Upcoming Meetings and Events

Upcoming Meeting Dates

November 8 - Annual Meeting - Election of Officers

SEMBA: 6:30 The Buzz | 7:00 Waggle Dance
2nd Thursday each month | Assisi Heights (main South door)

1001 14th St NW, Rochester, MN 55901

Monthly Meeting | November 8, 2018

SEMBA members and wanna-bees,

 

Sure, an Annual meeting sounds boring. But, picture yourself as guests of the Sister’s of Saint Francis at Assisi Heights, coming to share some good food (pizza, salad), good stories of the honey harvest, with your good beekeeping friends! Oh, yes, and some boring bits like voting for club officers (smile).

 

Special notes:

  • Special start time: 6:00 PM. Mark your calendars now.

  • No “NewBees” with Tom Bramble, No “The Buzz” with Chris Schad.

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    Our meetings are held the second Thursday every month February through November as guests of the Sisters of Saint Francis at Assisi Heights, Rochester. This meeting shall be in the Spirituality Center basement. Come in the front (south) door and ask for directions at reception, if necessary.

     

  • 6:00 to 8: “Waggle Dance”: Annual Meeting -- Pizza Party Social

    • Come and join us for a meal, drinks, and social as guests of the Sisters of Saint Francis at Assisi Heights. It is not at all required, but it has been suggested, if you have some honey-related product you are especially proud of, this might be a good time to bring and share with the others at your table. This is our Annual Meeting. We will have reports and shall elect our 2018 officers.

  • 7:00 PM

    • President’s Report

    • Election of Officers by voice vote

      • President -- 1 year term

      • Vice President -- 1 year term

      • Secretary/Treasurer -- 1 year term

      • Director -- 3 year term

  • Monthly Meeting | October 11, 2018

    No “NewBees with Tom Bramble” (one of our SEMBA GrayBees)! Please come for “The Buzz” at 6:30.

     

  • 6:30 to 7: “The Buzz”. Chris Schad will be in the front of the room for an informal Q&A about anything bees. This is a great time to ask any specific question you might have about *your* operation. Join the discussion or simply learn. The Buzz is good for NewBees, too.

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  • 7 to 8: “Waggle Dance”: “Beekeeping with Russian Honey Bees”; Joseph Coffey

    • Abstract: Russian honey bees are extremely hygienic and the only commercially available honey bee that has true genetic resistance to both tracheal and varroa mites. This presentation will cover the different honey bee species with emphasis on Apis mellifera and A. cerana and how human activity and environmental selection pressures over a period of approximately 100 years resulted in what is now called the Russian (or Primorsky) honey bee. Because of the devastation caused by varroa, the Russians were imported to America by the USDA ARS, which eventually lead to the formation of the Russian Bee Breeders Association. Russians have excellent hygienic characteristics but also some unique colony behaviors that make them a good choice for use in the northern climates of the US.

    • Joseph Coffey: I have been beekeeping for 9 years and my wife and I operate a small side line beekeeping operation in MN. We are members of several regional bee clubs as well as the MN Honey Producers, American Beekeeping Federation, Eastern Apicultural Society, and the Entomological Society of America. Since I started beekeeping, I have attended numerous beekeeping workshops and academic courses such UMN beekeeping workshops and classes, UNL Master Beekeeping and Queen Rearing Workshops, and instrumental insemination. This year I completed 48-weeks of graduate work at the University of Maryland for the Masters Certificate in Beekeeping. Currently I am enrolled as a graduate student in entomology at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. I also have an AAS, BS, and MS in Electrical Engineering and employed as a Sr. Principal Engineer for a telecommunications company where I hold over 90 patents.

  • Monthly Meeting | August 9, 2018

    Our meetings are held the second Thursday every month February through November as guests of the Sisters of Saint Francis at Assisi Heights, Rochester. This meeting shall be in the TEK Lounge. Come in the front (south) door and ask for directions at reception, if necessary.

     

  • 6 to 6:45: “NewBees with Tom Bramble” (SEMBA GrayBee) at the Assisi apiary. If raining/storm meet indoors. For NewBees with Tom Bramble you will need protection - at least covering your head. Bees are unpredictable.

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  • 6:30 to 7: “The Buzz”. Chris Schad will be in the front of the room for an informal Q&A about anything bees. This is a great time to ask any specific question you might have about *your* operation. Join the discussion or simply learn. The Buzz is good for NewBees, too.

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  • 7:00 to 8: “Waggle Dance”: Chris Schad: Pheromones - Making Sense of Scents

    • Abstract: Understanding what is happening in the hive helps the beekeeper determine what should or shouldn't be done on the bee's behalf. We know that bees communicate with each other through a variety of mechanisms, such as sound and motion, and we eavesdrop on those communications every time we do a hive inspection. But bees also communicate using pheromones, or scents, produced by the queen, by larvae, worker bees and even by drones. In this discussion, we will focus on the pheromones most relevant to the beekeeper's understanding of what is happening within the colony.

    • Bio: Chris has lived in Rochester since 1986. He has a science background, is over-educated (BS degree in biology and a masters degree in business administration) and has worked in and around laboratories at Mayo Clinic for most of his career. He has been keeping bees for several years and is a past president of SEMBA. He works part time for the University of MN teaching beekeeping classes at the Bee Squad mentoring apiary in Rochester. He and John Shonyo co-own The Bee Shed, running about 100 colonies of bees and selling honey in stores in the region, online through their website, and at events and fairs in the region. They also sell work with commercial beekeepers in the region to re-sell packages in the spring.

  • Monthly Meeting | May 10, 2018

    The NewBees with Tom Bramble meet at the good Sisters’ apiary at 6. The bees are in! (so you will need a bonnet at the least). 

