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Hello, Fellow Beekeepers.

We hope that you are doing well and that everyone had a successful year of beekeeping.  This year has presented a lot of challenges and we, as a board, continue to try and find ways to reach out to our club members and provide the best help that we can.

 We are planning on having a club member Zoom meeting on Sunday, November 29 at 7 p.m.  You may join this meeting from your smart phone, tablet or computer. We will send an email with a link to join the meeting and we encourage everyone to attend.  We will do a quick business meeting that will include inducting the new board members and then have a discussion on winter preparations.  Everyone who joins the meeting will have the opportunity to ask questions just like we were all together at the Farm Bureau.   If you do not receive this letter via email, we currently don’t have your email address on file, so if you wish to attend the Zoom meeting, please send your current email address to

We are offering a practice Zoom session at 5 p.m. on November 29 to try and minimize sign-in issues during the meeting.  If you are interested, please contact us via and we will forward you directions and the Zoom meeting link that you will need.  I highly recommend this if you are unfamiliar with Zoom because you will need to create an account prior to participating in the meeting.

The following members will be inducted to the board:

  • Tom Simpson, Vice President;
  • Dennis Hessel, Public Information Officer;
  • Tom Cairns, Director;
  • Tim Schartung, Director.
  • Beth Keller has agreed to stay on the Board for one more year as Secretary, and Jeff Keller has agreed to stay on the Board for one more year as Director.

We are still looking for someone to fill the Program Director position. This position requires experience.  The Program Director shall:

  1. Develop a committee of interested members;
  2. Set up an annual plan of programs with the committee for club meetings which will serve to educate our membership;
  3. Serve as a contact for outside speakers;
  4. Provide membership with information about the program for monthly meetings.

We are excited to try and hold a Zoom meeting with our members and we hope to have as many members as possible to join us in talking bees.

Stclairbees has setup a YouTube channel, check us out and subscribe. More learning videos to be added.  Link to channel  

Unfortunately, European Foulbrood is showing up once again in area hives.  If you see a spotty brood pattern call Inspector Eleanor Schumacher at 510-285-7879.

See the latest and greatest Bylaws on the What New Page. Bylaws April 2018

Check out Bill Mattatall’s Follies of a Beekeeper here or on the What’s New page!

Need a Mentor?  We can helpMentor ListIf you would like to be a mentor, please email

 Swarm Information

Swarm and Cutout list reflects the 2020 year
Updated 05/06/20 the latest and greatest Swarm List and Cutout List. If you would like to be included on the Swarm List and are a member of SCBA you may be listed for up to three counties. Please send your name, location, preferred counties and contact info to If you have been listed in the past please check the list to make sure your information is correct. If you no longer want to be included, please email  If you would like to be on the Cutout List please email your information to  Corrections and removal from list, please email.

It’s time to register your hives. It’s easy.  It’s free.  It’s required.  Contact Inspector Eleanor Schumacher (510-285-7879).

Illinois beekeepers registration form

Link to Illinois Bees and Apiaries Program:

Want to join the St. Clair County Beekeepers Association?  Dues are $20 per year.  Email Treasurer Kay Good or call her at 618-977-5545.


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