackawanna County. He has 5 apiaries and has done extensive planting of trees and cover crops and plants for his honeybees. He will be discussing how to determine what to plant and sources of seeds and trees.  Chenango Town Hall
 24 January
ADVANCED BEEKEEPER CLASS 9 AM to 1 PM details here
Cornell Cooperative Extension. 840 Front St, Binghamton, NY 13905
 3 February    
7pm Club Elections.

2015 Open positions: President, V-P, Program Director (geewiz 9/10ths of the job is done!), Directors 1 & 2.

Excepted nominations: Treasurer and Webmaster - Sue G., Secretary - Lucinda V., Membership Kelly P., PR - Bob T.

THANK YOU ERNIE for all your years as Treasurer and goodie provider!!

Contact Lucinda V lucinda.vanvleck@hotmail.com to nominate yourself or someone else.

Disease review.   We're trying to round up a NY "expert" we know to give us the latest disease news.
 Chenango Town Hall
 3 March
7pm Spring Prep for your hives.  What should you be doing this time of year to get your over-wintered hives through this last survival challenge before summer.

6pm Board Meeting
 Chenango Town Hall
 7 April  
7pm  Swarm Prevention (ha! swarm reduction maybe) and Queen Introduction techniques
 Chenango Town Hall
 A Saturday in April  
 New Beekeeper "hands on" class.  This session is nominally reserved for folks who took the December 13 new beekeeper class.
 Club hives at Sue and Bob's, 294 Ostrum Rd. Kirkwood
 NO MEETING IN MAY
 Everyone is just too busy with their bees, and chasing other people's swarms, to get together to talk about them!  See you in June.
 Your bee yard.  Check for mites and swarm cells.
 A weekend in June  
 Club hive check, mite check demo, disease check, questions answered, opinions given, hands-on work session in the bee yard with experienced beekeepers.
 Club hives at Sue and Bob's, 294 Ostrum Rd. Kirkwood
 A weekend in July
 Field trip.     Hopefully to a local queen raising facility if he'll put up with us again.  If not we'll find some interesting bee spot to tour.
 
 A weekend in August
 Club Picnic.  Yummy potluck food, bee adventures to share, trivia, silly contests, and a interesting speaker.   What more could you want?
We have a lovely spot on the edge of a nice pond in a member's back yard in mind.
 1 September 
7pm Winterizing hives, Mite Treatment recommendations, "tell us about what you learned at this summer's bee conferences"
 Chenango Town Hall
 17 October
6pm Dinner Meeting, tea cup auction, and a really good speaker of course (we have someone in mind!)
 Chenango Town Hall
17 November7pm THIRD TUESDAY due to elections conflict for the room.

6pm Board meeting

Bring your gizmos and phabulous photos for show and tell
 Chenango Town Hall
 1 December
 7pm Hive Products and Hive Equipment.   Bob Finch will talk about his method for permanent woodwork protection.

6pm Board meeting
 Chenango Town Hall
 5 January
 Hoping to get a local commercial beekeeper in to talk about his new business and his mite treatment method (if we can talk him into coming).
Chenango Town Hall


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NEWS & NOTICES

Dues are due in October.  Please join us  and renew for membership for $15.

2015 CLUB HIVE RAFFLE IS HERE!  Win a double deep mature hive for $5.  Chances are for sale at the meetings.  Members only.  Drawing at the March 2015 meeting.

Watch here for news about the 2015 club nuc order.