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Holland Area Beekeepers Association is transitioning to our new website.

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Meeting Reminder – Bring your gadgets!

Just a quick note to remind you of our next meeting…

Thursday, July 10, 7 PM (GVSU – Meijer Campus, 515 S. Waverly Road, Holland)

We will be discussing Beekeeping Gadgets, Solar Wax Melting, Apiary Record Keeping, and there will be lots of time for conversation.

As a special treat, we’ll be joined for a brief webinar with Mark Henson, co-founder with Dr. James Wilkes of Hive Tracks.  Mark and Dr. James Wilkes live with their families in Boone, North Carolina where they are both beekeepers and computer scientists. Join us as Mark discusses how their site is a record keeping option to consider for your apiary.

Remember to bring along any beekeeping gadgets.

See you there,


Next Meeting, a Request, and the Picnic

Thursday, July 10, 7 PM — Beekeeping Gadgets, Solar Wax Melting, Apiary Record Keeping, and Round Table Discussion

We will meet at the GVSU – Meijer Campus (515 S. Waverly Road, Holland).  This will be a more informal meeting to share ideas and ask questions concerning beekeeping.  Please bring along any gadgets (or photos of gadgets) that have worked well in your apiary.

Passing along this request:

Greetings, Holland Area Beekeepers!

Thanks for offering such an informative presentation last week. Dr. Pett was a wealth of experience and information. As “newbees”, we are looking forward to attending future meetings and actively participating.

We have a new Warre hive in Hudsonville, and are looking for a swarm or split to house. Also, we are willing to pay for anyone’s time and expenses in helping us establish our first hive. Feel free to contact us by email, or call Jamie Coop at 989-370-5780, or Jeff Klamer at 989-370-6780.

Your time and efforts to share this request on your website would be greatly appreciated.

Grateful regards,

Jamie Coop

Saturday, August 2, 11-3 — Summer Picnic–Extraction Demonstration–Beekeeping Garage Sale

Join us for a fun-filled afternoon just south of Grandville!  We will be serving Pizza Ranch Broasted Chicken at noon and ask that everyone bring along a potluck item to share.  Plates, silverware, and beverages will be provided.  There will be an opportunity to participate in a Beekeeping Garage Sale.  Feel free to bring along any new or used beekeeping items you are interested in selling.  There will be an area set aside for you to park and sell from your truck or trunk (or you may bring a table along to display your items).  To help with planning, please let me know if you are bringing items to sell.  If you are planning to attend, please contact me to RSVP by July 25 and I will respond with detailed directions.

Wishing you all a safe and fun-filled Fourth of July!



Next Meeting and a New Grand Rapids Beekeeping Club

Disease Identification – Thursday, June 12, 7 PM (GVSU – Meijer Campus, 515 S. Waverly Road, Holland, MI 49423)
We will again be bumping up the board meeting to 4 PM and club members are welcome. This will allow time to take our guest speaker out for dinner before the meeting.

A new Grand Rapids Area Beekeeping Club is in process of forming. They will meet Wednesday, July 2 at 6:30 PM (meeting to be held at Quantum Leap Communications, 2006 44th St SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49508).

Next Meeting, Breakout Session, and the Picnic

Can you believe it’s June already?!?!  Here are some upcoming HABA events:

Disease Identification with Dr. Walter Pett, Thursday, June 12, 7 PM (GVSU – Meijer Campus, 515 S. Waverly Rd., Holland). Dr. Pett, from Michigan State University, is involved in many projects and research including the effects of genetically engineered pollen on the development and mortality of honey bee larva.

Breakout Session — On the Spot (OTS) Queen Rearing with Mel Disselkoen.  Saturday, June 14, 9 AM, (Class to be held at the Century Driving School, 5645 Balsam Dr, Hudsonville, MI)  –  Space is limited–reserve your spot today by calling Don Lam 616-886-1116.

