2011 SCBA Summer Meeting Schedule

Date: July 14, 2011

Location: Clemson University 

Meeting Agenda

Details: South Carolina Beekeepers to Meet at Clemson University - The summer meeting of the South Carolina Beekeepers will be held at Clemson University, Clemson, SC on 14-16 July 2011.  On-site registration will begin on Thursday, 14 July at 12:00 noon in the Poole Agricultural Center Lobby.  See pre-registration form included in this newsletter. Note there will be a $5 additional fee for onsite registration.

The meeting will begin at 1:00 in the Poole Agricultural Center Auditorium with session 1 of a 1-day intermediate level beekeeping short course. The short course will break for dinner at 5:00 and session 2 will begin at 6:30. The short course will end at 8:30 PM. The course is designed for individuals with some beekeeping experience, but everyone is welcome.

Running concurrently with this short course from 1:30-4:30 will be a queen rearing workshop offered at the Cherry Farm Bee Lab and Honey House. There will be limited enrollment of 25 for this workshop which will be offered again on Friday afternoon. Pre-registration and payment in advance are required for the queen rearing workshops. See the workshop pre-registration form included in this newsletter for further directions on how to enroll on a first come, first serve basis. Do not mail a pre-registration form until you have confirmation that you are enrolled. 

On Friday morning, we will begin with a general session at 8:00 and workshops will be held in the afternoon. We have several out-of-state speakers on the program including Keith Delaplane from the Univ. of Georgia, Jeff Harris from the Baton Rouge USDA Bee Lab, Debbie Delaney from the Univ. of Delaware, Juliana Rangel from N.C. State Univ., Ann Harman from Virginia, Edd Buchanan from North Carolina, Virginia Webb from Georgia, David Miller from Tennessee, and Bob Bennie from Georgia. In addition, we have several speakers from South Carolina who will speak at the meeting. For more details, you will find a meeting program in this newsletter.

A barbecue pork and baked chicken dinner is planned for Friday evening at Jimmy Howard’s home in Pendleton.  Scheduled activities are the annual horseshoe pitching tourney and a smoker lighting contest.  Dinner will be served for $7.00/plate. On Saturday morning, we will have another general session beginning at 8:00 that will include many interesting topics and the meeting will end at noon.

We will have a honey show and competition at our summer meeting this year. Bring along a container of your best honey. Please do not place a label on your honey containers. Honey classes will be pint and quart extracted. There will be light and dark classes, so do not be concerned if your honey is dark. A “black jar class” will be included again. This class will be judged on taste only. Small black jars will be provided at the show, so bring a sample of your best tasting honey and take this ribbon home. We are also adding an additional class in the competition, 1 lb. block of beeswax.  Honey and beeswax entries should be turned in for the competition from 7:30 - 10:30 on Friday morning. And a big THANKS to Steve Genta and Clyde McCall for judging the contest entries.  Ribbons will be awarded for each category and a best of show ribbon will be included.

On-campus housing will be available in the Lightsey Bridge II student apartments for a cost of $19/individual/night. You may reserve a room and pay in advance by including this on your meeting pre-registration form. The dorm will be an apartment arrangement with four persons sharing an apartment. Each beekeeper will have a separate bedroom with one twin bed and all will share a bathroom. Bring your own bed linens, towels and pillow or you may pay $15 for a linen packet. Bed pillows are not provided so don’t forget to bring a pillow. Meals (breakfast 7-9:30, lunch 11:00-1:30, dinner 4:30-7:00) are available on campus at the Harcombe Food Court (15 minute walk from the dorm). The Hendrix Student Center food court is closed for renovations this summer, however there is a Wendy’s Restaurant nearby open from 10:30-5:30.

Other lodging accommodations are available off campus in the Clemson area as follows: Clemson Sleep Inn, $67, Ph. 864-653-6000, Fax: 864-653-3790, www.sleepinnclemson.com, includes hot bkfst; Clemson Days Inn, $62, Ph. 864-653-4411, www.daysinnclemson.com, includes contl. bkfst; Holiday Inn Express, $89, Ph. 864-654-9410. Fax: 864-654-9411, www.hiexpress.com/clemsonsc, includes hot bkfst. Mention that you are attending the South Carolina Beekeepers Convention to get the University rate. You will need to make your own hotel reservation by 1 July to get this rate. After that date, rooms may not be available. 
Our designated parking lot for this meeting is the Brooks Center parking lot. This assigned parking lot is a change from our summer meeting last year. You will notice a new Life Sciences Center building is being constructed in the parking lot behind the Poole Agricultural Center which has been our designated parking lot in the past. There will be signs directing you to our new parking lot which will require an additional 5 minutes walk to our meeting site. We plan to have a golf cart available to assist those beekeepers who need assistance. Parking passes for your vehicle will be available at a tent setup near the parking lot. Please show up a little early for this meeting and bring extra patience with you because the new building construction may cause a few unexpected inconveniences this year. Do not park in other campus parking lots that have green marked parking spaces or you will get a ticket.  
Let’s continue to make the South Carolina Beekeepers summer meeting a great success; invite some beekeeping friends to come along for an educational vacation.  If you have questions about this meeting, please contact Mike Hood, ph. (864) 656-0346 or email mhood@clemson.edu.


