You do NOT want to miss this annual event! We've moved it up this year to avoid the extreme heat. There will be lots of food, fellowship and FUN! It's from 10:00am to 2:00pm and we're expecting fifty or more to attend!
There is NO cost for this years picnic so you can't beat the price. Who says there is no such thing as a free meal?! REGISTERED members of this website will be receiving more details by e-mail, including directions to the location. We can't think of a better way to spend a Saturday so come join us!
UPDATE: If you're a registered website member and you have NOT received an e-mail with directions to the picnic, please check your e-mail again. If you still have no directions, please send us a message by clicking on the "contact us" button on any page and we'll send you directions. If all else fails, call 803-425-7154 for directions.
Spring is always a busy time of year for Beekeepers and for our Association. We get lots of requests, especially around EARTH DAY, for a beekeeper to come to an Elementary School, Community Festival, Garden or Civic Club or other event to highlight the importance of the honeybee. Typically, we try to bring along an Observation Hive full of live honey bees because nothing draws and keeps a crowd of children or adults quite like a few thousand live bees behind glass!
A critical part of our mission as an Association is to educate the public about the importance of the honeybee and other pollinators because of issues like the overuse of pesticides, herbicides and fungicides in agriculture, the loss of bee habitat and inadequate forage for bees to name just a few. Every time we take a few hours out of our busy schedules, we are serving as Ambassadors for the insects who have no voice of their own!
Special thanks are in order for Mike Radcliffe, Richard Guess, Debbie Kruger and Linda Graham for volunteering their time recently in this ongoing public service. We're asking other members of our Association to contact us so we can add your name to our "Speakers List". Even if you're a new Beekeeper, if you've taken a Beginner's Beekeeping Class then you already know MUCH more than most folks about the honeybee, plus we'll always try to pair you up with a more experienced Beekeeper for your first few "gigs".
Here's an example of two "bee" questions that were asked by elementary school students at a recent Earth Day Celebration. If you don't know the answers, why not take a moment to search the internet for answers? Then you WILL be smarter than a 5th grader!
1. How many times a minute can a bee flap her wings?
2. How fast can a bee fly?
WBA and Honeybees are "in the news" locally
Recently, our Association was mentioned and one of our members was interviewed by a local news station about CCD (Colony Collapse Disorder. If you'd like to read the online story and see the video, click on the link below.
We always love it when the honeybee gets attention. One of the goals of our Association is to educate the public about the importance of the honeybee so we try to take advantage of opportunities when they come along!
There are many advantages to belonging to a local Beekeeping Association, not the least of which is access to reasonably priced packages of honeybees! Here's how the process works for Wateree Beekeepers Association. Instead of our members ordering their packages of bees separately and each paying for shipping through the U.S. Postal Service, we pool our orders and then send two beekeepers to Spell Bee in Baxley, GA to pick up the bees. This year we brought back over a hundred 3 lb packages of bees in the back of a short-bed Toyota Tacoma pickup truck. The folks at Spell Bee are experts at loading packages so the bees are well ventilated and there is no shifting of packages during transit.
It's a classic example of how collaboration can produce a win-win scenario. Think of all the benefits of this system:
1. It's "earth friendly" - because ALL the packages of bees are transported at the same time in a fuel efficient way that reduces the carbon footprint involved in getting them from Georgia to South Carolina
2. The bees are less stressed - because the bees we purchased from Spell Bee were shaken into packages just a few HOURS before they were loaded on our truck. Then, we delivered them to our Association members less than SIX HOURS later! So, these bees are about as FRESH and UNSTRESSED as they can be.
3. Reduced Cost - because we're not selling the bees to make a profit, we only have to add a couple of dollars to each package to cover the cost for incidental expenses like gasoline and food and lodging for two beekeepers. Our "transporters" are Association members who donate their time and because they're beekeepers they know a little more than the Post Office about how to safely transport live insects, especially the kind that can sting! The end result is that our Association members save up to 30% on each package they buy!
If this sounds like a "paid advertisement" don't worry, it's NOT. Our package bees for this year have long since been delivered and are already busy settling into their new South Carolina homes throughout Kershaw and surrounding counties, so we're not trying to SELL anything.
We DO, however, plead "guilty" to heartily endorsing yet another list of benefits enjoyed by those who belong to their local Beekeepers Association.
p.s. We've already reserved 150 packages for next Spring, so we'll be doing it all over again in 2014!
p.s.s. Special thanks to Steve Garner of Spell Bee/Garner Apiaries, the nations largest producer of package bees. Steve and his dedicated crew treat every customer the same way they treat their bees, with special attention!
Wateree Beekeepers Association is proud to unveil our first LOGO. We will soon be taking orders for t-shirts, polo shirts, sweat shirts and lots more, all featuring this unique and colorful logo. Check this website frequently OR register to receive e-mails containing details on how to order!
Now that you're here,spend a few minutes browsing our site to learn more about the fascinating honeybee, beekeeping and our Association of beekeepers.
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