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Honey Judging Contest at the 2013 Fall Conference!


Once again, we will be bringing this popular and entertaining event back to the 2013 fall conference. After several years of absence, we had a honey judging contest at our 2012 fall conference. It was a big hit! So we have decided hold a honey judging contest again at our 2013 fall conference.
So bring your honey and strut your stuff. Entries can be liquid honey, creamed honey, comb honey and/or bees wax.
Michigan Beekeepers Association Honey Show Rules
1.Only members in good standing of the Michigan Beekeepers Association will be allowed to place entries in the show.
2.All entries must have been produced within the last 12 months.
3.All honey entries will have three of each item. (liquid, three one pound jars, comb, three sections, etc.)
4.Exhibitors are allowed one entry per class.
5.Entries must have no identifying labels or marks on the entries other than the marks placed on them by show officials.
6.Color grades are to be determined by the show superintendent, whose decision is final.
7.The show superintendent may refuse entries for reasons he or she believes are just.
8.All entries must be entered and in place before the program begins on Saturday.
9.All entries must be exhibited in clear glass or plastic. In case of a tie and no other way can be found to break the tie glass will be judged over plastic. Comb honey entries in wood may be exhibited in removable cardboard paper cartons. Round sections must have clear covers on both top and bottom.
10.Standard honey jars, Gamber, Queenline, etc are acceptable. No other jars, canning, jelly, etc. will be accepted.
11.Metal or plastic caps may be used.
12.Beeswax-two classes. Class one entries will be three one-pound blocks. Class two is an artistic presentation that shall use a minimum on one pound of beeswax.
13.Decisions of the judges are final.
Views: 4711 | Added by: Sweetpea | Date: 2013-10-23 | Comments (3)

The 2013 MBA Fall Conference is (a lot) closer than you think and it is time to start planning to attend!

The conference will be held in Flint, Michigan, at the Holiday Inn Gateway Center on Friday, October 25, 2012 and Saturday, October 26.The featured speaker will be Jane Burgess, recently retired CEO from Walter T. Kelly (a national bee supply and catalog company).

There will be break-out sessions on both days covering a wide range of topics that should be of interest for both the beginner and advanced beekeeper alike. And, of course, the ever-popular vendor area will be back so that you can see all of the latest beekeeping equipment in one place.

Pre-registration is available on-line and we encourage all attendees to do so. When you pre-register, your conference material will be available for immediate pick-up… no waiting in line. And, you get a discount too!

Before you pre-register, please note that in order to get the MBA member discount you must be a current member of the MBA. The 2012 memberships expired on December 31, 2012. So you may need to renew your membership for 2013. Click here to check your membership status.

Note: Pre-registration will close Wednesday, October 23, 2013.
To pre-register on-line, click here.

Registration Fees:
MBA Member, 2-Day: $20.00
MBA Member, 1-Day: $10.00
Non-Member, 2-Day: $40.00
Non-Member, 1-Day: $20.00
Spouse/Guest, 2-Day: $10.00
Spouse/Guest, 1-Day: $5.00

Paid At-the-Door
MBA Member, 2-Day: $25.00
MBA Member, 1-Day: $15.00
Non-Member, 2-Day: $45.00
Non-Member, 1-Day: $25.00
Spouse/Guest, 2-day: $15.00
Spouse/Guest, 1-Day: $10.00

MBA has reserved a limited block of rooms at the Holiday Inn Gateway Center which are available on a first-come-first-served basis. Special MBA rates are $92 per night (single or double). Plus applicable fees, state and local taxes.

If you are planning to stay at the hotel, then we suggest that you make your reservations early. The hotel requests that reservations be made by October 3. Their phone number for reservations are 800-465-4329 or 810-232-5300. Be sure to identify yourself with the Michigan Beekeepers’ Association in order to get the discounted rate.

