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Section 1.  The name of this non-profit organization shall be the Colonial Beekeepers Association.

Section 2.  The purpose of this organization shall be:

  • A. To foster the keeping and efficient management of honey bees.
  • B. To educate the members in the science and techniques of apiculture.
  • C. To inform the members and the public, on occasion, of the ecological and economic benefits of honey bee culture.
  • D. To provide opportunities for informal exchanges of information through fellowship and association with other beekeepers.


Section 1.  Any person with an interest in beekeeping shall be eligible for membership in this organization.

Section 2.  All members will be asked to join the Virginia State Beekeeping Association (VSBA).


Section 1.  The officers shall be President, Vice-President, Secretary and Treasurer. (The offices of Secretary and Treasurer may be combined.)

Section 2.  It is required that officers are members of the VSBA.


Section 1.  The duties of said officers shall be the duties customary to each office as described in Robert's Rules of Order.


Section 1.  The Executive Committee shall consist of the elected officers and the Chairman of each Standing Committee.

Section 2.  The purpose of the Executive Committee shall be to conduct such business as may be necessary between meetings, to plan activities and perform such other duties as may be designated in the By-Laws.


Section 1.  Regular meetings shall be held at 7 P.M., on the third Tuesday of each month.

Section 2.  Special meetings may be held at times and places, and for such purposes as the membership may agree upon.


Section 1.  To encourage interest in beekeeping among people of all ages and to engage in community activities to that end.

Section 2.  To avoid engaging in social or political controversy as an organization.

Section 3.  To cooperate actively with other apicultural groups and similar organizations to achieve the purposes of this association.


Section 1.  Proposed amendments to this constitution or the By-Laws shall be prepared in writing and shall be read at a regular meeting.

Section 2.  Each amendment so proposed shall be voted on at the next regular meeting.

Section 3.  Amendments shall be accepted upon receipt of an affirmative vote by two-thirds of the active members present and voting.



Section 1.  One-fourth of the active membership shall constitute a quorum for regular meetings.

Section 2.  Three members of the Executive Committee shall constitute a quorum for committee business.


Section 1.  Membership shall be granted to an individual and his/her immediate family upon payment of the prescribed dues.

Section 2.  A member shall be considered inactive when (1) he/she so requests; (2) he/she is delinquent in paying his/her dues.


Section 1.  The order of business at regular meetings shall be:

  • A. Call to Order
  • B. Secretary's Report
  • C. Treasurer's Report
  • D. Old Business
  • E. New Business
  • F. Program
  • G. Adjournment

Section 2.  The order of business may be altered by the presiding officer as may be required.


Section 1.  Dues shall be established annually by the members present at the May meeting and shall be due and payable at the July meeting.

Section 2.  Special assessments and fees may be established by a majority vote of members present at a regular meeting.


Section 1.  A Nominating Committee, appointed by the Executive Committee, shall present a complete slate of candidates to the membership at the April meeting annually. Additional nominations will be accepted from the floor.

Section 2.  Officers shall be elected from the nominees, annually, at the May meeting, and shall take office at the beginning of the Fiscal Year, July 1st.

Section 3.  Vacancies in any of the offices shall be filled by special election at a regular meeting.


Section 1.  The Standing Committees of this organization shall be the Program Committee, the Publicity Committee, and the Resource Committee. The Standing Committees shall meet at least monthly to perform the duties indicated hereafter.

Section 2.  Committee Chairmen.

  • A. The President shall appoint the Committee Chairmen.
  • B. The Chairman of the Resource Committee shall also serve as the Apicultural Advisor. Therefore, this committee chairman shall be an individual recognized by the community as a knowledgeable and fully qualified keeper of the bees.

Section 3.  Any active member may serve on one or more of the Standing Committees.

Section 4.  The Program Committee shall determine the program schedule for regular and special meetings, make all necessary arrangements for speakers, materials, etc., and at the May regular meeting, present a proposed program for the year beginning in July.

Section 5.  The Publicity Committee shall publicize the activities of the organization and disseminate information about beekeeping.

Section 6.  The Resources Committee shall provide an internal source of expertise in the science of apiculture, including a library of literature and a fully qualified advisor. In conjunction with the Program Committee, the Resources Committee shall plan, develop and present educational lectures, seminars, and field trips, including such instructional materials as may be necessary.


Section 1.  The Treasurer shall deposit dues, fees, and other monies accruing to the organization in a bank or credit union account. The President and Vice-President shall be designated as co-custodians of the account.

Section 2.  The Treasurer may write checks or drafts up to the amount of $100.00 without approval. Checks in excess of $100.00 shall receive approval by either the Vice-President or President.

Section 3.  The Treasurer may establish a petty cash fund of $35.00.

Section 4.  Each May, or upon termination of office by the incumbent treasurer, whichever occurs first, the organization's fund accounts shall be audited by an Audit Committee consisting of three members appointed by the President. The Committee shall certify the true state of the accounts. 



