The purpose of the West Virginia Eastern Panhandle Beekeepers Association is to promote the education of beekeepers and the public. This is accomplished through monthly meeting of the association membership, special hands on field days, providing speakers at local schools, fairs, markets, and by invitation from local organizations.
Hello Fellow Beekeepers!
After reading all of your suggestions from the December meeting, we have come up with an itinerary for the year. We are restructuring the meetings (still the second Thursday 7pm-9) so we can include many of the ideas you shared with us. Our first meeting in January we will open with the business portion of the meeting and quickly break out into new committees. We will be forming the following four committees-
These committees will allow you to take an active role in our club, and they are a great place for your voice to be heard! We will need chair members of each committee, and we should be able to get quite a bit done with everyone helping.
The last half hour of our meeting, we will have a hands on demo on how to make lip balm (each person will go home with one tube they helped make).
With the exception of January’s meeting the structure for our ‘regular meetings’ will change. Each meeting will follow the following (general, and apt to change) schedule.
7:15 - ‘Beekeeper of the Month’
7:50- Coffee and break
8:15- Hands on activity. For these we would like to do the following this year- queen rearing, how to make a split, showing honey, mead making, creamed honey. Exact classes will be posted as soon as we have volunteers to teach them (please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have the talent)!
9pm- Meeting adjourned.
We are also looking at two workshops/field trips- one in the spring and fall. If you have any suggestions, please contact me at email@example.com.
I personally thank each one of you for investing your time and energy in helping make our club a success!
Alex Hersom, President WVEPBA
Beginning Beekeepers Class
The Eastern Panhandle Beekeepers Association will be offering its Beginning Beekeepers Class again this winter. Classes will be held at the Hospice of the Eastern Panhandle education building in Kearneysville, WV. Classes will be held Thursday Jan 28th, Thursday Feb 4th, Thursday Feb 11th, Wednesday Feb 17th, Thursday Feb 25th, (Snow date) Thursday March 3rd. In case of inclement weather check our Facebook page to see if classes are cancelled.
Beginning Beekeeping Classes are open to adults and children (age 9 and over) who are interested in keeping bees as well as those who are just interested in learning about honeybees. Class size is limited so please register early. The classes will cover all aspects of beekeeping such as the equipment you need to start beekeeping, the development of your colony, and managing your colony throughout the year. See class schedule below.
The cost of the class is $85.00 per family (registrant and 2 family members) and includes textbooks, a one year membership in the West Virginia Eastern Panhandle Beekeepers Association (WVEPBA) and the West Virginia State Beekeepers Association (WVBA). All beekeeping equipment, supplies and bees must be purchased separately.
If you do not have a place to keep bees WVEPBA can help you locate someone who wants beehives on their property. WVEPBA also has a mentoring program for those whose wish to have an experienced beekeeper guide them.