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Doors open at 6:30p.m. Meeting at 7:00p.m.
130 E. Main Street Otisville MI

June 5th --Meeting


July 12th 10-5 Michigan Honey Festival Frankenmuth

July 26th MBA Picnic
at the Octagon Barn in Gagetown
M-81 to Dodge Road Cass City turn North until you hit the
Stop sign turn east (right) go down about ¾ of a mile you will
see a sign and turn north and it will be on your right hand side

August 7th --Meeting

August 9th – Club Picnic
12:00p.m. behind the Richfield Township Hall on
M-15 just south of Cold Water Road. Bring a dish to pass

September 4th --Meeting

October 2nd --Meeting

November 6th --Meeting

December 3rd --WEDNESDAY
Short meeting and our Christmas Party.
Bring a dish to pass a brown bag gift to auction off.
The club provides two meats Coffee- punch and the
plates cups napkins silverware.
Good Company- Good Food- Nice Time
after a great harvest season
Joint effort of all beekeepers to clean up

***The two Wednesday dates were due to hall was booked
the first Thursday and we had to change our meeting date.
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[size=14]Great weather for our girls to be flying and producing honey. Our boxes have tripled with honey and comb already. How about yours? Anyone who has cages from AWS bees Dave and Leo will be at the meeting to collect them and return your deposit checks. Swarm season is coming upon us and this will be out topic this month. Dave Anthony and Leo Stevens will be talking on events leading to Swarming and how to prevent it. Just a reminder that our July meeting will be held on the 2nd Wednesday of the Month July 9th followed by the Michigan Honey Festival on July 12th from 10-5 held in Frankenmuth, MBA Picnic held July 26 held at the Octagon Barn Gagetown Mid Michigan Beekeepers Picnic 2nd Saturday in August, See you at the meeting[color=blue]
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[size=14] Good Afternoon Fellow Beekeepers,

This Thursday May 1st we will be having our club meeting at the Forest Township Hall 130 E. Main Street Otisville MI.
Doors open at 6:30 pm, meeting starts at 7:00 pm. Jim Withers will be talking on installing package bees, and open
floor up for questions. Any beginning beekeepers can meet with Bob Hollis in another area.

We are gearing up to pick up our bees on Friday May 2nd, pickups will be at Wilda Dodders on M-15 5 Miles south of
the township hall we meet in now or 5 miles north of the hall we met in at Richfield township hall. There will be a big
honey sign by the road on the east side just before Mount Morris Road west.

Bob Hollis has queens available $23.00 a queen please see him or call him if your interested 810-338-1523.

Don Schram has 5 frame nuc's available 248-318-8205

Look forward to seeing you both days and Have a great week.
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Hello Fellow Beekeepers,

Weather permitting we will be meeting at 130 E. Main St., Otisville at the Forest Township Hall Doors open at 6:30 meeting starts at 7:00pm will be taking the orders so please have half the payment down and the other half by April or you can pay in full. Angie Forster will be doing demonstration on body whipped lotion bees wax. Please watch the website and TV channel 5 and channel 12 for cancellation of the meeting. March 7 and 8 is the MBA and are weak and conference at MSU in Lansing register online to save some money and you don't have to stand in line and you will have to find other hotels if you want to stay as the rooms the MBA blocked all sold out. All the other information is available at Michigan website
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Good Evening Fellow Beekeepers,

Greetings from 70-78 degree weather of Virginia. Hope everyone had a Merry Christmas and will have a Happy New Year. There will be no January 2nd meeting. Due to the snow and icy roads, and power outages its best if everyone takes this month off stays home, warm and safe. I will not be back home until that weekend, so please enjoy your love ones and see you all next month.


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Good Evening Fellow Beekeepers,

Just a quick reminder that two weeks from today November 20, will be our
December meeting held on December 4th doors open at 6:30p.m. Meeting
starts at 7:00p.m. 130 E. Main Street Otisville at Forrest Township Hall.

We will be having a short meeting, honey tasting so beekeepers please bring
a small jar of your delicious honey for tasting. It is amazing how all beekeepers
honey each taste different.

We will also have a few members who do crafts, t-shirts and more set up to
purchase for Christmas gifts too.

The club will be furnishing the chicken and ham, all place settings, coffee and
punch. Please bring a dish to pass, and or a dessert, an inexpensive brown
bad gift for our white elephant auction. Rob Ostrom will be our auctioneer as
those who attended our summer picnic knows how fun he makes our get

Please remember to let me know if you plan on attending by December 1st.
This will allow us time to put our order in for the Chicken and know how much
other stuff to buy.
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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.
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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.
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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

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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
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