Volunteer Opportunities with Scout Troops

The Girl Scouts have turned to TVBA for help with educating their youth on bees and beekeeping this spring. Our mission and purpose as an organization is to provide education like this to our community, as well as to our members. The board believes that these are important opportunities to have a positive impact, and we ask you to consider volunteering. You don’t have to be an expert to help make this happen, you just have to be willing to contribute your time and share your enthusiasm for bees.

Our goal is to have two people at each of these events. Club president Ryan Giesecke is currently organizing educational outreach for our club, and is willing to work all four of these events if need be, but could use your help. Please email ryan@tvbees.org to volunteer for one of these dates.

Girl Scouts at Coppell Biodiversity Center: Ryan will be there but is looking for 1-2 members to join him!
Feb 12, 1-2:30pm (This weekend!!)
Elementary Ages

Girl Scout Troop at Hexter Elementary
Feb 21, 6-7pm
2nd grade

Girl Scouts Camp Whispering Cedar
March 2, 10am-2pm
Middle School

Girl Scouts Camp Whispering Cedar
March 3, 10am-2pm
Middle School

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Proposed Updates to TV Bees Bylaws

As part of our effort to get officially designated as a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, Trinity Valley Beekeepers Association has formed a committee to review our bylaws and recommend updates. We will be presenting a brief overview of the changes at our February meeting and asking members to vote to accept the changes at the March meeting.

For full details of the proposed updates, please click here: Proposed Bylaws.

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February Meeting: Featuring Blake Shook

Tuesday, February 14, 2017, 7:00-9:00pm
The Point at C. C. Young
4847 W Lawther Dr, Dallas TX

This month we will have Blake Shook of Texas Bee Supply and Desert Creek Honey speaking to us. In 2003, when he was just 13 years old, Blake Shook began beekeeping as a casual hobby. By the time he graduated high school, Blake was enjoying beekeeping and producing delicious honey so much that he decided to pursue it full time. In the years following, Blake has built Desert Creek Honey into a thriving company and in January 2017 he opened Texas Bee Supply, offering Texas beekeepers everything they need to help their bees thrive. In an effort to promote beekeeping, Blake has served as a director for the American Beekeeping Foundation and the Vice President for the Texas Beekeepers Association. He has also served as president of the Collin County Hobby Beekeepers Association and has had the privilege of speaking at meetings and conferences on local, state, national, and international levels. Blake will be telling the story of his beekeeping career, from CCHBA beekeeping scholarship student to large scale honey producer, and talking us through the growing pains, hurdles, and milestones along the way.

In addition to our main presentation, we will have our “Bee Plant of the Month” and our monthly “In the Hive”. We will also be presenting a quick overview of our proposed updates to the club bylaws. Beekeeping Q&A starts at 6:45, and the meeting officially starts at 7:00 pm.

Since this month’s meeting happens to fall on Valentine’s Day, feel free to bring your favorite sweet treat to share with your fellow beekeepers!

There will not be a “Trophallaxis in the Theater” class or workshop this month; check back in March for exciting new members-teaching-members pre-meeting topics.

In addition to having Blake as our speaker, don’t forget that this is the first month that Texas Bee Supply will be offering free equipement delivery to meetings for Trinity Valley members:
“We at Texas Bee Supply are excited to offer the members of TVBA free delivery of all beekeeping supplies in our catalog and on our website every month, beginning on your February 14th meeting! Simply call us at 469-500-1473 to place the order, or go to www.texasbeesupply.com. Catalogs should be available at your club meeting, or you can see our inventory at www.texasbeesupply.com. Or give us a call, and we will mail you a catalog. During checkout apply code TVBA to let us know what club meeting to deliver to, and we will have it ready for pick in the parking lot, 30 minutes before the club meeting starts, and during break time. Please place your order at least 2 days before the meeting so we can have your order prepared in time.”

All meetings are held on the second Tuesday of every month and are free and open to the public. You’re encouraged to attend even if you don’t know anything about beekeeping–it’s a great chance to see what it’s all about!

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Charitable Organization Status

Trinity Valley Beekeepers Association is on the road to become an incorporated charitable organization status under I.R.S 501-c-3 guidelines.

As a charitable organization, donors may make tax deductible donations to Trinity Valley Beekeepers Association.

