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September 27th meeting.

The first indoor meeting of the 2019/2020 season will be held at the St. Clair Farm Bureau located at 1478 IL-15, Belleville IL 62221. The meeting starts at 7:30 and the presentation for the evening will be led by long-time Beekeeper and former SCBA President Ken Kloepper. Ken will review the important steps in preparing hives for winter as well as varroa mite treatment options currently available to beekeepers. He is looking forward to hearing about which treatments are being used by members and what kind of results people are having. If you won’t be able to attend the meeting but have an experience or opinion to contribute please email it to We would appreciate hearing from you.

  1. SCBA Director Tom Simpson named Illinois State Beekeeper of the YearSimpsonBeek2018Tom Simpson accepts the 2018 Beekeeper of the Year award from the Illinois State Beekeepers Association (ISBA) November 10, 2018.  Congratulations, Tom!

This is SCBA election time and we are still accepting nominations for the following offices:
Public Information Officer – Is still needed
If you would like to nominate someone (or yourself) to this office please email the club at
    We are also accepting nominations for 2018 Beekeeper of the Year – if you would like to nominate someone, please email


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!

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.

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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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