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Visit our New Website Today!

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!


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