In order to obtain charitable organization status changes to our by-laws are required.

A by-law committee has been formed with and committee members are being sought to help in the effort.

Those interested in serving and help forming the operations of our future please contact us through the contact us page at http://www.tvbees.org/about/#contact_us.

The next meeting of the TVBees by-law committee is at 7 PM on  January 24th  at Starbucks Lakewood.

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Outreach Training Workshop: How To Talk To Kids About Bees

Just prior to the January membership meeting at 6:00 PM in the Point Theater on C.C. Young Campus, TVBA member Ryan Giesecke will be conducting a free workshop designed to provide adults with some tips on how to teach kids about bees.

Every year we get more requests for educational bee presentations from schools, summer camps, scout groups, and other youth-related non-profits in our community. We hope as we head into 2017 that our members will join us in trying to keep up with the demand for knowledgeable presentations to our younger generation on bees, beekeeping, pollination, and pollinator decline.

This workshop is designed to enable even a beginner beekeeper to feel at ease in teaching children about the importance of these little pollinators. Knowing how to teach our younger generation about bees is a great way to lead towards a more bee-friendly society and may be the single most long-term beneficial action we can take to help our bees.

Please join us in getting equipped to make a difference; you’ll be surprised how much you’ll learn in the process.

This workshop is open and free to members and non-members alike. Spread the word.

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January Meeting: Bee Law

Tuesday, January 10, 2017, 7:00-9:00pm
The Point at C. C. Young
4847 W Lawther Dr, Dallas, TX

Join us for our January meeting. TVBA Member Bruce Bonnett will talk to us about Laws and Regulations that regulate beekeeping in Texas.  He will cover honey production, live removal work, apiary registration, transport permits, beekeeping equipment maintenance, and much more. We hope his presentation of regulatory facts will help beekeepers new and old to better understand the pertinent regulations.

In addition to our main presentation, we will have our “Bee Plant of the Month” and our monthly “In the Hive”. We will also be presenting beekeeping scholarships to our 2017 scholarship recipients, addressing some club business, and getting memberships renewed for 2017.

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!

Hope to see you there!

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So You Think You Want Bees Class — Held at Coppell Biodiversity Center

“So You Think You Want Bees” is a Winter class presented by Trinity Valley Beekeepers Association designed to prepare a prospective urban beekeeper for their first Spring. This class covers reasons to want to keep bees, concerns and considerations, time/space/monetary investment, working with neighbors, local and state regulations, what you will need to get started, selecting a hive style and other equipment, how to obtain your bees, recommended reading materials, and more.  Whether you’re already getting prepared for Spring or still trying to decide whether beekeeping is for you, this class will give you all the information you need to make informed choices that will help your first year of beekeeping to be …a success.

This is the same course that was presented in two parts before the October and November Trinity Valley meetings, now presented as a all-in-one Saturday morning session at the Coppell Biodiversity Center. The class will cost $10 per family at the door, with proceeds going to help support the Trinity Valley Beekeepers Association Youth Scholarship Beekeeping Program for 2017.

Nestled on 66 acres of nature preserve in Wagon Wheel Park, the Biodiversity Education Center at Coppell Nature Park promotes and provides hands-on environmental education.

When:  January 7, 2017, from 10 am to 12 pm
Where: Biodiversity Education Center at Coppell Nature Park
​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​              367 Freeport Pkwy
Coppell, TX 75019

Cost:   $10 per family
RSVP:  Contact Us Here to register or for more information


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Beekeeping For Beginners: Setting Up Your Apiary

Trinity Valley Beekeepers Association is offering a 6-part “Beekeeping For Beginners” series in 2017. These classes are available as individual sessions ($35 per family) or as a package at a discount ($150 per family). Fees are further discounted for Trinity Valley members ($125/$25), so please consider becoming a member. Classroom classes will be at Trinity Haymarket (https://www.facebook.com/TrinityHaymarket).

The first class in the series focuses on apiary site selection and setup, bee population densities, forage availability, as well as providing additional information on equipment choices and other decisions that need to be addressed before you get your bees.
Recommended reading material for this series is “The Beekeeper’s Handbook” by Diana Sammataro and “First Lessons in Beekeeping” by C.P. Dadant.

