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Our monthly meeting on March 27th was cancelled due to the COVID-19 virus.
I lieu of the meeting Tom Simpson was able to put the “SWARM” lesson for March on Facebook. Thanks Tom for your effort to keep members informed.  The board members are currently working on keeping members informed with other learning options, so stay tuned as we learn and grow. 
Mark your calendar for A Day with Mel Disselkoen              Saturday, May 30th, 2020 St Clair Beekeepers association is pleased to announce we will be hosting Mel Disselkoen. It will take place May 30th at the Madison County Farm Bureau, located at 900 Hillsboro Ave. Edwardsville IL 62025. Mel will cover his O.T.S. Queen Rearing method, along with a presentation of Pre and Post-solstice queen rearing. After the presentation, weather permitting, we will be in a local apiary for some real-world demonstrations. The presentation will start at 10:00am focusing on Pre-solstice queen rearing with a short break to ask a few questions and purchase books, etc. Mel will then focus on Post-solstice queen rearing, Q&A, and hands-on notching demonstrations followed by a box lunch. After this we will go to a local apiary for some real-world demonstrations. There will be door prizes and raffles throughout the day. The cost will be $25 dollars for the day. Lunch included. Mel strives to identify the natural behaviors and seasonal reproductive cycles of the honeybee and then direct those behaviors toward a profitable objective.” Since honeybee behavior is naturally directed towards survival and increase, beekeepers can adapt their management and business models to the honeybee’s natural instincts so that stress is minimized and performance is optimized. By working within this philosophy of cooperating with nature, I have found that the best bee is the bee that can overwinter in your area.
“-Mel Disselkoen History: Mel Disselkoen was born on a farm in a Dutch settlement in South Dakota. He grew up with an independent farming mentality of hard work and creative problem solving. He has kept bees for over 40 years and is familiar with all facets of beekeeping. Today Mel enjoys observing honeybee behavior and teaching beekeepers how to use his OTS queen rearing method to self-sufficiently reach their objectives. We hope you’ll join us as the class time and field day with Mel should prove to be very informative. Mel has published a book on his method called “OTS Queen Rearing”. The book will be available for purchase at the class.
Here is a link to his website . It is very informative. Tickets will be available at the door for $20 w/o a lunch for walk-ins until class is full. To confirm seating and lunch send remittance no later than May 20th to: Kay Good 122 Kiefer Lane, Shiloh, Il. 62269 Ph. (618) 977-5545 Seating is limited.

This is SCBA election time and we are still accepting nominations for the following offices:

We will be taking nominations starting in June 2020 for Vice President,  secretary and director. Voting will take place in September. If you would like to nominate someone (or yourself) to an office position please email the club at     We are also accepting nominations for 2020 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!

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

It’s Getting to be Swarm Season

Swarm and Cutout list reflects the 2020 year
Updated 03/22/20 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).

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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