OUR NEXT OUTDOOR MEETING IS JULY 16
Don't miss our summer potluck picnic in Princeton -- it's always a wonderful day! Details and directions can be found below under Events. Don't forget to bring a lawn chair and protective equipment (veil etc.).
MASSACHUSETTS POLLINATORS NEED YOUR HELP URGENTLY!
The MA legislature is ending the current session very soon, but before they break for the summer we want them to pass H.4187-An Act Protecting Massachusetts Pollinators to protect our honeybees and native pollinators! Please see this letter from WCBA President Mary Duane for details on what you can do:
THANKS FOR ATTENDING OUR JUNE 4 MEETING
And thank you to our generous hosts Peter Hoffman and Carol Leary, and to all of the wonderful presenters! It was a terrific meeting with hive openings and sessions on wax processing and mead making. If you didn't get a copy of the mead recipe sheet, you can find it here:
REQUEST YOUR HIVE INSPECTION!
In 2016 your hives will not automatically be inspected unless you file a request with the Chief Apiary Inspector, except in the case of a health emergency. YOU WILL NEED TO SHOW YOUR HIVE INSPECTION FORM IN ORDER TO BORROW A CLUB EXTRACTOR. Please submit your form as early as possible to allow for planning of inspection rounds! The form can be found here:
You can submit the form by email, snail mail, or phone.
To submit by snail mail: print the form and fill it out (or fill it out online and print it), then mail it to:
Department of Agricultural Resources
101 University Drive, Suite C4, Amherst, MA 01002
To submit by phone: call the MA Chief Apiary Inspector Kim Skyrm at 413-548-1905
DOES YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS NEED UPDATING?
If your membership is up to date but you are not receiving club emails (quarterly newletter & important announcements), please contact our treasurer Phil Gaudette to update your email in our records.
MEMBERSHIP RENEWALS ARE DUE
Membership has its benefits! Quarterly newsletter, discount on beekeeping trade journals (Bee Culture and American Bee Journal), free admittance to the WCBA indoor meetings which include our March and October speaker meetings, discount honey jar ordering, club honey extractor program and much, much more. Don't delay, renew today!
Membership renewals are due by August 31 every year. Dues are $15. You can renew by mail or at any of the club meetings. The membership renewal form can be found here.
BEEKEEPING BILLS IN THE MASS LEGISLATURE
On Nov. 17 there was a hearing of the Joint Committee on Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture regarding three bills related to honeybees and beekeeping. Information about the bills can be found HERE.