President’s Letter Feb 2020

February 14, 2020

Hello to All,

Hope all is well with you.  Currently 24 degrees and a light snow.  Spring is on the horizon with the pussy willows and maples nearing the bloom.  Come on pollen!!  Now is the time to repair all that damaged and worn equipment in anticipation of your springtime duties.

If you have tried to access the website recently you will find that it has been temporarily shut down for  with the help of Ralph Seward we have converted to a new web host and are in the process of rebuilding the site.  I am updating the content and would like to add new sections.  It is now open, and you can access it at  Please let me know if you have any suggestions for it is still under construction.  Also with Ralph’s help we have rebuilt the WV Beekeepers website that you can access at

We are ready to start the 2020 Novice Class on Tuesday, February 18 with 29 participants signed up.  In addition, we have placed an order for 60 packages with marked queens to be delivered on March 31.

At a recent event at the Belmont Correctional Facility our club was presented with a check for $1000 as the contribution to our club from the inmates’ beekeeping club.  They currently have 60 members, some of whom are in their third year of beekeeping.  With that money, as directed by the club, we have purchased 3 hives with 2 going to the Good Zoo’s wildflower display and 1 to replace the older garden hive at Wilson Lodge.  The inmates are assembling the hives and completing them with very ornate decorations.  I can hardly wait to see the artwork.

Please check the West Virginia Beekeepers Association website for information on the Spring Conference to be held in Elkins, WV on March 20-21.  Dr. Kristen Traynor is the keynote speaker in addition to Mel Disselboom, the developer of the OTS queen rearing system.  If you are unable to make it to the Spring Conference, you can still see Dr. Traynor on May 9 at the Harrison County Beekeepers program in Scio, Ohio.  These are wonderful opportunities to hear from one of the premier speakers.

We are lining up our spring agenda with speakers, starting with Bob Hooker at the February 20 meeting presenting Honey Bee Nutrition.  Also included is an open hive field day on June 6 with our old friend Wade Stiltner.  His presentations are always extremely practical and informative.  The remainder of the year’s speakers can be found on the Tri-State website.

Also, at the February 20 meeting we will have the presentation of 2 complete hives and additional beekeeping equipment to our member Lindsey Phillips.  Lyndsey successfully applied for a scholarship from the Ohio State Beekeepers Association through their 4-H Partnership Program and we have been asked to present her with the equipment.  Lindsey attended our Novice program two years ago and has been a successful beekeeper with her mother Misty.  Our congratulations to her.  We are most proud of Lyndsey.

With that I will close for now and hope to see all of you at the February 20 meeting to kick off another year of successful beekeeping.

With best wishes…Steve