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February Meetings
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February 3rd
Queen Rearing Class


February 20th
Monthly Meeting


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March Meetings
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March 3rd
Horticultural Extravaganza


March 8th
HR Horticultural Society


March 20th
Monthly Meeting


March 24th
CNU Gardening Symposium




Follow the "Upcoming Events" or "Latest News" link under the Main Menu for more information.




NewBees Corner


Information listed here is for the new beekeepers looking for new information and guidance on beekeeping and beekeeping chores:




Now is the time to be watching the 10 day weather forecasts! Plan on making up some fresh, warm, syrup to feed to your survivors this next week. You need to feed in winter but winter feeding is different. Mix your syrup 2:1 (2 sugars to 1 water). Best to feed liquid on the warm days and then have sugar feed on for the colder days. You can put sugar feed on and then feed liquid when the weatherman calls for a warm spell. Take the liquid off once the temperature drops again as the bees might not take it and a leaking container would be the end of the colony.

Did you know an inner cover has two sides? A shallow summer side that mainatins bee space and a deeper winter side that allows for fondant or sugar candy to be placed on the top bars available to the cluster. Here are some links to follow for making winter feed for your colonies. This first method requires cooking and I have used it with great success. To use it, follow this link. Something I've read is that the vinegar is essential to add in the heating process as it aids in breaking down the cane sugar into the sugars that are in honey, fructose and glucose as well as raising the acidity level closer to natural honey.

A second method requires no cooking. I have not used this recipe as yet but plan to this winter. To use it, follow this link. There is also information on this site for using the "Mountain Camp" method of feeding dry sugar. I prefer to make my feed in advance and then apply it to the hive but that's beekeeping, each of us has our own preference.




So you were able to harvest some honey but now what do you do with those frames? There are three things that can be done. 1-you could just leave the frames as they are and store them in a freezer or refrigerator. Not very practical for most folks and storing them wet in the garage or house is an invitation to disaster, don't do it! 2-you can let the bees dry them out outside of the hive. This works very well but you must take precautions to prevent a robbing frenzy in your apiary. Put the frames some distance from the hives, the farther the better, and additionally have some objects between, like trees or a building. This also pertains to letting the bees clean up your extracting equipment. There will be some damage to the comb but nothing too drastic. 3-lastly you can put the frames back into the hive they were harvested from or on another colony that may need the stores. If you just want the bees to dry the frames and move the residual honey down into the colony you can place the frames in a super above the inner cover. To keep the bees from moving up add a spacer or an empty super between the inner cover and the frames. Adding the frames back into or on top of a colony may also create a robbing situation if there are any gaps, cracks or openings. Take precautions!

Once dry these frames are a valuable resource and you HAVE to protect them until freezing weather arrives and wax moth activity ceases for the year. There are some choices that can be made here as well. Hanging under a eave allowing plenty of air and light can usually prevent wax moth damage if the combs never held brood or pollen. Follow this link to see some examples. Another way is to protect your frames with Para Dichlorobenzene, Moth crystals. Supers are stacked and sealed with a spacer at the top. Place the moth crystals on a paper plate on top in the space as the fumes will go down. Follow this link to read an article about wax moths and their control. Lastly combs can be protected with a natural microbial bacteria Bacillus thuringenisis (Certan®). It was once available for sale by bee supply companies but is no longer manufactured in the US but is available from Canada. Some beeks use alternative products that contain the same bacteria but are sold under a different name for the similar purpose of larva control. Here is a lnk to a video about the use of Certan.

Have you done your check for varroa mites? Now is a great time to do a sugar roll or alcohol wash to determine the percentage of mites within your colonies. Doesn't matter if you treat or not but to know your colonies health, it is important to monitor the varroa mite infestation level. Follow this link to learn how to do a sugar roll or this link to learn how to do an alcohol wash. Once you have your numbers then you can follow this link to determine a course of action. Just looking at your bees is not enough to know how they are coping with varroa. I just recently, with the help of a club member, did an alcohol wash on a colony that appeared to be in good shape. Weren't we both surprised when there were so many mites we had to dump them out on a rag to make an accurate count. 158 mites in 1/2 cup (300) of bees! Do I have a colony that is surviving with varroa or a colony that is on the brink of collapse? Without monitoring I wouldn't know why they perished or the importance of breeding this queen.




The summer dirth has started and foraging bees are all looking for stores to bring back to their home hive. Don't let your hive become a source of stores for a neighboring colony! Use a robbing screen if you have a small colony or are feeding to grow your colony. Products like Honey B Healthy or added essential oils can drive foraging bees wild. They want that stuff! Know that a honey bee colony's worst enemy is a stronger honey bee colony, fact.

For information on Robbing Screens check out these links:
1. Robbing Screen article on the CBA website
2. Images for different varieties of robbing screens
A few video links on making robbing screens. (Something to remember is if you use an entrance reducer the width doesn't need to exactly match the bottom board, example: an 8 frame robbing screen will work on a ten frame hive with an entrance reducer!).
1. Northwest New Jersey Beekeepers(NWNJBA)
2. Country Rubes Beekeeping Supplies
3. Another Country Rubes Video
A Google search brings up plenty more videos!
Robbing Screen Videos