Planning has begun for our summer picnic (August 2) and we will share more details soon.  We do know the picnic will include a garage sale time to buy/sell beekeeping related items.  Sellers will park in one area to allow items to be showcased in their trunk, truck bed, or their own table. We are also seeking volunteers to organize some simple games or activities.  Let me know if you’re willing to help or have any questions.


May 15 Meeting and a Request

Join us for the meeting this week Thursday!

May 15–7 PM – Queen Rearing – Adding Supers (GVSU – Meijer Campus, 515 S. Waverly Rd, Holland).

Website Update:  We are very close to unveiling the new website, but we need your help!  There are several ways you could share:

Stories–Submit a beekeeping experience or project

Photos–Submit photos of your bees, apiaries, beekeeping equipment, or hive products

Video–We would love videos of beekeeping techniques.  Maybe you’re willing to be in the video, but you don’t have the equipment OR you have the equipment, but lack the confidence to instruct others–let us know and we’ll figure out a way to work together.

Product reviews–Do you have an opinion concerning beekeeping equipment, books, or products?

Contribute today!  Submit items for the new website here.  Thanks!!

Hope to see you Thursday!


Upcoming Events and More (Survey at the End!)

Spring is slowly creeping in and things are greening up nicely!  Soon we’ll all be perspiring in our bee yards and winter will be a distant memory.  


Some upcoming events:

May 2 and May 10–Don Lam will be offering package installation demonstrations at his home. (882 W. 26th St., Holland–616-886-1116)

May 15–4 PM Board Meeting (GVSU – Meijer Campus, 515 S. Waverly Rd, Holland). Note time change in order to allow the board members to take our guest speaker out for dinner prior to his presentation. Board meetings are open to the public.

May 15–7 PMQueen Rearing – Adding Supers (GVSU – Meijer Campus, 515 S. Waverly Rd, Holland).

June 12–Disease Identification (GVSU – Meijer Campus, 515 S. Waverly Rd, Holland).

The 3rd Annual Michigan Honey Festival will be held on July 12 in Frankenmuth, MI.  Visit their site for more information.

Jamie and a group from Aquinas College are in process of launching an apiary at the college. They were recently gifted beekeeping equipment, but are in need of a few basics–beekeeping suits or jackets, hive tools, and a smoker. Email me if you have any items you’d be willing to donate and I’ll pass along your message.

See you soon,



P.S. — Here’s a message from Bee Informed Partnership:

We know why you haven’t taken the Bee Informed Partnership Survey and we understand:
For the first time in months, you can go outside without a parka, hat, gloves, boots, snow plow, ice pick and crampons.
It is warm and sunny and you want to be anywhere, wearing flip flops, instead of sitting in front of a computer.

We know why other things have higher priority now:
Green things are growing from the ground and it is fun to play in the dirt.
The bees are flying and some are making honey already.

We know that longer daylight hours lead to other activities:
Biking to work is now a possibility again.
Sun bathing does not lead to frost bite.

We know that you have things to do and places to go but we are going to appeal to your altruistic nature and, as the sun goes down in the glorious sky and the warm air ruffles your bee suit, please, please think of us and take the Loss and Management survey.

Think of it as one item you can cross off on your ‘spring cleaning’ list. Do it now. We’re waiting… hear from you. We want to hear from you!
Please take the survey:

Then go out and ride that bike and play in the dirt. We thank you!

Here’s the Latest From HABA

What an impressive turnout for the April meeting! We appreciate your understanding as we scrambled to accommodate more than twice the attendees we were expecting and a huge thanks to our presenters for going through their messages twice. Image

Photo is of queen cells in an incubator. 

