Schedule

Regular meetings are held on the 3rd Thursday of each month at 7:00 PM at the First Baptist Church of Holly Springs, except for those noted with a **.

  • Thu, January 19, 2017 – What Is Killing My Bees? – Steve Posey
  • Sat, February 11, 2017 – Bee School
  • February 17-18 GA Beekeepers Association
  • Thu, March 2 7:00 “Nutrition and Bees” by Joe Latshaw, PhD Latshaw Apiaries, Alexandria, Ohio
  • Sat, March 18, 8:00 – 11:30 Field Trip to McKinzies – Installing packages and making splits **
  • Thu, April 20 7:00 – “Alternatives to Swarming”
  • Thu, May 18 7:00 – “Reading a Hive” by Dana Stallman, Raleigh, NC
  • Sat, June 17 10:00 – 2:00 – Picnic/workship – diseases, treatments, extracting and more **
  • Thu, July 20 7:00 – Storing equipment/medications available
  • Thu, August 17 – Jennifer Tsuruda PhD, Apiculture Specialist, Clemson University
  • Sat, September 16 8:30-11:00 – Fieldtrip – Why do I still have mites? David Dillon **
  • Thu, September 21 – Just added! “Can my bees survive the winter?” Brandon & Katherine Brooks
  • Thu, October 19 7:00 – Topic to be announced
  • Sat, November 11 6:00 -Holiday Dinner **
  • Thu, December 21, 2017 – NO MEETING – Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!

2016 MEETINGS PAST!

  • January 21, 2016 – Vince ” Dwight” West – Swarm Removal
  • **February 13, 2016** – GBA Spring Meeting (Georgia Beekeeping Association) http://www.gabeekeeping.com/events.html
  • February 18, 2016 – Steve Posey – Throughout The Year – The Beekeeping Calendar
  • February 20, 2016 – 22nd Annual Cherokee Bee Club One-Day Bee School will be held at First Baptist Church of Holly Springs, Holly Springs, GA – Beginning Beekeeping Course
  • **March 19, 2016** – Spring Field Trip – Installing Packages, Splitting Colonies, Etc. **
  • April 21, 2016 – Bo Pollard – Expanding Brood & Growing Bees
  • May 19, 2016 – Paul Pugliese – Pesticide Issues in Gardening and the Potential Impact to Honeybees
  • **Thu, May 18-21, 2016** – Young Harris Beekeeping Institute (You can become a certified beekeeper) – Testing begins on the 18th!
  • **Sat, May 21-22, 2016** – Canton Festival of the Arts- Club Booth
  • **Sat, June 18, 2016** – Summer Field Trip – Family Picnic & Honey Extraction
  • Thu, July 21, 2016 – Trina Weeks – Products of the Hive
  • Thu, August 18, 2016 – Keith Fielder – Honeybee Nutrition (Turn in jars of honey for County Fair honey competition)
  • Thu, September 15, 2016 – No meeting
  • **Tue, September 20 – Sun,25, 2016** – Cherokee County Fair
  • Thu, October 20, 2016 – Apitherapy and Bee Sting Therapy
  • **Sat, November 12, 2016 @ 6:00PM** – Holiday Dinner and Annual Meeting
  • December 2016 – “NO MEETING” – Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!

2015 MEETINGS PAST!

January 15, 2015 – Jamie Ellis, Ph.D – University of Florida – Associate Professor of Entomology – Current Research

February 14, 2015 – GBA Spring Meeting (Georgia Beekeeping Association)

February 19, 2015 – Guest Speakers – Mr. Dana Stahlman (owner of gobeekeeping.com, a free public access website) and Mr. Joe Latshaw of Latshaw Apiraries. – Winter Maintenance – Feeding and Queen Issues – GoBeekeeping Spring Management
**BEE SCHOOL RESCHEDULED FOR March 21, 2015 ** – 21st Annual Cherokee Bee Club One-Day Bee School – Morning session will be at First Baptist Church of Holly Springs, Holly Springs, GA – Beginning Beekeeping Course – Afternoon session will be hands on at the Spring Field Trip at Bob McKenzie’s Home!

