You do not have to be a member to attend. Meetings are the 4th Monday of the month (sometimes we skip May or December). Come early because beekeepers like to buzz around in front of the hive.
PLANNED SPEAKERS FOR 2018:
January - Randy Overton
February - Kent Williams
March - Dr. Clarence Collison
April - Trevor Qualls, owner of Bon Aqua Springs Woodenware and Supply has spoken to us a couple of times in the last few years and has always provided good information on the latest trends for keeping your bees productive and healthy. Trevor will share his latest methods and recommendations with us.TVBA Member Derick Forester recently became a reseller for Trevor's products, and will probably have his sales trailer in our parking lot.
May - Meeting CANCELLED, due to Memorial Day Holiday.
June - Randy Rolen, honey judge and Georgia Master Beekeeper, will talk to us about Honey: his experience with the harvesting, straining and bottling of it, and what Randy looks for in honey that is award-winning.
As a barefooted 11-year old country boy, there was no greater excitement during the summer for Randy than helping his uncles rob their bee hives. While he really wasn’t much help to them, it made him feel important to hold the washtub as his uncles cut the honey comb from the frames.
Randy is a charter member of the Chattooga County Beekeepers Association. He is a past club president of the Northwest GA Beekeepers Association. He is a member of the GA Beekeepers Association, Alabama Beekeepers Association, and the TN Beekeepers Association.
Randy works for his two Honey’s (Carolyn and his bees). Together, they enjoy harvesting honey, helping other beekeepers, and attending state educational sessions. He has taught continuing education courses on Beekeeping at a local college. In addition, he does honey bee education programs for clubs, schools, and other organizations.
JULY - Dennis Barry travels down from Tennessee's Sevier County to talk to us about bee diseases. This is Dennis' 15th year keeping bees. He is a past president of the Blount County Beekeepers Assoc. and the current president of Sevier County Beekeepers. He has been a state bee inspector for a number of years. This year he was elected the east region VP for the Tennessee Beekeepers Assoc. He currently has 8 colonies of bees but has had as many as 20 in the past. Dennis has been married 43 years has 8 children and 13 grandchildren.