May 15 is our next meeting and we’ll be discussing Queen Rearing with Mike Risk. Mike is currently the President of the Center of Michigan Beekeepers club and has been a hobbyist and sideline beekeeper for 32 years. Mike’s interest in beekeeping began when he discovered bees in the walls of a farmhouse he bought in Eaton County all those years ago. These days he concentrates his efforts on raising queens which are acclimated to the Michigan climate and disease resistant to today’s pests and maladies plaguing honey bees. Mike speaks and teaches at various venues about the plight of the honey bee. His favorite engagements are at his grandchildren’s classes where he takes his observation hive and talks to the children about the value of honey bees as pollinators. Mike and his wife Sidney live on a small farm near Laingsburg, MI where they have large gardens, fruit trees and chickens, raise bees and sell honey.

Mike recently shared, “I will try to put a program together that will help educate the newer beekeepers and also try to give the more experienced beekeepers a few things to think about.  You really can’t teach someone to rear queens in one hour but can do an overview and explore the advantages, techniques, and benefits to raising local queens and some of the issues they may run into.”

We’ll be meeting at the GVSU – Meijer Campus (515 S. Waverly Road, Holland) at 7 PM in the atrium. Following Mike’s presentation you’ll have the opportunity to remain for Q & A time with Mike or go to another room to discuss adding supers and other general beekeeping topics.

Don Lam is seeking volunteers to assist in package installation demonstrations. The dates are April 23, May 2, and May 10. Contact Don at 616-886-1116 if you are available.

Interested in mentoring? Mary lives on the north side of Holland and would like to shadow someone in their apiary to learn more about beekeeping. Email me if you’re willing and I’ll forward your message.

Swarm List – Here are the names I have so far:

Doug and Sandy Lindhout, John F. Gill, Chuck Bauer, Greg Willis, Ted Nelson, Al Palmer, Amber Snyder, Dan Kievit, Don Rewa, Linda Bradley, Wilbur Sewall, Ken Hoekstra, Travis Meier, Carlean Ericksen, Dale Spinner, Chris Walkup, Jim Zoerner, Harv De Ridder, and Gary Manning

If you’d like your name added to the swarm list on our new website, please email me your name, phone, and counties you’re willing to cover.

Lastly, here is information concerning an undertaking called Bees in Italy where Renee Ricciardi is combining her love of beekeeping and photography to seek information on improving honeybee health.

See you soon,


A Reminder, an Inquiry and the Northern Bee Network

Hope to see you at the meeting tomorrow night!  

Thursday, April 10, 7 PM at GVSU – Meijer Campus, 515 S. Waverly Road, Holland.  

Please bring along any Bee Culture magazines you’ve borrowed at prior meetings and we’ll have other issues for you to peruse.

A club member will soon be traveling to Costa Rica for undergraduate beekeeping research and is wondering if you might know anyone there with bees?  Email me any connections or information you may have and I’ll pass it along.

Here’s a link sharing details concerning the Northern Bee Network.  Meghan Milbrath, who is quoted in the article, is scheduled to speak at our October meeting.

See you tomorrow,


April 10 Meeting, Carpool Request, and More

Thursday, April 10 — It’s almost time for our first regular meeting of 2014! We will be discussing swarm control–both preventing and catching, plus various hive splitting methods. Join us at the GVSU – Meijer Campus (515 S. Waverly Road, Holland) at 7PM. The HABA board will be meeting prior at 6PM and club members are welcome. Hope to see you there!

Grand Rapids Carpool — Jamie is wondering if those in the Grand Rapids area would consider riding together to HABA meetings. Email me if you are interested and I’ll pass along contact information.

Here are some links you may want to check out this weekend:

10 Surprising Facts About Honeybees

Bees Capable of Learning Feats with Tasty Prize in Sight

Open Source Beehives Has an Interesting Project in Progress

Don Lam on WZZM


My family and I recently had the opportunity to visit Randy in Florida where he was assisting a fellow beekeeper and friend, Steve Cantu, of Cantu Apiaries. We were graciously welcomed to his fine facility and had a wonderful visit. The peek into beekeeping on a commercial level was very interesting and the buzzing honeybees were lovely to witness after our long winter.  We were even given a chance to sample almond honey! (I wouldn’t recommend it – LOL)

See you Thursday!


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