Schedule of Events:

There will be break out sessions on Friday morning, afternoon and Saturday morning and afternoon. The tentative list of classes include…

New Bee Mentoring – Charlotte Hubbard
Lotions/Creams – Angie Foster
Moisture, Insulation & Reducing Winter Losses – Bob Williams
Marketing – Judy Schmaltz
Creamed Honey – Judy Schmaltz
Beginners Track – Dale Woods & Mike Risk
Making Mead – Mead Mamas
Beekeeping in the UP – Joel Lantz
Michigan Cottage Food Act - Christine Venema
Candles & Rendering Wax- Bob Hollis
Products of the Hive - Rich Wieske
Beekeepers Workshop – Steve Tilmann
Update on Nosema – Dr. Zachary Huang
Summary of Apimondia 2013 (Ukraine) – Anne Marie Fauvel

Click here for complete schedule. This is the schedule as of 10/22/13.
Click here for a description of classes.
Friday, October 25
8a.m. -12 p.m. – registration
9:00 – MBA announcements General Assembly room
9:30 – 10:45 – Jane Burgess Keynote speaker
11:00-12:00 – first breakout sessions

2:00-3:00 – second breakout session

3:00-4:00 – third breakout session

Saturday, October 26

8:00 – 11:00 Registration
8a.m. -12 p.m. – registration
9:00 – MBA announcements General Assembly room
9:30 – 10:45 – Jane Burgess, Keynote speaker

11:00-12:00 – first breakout session

2:00 – 3:00 – second breakout session

3:30-4:30 – General Membership meeting,

Treasurer’s Report
Honey Show results
Election results
Member Resolutions & Discussion

Honey Judging Contest:
Back by popular demand. Read the details and rules by clicking here.

The vendors are always a very popular event. You can see what’s new in beekeeping and purchase equipment and supplies for the upcoming season. Most vendors will bring items to the conference for sale and some are accepting pre-conference orders (you save on shipping!). Please support our vendors, as they help make the spring conference possible.

Anthony Bee Farms
Buggsnest, LLC
Dadant & Sons, Inc
doTERRA Essential Oils
Napoleon Bee Supply
S&B Honey
T.M. Klein & Sons
Turlebee Farms

Hospitality Suite
This year you may have noticed that we are not going to have the Friday night banquet. Instead, your MBA will be hosting a swarm in the hospitality room. All queens, workers and drones are welcome! This is shaping up to be a good party. So come and show us your best waggle dance!

Putting on the conference is a lot of work and we can always use volunteers to help us along. We can use help with a short setup on Thursday evening, handing out material in the classes and general session, helping out with the hospitality room, assistance with at-the-door registration and post-conference evaluation. Even if you only have a short time available, any help is greatly appreciated. Contact Steve Tilmann, MBA Treasurer.

Follow next two postings.
Views: 2237 | Added by: Sweetpea | Date: 2013-10-23 | Comments (0)

Hello Everyone,

This Thursday August 1st, 2013 will be our club meeting. This months meeting will be about extracting honey, if time medicating the hives. Please bring all your questions about extracting honey and other questions of your hives to the meeting. I would like to give all beekeepers this time to bring forth any questions
that you are curious about or need help with and our more experienced beekeepers will help out to give you some answer.

We will be welcoming a lot of first time beekeepers and want to be beekeepers.

Also we will be voting on officers President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer so please plan on voting and or making nominations.

Current officers are: President: Barb Applebee
Vice-President: Greg Tobin
Treasurer: Wilda Dodder

There will be refreshments available. Our doors open at 6:30 Meeting at 7:00p.m.

M-15 north bound about 10-15 miles north of Davison at light in Otisville turn right and the hall is on your right hand side.

Vienna Road to M-15,or M-15 South go about 1 1/2 miles into Otisville at the light you turn left and the building is on the right hand side.

