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Mar
21
Thu
NCBA March Meeting @ TBD
Mar 21 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

NCBA Swarm Hotline Sign-up/Recap of 2012 by Beth Conrey

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Apr
18
Thu
NCBA April Meeting @ Berthoud Community Center
Apr 18 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

April Meeting – Thursday, April 18 6:30 – 8:30 PM – Michele Pelanne will speak briefly about Driftwatch, the state-sponsored hive mapping program for Aerial Applicator Awareness. Our main program will be “Planting for Pollinators” – a presentation on bee-friendly flowering plants, with Master Gardener Charleen Barr and Ronda Koski; Bring your empty bee package boxes – we will be collecting them before the meeting.

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Apr
24
Wed
CO Women Who Bee Meeting @ To Bee or Not to Bee
Apr 24 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Featuring Kristina Williams, president of Mile Hive Bee Club chatting about spring management.

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May
16
Thu
NCBA Meeting @ Jesus Rodarte Community Center
May 16 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

We will start the meeting with an open discussion of, followed by voting on, the proposed updates to the NCBA Constitution and Bylaws that have been tabled since our October business meeting.  These updates are intended to clarify the mission of the NCBA as well as the roles of the Executive Committee and its members; provide members more flexibility in matters brought to Membership for a vote; and address ways to handle changing circumstances that call for a response.

We believe strongly that these updates need to be approved, and will help protect the interests of Membership and promote the highly effective Association that you, our members, deserve.

Below you’ll find links to a more detailed summary of the changes and to the revised Constitution and Bylaws themselves.

The next topic is Spring Beekeeping Activities – with a discussion and open Question and Answer session.  We know this is a busy Beekeeping time of year, and want to help you be successful.

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May
29
Wed
CO Women Who Bee Meeting @ To Bee or Not to Bee
May 29 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

The May meeting will be a special, members-only screening of BEE PEOPLE, a documentary film made by Women Who Bee President Leslie Ellis and featuring local “Bee Guru” Gregg McMahan – as well as several other Colorado-area beekeepers.

It’s important that you RSVP as the room is small and can seat a max of 60 people.  Please bring a snack to share if your schedule permits; we’ll supply cups/plates/cutlery and wine and water. Please RSVP to Leslie@EllisEdits.com.

Format will be same as always: First a “round robin” of “how’s your bees?”, then the screening. Note that both activities may take us past the 9P end time. Also: Bring your calendars so we can zero in on some Spring/Summer field trips.

DUES

It is time to pay our 2013 DUES!

Annual dues for Women Who Bee are $20 if you don’t already belong to another club that is affiliated with the Colorado State Beekeeping Association (www.csba.org).  If you do belong to another club that is already paying your state fee, then annual membership for our club is $13.  Membership dues are good for a calendar year from date of payment.  Dues must be paid by cash or check.  If you are paying with a check, make the check out to “Susan Markley”, “cash” or leave it blank.

Dues are primarily used to pay for refreshments at our meetings and to help pay transportation costs for visiting speakers.

 

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Jun
18
Tue
CO Women Who Bee Meeting @ To Bee or Not to Bee
Jun 18 @ 5:00 pm – Jun 18 @ 7:00 pm

We’re headed up to Beth Conrey’s apiary in lieu of a seated program this month. Beth is the President of the Colorado State Beekeeping Association and has 60 hives. Because of availability and people’s schedules, we’re doing this ON TUESDAY, JUNE 18, and there will be no meeting on Wednesday, June 26

Details to follow but generally speaking we’ll meet at To Bee or Not to Bee at 5P on 6/18. It’s about an hour to her place, in Berthoud.

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DUES

It is time to pay our 2013 DUES!

Annual dues for Women Who Bee are $20 if you don’t already belong to another club that is affiliated with the Colorado State Beekeeping Association (www.csba.org).  If you do belong to another club that is already paying your state fee, then annual membership for our club is $13.  Membership dues are good for a calendar year from date of payment.  Dues must be paid by cash or check.  If you are paying with a check, make the check out to “Susan Markley”, “cash” or leave it blank.

Dues are primarily used to pay for refreshments at our meetings and to help pay transportation costs for visiting speakers.

