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President's Corner

December is slowing coming around for most of us... the mild weather makes it difficult to get into the mind-set that winter is near. Only 4 Mondays till Christmas... is your shopping done?

The bees have been collecting pollen from somewhere??? They are heavy with winter honey stores and I hope that you left 100-120# for your hive. Who knows what the new year will bring and with abundant honey stores your bees will be insulated and well fed!

I would like to congratulate the new board members: Jim Alysworth, President, Kim Barkfelt, Secretary and Tracy Alarcon, Director, Bee Yard. The new board members will take their place beginning the new year. Please support them, as I will, in their new positions. I will continue to do everything I can to make this club the best in the state! Please call and congratulate them when you have a moment!

The holiday dinner this year was a huge success! Williams on the Lake did a fantastic job with the food and there was plenty of time after dinner to enjoy desserts and coffee - then visit with fellow beekeepers. Thank you to Mark at Williams on the Lake for fitting all of us in.

Jim Alysworth still has the library hive moving along and with a special twist... we have the queen and a daughter co-habituating together in the hive. Stop by and visit the Medina Library Observation Hive and see if you can spot the new addition. The open queen cell is still visible...

I hope your bees are warm and well stocked with honey stores... see at the Holiday Dinner!

See you at the meeting or in a bee yard somewhere... (Please note the new email address below)

Peggy Garnes,

[email protected]

Committee Announcements

The Executive Board has given the Directors specific tasks (see below) and want the club members to call or email for volunteering opportunities. This is a great way to give back and get involved in the club. We have grown so much and now we want you the members to be more involved with the work load. This will be an exciting year for MCBA!


Tracy Alarcon  : Bee Yard

Ken Hazzard  : Mentoring/Membership

Michele Colopy : Meeting Room Set Up/Tear Down

Please contact your club directors and volunteer to assistance them. This is a great way to get involved with the club and give back where you can. Call or email today for details...


Medina Beekeepers 2016 Beginner Class

Medina Beekeepers is pleased to announce two Beginner classes for 2016. There will be a Monday class and a Saturday class to accommodate busy schedules. Please check the Calendar tab for more details. Calendar

First-time users

Welcome to the Medina County Beekeepers Association's website. We hope you enjoy your time here and can find what you want about bees and beekeeping.
If you just want to read the site, please surf around and see what you can find. If you want to help build the site or add comments... read more

Mentor list

MCBA has a strong mentoring tradition. If you are interested in learning more in a one-on-one setting, go to our online mentor list and give a call to one of our volunteers. Be sure to read the expectations of a mentee so you can get the most out of the experience.

If you are interested in serving as a mentor, please also go the the mentor list and add yourself to the page. Thanks for volunteering.

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Become a member

Interested in joining the club? Come to a meeting and see what we're about. If you like what you see, we will help you get signed up. read more


Picture of the month

Molly White "late season extraction" (Click to Enlarge)

Topics of Interest

  • MCBA - the Club - Club contacts, officers, become a member, talk about meetings, upcoming events and other things specific to the club
  • Bee diseases & parasites - for discussion of varroa, tracheal mites, Foulbrood and all the other things that can kill your bees.
  • Classifieds - Buy, sell, trade or talk about beekeeping equipment - what works, what doesn't and why.
  • Getting started with bees - questions for and by new beekeepers. Where should I put my hives? What do I really need? How hard is it?
  • Urban beekeeping - articles and experiences with beekeeping near people
  • Blessings of the Bees - some prayers, poems and other evidence of the spiritual connection between bees and mankind.
  • Bee Still Encounters - Bee Encounters of the Closest Kind by Medina Beekeepers
  • Resources and links - hundreds more links of questionable value
  • Photo albums - Look here for photos of Medina Beekeepers
  • Bait Hives Why not try to attract a swarm in your good, clean, unused equipment?
  • Growing Degree Days Want to know what's in bloom or about to? Looking to make varietal honey? One way to tell is by Growing Degree Days.

MCBA Contacts

President: Jim Alysworth 6931 Ryan Road Medina, OH 44256
330-662-4040 [email protected]

Vice President: Kim Flottum 7011 Spieth Rd Medina, OH 44256
330-722-2021 [email protected]

Secretary: Kim Barkfelt 4717 Kingsbury Road Medina, OH 44256
330-225-7641 [email protected]

Treasurer: MaryJane Poling 6792 Lafeyette Road Medina, OH 44256
216-253-9534 [email protected]

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