VSBA 2012 Spring Conference

When: March 23-24, 2012
Where: ACCA Shrine Center [Richmond, Va]
Hosted by: Ashland Beekeepers Association

Early registration by March 9 - Click Here for Registration Form

GUEST SPEAKERS

Dr. Dewey M. Caron, Professor Extension Entomologist University of Delaware [Click for Bio]
Dr. James Earl Tew, State Beekeeping Specialist for the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama. [Click for Bio]
Ed Levi, Apiary Specialist and Inspector for the Arkansas State Plant Board. [Click for Bio]

**Vendor List**

VSBA 2012 Spring Membership Meeting Action Items

Program

Friday, March 23

12:00 – 1:00    Registration
1:00 – 1:15        Opening Remarks
1:15 – 1:45        State Apiarist Report
1:45 – 2:30        Honey Bees in the Urban Landscape – Jim Tew
2:30 – 3:15        Moving Toward Chemical Free Beekeeping – Ed Levi
3:15 – 3:45        Break
3:45 – 4:00        Door Prize Drawings
4:00 – 4:45        So….What Will It Take to Survive Winter? – Dewey Caron
4:45 – 7:00        Dinner
7:00 – 7:15        Door Prize Drawings
7:15 – 8:00        Bees on the Internet – Jim Tew
8:00 – 8:15        Super Dooper Door Prize  Donated by Sustainable Bees
8:15 – 9:00        Who Else Is Coming for Dinner – Dewey Caron
9:00 ADJOURN

Saturday, March 24

8:30 – 9:15        Registration
9:15 – 9:30        Opening Remarks
9:30 – 10:15    What Others Can Teach Us About Our Beekeeping – Ed Levi
10:15 – 10:45    Break
10:45 – 11:00    Door Prize Drawings
11:00 – 11:45    Honey Bees and Their Modern-Day Keepers – Jim Tew
11:45 – 12:30    Increasing Honey Production – Ed Levi
12:30 – 2:30    Lunch
2:30 – 2:45        Door Prize Drawing (last one)
2:45 – 3:30        Business Meeting
3:30 – 4:00     Legislative Report and/or Master Beekeeper Update with Certificates Awarded
4:00 – 4:45        How to “Read” a Colony – Dewey Caron
4:45            Adjourn
5:00 – 6:30        Master Beekeeping Testing. Please contact VSBA President Frank S. Walker for registration details.

Lodging

New Hotel Information:

Hampton Inn & Suites

5406 Glenside Drive
Richmond, VA  23228
804-756-1777
special VSBA group rate - $89 
(must mention VA State Beekeepers to get this rate)
full breakfast included

Country Inn & Suites

8010 W. Broad Street
Richmond, VA  23294
804-755-6605
special VSBA group rate - $75
(must mention VA State Beekeepers to get this rate)
full breakfast included

Best Western

7007 W. Broad Street
Richmond, VA  23294
804-672-7007
special VSBA group rate - $72
(must mention VA State Beekeepers to get this rate)
Continental breakfast included

Other Hotels on Broad Street:

Motel 8
Econo Lodge
Embassy Suites
Comfort Inn

Restaurtants:

There are a few restaurant options near the meeting location, and numerous restaurant options on Broad Street near hotels.

Directions to New Location:

Traveling I-95 South take exit #78, left (north) onto Boulevard which will change immediately into Hermitage Road.
Traveling I-95 North take exit 78, right (north) onto Hermitage Road.
Proceed 3 traffic lights and turn left on Bellevue Avenue.  About 70 yards to the entrance driveway in middle of long white fence.  Signs will be posted at entrance.

Deb Parker, VSBA Program Chair, brokenpost@gemlink.com, 540-854-4883