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Welcome Beekeepers!


Interested in Keeping Bees?

The St. Clair Beekeepers’ Association (SCBA) will host its 2015 Beginner’s Beekeeping Class on Saturday, March 21, 2015, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Madison County Farm Bureau, 900 Hillsboro Street, Edwardsville, IL, 62025.  Fees are $45 per person, $60 per couple, and $20 for minors (18 & under) and students (over the age of 18 attending school).  Included in the fees are a morning snack and lunch.  Coffee and tea will be served.  ** We are very sorry but this class is now full – for information please contact one of the officers listed below.

Attendance prizes as well as literature, handouts, and catalogs will be provided.  Vendors will be available.  Some of the topics to be covered are obtaining bees and equipment, swarms, stings, bee colony management, hive products, diseases and pests, and beekeeping regulations.  There will be question and answer sessions throughout the seminar.  Experienced beekeepers (gurus and bee whisperers) will be present sharing their knowledge.  Class size is limited and pre-registration is required.  Click here for the Class Announcement and 2015 Registration Form.

If you have questions, contact one of the following officers of SCBA: Bill Mattatall, SCBA President, bembam99@yahoo.com, 618.910.3149; Kevin Wilke, SCBA Vice-President, 618.780.3227, Vickie Piel, SCBA Secretary & Treasurer, beesrgr8@att.net, 618.978.4369 or Katrina Kloepper, katken7@yahoo.com, 618.792.1700.

January Meeting Report

At the January SCBA meeting Ken Kloepper demonstrated making sugar bricks to provide supplemental feeding for bees during winter months.  Click on Sugar Bricks – Kloepper Method to see the description and recipe.

 February Meeting Report

At the February SCBA meeting Carol Richards, Jefferson County Beekeepers Association, demonstrated how to process beeswax.

Other information:

     Secretary Vickie Piehl announced that the SCBA beekeeping class was the subject of an article in the Edwardsville Intelligencer on February 18, 2015.

     She also asked that anyone who is interested in being added to either the Swarm List or Cutout List contact her.

     President Bill Mattatall announced the club is now taking nominations for Beekeeper of the Year; send nominations to Bill.

     If you are interested in using nematodes to control Small Hive Beetles they can be obtained by contacting www.southeastinsectaries.com.

Curious About Bees?

Join us at the next meeting of the St. Clair Beekeepers Association and learn more! The next meeting of the SCBA will be held on:

Friday, March 27, 7:30 PM

Madison County Farm Bureau Office, 900 Hillsboro Street, Edwardsville

Directions to SCBA Meetings

You’re welcome to bring a dish or dessert for attendees to share over coffee following the meeting.

If you would like to join the SCBA, dues are $20 per calendar year and include membership in the Illinois State Beekeepers Association.  Send check to Vickie Piel, Secretary/Treasurer.

Beekeeping News

It is with sadness and sorrow that I bring this news to St. Clair Beekeepers:  Udell Meyer passed away on December 26, 2014. We have lost an amazing friend who was a wealth of information on bees and beekeeping.  He will sadly be missed by all of us.

Local St. Clair Beekeeper Larry Loveless of Gillespie, was featured in an article last year on the US Dept. of Agriculture blogpage. See link to article below:



Have you found a honeybee swarm in your yard?

Don’t Delay !!!

* Click on “Swarm List” for a list of St. Clair Beekeepers
to help you safely remove it!

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