Look Forward to seeing you all there

Views: 8198 | Added by: Sweetpea | Date: 2013-07-29 | Comments (0)

West Michigan and Southwest Michigan:
Holland Area Beekeepers Association
Donald Lam
882 W. 26th 8t.
Holland, MI 49423
Phone: 616-335-2707
Web site: Holland Area Beekeepers Association

Kalamazoo Bee Club
Patrick Frary
3095 B Drive South
East Leroy, MI 49051
Phone: 269-979-2882
Web site: Kalamazoo Bee Club

Lake Shore Beekeepers (SW Mich)
Jeffrey Johnston
Phone: 708-289-5242
Michiana Beekeepers
Ron Brooks
Phone: 219-762-5242
Web site: Michiana Beekeepers
Eastern Michigan:

Saginaw Valley Beekeepers Association
Cindy Dudock
6440 Sheridan Rd. Saginaw, MI 48601
Phone: 989-777-8814
Web site: Saginaw Valley Beekeepers Association

Southeastern Michigan Beekeepers Association (SEMBA)
Clay Ottoni
P.O. Box 300611
Waterford, MI 48330-0611
Phone: 248-454-9800
Web site:

Oakland Bee Club
E. L. Johnson Nature Center
3325 Franklin Rd.,Bloomfield Township, MI.
Dennis & Donna Holly

Seven Ponds Beekeepers
Terry Toland
web site:

Schoolcraft Beekeepers’ Club
Roger Sutherland
5488 Warren Rd
Ann Arbor, MI 48105
Phone: 734-668-8568

Mid Michigan:

Center Of Michigan Beekeepers (COMB)
Meetings are the SECOND MONDAY of the month at 6:30 pm.
Michigan State University Livestock Pavilion
Mike Risk
7575 Hollister Rd
Laingsburg, MI, 48848
Phone: 517-651-9842
Web site:

Mid-Michigan Beekeeper’s Club
Otisville Community Center, located at 130 E. Main Street Otisville MI.
Meetings are the FIRST THURSDAY of the month at 7 pm.
President: Barb Applebe
Phone: 989-975-0161
Web site:

Upper Penninsula:

Upper Peninsula Beekeepers (Marquette Area)
Barbara Hoopingarner 517-699-2428 or
Jessica Shull : 1-906-343-6502
NOTE: This club is just forming. Contact Jessica if interested!

New Pine River Beekeeping Club Meetings are the 3rd Tuesday of the month at 6:30p.m. Pine River Nature Center 2585 Castor Road Goodells MI adjacent to the Goodells County Park Family dues are an optional $10.00 phone 586-610-1867
email Area: Detroit-Warren-Livonia, MI
County: Saint Clair County
Views: 5888 | Added by: Sweetpea | Date: 2013-07-29 | Comments (0)

Status Update

By The Huron City Bee Co.

July 25, 2013 - Beekeepers are asked to be on the look out for a man passing bad checks.

Reports from several beekeepers in Southeast Michigan have been coming in telling how a man is approaching honey producers, purchasing honey, and writing bad checks.

The bad check writer, who goes by Abdul Aljhain, contacts beekeepers and routinely asks to purchase comb honey. Afterwards, this same person will then ask to purchase larger quantities of honey, typically in 5 gallon buckets. He then will offer a check, oftentimes off of a business called US Central Wholesale, with a 7 Mile Rd., Livonia, address. This location is a closed business, and given phone numbers aren't working or answered. Several home addresses are also given, located either in Detroit or Hamtramck. None of which are correct.

Honey stolen, so far, have been reported to be $200 by one beekeeper, and $700 by another. Other beekeepers have had losses also, but dollar amounts were not given.

If you are approached by this person, do not sell them honey. Instead, get a detailed description of the person, including the license plate of the vehicle they drive, driver's license information if possible, and report it to the police. Also, please forward this information to Michigan Beekeepers' Association Secretary, Don Schram, who will pass the information on to the beekeepers involved.

