December Meeting: Holiday Potluck

Tuesday, December 12, 2017, 7-9 pm

The Point at C. C. Young, 4847 W. Lawther Dr., Dallas (map)

Join us for our annual holiday potluck! We will provide the BBQ meat; you bring your favorite appetizers, sides or desserts. This is a great chance to celebrate this year’s successes, sympathize with any losses or challenges, and get to know your fellow beekeepers! If you’re a new or prospective beekeeper who wants a chance to chat with experienced beekeepers, this is the meeting to attend!

How to find us: Go in the main entrance at The Point and turn left. The main meetings are held in the large meeting room which is the first room on your left. See link above for map and address.

Our meetings are always free and open to the public. Feel free to attend even if you don’t know anything about beekeeping–it’s a great chance to meet people and see what it’s all about!

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Congratulations to 2018 Board Members

At the November monthly meeting, which serves as TV Bees’ annual business meeting, our members elected officers to the board for 2018.

Your new slate of officers will be:

President Ryan Giesecke
Vice President Jay Merrett
Treasurer Matthew Diaz
Secretary Bruce Bonnett

Many thanks to outgoing Vice President Beth Lamb and Treasurer Aaron Richins for your service, and many thanks to our new and returning board members for 2018!

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Beekeeping 101 Class THIS Weekend Dec 9

Join TV Bees president Ryan Giesecke at a TreeHouse Dallas for a special presentation of “So You Think You Want Bees,” a beginner-level program for soon-to-be beekeepers in the Dallas area. Ryan will talk through reasons to keep bees, considerations and concerns involved in urban beekeeping, and what can be done now to prepare for your upcoming first Spring, as well as touching on hive styles and options for getting your first bees.

December 9, 1-2:30 pm

TreeHouse, 8021 Walnut Hill Ln, Dallas 75231

This event is free and family friendly. Hope to see you there!

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TV Bees in the News!

A reporter for the Dallas Morning News attended TV Bees’ honey tasting meeting. If you haven’t seen it yet, you can read the article online here:

https://www.dallasnews.com/life/farm-to-table/2017/10/13/local-raw-unfiltered-honey-best-way-taste-grows-around

Be sure to click on the video for a quick interview with our very own Bruce Bennett while he does a hive inspection!

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2018 Officer Elections

It’s time to elect our slate of officers for 2018! TV Bees has a president, vice president, treasurer, and secretary, as well as committee chairpersons for a variety of committees. If you want to get more involved with the club, this is a great way to do it!

Most positions require relatively small time commitments and previous officers and fellow board members will help you settle in to the role. For more information, please attend the November meeting.

Even if you’re not ready to join the board just yet, please be sure to attend the November meeting so you can vote in the election! All members in good standing get a vote, so come on out.

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November Meeting: Management Decisions + So You Want to Be A Beekeeper Pt. 2

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Pre-meeting presentation: 6-6:45 pm
Q&A session: 6:45-7 pm
Main meeting: 7-9 pm

The Point at C. C. Young, 4847 W. Lawther Dr., Dallas (map)

Dan Weaver has had to reschedule for next year. We are happy to announce that Lauren Ward of Bee Weaver will be speaking to us about colony management: common mistakes, balancing hive resources, seasonal patterns, and more.

Lauren is a Texas A&M University graduate with a Master’s of Science in Entomology. Her academic background is in Animal Science and Entomology, with entomological emphasis on systematics and biological control. Towards the end of her college career she pursued an ongoing interest in apiculture, which combines her love of insects with livestock husbandry.

After graduation Lauren worked at the TAMU Honey Bee Lab as apiary manager and instructor for the Honey Bee Biology course. Early this year she was happy to accept a position at BeeWeaver Apiaries where she wears many hats…most often with a veil!

In addition to our main presentation, we will have our annual officer elections, a youth scholarship presentation, our “Bee Plant of the Month”, “Bee Book of the Month”, and our monthly “In the Hive”.

The pre-meeting class this month is “So You Think You Want Bees, Part 2” designed to talk aspiring beekeepers through the preparations involved in starting up their beekeeping adventure next Spring. The class starts at 6pm, presented by TVBA president Ryan Giesecke. Class is $10 per family for non-members, $5 per family for TVBA members.

Want to help out at a meeting? We are always looking for folks to bring snacks and give brief talks on bee plants and books. Click here to sign up –> TVBA sign up lists

How to find us: Go in the main entrance at The Point and turn left. The main meeting and Q&A session are held in the large meeting room which is the first room on your left. Pre-meeting presentations are held in the small theater at the end of the same hallway, also on the left side.

Our meetings are always free and open to the public. Feel free to attend even if you don’t know anything about beekeeping–it’s a great chance to meet people and see what it’s all about!

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October Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer at the State Fair, talk to C. C. Young residents about bees and beekeeping, or bring food to the October TV Bees meeting! Details below.

State Fair Volunteers Needed for Texas Beekeepers Association Booth & Texas Discovery Gardens

The TBA beekeeping booth needs volunteers daily for the duration of the fair. Please look at the calendar (http://cchba.org/wp-content/uploads/FAIR-CALENDAR2017.pdf) for the TBA booth and find a time you can fill. The Texas Discovery Gardens (TDG) on the opposite side of the Fairgrounds is also looking for volunteers at the observation hive in the Butterfly House to share info about bees with their audience. ** Fair volunteers get free admission and parking! Feel free to come early or stay late after your shift and enjoy the Fair. ** Please contact John Talbert to sign up for either (or both!) by texting 214-532-9241 or emailing beekeeper1959@gmail.com. You must sign up with John to receive instructions for free admission.

