Association News

Meeting minutes for April 23, 2015 have been posted…
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2015 Membership Form Has Been Posted
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Build up your apiary with local bees!
Eural Clippard will have some hives and nucs for sale at the May 23 Bee Workshop.

Please let Tina Cunningham (, or 276-579-2123) know if you are coming to the Bee Workshop on May 23. We need an idea of how many will attend so we can have enough sandwiches for lunch.

Our next MEBA meeting is May 28:
Topics for discussion will be what you learned at the Bee Workshop, and a marketing roundtable.

MEBA Members and Basic Beekeeping Students!
Come to the Annual Spring Honeybee Workshop
Saturday May 23, 2015; 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM (Rain or Shine)
Eural Clippard’s farm, 743 Crockett’s Cove Road, Wytheville

Get hands-on training in making basic hive and frame inspections, maybe catch a swarm, get some great bee bargains at the silent auction, maybe win a 4-frame radial honey extractor (manual) valued at $400 in the raffle ($5.00 per ticket), meet other beekeepers, have a great lunch*, and have a great time!

*The association will provide sandwiches, drinks, chips, and paper products. Please bring a side dish or dessert to share.


From Wytheville Community College
1000 East Main Street, Wytheville, VA 24382
Head east toward Cassell Rd.
0.2 mi.
Turn left toward Community Blvd.
223 ft.
Turn left onto Community Blvd.
0.5 mi.
Turn left onto Peppers Ferry Rd.
0.2 mi.
Turn left onto Cove Rd.
4.5 mi.
Turn right onto State Rte. 600
1.9 mi.
Crocketts Cove Rd.

Here is a link to a registration form that you can print and mail by May 20. Or send an email with the information requested on the form to Tina Cunningham (

We hope to see you all there! 

Highlights of Upcoming Meetings

May 23:Annual bee workshop at Eural Clippard’s bee yard. Hands-on bee inspections, maybe catch a swarm, lunch, silent auction, more!

May 28: Marketing Roundtable: bring your best marketing and sales techniques to share.

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MEBA 2015 Meeting Schedule

Meetings are the fourth Thursday each month EXCEPT for November which meets the third Thursday; there is no meeting in December. Meetings begin at 7:00 pm and last approximately 1 1/2 hours. In 2015, all monthly meetings and classes will be held in Room 201, Galax Hall, Wytheville Community College. INCLEMENT WEATHER: if WCC is closed to evening classes, MEBA will not meet.

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2012 August Picnic Potluck in Atkins

This summers picnic almost didn’t happen, but in the end everything worked out well! The picnic was hosted by one of our club members, with their park-like backyard. The association provided hamburgers and hot dogs while members brought their own potluck dishes. Everyone had a wonderful afternoon!

Firing up lunch

MEBA Members

2012 Mountain Empire Spring Workshop

The May 19th workshop was a great success this year, with beautiful weather and tolerant bees. Eural Clippard was kind enough to allow us the use of his farm on Crockett’s Cove Road in Wytheville.

Spring Workshop getting underway

Queen and Drone Cells

Workshop hives

A great end to a productive day

Custom Beehive at West Wind Winery

David Daugherty and Warren Strittmatter made a beehive modeled after an old farmhouse on the grounds of West Wind Winery in Max Meadows. The beehive was donated to Paul Hric, an owner of West Wind Winery, and a beekeeper.

West Wind Hive

Africanized Honeybees in Georgia (posted Jan 2011)

Keith Tignor, Virginia state apiarist, has mentioned that Africanized honeybees (AHB) have been found in Georgia. A quote follows:

“The finding of a feral AHB population in Dougherty County, GA, raised concerns among beekeepers, and apiarists, throughout the east coast. Virginia’s beekeepers obtain 61% of their out of state queens and 79% of their packages and bees from Georgia. The establishment of a feral AHB population in that state would increase the risk of this pest breeding with the queen and nuc production colonies and spreading to other states. At this time my counterpart in Georgia is conducting surveys for AHB. I expect to receive further information on the status of the Georgia honey bee population at an apiary inspectors meeting in January. In response to the Georgia announcement I distributed copies of the Beekeeping Best Management Practices at the Virginia State Beekeepers’ Association meeting last month [November].”