A great selection of beekeeping equipment, as well as these books, is available for purchase at Trinity Haymarket, so be sure to plan some time to shop while you’re there. Also, consider sticking around for their 12:30 class, “Infused Oils: Combining Garden & Essential (https://www.facebook.com/events/327187057674843/).

To sign-up or for class schedule information, please visit http://www.tvbees.org/beekeeping-for-beginners-class/

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Dallas-Area Beekeeping Classes

If you’re a new or prospective beekeeper, this is a great time of year to take a beekeeping class or two! Here is a listing of local classes that we are aware of; please note that this listing is NOT sponsored by any of the classes and that we don’t endorse any particular classes except the ones offered directly by TVBA.

So You Want To Be A Beekeeper Presented by TVBA If you missed the beginner beekeeper’s series that TVBA offered in October and November, you now have the chance to take both classes at the same time in January. Our incoming president Ryan Giesecke will be presenting this course, designed to help prospective beekeepers decide whether they are ready to take the plunge and to assist with planning for equipment, supplies, and bees. 

When: January 7, 2017, from 10 am to 12 pm
Where: Coppell Biodiversity Center
Cost: $10 per family
RSVP: RSVP here to register or for more information

Beginning Beekeeping Series Presented by TVBA TV Bees is proud to present a new six-part series in spring 2017. These classes will take new beekeepers through their first year, from setting up equipment, to installing bees, to inspections and troubleshooting, through to (possibly) harvesting honey and winterizing the hive. We will be offering classes in Dallas once a month in January, February, March, April and October plus a lab class in the apiary in early summer. Classes are offered individually or at a discount if you register for the series. Additional discounts available to club members.
Details: We are still finalizing dates and locations; please check back here or keep an eye out for your TV Bees email newsletter for final details and reservation info. 

Langstroth Beekeeping Seminar Presented by Christi Baughman of Beegirl.biz Christi Baughman will be offering an overview of beekeeping in Langstroth hives, with three hours in the classroom at Trinity Haymarket in the Dallas Design District and three hours in the apiary. Bee suits provided (limited number available so do register in advance); beekeeping textbook recommended (available for purchase at Trinity Haymarket).
When: Janaury 14 from 9 am to 4 pm
Where: Trinity Haymarket
Cost: $60
RSVP Contact Trinity Haymarket at 214-202-2163

The Art of Beekeeping Presented by Christi Baughman Christi Baughman of Beegirl.biz (and past TVBA president) will be offering this introductory beekeeper series again in spring 2017. The series includes both classroom sessions and hands-on experience in the field. The five-class series is offered as a set.
When: January 21, February 18, March 18, April 15, and May 6
Where: John Bunker Sands Wetland Center, Seagoville
Cost: $235 for one person
RSVP and more info at http://www.beegirl.biz

Mastering the Art of Beekeeping Presented by Sabine Creek Honey John Talbert of Sabine Creek Honey presents this series for the beginning beekeeper. Sessions will include lectures and hands-on experiences with opportunities to purchase beekeeping equipment as needed. Five four-hour sessions are offered as a set; choose from one of two available series. See website for dates.
When: One Saturday a month January-May (check website for dates)
Where: Sabine Creek Honey, Josephine TX
Cost: $200 for one person
RSVP and more info at http://www.sabinecreekhoney.com/beekeeping-seminar/ 

Bees, Bees, Bees: The Wonderful World of Bees at Richland College Ryan Giesecke, incoming TVBA president, will present this not-for-credit course at Richland College in Spring 2017. This is not a beekeeping class per se; rather it is more of a natural history of bees, including native bees and honeybees, and their relationship to humans.
When: Thursday mornings, 1/26/17-2/16/17 from 10-11:30 am
Where: Richland College
Cost: $35
Register and more info at http://www.richlandcollege.edu


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Join Us! 2017 Membership Drive

It’s that time of year again — time to join or renew your TV Bees membership for 2017! All memberships processed in December will be good through the end of December 2017.

Membership dues help support essential club expenses such as renting our meeting space, purchasing food for club potlucks, website costs, and speaker fees when applicable. In return, members receive discounts on club classes and programs, free use of the club honey extractor (subject to availability), free use of the club lending library, and more!

For more details on membership and to pay online, click here: http://www.tvbees.org/membership/ You can also join or renew in person at any TV Bees meeting and pay via cash or check.

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