**March 21, 2015** – Afternoon Spring Field Trip @ Bob McKenzie’s Home- Installing Packages, Splitting Colonies, Etc. **

April 16, 2015 – Bo Pollard, David Dillon, BJ Weeks – Growing Bees Part 1

**May 14-16, 2015** – Young Harris Beekeeping Institute (You can become a certified beekeeper)

**May 16-17, 2015** – Canton Arts Festival – Club Booth (MEMBERS CAN SELL THEIR HIVE PRODUCTS – CALL TRINA WEEKS TO SIGN UP!!!)

May 21, 2015 – PANEL: Using the Honeybee Timeline to Evaluate and Solve Spring/Summer Hive Issues

**June 20, 2015** – Summer Field Trip – Family Picnic & Honey Extraction

**June 27, 2015** – Honey Harvest Field Trip

July 16, 2015 – Pollen Analysis – Dr. Paul Arnold – (CBC will be giving out jars to those wishing to compete in County Fair honey competition)

August 20, 2015 – Panel Discussion – Dead or Alive? The current status of the hive!- (Turn in jars of honey for County Fair honey competition)

September 17, 2015 – Honeybee Nutrition – Keith Fielder – CANCELLED DUE TO SPEAKER

**September , 2015 – Georgia Beekeeper’s Conference in Milledgeville, GA

**September , 2015 (Approx. 3rd Week) – Cherokee County Fair

October 15, 2015 – BJ Weeks – Now What? Overwintering

**November 20, 2015 @ 6:45PM** – Holiday Dinner and Annual Meeting

Deember 2015 – “NO MEETING” – Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays!!!


2014 MEETINGS PAST!

January 16, 2014 – Coming Out of Winter
**February 15, 2014** – 20th Annual One-Day Bee School – First Baptist Church of Holly Springs, Holly Springs, GA 20th Annual Bee School Info.

February 20, 2014 – Guest Speaker- Victor Halbgewachs, Changes In Beekeeping Over A Generation
**March 22, 2014** – Spring Field Trip – Installing Packages, Splitting Colonies, Etc. **(Date was changed from the 15th due to lack of bee packages)**
April 17, 2014 – Panel Discussion with 1st Year Beekeepers

**May 2014** – Young Harris Beekeeping Institute (You can become a certified beekeeper)
May 15, 2014 – Raising Queens

**May 17-18, 2014** – Canton Arts Festival – Club Booth (MEMBERS CAN SELL THEIR HIVE PRODUCTS – CALL TIM NORTON TO SIGN UP!!!)

**June 21, 2014?** – Summer Field Trip – Family Picnic & Honey Extraction

July 17, 2014 – Strategies To Bee Problems – BJ Weeks – (Will be giving out jars to those wishing to compete in County Fair honey competition)

July 19, 2014 – Extracting @ Christine Fahrnbauer’s house – (This is the same location of the summer field trip that was held in June)Annual Honey Extraction Flier

August 21, 2014 – Guest Speaker – Dr. Paul Arnold – Botany (Flowers that bees love) – (Turn in jars of honey for County Fair honey competition)

September 18, 2014 – BeeSchool Review – What have you learned this year? – Precursor to overwintering! – Trina Weeks, BJ Weeks, and Ryan Sarks

**September 19-20, 2014 – Georgia Beekeeper’s Conference in Milledgeville, GA

October 16, 2014 – Guest Speaker – Dr. Keith Delaplane, UGA Bee Lab

**November 21, 2014 @ 6:45PM** – Holiday Dinner and Annual Meeting

Deember 2014 – “NO MEETING” – Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays!!!