Please share this information with other beekeepers and honey sellers in Michigan
Views: 3039 | Added by: Sweetpea | Date: 2013-07-25 | Comments (1)

[size=14]Hello there just a friendly reminder that there will be a Mid-Michigan Beekeepers meeting on July 11th, doors open 6;30P.M. Meeting starts at 7:00p.m.

This meeting will be a informational meeting on how your hives are doing, questions on what should be done, and the hope that we can get Terry Kline here to talk about his new experience in splitting hives. I hear if your ready to work, this new split technique is the one for you; as this way will keep you busy and hopping. We want to hear how your bees are doing.

This meeting I will need the photos of the beekeepers of our club with their name and location written on the back of the picture.

Remember the:

Michigan Honey Festival is on the 27th at the Imlay City County Fairgrounds starts at 10:00a.m. until 5:00p.m.

They will be having a honey tasting for the public, if you want to participate with your honey or Volunteer to work check with Terry Toland or Melissa.

[cThank you any questions please email me at
Views: 5025 | Added by: Sweetpea | Date: 2013-07-06 | Comments (0)

Hello there just a friendly reminder that there will not be a Mid-Michigan Beekeepers meeting on Thursday July 4th! It will be held on July 11th, doors open 6;30P.M. Meeting starts at 7:00p.m.

This meeting I will need the photos of the beekeepers of our club with their name and location written on the back of the picture.

Remember the honey festival is on the 27th at the Imlay City County Fairgrounds starts at 10:00a.m. until 5:00p.m.
They will be having a honey tasting for the public, if you want to participate with your honey check with Terry Toland of

Three other announcements

1. I was contacted today by a lady that has bees in the eve of her house. Can you either forward the contact information for someone who will take care of that kind of removal or have someone contact her. Her info is below. Joyce 8106866600 or

2. Hello, I have 2013 queens and a few 5 frame nucs for sale. The queens are grafted from my Michigan survivor stock and locally open mated.
If you would please pass this along to the club members. Contact me for more details.

*S&Bee Honey Containers, LLC*

2256 Blackmore Street
Saginaw, MI 48602

3. Jim Withers has queens available Jim Withers 810-736-0128 or810-516-9917
Views: 3690 | Added by: Sweetpea | Date: 2013-06-25 | Comments (0)

Hello Fellow Beekeepers,

This Thursday, June 6th is our club meeting, held at the Otisville Community Center 130 E. Main St. Otisville MI. Doors open at 6:30p.m. meeting starts at 7:00p.m.

If any one has a picture of them working with their bees please bring a picture to the June and July 11th meeting. I would like to make a picture book of our club and what area you keep your bees. I thought that would draw new people into beekeeping during our honey festival in July and our fall and spring conference meetings.

Also if you have your cages, Dave Anthony will be there to collect all bee cages, before the meeting and after the meeting.

Our speaker tonight will be Rich Wiske, presentation will be other product of the hive, Pollen, Propolis and Wax. Rich has been beekeeping for many years and he has many area of knowledge and plenty of topics he can share with us.

We will also need help with the Clubs table at the honey festival July 27th . I am committed to two places the same day and different times. Please get with me and lets get who and when by the next meeting settled.

Elections for officers for our club will be coming up in August if any one interested in any position please see me at the meeting.

Current officers for our club are: President-----------Barb Applebee
Vice President----Greg Tobin
Treasurer------------Wilda Dodder
Secretary----------- resigned
Member at Large:
Jim Withers
Brad Perez

Just a reminder our July meeting will be held on the 11th due to the 4th of July fall on our meeting night. Also Remember that August 10th is our club picnic held behind the old meeting place Richfield Township hall pavillion, grill starts at noon eat at 1:00p.m. there will be a white elephant auction so please bring a brown bag gift something old, new not too expensive. A dish to pass and the club will furnish the meat and drinks and place settings.

If any one has any queens please let me know, I have a few beekeepers looking for some.

Thank you and have a great week.


