Virginia State Beekeepers Association
Virginia State Beekeepers Association

VSBA 100th Anniversary Meeting

Mark your calendars for our 100th anniversary meeting, June 15 & 16, at Roanoke College in Roanoke.

VSBA 100th Anniversary Spring Meeting
June 15 & 16, 2018
Roanoke College
305 Campus Lane, Salem, Virginia 24153

Come celebrate VSBA’s 100th anniversary with us, June 15th and 16th at Roanoke College in Salem, VA, hosted by Blue Ridge Beekeepers Association and Botetourt Beekeeper Association.

The presentation scheduled:

Dr. Dewey M. Caron is Emeritus Professor of Entomology & Wildlife Ecology, Univ. of Delaware, & Affiliate Professor, Dept Horticulture, Oregon State University. Dr. Caron will present "What the Bees Are Saying" and "Bee MD - The 5Ps"

Dr. Thomas D. Seeley, biologist and writer, is a professor in the Department of Neurobiology and Behavior at Cornell University. Dr. Seeley will present, "Darwinian Beekeeping" or how to harmonize our beekeeping methods with the natural history of Apis mellifera.  Dr. Seeley's second presentation will be “The Bee Colony as a Honey Factory" exploring how a colony of honey bees operates as a factory that produces honey efficiently despite tremendous day-to-day swings in the supply of nectar, the raw material for making honey. And you don’t want to miss Dr. Seeley's workshop, “The Craft of Bee Hunting" which explains bee hunting-locating wild colonies of honey bees-one of the most fascinating games in the world.  

Dr. Kirsten S. Traynor, editor of American Bee Journal and published author, will present "Simple, Smart Beekeeping" a method of keeping healthy hives in an easy, carefree way so you enjoy your beekeeping. "Two Million Blossoms: Honey for your Health" is not only the title of Dr. Traynor's book, it's a presentation on using honey to treat myriad health issues. Don't miss Dr. Traynor's workshop, "The Complex Web of Colony Decline: What’s Killing the Bees" explaining how changing landscapes, modern agriculture, climate change and globalization all play a role in pollinator decline and what we can do to help.

Jessica Kern - a neuromuscular therapist who teaches body mechanics for improved health and for injury prevention will present "Hive Maintenance as an Athletic Event".

VDACS will introduce BeeCheck™, a mapping tool provided by the Commonwealth of Virginia to enhance communication between beekeepers and pesticide applicators.

Registration on Friday, June 15th will open at 12 noon with the meeting beginning at 1 pm.  Registration will re-open on Saturday morning at 8:00 am.  The meeting will begin at 8:45am.  There will be speaker presentations, a business meeting with elections, the State Apiarist’s Report and an update on the Master Beekeeper Program.  See agenda within newsletter for presentation and workshop times and dates.

We are offering a buffet style dinner Friday evening for $12 per person followed by the Master Beekeepers Program awards, more door prizes, and the 100th anniversary celebration with Dewey Caron speaking and more!

 A buffet style lunch is available for $10 on Saturday. Lunch and dinner must be purchased at registration.

Both lunch and dinner buffets will consist of a hot entrée, sandwich bar, salad bar, vegetarian options and a dessert bar.

Group hotel rates are available at:

Comfort Suites, 100 Wildwood Road, Salem, VA 24153, (2.5 miles from venue) 540-389-7171 has a 1 king bed suite available for $119.99 per night plus tax and a 2 queen bed suite available for $114.99 per night plus tax. Hot breakfast included. You must mention Virginia State Beekeepers Association for the group rate.  The group contract expires Wednesday, May 23, 2018.   

Roanoke College Dorm Rooms - $42 per day per person including breakfast. Registration for the dorms must be made by June 3, 2018 through the mail-in registration form or online at the brown paper tickets website.

As with all locations, there is an occupancy capacity so we advise that you pre-register if possible.

Hope to see you there to celebrate with us!

Deb Parker, VSBA Meeting Chair

The VSBA is a nonprofit organization committed to promoting and advancing beekeeping in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Membership in the VSBA is open to beekeepers and non-beekeepers, alike. Annual membership dues are $12.00 per individual/family or $10.00 through local associations. In addition to other benefits, members receive a quarterly newsletter.

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