Volunteers needed for C. C. Young Wellness Fair

TV Bees is hosting a booth at C. C. Young’s Wellness Fair October 14 from 10 am to 2:30. We are looking for volunteers to join us in talking to residents about bees and beekeeping. This is a fun, casual event and an easy opportunity to help out the club. Please contact Ryan Giesecke for more info and to sign up at ryan@tvbees.org.

Snacks Needed for TV Bees October Meeting

We love providing tasty snacks and beverages to all meeting attendees, but we need your help to do so! Please consider signing up to bring food on October 10. Click here to view the sign up list  –> Sign Up 

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October Meeting: Beescapes + So You Want To Be A Beekeeper Pt 1

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Pre-meeting presentation: 6-6:45 pm
Q&A session: 6:45-7 pm
Main meeting: 7-9 pm

The Point at C. C. Young, 4847 W. Lawther Dr., Dallas (map)

**Please sign up to bring food! If you have enjoyed our generous hospitality at past meetings, please consider paying it forward and bringing a snack this month! Sign up here: http://www.tvbees.org/sign-up-sheets/?sheet_id=1

This month we are pleased to have Becky Bender speaking to us about floral resources and planting for bees. Her presentation will discuss what we can do in our yards to attract and provide for bees, and will even explore analysis of pollen content in area honey samples that has been done by A&M’s Dr. Vaughn Bryant.

Becky Bender is an R.N. with a Master’s degree in Science. As a Texas Master Naturalist, she became especially interested in honey plants 7 years ago when she and her husband began hobby beekeeping. She manages her own land and yard for wildlife, honeybees, and other pollinators. Becky also contributes “The Buds and the Bees” column for the Texas Beekeeping Association Journal.

In addition to our main presentation, we will have our “Bee Plant of the Month”, “Bee Book of the Month”, and our monthly “In the Hive”.

The pre-meeting class this month is “So You Think You Want Bees, Part 1. ” The series is designed to talk aspiring beekeepers through the considerations involved in potentially starting up their beekeeping adventure next Spring and help you decide whether you’re ready to take the plunge into beekeeping. Part 1 of this class will cover reasons to want to keep bees, concerns and considerations, time/space/monetary investment, working with neighbors, as well as local and state regulations. The class starts at 6pm, presented by TVBA president Ryan Giesecke. Class is $10 per family for non-members, $5 per family for TVBA members, cash or check at the door.

Want to help out at a meeting? We are always looking for folks to bring snacks and give brief talks on bee plants and books. Click here to see openings and sign up –> TVBA sign up lists

How to find us: Go in the main entrance at The Point and turn left. The main meeting and Q&A session are held in the large meeting room which is the first room on your left. Pre-meeting presentations are held in the small theater at the end of the same hallway, also on the left side.

Our meetings are always free and open to the public. Feel free to attend even if you don’t know anything about beekeeping–it’s a great chance to meet people and see what it’s all about!

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September Meeting: Honey Tasting + Mite Counts & OAV

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Pre-meeting presentation: 6-6:45 pm
Q&A session: 6:45-7 pm
Main meeting: 7-9 pm

The Point at C. C. Young, 4847 W. Lawther Dr., Dallas (map)

For our September meeting we have our annual honey tasting! Come join us for a taste; all are welcome. TVBA members are encouraged to bring a jar of their honey to share. We will be sampling honey from various hives and casting votes for crowd favorite. We will be measuring moisture content in all honey entries, and the crowd favorite will be getting a pollen analysis of their sample from Texas A&M on the club’s dime.

We are also lucky enough to have special guest Chef Graham Dodds joining us. Graham has been chef at Bolsa, Central 214, Hibiscus, and Wayward Sons, and has just recently become Culinary Director for The Statler Hotel, opening soon in downtown Dallas. He is not only an excellent chef noted for his farm-to-table approach and creative use of ingredients… he also has experience as a beekeeper! We are very excited to have him contributing his unique perspective to our event.

In addition to the honey tasting, we will have our “Bee Plant of the Month” presentation and our monthly “In the Hive”.

This month we will also have a free pre-meeting “Trophallaxis in the Theater” class on mite management, presented by TVBA members James Gluba and Ryan Giesecke. This class will detail how to take sugar roll mite counts to monitor the mite populations in your hives, as well as explaining oxalic acid vaporization as a means of treating a hive for mite infestation.

Want to help out at a meeting? We are always looking for folks to bring snacks and give brief talks on bee plants and books. Click here to see openings and sign up –> TVBA sign up lists

How to find us: Go in the main entrance at The Point and turn left. The main meeting and Q&A session are held in the large meeting room which is the first room on your left. Pre-meeting presentations are held in the small theater at the end of the same hallway, also on the left side.

Our meetings are always free and open to the public. Feel free to attend even if you don’t know anything about beekeeping–it’s a great chance to meet people and see what it’s all about!

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Now Accepting Applications for Scholarship Students and Mentors!

Trinity Valley Beekeepers Association is now accepting applications for 2018 youth scholarship student recipients and mentors.

Selected Scholarship Recipients receive:

  • A one year membership in the Trinity Valley Beekeepers Association
  • A beginning beekeeper class (20 hrs.) registration and textbook
  • A set of woodenware for a beehive
  • A nucleus hive or package of bees for the hive
  • Beekeeping gear: suit, gloves, hive tool and smoker
  • Mentoring by a TVBA member for one year

Please help us get the word out if you know any young people who would like to begin beekeeping OR if you or someone you know is interested in mentoring a scholarship recipient. You are welcome to print our scholarship information flyer and pass out to anyone who may be interested.

For more information about the scholarship program, visit our website Scholarship Page or come to a meeting!

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