Now Accepting Applications for Scholarship Students and Mentors!

Trinity Valley Beekeepers Association is now accepting applications for 2018 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.

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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May News and Opportunities

We have several upcoming opportunities to spend time with your fellow TVBA members, educate the public, and have fun!

  • THIS WEEKEND! Native Plants and Prairies Day at Bath House Cultural Center, White Rock Lake, Saturday, May 6, 10-3. Volunteers needed to man our booth, chatting about bees and letting people know about the club. We do have folks scheduled to work the booth, but anyone who wants to stop by for part of all of the time is welcome. This is a fun, family friendly event, so come on out!
  • Cub Scout presentation, June 15 in Rowlett. Volunteer needed to assist Ryan with presenting information about bees and beekeeping to Cub Scout campers.
  • Any graphic designers in the house?? We are looking to update our club logo and also design new T-shirts for this year. Please email us if you’d like to work on a new logo. We will be having a design contest for T-shirts, so get your artistic skills ready!

To volunteer for any of these events, or to serve on a TV Bees committee, contact Ryan at ryan@tvbees.org

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Beekeeping for Beginners Field Lab

May 20, 10-noon

Due to overwhelming interest and limited space, our Beekeeping for Beginners Field Lab Class is now full. If you are already registered, please keep an eye out for an email with further details! We have two locations for you to choose from, so be looking for that information. This will be a great learning experience to complement our classroom series. Thank you all for your interest in these classes!

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May Meeting: Urban Biologist Brett Johnson + Alternative Honey Harvesting

Tuesday, May 9, 2017
Theater class starts at 6 pm, Q&A starts at 6:45 pm, and main meeting runs from 7-9 pm.

The Point at C C Young (map)

For our May meeting we have Urban Biologist Brett Johnson coming to speak to us. Brett is responsible for leading a natural resource management plan for the Dallas Park and Recreation Department, some key components of which include: implementing a feral hog trapping program to reduce feral hog damage on parks properties, getting a restoration program in place for the unique blackland prairie remnants at White Rock Lake, and increasing pollinator conservation areas around the city. Brett will be talking about how some of these city programs affect local beekeepers, particularly with regards to pollinator areas and mosquito abatement efforts.

In addition to our main presentation, we will have our “Bee Plant of the Month” and our monthly “In the Hive” segments. We also have an open-ended Q&A session so you can ask an experienced beekeeper for advice in an informal setting.

Before the main meeting begins, we will host a bonus session in the small theater next to the main auditorium. This month’s “Trophallaxis in the Theater” class on honey harvesting is free, and will be presented by TV Bees member and past president Bob Richie. Did you know you can put together a functional honey harvest setup for $20? Bob will be talking us through how simple honey harvesting can be, in both topbar and Langstroth scenarios, even with minimal equipment. If you haven’t harvested before, then this class is a must.

Theater class starts at 6pm, Q&A starts at 6:45, and the meeting officially starts at 7:00pm. 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!

The Point at C.C. Young Campus
4847 W. Lawther Drive, Dallas, TX

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