2013 MEETINGS PAST!

January 17, 2013 – Bee Stings & Allergic Reactions – Presented by Ray Steadwell, M.D.
February 21, 2013 – Growing Your Bee Populations for Production – Tim Norton
February 23, 2013 – 19th Annual One-Day Bee School – Cherokee Arts Center, Canton 2013 Annual Bee School Registration Form
**March 16, 2013** – Spring Field Trip – Installing Packages, Splitting Colonies, Etc. – Hosted by Bo Pollard in BALL GROUND, GA
April 18, 2013 – Supering Up For Spring Honey & Swarm Prevention – Tim Norton & Ryan Sarks
**May 9-11, 2013** – Young Harris Beekeeping Institute (You can become a certified beekeeper)
May 16, 2013 – Pesticides & Your Bees – Stephen Garton (Forsyth County Extension Agent)
**May 18-19, 2013** – Canton Arts Festival – Club Booth (MEMBERS CAN SELL THEIR HIVE PRODUCTS – CALL TIM NORTON TO SIGN UP!!!)
**June 22, 2013** – Summer Field Trip – Trip to UGA Bee Lab
July 13, 2013 – Honey Harvest Day! – Tim Norton Honey Harvest Day!
July 18, 2013 – Surviving the Winter – Donald Durocher
August 15, 2013 – UGA On Reducing Chemical Use In The Hive – Jennifer Berry
September 19, 2013 – Thinking Outside The Square Box, Beekeeping in Eastern Europe – Mary Lou Blohm
October 17, 2013 – Beekeeping Jeopardy!
**November 22, 2013 @ 6:45PM** – Fall/Holiday Banquet @ American Legion- Mike Cline (Cooking Meats)
December 2013 – “NO MEETING” – Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays!!!


2012 MEETINGS PAST!

January 19, 2012 – monthly meeting – Fred Dudash – First Year Beekeeper Forum – What worked in the bees
*January 21, 2012* – Suches Beeschool
*February 11, 2012* – Annual One-Day Bee School @ Cherokee County’s Historic Marble Courthouse2012 Bee School Registration Form (PDF)
February 16, 2012 – monthly meeting – BJ Weeks & Ryan Sarks- Managing for Spring Growth
*February 18, 2012* – Georgia Beekeepers Spring Meeting – Coweta Fairgrounds – Newnan
*March 17, 2012* – Spring Field Trip – @ Bob And Tiffany McKenzie’s – BJ Weeks / Bud Champlin (hosts)
April 19, 2012 – monthly meeting – Nick Weaver – “Beekeepers…Are You Creating or Preventing Swarms?”
*May 10-12, 2012* – Young Harris Bee Institute
May 17, 2012 – monthly meeting – BJ Weeks – “All About Queens & Queen Rearing”
*May 19-20, 2012* – Canton Arts Festival – Booth
*June 23, 2012* – Summer Field Trip – @ Blackberry Creek Farm – Donnie Thomas (Host)
*TENTATIVE DEPENDING ON DEMAND- June 2012* – Queen Rearing Co-op – Raising Quality Queens
July 19, 2012 – monthly meeting – Speaker – Wrapping Up Season and Winter Prep – (Will be handing out bottles to members to bring honey for show to August meeting)
August 16, 2012 – monthly meeting – Keith Fielder (SPEAKER)- “Bee Nutrition” – Also a Popular Honey Taste Contest (1st, 2nd, 3rd Place Prizes) – Collect entries for the Fair
*September 9-15, 2012* – Cherokee County Fair – Bud Champlin & Bob/Tiffany McKenzie – NEED VOLUNTEERS
September 20, 2012 – monthly meeting – Randy Tudor – Winter Survival
October 18, 2012 – monthly meeting – Speaker David Johnston
*November 16, 2012 @ 6:45PM* – Fall/Holiday Banquet @ American Legion- Mike Cline (Cooking Meats)
December 2012 – “NO MEETING” – Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays!!!


2011 MEETINGS PAST!

January 20, 2011 – monthly meeting – BJ Weeks – Apitherapy – Healing From The Hive
*February 11 & 12, 2011* Georgia Beekeepers Spring meeting Jekyll Island
February 17, 2011 – monthly meeting – Dr. Keith Delaplane “The Superorganism and Why it Matters”
*February 19, 2011* – Annual One-Day Bee School
*March 19, 2011* – Spring Field Trip
April 21, 2011 – monthly meeting – Bob Berhman – spring hive management
*April 30, 2011* – Queen Rearing Co-op – Mike Elliott
*May 11–14, 2011* – Young Harris Bee School
May 19, 2011 – monthly meeting @ ROCK BARN in canton -Bud Champlin – swarm collection
*May 21-22, 2011* – Canton Arts Festival – Booth
*June 11, 2011* – Summer Field Trip
*June 25, 2011* – “Going Green” Festival (Canton) – Booth
July 21, 2011 – monthly meeting -Robert Brewer – making mead (Michael Blackwell – honey show handouts)
August 18, 2011 – monthly meeting – Michael Blackwell- honey samples for tasting and show entries
September 15, 2011 – monthly meeting – Gerald Phillips – winter preparations
*September 11–18, 2011* – Cherokee County Fair
*September 16 & 17, 2011* – Georgia Beekeepers Fall meeting – Pine Mountain
October 20, 2011 – monthly meeting – Jennifer Berry
*November 18, 2011* – Fall Banquet
December 2011 – “NO MEETING” – Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays!!!