 

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Jul
18
Thu
NCBA July Meeting @ Pulliam Building
Jul 18 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

The program for the meeting on Thursday July 18th 6:30-8:30 PM at the Pulliam Building in Loveland is still a bit up in the air.  If his schedule permits, Tim Brod will be making a presentation on queens.  Our backup plan is to host a presentation of the film “More Than Honey”.  Either way, it promises to be a special evening, and we look forward to seeing you all there!

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Jul
21
Sun
CO Women Who Bee Meeting @ To Bee or Not to Bee
Jul 21 @ 10:30 am – 3:00 pm

The CSBA Traveling Road Show will be coming to town!  Current President Beth Conrey and past President Terry Dorsey will perform hive inspections for CO Women Who Bee members.  We will NOT be meeting on July 31st.

We will meet at To Bee or Not to Bee at 10:30 and have a brief discussion on mite testing then head to the field to do some!  Bring your bee suits and some lunch stuff to share.

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Aug
15
Thu
NCBA August Meeting @ Johnstown Community Center
Aug 15 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Our August meeting will feature Tim Brod speaking on queens.  The owner of Highland Honey Bees LLC, he is a Boulder-area beekeeper who has long been raising queens.  This promises to be an informative and entertaining presentation.  We will also have a brief extractor demonstration at the end of the meeting for those new to the process. Thursday August 15, 2013 6:30-8:30 P.M Venue: Johnstown Community Center, 101 Charlotte Street, Johnstown, CO 80534

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Aug
25
Sun
CO Women Who Bee Meeting @ Leslie Ellis' house
Aug 25 @ 1:00 pm

The field, in this case, is at my place. Eastbound 6th Ave & Locust — near Lowry. We have a 2-frame extractor, and gladly volunteer it and our garage to harvest your honey frames! Because you are all so good at bringing snacks, feel free to bring snacks. :-)

Date: Sunday, August 25. Time: TBD depending on how many frames need harvesting. Details to come, but, note that Terry said he might come down to lend a hand. Cool!

***If you have Langstroth frames with capped honey:****

1. Bring them BEE-LESS (hubby is enthusiastic but allergic in a big way). It helps to put the frames in a covered container.

2. BYOB – bring your own bucket. Note that you will also need a fine-net filter, to filter out the bee parts (legs, etc). But you can do that part later. For purposes of honey extraction, bring your frames,  your bucket, and no bees.

If you are seriously fearless, I could use some help with our feral (but super active) hive. (Sigh.)

May your bees have a productive August nectar/pollen season! Remember to test/treat your hives for mitesby coating them with powdered sugar. I use a flour sifter. No they don’t like it, but, mitigation matters.

 

Please RSVP to me if you’re coming on the 25th and how many frames you’re bringing, ok? Thanks!

 

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Sep
14
Sat
CO Women Who Bee Meeting @ To Bee or Not to Bee
Sep 14 @ 11:30 am – 2:30 pm

the Honey Bee Jubilee!

Hosted by Highland Honey Bees, Rocky Mountain Bee Rescue and To Bee Or Not To Bee.

Bring friends, family and colleagues to join the festivities.

Everyone is invited.

The event will take place at To Bee Or Not To Bee on

Saturday, September 14th

from 11:30AM ~ 2:30PM.

There will be live music and numerous 20-minute bee related presentations with 10 minute Q & A.

§  Gregg McMahan: open forum for any questions or concerns you may have.

§  Tim Brod: TBA

§  Donald Studinski: Pesticides and pesticide alternatives.

§  Greg Rye: Presentation on native bees.

§  Kristina Williams: Presentation on bumblebees.

There will be judging of honey related items:

Honey. For the tasting, bring 3 to 4 tablespoons from your hive (or more if you want).

If you have more, bring it to share with your fellow beekeepers!

Baked goods made with honey.

Sauces and condiments.

Cosmetics.

Soaps and candles. We are looking for the most creative!

Prizes will include: bee packages, queens, mentoring, classes, hive set up, native bee boxes, and more!

Now is the time to be creative and honor your bees! Entries are unlimited, decide what you are going to bring! $3.00 entry fee.

Bring your favorite beverage, we will be grilling for the occasion!

To Bee Or Not To Bee is looking for judges – call us to volunteer! 303.728.4422

 

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Sep
19
Thu
NCBA September Meeting @ Loveland Centennial Park Pavilion
Sep 19 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Annual Honey Party & Harvest Celebration

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