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Tina McClelland —  January 23, 2015 — Leave a comment




Tina McClelland —  December 19, 2014 — Leave a comment

To show our appreciation to O’Donnell’s Termite and Pest Control Inc., for taking advantage of the Mississippi Valley Beekeeping Association’s swarm call list this past swarm season, Friends Hill Apiary wanted to share with them a jar of honey. It means the world to us that they will go above and beyond to help save our honey bees and pollinators!

Thank you Mr. O’Donnell

Tim with Mr. Dan O'Donnell

Tim with Mr. Dan O’Donnell


Tina McClelland —  December 18, 2014 — Leave a comment

Hopefully MVBA members have received an e-mail from Dale; MVBA Secretary/Treasurer, addressing concerns of out-of-state members. The topic; the current and future structure of our membership dues. These issues need to be considered and resolved at the January meeting, so please bring your questions and comments.

Here is potentially valuable Good-to-Know information pertaining to the Non-insured Crop Disaster Assistance Program that is now available from the USDA to offer farmers with limited resources and producers of fruits and vegetables as well as “specialty crops” such as HONEY among many others to regain a bit of relief!


Please take advantage of these resources; there are a lot of people working in our favor!

Click HERE for link



A BIG Thank You!

Tina McClelland —  December 11, 2014 — Leave a comment

We would like to say “Thank You” to all who came to the Christmas dinner this past Tuesday evening! The food was incredible; everything from ham, turkey, a wonderful variety of delicious side dishes, and may we mention, over-the-top fulfilling and scrumptious deserts! There was also the fun, competitive silent auction with an interesting selection of things to bid on! The conversation buzzed and the company was great. We couldn’t have asked for anything more for rounding out our 2014 MVBA gatherings!

Thank you,






Tina McClelland —  November 30, 2014 — Leave a comment


Bee Nutrition

Tina McClelland —  November 27, 2014 — Leave a comment

Here is a copy of a presentation on Bee Nutrition given at the ISBA meeting in Springfield, IL on November 8th, 2014;


Dale Hill PhD, PAS

ISBA Central Region Director

MVBA Secretary/Treasurer


Nutrition of the Honey Bee 110714-2



MVBA Christmas Party

Tina McClelland —  November 10, 2014 — Leave a comment

Hi, all!

Our club has the Extension Office basement reserved for our annual Christmas party on Tuesday, December 9, 2014, at 6 p.m. Please bring a covered dish and/or your favorite dessert, and your own place settings. This Christmas party is for the entire family. Also, bring any items you wish to donate for our silent auction-does not have to be beekeeping related.

This party will cover the November and December monthly meetings. There will not be a meeting on Tuesday, November 25, 2014.

Hope to see you there!

Have a Happy Thanksgiving!


October Minutes

Tina McClelland —  November 7, 2014 — Leave a comment

Mississippi Valley Beekeepers Association

The October 28, 2014 meeting was called to order by President Guy Spoonmore at 7:35PM at the Farm Bureau/Illinois Extension Service office in Quincy, IL. There were 28 members and guests present.

There were no corrections or additions to the August minutes. The club picnic was held in September with no formal meeting. Dale reported $907.77 as the Treasury balance after payment of picnic expenses and meeting room rent paid to Guy.

Comments from the picnic were great weather, god food and good company.

Recent activities – Dale had a display at Farm & Home in September as part of 4H/FFA day. Bruce has some new hives that will he will donate for our 4H/FFA mentor program. Tina and Joel will help Diane with the MVBA website – if you have not been to the website lately, please do so. We need good input to dress the website up and bring it up to other club websites.

Guy has purchased T-shirts for the club – they are $15.00 each, and a variety of sizes are available.

The date for the combined November-December meeting have not yet been set. Possible dates are Nov 18, Dec 2nd, or Dec 9. Guy will check on what dates we can get the meeting room. The President and Vice President will bring the ham and turkey, everything else is potluck – bring items for the silent auction.

There was discussion about the use of the club extractor. There is an apparent need for a better understanding of the time allowed for a beekeeper to use the extractor. Guy received a donation of new hives and a 2-frame extractor from a new beekeeper who encountered medical problems and is not able to continue with bees.

Bernie did the evening presentation on winter feeding using Ziploc plastic bags- his recipe is 5 lbs of sugar and 9 oz of water. Dale uses 4 lbs of sugar + 1 lb of bee protein supplement + 9 oz high fructose corn syrup. When you fill the baggie, make sure that you put in a couple of small boards (3/4” x ¾” x 3-4”) to keep the baggie from collapsing on the bees. The baggie is put on top of the frames, so you need a 2” spacer on top of the brood boxes.

Bernie said that there will not be a spring meeting in Missouri.

The Illinois State Beekeepers Assn meeting will be Saturday Nov 8 in Springfield at the
State Fairgrounds Ag Building. Registration starts at 8:00 AM.

Dale is still working on our group hosting the Illinois Queen Initiative spring training – probably late March or early April.

Meeting was adjourned at 8:50 PM.

Respectfully submitted.
Dale Hill, MVBA Secretary