2010 MEETINGS PAST!

January 21, 2010 – “Research & Updates In The World Of The Honey Bee” – Jamie Ellis from the University of Florida’s Entomology Department
February 12 & 13, 2010 – Georgia Beekeeper’s Association Meeting in Moultrie, Georgia
February 18, 2010 – “Ohio Queen Breeding Program, Author of Beekeeping Manuals” – Dana Stahlman
*SATURDAY, February 20, 2010* – Cherokee Beekeeper’s Club “Bee School” – Historic Marble Courthouse in Canton, Georgia
*SATURDAY, March 20, 2010* – “Spring Field Trip” (Packages/Splits/Queens/Assessing the health of your hive) – Mike Cline
*April 17, 2010* – “Queen Rearing Co-op” – Mike Elliott, Worth Green, & Ryan Sarks – Contact Mike Ellliott at: michael.elliott@comcast.net for more information!!
April 15, 2010 – “Hive Management” – Bud Champlin
*May 13, 14, & 15, 2010* – University of Georgia’s Bee School – Young Harris, Georgia
*May 15 & 16, 2010* – Canton Arts Festival – Booth
May 20, 2010 – “Swarm Retrieval” – Marsha Elliott
*SATURDAY, June 12, 2010* – “Summer Field Trip & Family Picnic” – Debbie & Candler Ward
*June 26, 2010* – Going Green Festival in Canton – Booth
July 15, 2010 – “Bee Lab – Under the Microscope” – BJ Weeks, Debbie McKenzie, Paul Pugliese
August 19, 2010 – “Late Summer/Pre-Fall Evaluations / Q&A, What to do with your excess honey” – Bob Behrman
September 16, 2010 – “What’s in your honey? What’s blooming when?” – Paul Pugliese & Gerald Phillips
*September 2010* – Cherokee County Fair – Honey show and Booth Setup – Bud Champlin & Michael Blackwell
*September 2010* – Georgia Beekeeper’s Association Meeting
October 21, 2010 – “Apitherapy, nutrition, and alternative products from the hive” – Lane Cagle & Mike Elliott
*FRIDAY, November 19, 2010 @ 7PM* – “Fall Banquet @ American Legion Hall in Canton, Georgia” – John Tackett
December 2010 – “NO MEETING” – Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays!!!


2009 MEETINGS PAST!

January 22nd – “The State of Beekeeping – An Entomological Perspective” – Dr. Jamie D. Ellis, Jr.
January 31st & February 1st – GA Beekeeper’s Association Meeting in McDonough – Bob Binnie
GA Beekeeping Assoc. Spring Flier GA Beekeeping Assoc. Spring Meeting Info.
February 19th – “Managing For Spring Growth – Evaluating & Anticipating” – BJ Weeks
*February 28th* – “13th Annual One-Day Bee School” – Ryan Sarks / BJ Weeks
*Saturday, March 21st* – “Spring Field Trip” – (Packages/Splits/Queens/Determining the health of your hive) – Lane Cagle
April 16th – “Swarming Forum” – Trina Barron
May 14-16, 2009 – Young Harris Beekeeping Institute 3-Day Workshop – GA Beekeeper’s Association / UGA
Young Harris Beekeeping Institute Info. 2009
May 21st – ” Starting A Queen Breeding Cooperative / Bee-Tube Queen Cam” – Mike Elliot
*Saturday, June 20th* – “Summer Field Trip” – (Family Picnic/Games/Harvesting & Extracting) – Debbie Lomax / Candler Ward
July 16th – “University of Georgia’s Professor of Entomology on CCD & Its Impacts On Pollination” – Dr. Keith Delaplane
August 20th – “Honey Judging – Practice judging and sampling” – Randy Tudor & Hoyt Rogers
DATE CHANGE!!! September 24th – “Winter Preparations” – Bob Behrman & Gerald Phillips
September 25th & 26th – GA Beekeeper’s Association Meeting in Walker – Bob Binnie
October 15th – “Sustainable Beekeeping The Natural Way – Russian Queens” – Carl Webb
*Friday, November 20th* – “Slideshow” – Ryan Sarks / BJ Weeks
December 2009 – NO MEETING – MERRY CHRISTMAS & HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!! See you in 2010!!!


