2018 VSBA Anniversary mtg

VSBA 100th Anniversary Spring Meeting

June 15 & 16, 2018

Roanoke College

305 Campus Lane, Salem, Virginia 24153

Come celebrate VSBA’s 100th anniversary with us, June 15th and 16th at Roanoke College in Salem, VA, hosted by Blue Ridge Beekeepers Association and Botetourt Beekeeper Association.

The presentation scheduled:

Dr. Dewey M. Caron is Emeritus Professor of Entomology & Wildlife Ecology, Univ. of Delaware, & Affiliate Professor, Dept Horticulture, Oregon State University. Dr. Caron will present "What the Bees Are Saying" and "Bee MD - The 5Ps"

Dr. Thomas D. Seeley, biologist and writer, is a professor in the Department of Neurobiology and Behavior at Cornell University. Dr. Seeley will present, "Darwinian Beekeeping" or how to harmonize our beekeeping methods with the natural history of Apis mellifera.  Dr. Seeley's second presentation will be “The Bee Colony as a Honey Factory" exploring how a colony of honey bees operates as a factory that produces honey efficiently despite tremendous day-to-day swings in the supply of nectar, the raw material for making honey. And you don’t want to miss Dr. Seeley's workshop, “The Craft of Bee Hunting" which explains bee hunting-locating wild colonies of honey bees-one of the most fascinating games in the world.  

Dr. Kirsten S. Traynor, editor of American Bee Journal and published author, will present "Simple, Smart Beekeeping" a method of keeping healthy hives in an easy, carefree way so you enjoy your beekeeping. "Two Million Blossoms: Honey for your Health" is not only the title of Dr. Traynor's book, it's a presentation on using honey to treat myriad health issues. Don't miss Dr. Traynor's workshop, "The Complex Web of Colony Decline: What’s Killing the Bees" explaining how changing landscapes, modern agriculture, climate change and globalization all play a role in pollinator decline and what we can do to help.

Jessica Kern - a neuromuscular therapist who teaches body mechanics for improved health and for injury prevention will present "Hive Maintenance as an Athletic Event".


VDACS will introduce BeeCheck™, a mapping tool provided by the Commonwealth of Virginia to enhance communication between beekeepers and pesticide applicators.

Registration on Friday, June 15th will open at 12 noon with the meeting beginning at 1 pm.  Registration will re-open on Saturday morning at 8:00 am.  The meeting will begin at 8:45am.  There will be speaker presentations, a business meeting with elections, the State Apiarist’s Report and an update on the Master Beekeeper Program. 


To register by mail go to virginiabeekeepers.org and print out the registration form or register online at https://bpt.me/3381742.


We are offering a buffet style dinner Friday evening for $12 per person followed by the Master Beekeepers Program awards, more door prizes, and the 100th anniversary celebration with Dewey Caron speaking and more!

 A buffet style lunch is available for $10 on Saturday. Lunch and dinner must be purchased at registration.

Both lunch and dinner buffets will consist of a hot entrée, sandwich bar, salad bar, vegetarian options and a dessert bar.

Group hotel rates are available at:

Comfort Suites, 100 Wildwood Road, Salem, VA 24153, (2.5 miles from venue) 540-389-7171 has a 1 king bed suite available for $119.99 per night plus tax and a 2 queen bed suite available for $114.99 per night plus tax. Hot breakfast included. You must mention Virginia State Beekeepers Association for the group rate.  The group contract expires Wednesday, May 23, 2018.   

Roanoke College Dorm Rooms - $42 per day per person including breakfast. Registration for the dorms must be made by June 3, 2018 through the mail-in registration form or online at the brown paper tickets website.

As with all locations, there is an occupancy capacity so we advise that you pre-register if possible.

Hope to see you there to celebrate with us!

Deb Parker, VSBA Meeting Chair



Confirmed Vendors

For June 15 & 16, 2018


Books & More, Frank Wyatt (336) 616-7044 – Informational books on beekeeping, recipes and uses for wax, and mead making. (Formerly BC Books, Bob Cole).

Brushy Mountain, (800) 233-7929 -  Attendees may pre-order products for delivery to the meeting. We will start taking orders 2 weeks prior to the meeting. They will receive a 10% discount on the order. We ask that orders be picked up 30 minutes prior to the start of the meeting and at the end of day on Friday, June 15th

Dadant, (800) 220-8325 - will take orders to be delivered to the meeting.  Place your orders by Thursday, June 14th –Pre-ordered items will be at 2017 prices.

Deana Marion (540) 529-8671 – Macro images of bees and blooms in their native environment. The colorful metal images show case the features of the small natural world as photographed in Virginia’s blooming trees and gardens.

G & S Apiary, Jane Schweiger, (757) 357-7393– products include soaps, candles, lotions, salves and tinctures; early order are accepted. G & S Apiary website is gsapiary.com, they are also on facebook.

Geezer Ridge, Ed Forney, (304) 702-3848, handles the full line of Mann Lake products. These products will be available for pre-order and free delivery to the meeting site. There will also be deep discounts on woodenware at the meeting. Preorders accepted until noon, June 11th.

Hannahgrams Boutique,  Hannah Davis,  (865) 806-7813 - email: hannahgramsboutique@gmail.com. I do customized shirts, decals, mugs, and more. I make all my things to order so everyone chooses their shirt color, design, and design color just the way they want it. I have samples to look at and choose from.


Imagine Plush LLC, Noor Warner, (202) 656-1658 – Buy a Bee, Save a Bee! D.C. 7th grader designed this plush bee to support bee research, conservation and education. Every bee sold directly supports her official partner, The Pollinator Partnership. The bee meets all US safety requirements for infants and children.  Website: www.imagineplush.com

Unison Pottery Tile Works, Joan Gardiner (540) 554-8473 - handmade ceramics—bee related images, mugs & other practical items.

Veto-Pharma, (214) 675-7464 – Products include Apivar, Api-Life-Var, Varroa Easy Check, Hive Alive

W G Bee Bee Farm, Linda Wyatt (336) 616-2113 – jewelry, t-shirts, bee related items