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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Volunteer News

Many, many thanks to Karri Nichols for her excellent work as hospitality chair, keeping us wed and hydrated at every meeting! And many thanks to Kay Bell for stepping into that role for the rest of the year. We are so grateful to you both!

A hearty thank you to Sheila Kutach, club secretary Bruce Bonnett, and club president Ryan Giesecke for volunteering at the Children’s University Farmers Market and Garden Party event in Arlington last month!

We are always looking for volunteers to help out at the meetings and serve on committees. Click here to sign up to bring food, present a plant of the month, or talk about a book of the month –> TV Bees sign up lists. To sign up for a committee, email ryan@tvbees.org.

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August Meeting: Fights About Mites + Solar Wax Melters

Tuesday, August 8, 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)

Join us for our August monthly meeting! The main meeting starts at 7 and will feature club announcements, Bee Plant of the Month, Book of the Month, In the Hive beekeeping current events for June, snacks, door prizes and our main attraction: Fights About Mites presented by TV Bees president Ryan Giesecke.

“Fights About Mites” is Ryan’s attempt at a somewhat satirical take on the fingerpointing that can result from different styles of varroa mite management in the beekeeping community. His presentation will take us on a tour of the varroa blame game, from the historical to the present day, from the rational to the absurd, and attempt to show how much we can stand to learn from a friendly examination of opposing approaches and perspectives. In the process we will build a solid groundwork of knowledge and understanding on which to base our decisions regarding dealing with mites in our hives.

More about Ryan: Ryan is a beekeeper, bee educator, and all-round bee enthusiast. He is active in the Texas Master Beekeeper Program, manages a half dozen beeyards around the metroplex, and runs Honey Bee Relocation Services, a local company specializing in bee-friendly removals which take feral bees from problem situations and put them into productive management.

This month we will also have a brief pre-meeting “Trophallaxis in the Theater” presentation about solar wax melters. We will talk about how to get — or build — your own wax melter and how to use it. A great topic for newer beekeepers who might be wondering what to do about all the leftover wax from honey harvests and removing burr combs.

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. See you there!

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July Meeting: Movie Night, Auction + Beekeeping History

Tuesday, July 11, 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)

Join us for our July monthly meeting! The main meeting starts at 7 and will feature club announcements, Bee Plant of the Month, Book of the Month, In the Hive beekeeping current events for June, snacks, door prizes and our main attraction: movie night.

Beat the heat with an educational and entertaining film about bees and beekeeping in other parts of the world. Potluck refreshments are encouraged, and the whole family is welcome. Movie night is a very social meeting and a great chance to meet your fellow beekeepers, share stories, and maybe even find a beekeeping buddy from your side of town.

We will also have a quick auction supporting our scholarship program. We will auction a few beekeeping supplies including bee suits, so if your equipment is getting a little worn out, be sure to get some new gear while supporting the club!

This month we will also have a brief pre-meeting presentation by TVBA president Ryan Giesecke. This month’s “Trophallaxis in the Theater” presentation about beekeeping history is free and open to the public. Ryan’s presentation on beekeeping history will encompass early records of beekeeping from ancient times, honey hunting traditions from around the globe, bee-lining as an approach to finding wild/feral bees, early hive designs and their progression towards modern approaches, and throwback hive designs recently regaining popularity. We will also briefly discuss the introduction of honey bees to the New World and their spread across North America.

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. See you there!

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Volunteer Updates

Many thanks to Andrew Kocher for joining Ryan Giesecke last month to talk to Cub Scouts about bees and beekeeping. It was a great event!

We are looking for one or two people to join a couple of our board members in presenting info about bees to Children’s University in Arlington. We’ve been asked to present at their farmers market and garden party event Friday, July 14, from 6-8 pm. Contact Ryan for more info or to sign up at ryan@tvbees.org.

We are always looking for volunteers to help out at the meetings and serve on committees. Click here to sign up to bring food, present a plant of the month, or talk about a book of the month –> TV Bees sign up lists. To sign up for a committee, email ryan@tvbees.org.

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June Meeting: Hive Maintenance + Wildlife Gardening

Tuesday, June 13, 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)

Join us for our June monthly meeting! The main meeting starts at 7 and will feature club announcements, Bee Plant of the Month, Book of the Month, In the Hive beekeeping current events for June, snacks, door prizes and our main presentation. Longtime TVBA member Jerry Alcorn will be speaking to us about summer hive management.

Jerry is a long-time beekeeper and a participant in the Texas Master Beekeeping program. He will be sharing some great tips on how to help your bees to maximize their productivity this time of year. As always, our monthly meeting is free and open to the public. Visitors are always welcome to come and see what beekeeping is all about!

This month we will also have a brief pre-meeting presentation by TVBA member John Wright. This month’s “Trophallaxis in the Theater” presentation about wildlife gardening is free and open to the public. At the May meeting we were treated to a special “Plant of they Month” in which we saw some of the great bee plants growing in John and Elaine White’s Urban Wildlife Garden.

There were several additional questions about his garden, and it was clear that he had a lot more to say if we’d had the time. So, back by popular demand, John will be talking about creating a bee-friendly urban wildlife garden including setup, layout, and plant selection.

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. See you there!

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TBA Clinic THIS WEEKEND in Arlington

 

Just a quick reminder regarding the Texas Beekeepers Association Summer Clinic taking place in Arlington on June 10th.

It looks like an excellent list of speakers and topics this year, so if you haven’t yet purchased tickets we’d encourage you to check out the attached flier and the TBA website (http://texasbeekeepers.org) for more details.

Hope to see you guys there!

-Ryan Giesecke

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