2008 MEETINGS PAST!

January 17th – “Hive Maintenance, Comb Replacement Strategies, & Brood Building” – B. J. Weeks
*February 2nd* – Cherokee Bee Club’s One-Day Bee School @ Etowah High 8AM-4:30PM – B. J. Weeks & Ryan Sarks
February 21st – Speaker From The University Of Georgia On Research/CCD/Theories/Medication – Jennifer Berry
*March 15th* – Spring Field Trip (Package Bees & Splits- How To Be A Bee-KEEPER!) – Lane Cagle
April 17th – Queen Rearing, Value of Drones, & How To Become A Certified Beekeeper – Mike Elliot & Randy Tudor
May 15th – Creating A Business With Honey & Value Added Products – Rights & Liabilities – Trina Barron & Ryan Sarks
*June 21st* – Summer Field Trip – Scott Tate (Raffle) (There will be a Board meeting prior to Picnic)
July 17th – Medications & Late Summer Hive Inspections – Worth Green
August 21st – Showing Your Honey & Preparations for Spring 2009 – Randy Tudor
September 18th – Transporting Bees & All About The Georgia Beekeeper’s Association – (SPEAKER – Bob Binnie)
October 16th – Health & Nutrition From The Hive – BJ Weeks
*Friday, November 21st* – Holiday Dinner & Speaker- John Tackett (Silent Auction)
December – NO MEETING – MERRY CHRISTMAS & HAPPY HOLIDAYS!


2007 MEETINGS PAST!

January 18th – “Growing Bees For Honey Production” – B. J. Weeks
*February 10th* – Cherokee Bee Club’s One-Day Bee School @ Cherokee High 8AM-4:30PM – B. J. Weeks/Club
*March 17th* – Spring Field Trip (Package Bees – How To KEEP Bees) – Ryan Sarks
April 19th @ 6:30PM – Honey Bee Swarming Forum – Trina Barron
May 17th @ 6:30PM – How To Market And Sell Hive Products – Bill Posey
*June 16th* – Summer Field Trip – Worth Green
July 19th @ 6:30PM – Medications & Late Summer Hive Inspections – Trina Barron
August 16th @ 6:30PM – Honey Show (Cherokee County Fair Preparation – Showing Your Honey) – Hoyt Rogers & Joe Schepers
September 20th @ 7:00PM – Fall Preparations & How To Keep Your Bees From Dying – Bill Posey
October 18th @ 7:00PM – Observation Hives – Walter “Bud” Champlin
*November 16th* – Holiday Dinner & Speaker- John Tackett, Ryan Sarks, and Randy Tudor
December – NO MEETING – MERRY CHRISTMAS & HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

2006 MEETINGS PAST!

January 19 B. J. Weeks – Apitherapy
*February 11* 2006 Bee School, Etowah High School 8am – 4 pm
*March 18* Spring Field Trip to Jim Driggers’s Apiary 10 am – 2 pm
April 20 Jennifer Berry – Queens (Breeding Program/Practical Applications Material)
May 18 BJ Weeks – Open Forum
*June 17* Summer Field Trip to Jim Driggers’s Apiary 10 am – 2 pm
July 20 Randy Tudor, Laney Cagle, & Ryan Sarks – Arts, Crafts, Candle-Making, and Medication
August 17 Jim Driggers – Honey Judging
September 21 Cindy Bee – Presentation on swarm collection
October 19 Keith Delaplane – Africanized Bees
*November 17* Holiday Dinner – Billy Engle – A Lifetime of Bees
*December* No Meeting – Happy Holidays!