Barb Applebee, President
Mid-Michigan Beekeepers Club
Views: 5856 | Added by: Sweetpea | Date: 2013-06-04 | Comments (0)

Sorry this website has had me locked out of it. I am working on building a new one that I can add pictures videos and more that I can't do here. Just an update note,

Not quite 5 miles north of our old meeting place of Richfield Township Hall.

Take M-15 from Davison north of the old meeting hall about 5 miles of so go to the second stop light that will be in Otisville. Turn right and were right on the right hand side. It will be a brown and green building. If your coming from Vassar you will stop second light that will be Otisville and your will turn left and it will be on your right hand side as well.

We have a much bigger place and tables to sit at and take notes, hold your coffee.
Our last meetiing we had a great turn out and I look forward to having more join.

I will try to keep this site open until our new one is ready. Any questions email at or call me 989-975-0161.


July 20th MBA Picnic The picnic will be held Saturday, July 20 from 10am to 6pm at the Oren Best Farm, 14688 Shilton Rd. Lake Odessa, MI 48890 (click here for a map). Sunfield is located just west of Lansing.

Join us at Oren Best’s commercial beekeeping operation and see how a large honey producing farm works. Activities and tours of the operation will be had.

Please bring a dish to pass, along with table settings, and maybe a lawn chair. Meat will be provided (rumor is that the Best’s are roasting a pig).

Bring a smoker and your favorite smoker fuel and join in on the smoker lighting contest! Forklift rodeo demonstrations will also take place.

Primitive camping for tents, trailers and RVs will be available, and a bonfire is slated for the evening.

The picnic is free to all MBA members and open to all beekeepers and people interested in bees.

July 27th Michigan Honey Festival Inlay City 10am to 5pm

August 1st Mid-Michigan Beekeepers Club Meeting

August 10th Mid-Michigan Club Picnic 12:00p.m. at
Richfield Township Hall Pavillion

September 5th Mid-Michigan Beekeepers Club Meeting

October 3rd Mid-Michigan Beekeepers Club Meeting

November 7th Mid-Michigan Beekeepers Club Meeting

December 5th Mid-Michigan Beekeepers Club Meeting

We will take vote on our Christmas Party at the October meeting.

Views: 5441 | Added by: Sweetpea | Date: 2013-04-08 | Comments (0)

Good Afternoon Everyone,

With November is just a few days away, it is time for Mid-Michigan Beekeepers Club Meeting.

When: Thursday November 1st, 2012

Where: Richfield Township Hall 5381 N. State Road Davison MI 48423

Time: doors open at 6:30p.m. Meeting starts at 7:00p.m.

This year looks like the cold weather is starting early. Hope everyone is staying warm.

I would like you to think on a date that we can hold our club Christmas party.

Also we are going to be placing a bee order earlier than last year due to the shortage of bee and the demand of bees. Dave Anthony talked with me at the Fall Conference he is taking first come first serve basis for the bee orders; as soon as the order blanks are available.

We also have Bob Hollis and Don Schram who will also be taking orders for bees as well, so please think on that as well. I know that is very early, hard to tell what you may need for bees. I am just passing along what I was told.

It is getting that time to add candy boards to your hives if you haven't already. This month meeting Jim Withers will be talking winterizing your bees. Some beekeepers use Candy boards,
I know Don Schram uses 5# sugar on a newspaper in his hives for the winter. Some beekeepers wrap their hives in tar paper, some don't. Each beekeeper uses what works best for their hive.

Now that the bees are going to be settled down for the winter, it’s time to start thinking ahead for spring preparation: Washing your suit, cleaning out old boxes, building new boxes etc. I hope to get the hand out printed off so it will be available for this meeting.

Please bring any questions you may have on your fall harvest and hives, we can address them after the winterizing session.

Take Care and hope to see you all at the meeting.

Views: 15609 | Added by: Sweetpea | Date: 2012-10-29 | Comments (2)

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