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Welcome Beekeepers!

Our next meeting will be held Sunday, June 24, 2 p.m. at the apiary of Ken Schaefer, 5233 Iris Rd., Addieville.  Beware – Google will steer you wrong and tell you to turn west on Iris Rd – do not – turn east instead.  There will be signs.  If you have a card table please bring it.  As always, bring a side dish to share, a lawn chair and protective gear if you want to join the hive inspection.  Questions about directions or rain date, call Ken at 618-606-5487.

We enjoyed an excellent presentation on On the Spot Queen Rearing by Ken Heitkamp at our May meeting.  Click On the Spot and Helpful Tips For Notching-1, 23 for the information.  (Sorry, file size exceeds upload limits)

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.

Upcoming Beekeeper Conferences
The Illinois State Beekeepers Association summer meeting will be held June 9 on the SIUE campus. Visit the ILSBA website for more information
The Heartland Apiculture Society conference will be held July 11-13 on the Washington University campus, St. Louis. Visit the HAS website for more information.

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

Beekeeper Liability Protection

Legislation relating to beekeepers’ liability (HB4709) was presented to the Illinois General Assembly this year. It has been placed in committee while the Illinois State Beekeepers Association works with the Department of Agriculture and the Farm Bureau to develop a bill that would provide beekeepers liability protection as long as they practice due diligence and utilize best management practices. More information will be published here, in the ISBA Bulletin and website and on the SCBA Facebook page as it becomes available.

SCBA Marks 100th Anniversary with Honey Donation
The St. Clair Beekeepers Association was founded July 15, 1917 in Belleville.  To celebrate our 100 years club members donated 100 jars of honey to the Salvation Army Food Pantry in Belleville and the Crisis Food Center in Alton.

HoneyDonation (2)Pictured above with the 100 jars of honey they donated are (back row, left to right) Kevin Wilke, President; Ray Chapman, Larry Loveless, Tom and Gay Simpson, Bob Albrecht, Tom Cairns; (front row, left to right) Barbara Beal, Vickie York, Julie McKinney, Charity Davis-Woodard, Jeff Keller, Beth Keller.  Not pictured:  Anita Castagna, Ken Schaefer, Don and Dawn Huckelberry, Dan and Stacey Amilian.

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

It’s Getting to be Swarm Season
We’re updating our 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).

Want to join the St. Clair County Beekeepers Association?  Dues are $20 per year.  Email Treasurer Vickie York or call her at 618-288-1846.


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