Thursday, July 14, 2011
12:00 N
Meeting Registration, Poole Ag. Center Lobby - $10 Members, $15 Family, $15 Non-members;Exhibitor Setup, Poole Ag Center Lobby
1:00 Intermediate Level Beekeeping Short Course – Session I, Poole Ag. Center Auditorium
1:30-4:30 Queen Rearing Workshop - Cherry Farm, Limited and Prepaid Enrollment
Dinner on your own (SCBA Executive Committee will meet in the auditorium at 5:00.)
Intermediate  Level Beekeeping Short Course – Session II, Poole Ag. Center Auditorium
Adjourn for Evening
Friday, July 15, 2011
8:00 AM
Invocation–Henry Chassereau, Edisto Beekeeper, Ehrhardt
Welcome to Clemson University – Joe Culin, Associate Dean for Research, College of Agriculture, Forestry, and Life Sciences, CU
Announcements and Introductions – Mike Hood, Extension Apiculturist, Entomology, Soils, and Plant Sciences Dept., CU, Executive Secretary, SCBA
8:20 President’s Address and Business Meeting – Wesley Bommer, President SCBA
8:45 Legislative Update – Representative Thomas (“Tom”) Corbin, District 17 – Greenville County  
9:05 Eastern Apicultural Society 2011 Meeting Announcement – Steve Genta, Director SCBA, Member EAS Board of Directors
9:10 American Beekeeping Federation News – Eric Mills, Timmonsville
9:15  The Honey Bee: A Super Organism and What It Means for Bee Health – Keith Delaplane, University of Georgia, Athens, GA
9:45 Break - Visit Exhibitors
10:10  Door Prizes
10:15 TBA - Jeff Harris, USDA Honey Bee Lab, Baton Rouge, Louisiana
10:45  Honey Bee Biogeography - Debbie Delaney, Department of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology, University of Delaware, Newark, Delaware
11:15  TBA - Juliana Rangel, Post Doctoral Scientist, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina
11:45 Lunch on your own
1:10 Door Prizes, Announcements, State Fair Report – Frank Blanchard, Chapin, SC
1:30 Workshop Introduction: Concurrent 45 Minute Workshops (sessions begin on the half hour)
  1.  New Ideas on Honey Bee Breeding - Keith Delaplane (Poole Auditorium)
  2.  TBA - Jeff Harris, (Newman Hall Auditorium)
  3. Queen Rearing and Sex Determination - Debbie Delaney (Classroom A102)
  4. Queen Rearing Workshop #2 - Juliana Rangel, Cherry Farm, Prepaid Enrollment
  5. Bears and Their Control - Edd Buchanan, Black Mountain, NC (Classroom A103)
  6. Marketing Outside the Beehive - Virginia Webb, Clarkesville, Georgia (Classroom E-144)
  7. Beekeeping Equipment for the Beginner - Kerry Owen, Pickens Co. (Classroom A105)
  8. SC Master Beekeeper Program, Certified, Journeyman, and Master Level Written Tests -   David MacFawn (offered first hour only), (Classroom C-127)
  9. TBA
4:30 Depart for Evening Activities at Jimmy Howard’s Home, Wild Hog Rd, Pendleton, (See Map on Registration Table for Directions) 
  • Horseshoe Pitching Tourney 
  • Barbecue Pork/Baked Chicken Supper ($7.00/Plate) Frank & Carol Blanchard 
  • Smoker Lighting Contest, Edd Buchanan, Black Mountain, NC
Saturday, July 16, 2011
8:00 Announcements & Door Prizes
8:15 Results of the Honey Show – Clyde McCall and Steve Genta, Honey Competition Judges
8:30 TBA - Jeff Harris, Baton Rouge, La.
9:00 TBA - Juliana Rangel, NC State Univ.
9:30 Break – Visit Exhibitors
9:55  Door Prizes
10:00 Honey Bee Biology and Sociality - Debbie Delaney, Univ. of Delaware
10:30 Small Hive Beetle Traps - David Miller, Tennessee
11:00 Experiences of a Migratory Beekeeper - Bob Bennie, Blue Ridge Honey Company, Lakemont, GA
11:30 South Carolina – California Pollination Connection - Eric Mills, Timmonsville, SC
12:00 Closing Comments – Wesley Bommer, President, SCBA
12:15  End - Have a Safe Trip Home!


 SCBA Executive Committee Meeting at 12:45