  • 6 to 6:45: “NewBees with Tom Bramble” (SEMBA GrayBee) at the Assisi apiary. If raining/storm meet indoors. For NewBees with Tom Bramble you will need protection - at least covering your head. Bees are unpredictable.

  • 6:30 to 7: “The Buzz”. Chris Schad will be in the front of the room for an informal Q&A about anything bees. This is a great time to ask any specific question you might have about *your* operation. Join the discussion or simply learn. The Buzz is good for Newbees, too.

  • 7:00 to 8: “Waggle Dance”: "Two-for" Swarm Catching and Easy Queen Rearing; Graybee Ed Simon

    • Abstract:  What you need to know about catching swarms, complete with show-and-tell demonstrations. Ed will also take us through an easy Queen Rearing presentation that ties directly with Blane White's "move toward more sustainable beekeeping.” We can do this by raising local queens that have survived local pests and weather. These Queens and the genes they possess should strengthen our local stock and reduce our dependence on Queens raised out of state.

    • Bio: I have been involved with bees for about 17 or 18 years. I have 33 published articles in the “Bee Culture” magazine and have a book “Bee Equipment Essentials” which describes how to build the essential beekeeping equipment. I am a past co-owner of “The Bee Shed” and have taught beekeeping for the last 15 years. The most swarms I have caught in one year is 18. This does not count the many callouts and phone calls about hornets and wasps.

  • Monthly Meeting | April 12, 2018

  • 6 to 6:45: “NewBees with Tom Bramble” (SEMBA GrayBee) at the Assisi apiary. Tom will be demonstrating installing a queen package; how to get and keep a smoker going; basic apiary parts and kit. If raining/storm meet at Spirituality Center. For NewBees with Tom Bramble you will need protection - at least covering your head. Bees are unpredictable.

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  • 6:30 to 7: “The Buzz”. Chris Schad will be in the front of the room for an informal Q&A about anything bees. This is a great time to ask any specific question you might have about *your* operation. Join the discussion or simply learn. The Buzz is good for Newbees, too.

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  • 7:00 to 8: “Waggle Dance”: Exciting News from the UMN Bee Lab; Marla Spivak

    • Abstract:  What's going on inside the Bee Lab at the University of Minnesota?  Learn about our latest findings on a variety of research topics: bees and flowering lawns; whether honey bees use prairies as a major food source;  the benefits of propolis to bee health; and a new bee breeding project being launched this summer. Plenty of time will be left for questions on beekeeping management and beyond.

    • Bio: Marla Spivak is a MacArthur Fellow and McKnight Distinguished Professor in Entomology at the University of Minnesota. She has been beekeeping since 1974. Her research efforts focus on protecting and enhancing the health and diversity of bees through social immunity.

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    Want to understand why bees die over winter?

    Becky Masterman from the University of Mn will be here March 29th for show and tell.

     

    Promo code SEMBA will knock the price down to $12.50, all funds go to the University of MN.

    Click on the title above to link directly to purchase tickets.

    SEMBA Members and Wanna-Bees,

    SEMBA: 6:30 The Buzz | 7:00 Waggle Dance
    2nd Thursday each month | Assisi Heights (main South door)

    1001 14th St NW, Rochester, MN 55901

     

    Come early (6:15 prior to “The Buzz” or 6:45 prior to the main “Waggle Dance”) so we can get you paid and registered. Family membership is still $20 dollars and, as James likes to say, “SEMBA is the cheapest thing you will ever have to buy with beekeeping.”

     

    Our meetings are held the second Thursday every month February through November as guests of the Sisters of Saint Francis at Assisi Heights, Rochester. This meeting shall be in the Auditorium. Come in the front (south) door and ask for directions at reception, if necessary.

     

  • 6:30 to 7: “The Buzz”. Chris Schad will be in the front of the Spirituality Center for an informal Q&A about anything bees. This is a great time to ask any specific question you might have about *your* operation. Join the discussion or simply learn. The Buzz is good for Newbees, too.

  • 7:00 to 8: “Waggle Dance". Using nucs to move toward sustainable beekeeping; Blane White, MN Dept of Ag

    • Blane White, from the MN Department of Agriculture (and a man with many hats), will update us on the National Honey Bee Health Survey. He will follow with a discussion followed by a discussion on using nucs to move toward more sustainable beekeeping. Please bring and wear your question-hat as Blaine would welcome them.

      • Bio:

        • Graduated from Michigan Tech with a BS in biology 1978

        • MDA State Apiary Inspector 1989 – 2005

        • Export Certification Official – certify plants and plant protects for export since 2004

        • Lead worker Animal Damage Compensation program since 1997 (claims for livestock lost to wolves and crop and fence damage from wild elk)

        • Lead contact for all apiary inspection related activities 2012 to present

        • Beekeeper since about 1985 or 1986 actually kept bees for a few years before tracheal and varroa mites.

        • Currently: MN Dept of Agriculture, Plant Protection Div where he is helping more with invasive insect pests like Emerald ash borer now and will be helping with some detection trapping this summer.

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    PS - Our “NewBees@theApiary” sessions, with SEMBA Graybee Tom Bramble, will start at our Apr12th meeting -- when (hopefully!) the weather starts getting nice. 6:00 to 6:45 PM.

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    Watch your email and/or our Facebook group for any last minute changes.

     

    May Beekeeping become part of the Olympics with such events as the deep-super lift, the smoker lighting relay, and the honey extracting marathon.

    Monthly Meeting | February 8, 2018

    SEMBA: 6:30 The Buzz | 7:00 Waggle Dance
    Thursday | Feb 8th | Assisi Heights (main South door)

    1001 14th St NW, Rochester, MN 55901

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