Vermont Beekeepers Association


VBA Summer Meeting Agenda

2017 Summer Meeting Agenda - July 8th, 2017

Middlebury Union High School 73 Charles Avenue, Middlebury, VT 05753

8:45am            Setup, Registration
9:10am            Welcome - President Michael Willard
9:20am            Bee Inspector's Report, David Tremblay, VT Agency of Agriculture

  • Apiary Statistics report

9:35am            Presentation of Vermont Beekeeper of the Year Award

9:50am            Business Meeting

  • Membership Report – Brennan Martin
  • Secretary’s Report – Steve Silverman
  • Treasurer’s Report – Donna Pollard
  • Librarian’s Report – Marilyn Post
  • Apiary Committee Report – Bill Mares and Jeffrey Hamelman/Bill Taft
  • Fair Committee – Bill Mares (Tunbridge World’s Fair)
  • VBA Board of Director Nominations - Positions: President / Vice President / Membership Secretary

10:20am          UVM Bee Lab - UVM researchers are working to begin a Pollinator Protection and Outreach Program housed at the University of Vermont: Samantha Alger

10:30am          Certification Committee – Presentation of Certificates Bill Mares/Ross Conrad

10:45am          Key Note Presentation

  • Two Million Blossoms: Honey for Your Health:

12:00pm         Pot Luck Lunch (Hive Inspections outside w/ David Tremblay)
1:00pm           Workshops:  Session 1

                        Track A:          Small Scale Queen Rearing:  Jack Rath

                        Tack B:           Home Sick: Effects of Migratory Beekeeping on Honey Bee Disease: Samantha Alger and Alex Burnham

2:15pm           Workshops:  Session 2

                         Track A:          Halting the Unstoppable Swarm:  Dr. Kirsten Traynor

                        Track B:          The Medicine Chest Known as The Bee Hive: Reyah Carlson

3:30pm           Announce Winners of Silent Auction

3:50pm           Adjourn meeting

4:00pm           Certification testing and grading – Bill Mares and Ross Conrad

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VBA Summer Meeting - July 8th

Summer Meeting
The VBA Summer Meeting will be held  July 8, 2017 in Middlebury, VT.  This year's Summer Meeting is graciously being hosted by the Addison County Beekeeping Club. 

Summer Meeting Address:
Middlebury Union High School
73 Charles Avenue
Middlebury, VT 05753

Keynote Presentation
This year's keynote speaker will be Dr. Kirsten Traynor:  Two Million Blossoms: Honey for Your Health
Long before the advent of antibiotics, our ancestors used honey to treat myriad health issues. While doctors have known that honey inhibits bacterial growth since the early 1930s, it was only in the 1970s that its antibacterial nature was revealed to be due to an enzyme bees add during the nectar ripening process. Superbugs continue to evolve resistance to modern antibiotics, making normal wounds difficult to heal. In search for effective alternatives, doctors are rediscovering the benefits of honey.

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John Tardie

It is with sad news that we announce the passing of long time beekeeper and VBA member John Tardie.  John was a passionate beekeeper and served on the VBA Board of Directors for many years.  John was known for being the go to person for honey bee extractions from structures and buildings, he was always at the ready with his bee vac.  He was also very helpful to new beekeepers by selling select beekeeping supplies and renting honey extraction equipment.  If you knew John, please take a moment to reflect on his life and contributions to the VBA.  

Bill Mares Wrote:

"John Tardie sold me my first beekeeping equipment 45 years ago. He was a strong supporter of the Vermont Beekeepers Association and President of the Eastern Apicultural Society in 1980, when that group brought almost 600 people to UVM for its summer conference.  Vermont beekeepers will miss him."

See more at: John Tardie Obituary


The National Honey Bee Survey In Vermont

The massive increase in U.S. honey bee colony losses in the last decade has prompted a comprehensive examination of colony health in apiaries throughout the United States. Known as the National Honey Bee Survey (NHBS), the effort is a collaboration between the USDA Animal Plant and Health Inspection Service (APHIS), the Bee Informed Partnership (BIP) out of the University of Maryland (UMD), the USDA Agricultural Research Service (ARS) and the cooperation of 40 states, two territories (Puerto Rico and Guam), and the island nation of Grenada.

To read the full article on Bee Culture's website; see photos and graphs, click here: The National Honey Bee Survey In Vermont

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VBA Website Update

As many of you may have noticed, the VBA website has been in the process of being updated recently. Some of the changes included installing a new user membership application to replace the one that had been in use for several years, which was no longer supported. The installation, transfer and testing of the new software has resulted in some erroneous notifications being sent, informing members that their renewals were due soon, when they had already been paid. We apologize for any inconvenience or confusion this may have caused.

We also experienced some bugs with membership login as well as the forums page.  We believe to have most of these bugs fixed.  If you experience any additional challenges, please continue to let us know so we may fix any outstanding issues and make your experience with the VBA website be as enjoyable as it can be.  We appreciate your patience while our website is upgraded.


VBA Summer Meeting - Save the Date

This year's summer meeting will be held at the Middlebury Union High School

Address: 73 Charles Ave, Middlebury, VT 05753

Date: July 8th, 2017

Time: 8:45am (Registration begins)

The outline and presentation information for the meeting is being developed and will be posted as information becomes available.