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Welcome to 2020, Beekeepers!


Beginning Beekeeping Workshop

Saturday, February 22, 2020
Madison County Farm Bureau
900 Hillsboro Ave.
Edwardsville IL 62025 Hosted by: St. Clair Beekeepers Association
Interested In learning more about honey bees and possibly becoming a beekeeper? This rewarding hobby is both more fascinating and more complicated than many people think, so starting off on the correct, well-educated foot can make all the difference! By taking this class taught by experienced local beekeepers you will not only learn the basics of beekeeping but also make contacts to call on in the future as you begin your adventure with honey bees. The class will introduce students to honey bee biology and behavior, equipment needs, how and where to acquire bees, seasonal management techniques, legal requirements, pests and diseases, and much more.  Several suppliers will also be present with examples of tools, clothing, books and equipment.
Lunch, snacks and a textbook are included in the registration fee. 

Our next monthly meeting will take place Friday,                                  February 28, 7:00 pm                                        @ Madison County Farm Bureau, 900 Hillsboro St., IL 62025

At our meeting on February 28 Tim Lindley will discuss a timely subject of interest to every beekeeper:

“Bringing Your Bees Out of Winter”.

We’re at a critical time of the year when the bees have gone through much of their stored honey and are beginning to need more pollen to stimulate the nurse bees to make brood food. Some beekeepers have already seen bees bringing pollen into hives early this month, and by the time of the meeting that exciting sign of Spring may really pick up if the willows, maples, elm and other trees and shrubs have started to bloom. But supplementary feeding may also be necessary to insure the bees survive until sufficient resources are available for the growing population. All of this and much more will be covered in Tim’s presentation. Join us! As always, a potluck follows the program.

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 Kay Good or call her at 618-977-5545.


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