Friday, December 11, 2009

2010 Elections

Thank you everyone that attended our meeting last night.

Elections were held for 2010 Officers of the Kankakee River Valley Beekeepers Association.
John Bailey retains his title as President. Bert Vinke is stepping in as Vice President after Frank Gordon, who held the position in 2009. Donna Oppolo will be Secretary for another year and Peter Hansen remains Treasurer.

Our next meeting is scheduled for Thursday, January 7, 2010 - 6:00 pm. Please note we have a one time only location change due to the Extension Office being booked that evening. We will instead be meeting at Aurelio's, 1600 N. Convent Street, Bourbonnais, IL, 60914.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Meeting Reminder

Our next meeting is Thursday, October 29. Hope to see you there.

Thursday, July 23, 2009


Our next meeting will be held on August 6. 6:00-8:00 pm. See you there.

Beekeeping Part II Workshop

Whether you are a new beekeeper or have had hives for a long time, questions are always coming up as to the best way to care and manage your bee colonies. Saturday, August 1st is the day to get those questions answered by an experienced panel of local beekeepers that have 110 years of beekeeping experience between them. There isn't much they haven't encountered in their hives or techniques they haven't tried. Bring your questions and definitely a notebook. This is a continuation of the workshops the Center for Sustainable Community (CSC) offered last winter and will be held at the Greenhouse Bed and Breakfast in Kempton, IL beginning at 1:30 P.M. Kempton, IL is 30 minutes southwest of Kankakee.

The cost is $40 and follows CSC’s free morning open house.

A panel of local, experienced beekeepers, some from the Kankakee River Valley Beekeepers Association, will be available to give advice on what works for them in our mid-west climate. Panelists include John Bailey, who has been keeping bees for 35 years, Frank Gordon who is in his 54th year of beekeeping and doesn't use any insecticides, chemicals or antibiotics, and Mark Hoffman who has been keeping bees since getting his first two hives from Frank Gordon over 20 years ago.

Following the discussion will be hands-on honey extracting instruction given by Mark Hoffman. Everyone will have an opportunity to gain experience with the uncapping knife and 4-frame honey extractor.

By this time in the beekeeping season many questions begin to pop-up for new and seasoned apiarists alike. They may include:

How do I know if I'm leaving the bees enough honey for the winter?
How do I combine weak hives for the winter?
Is it hard to raise my own queen?
What is a nuc and should I keep one around?
Anything else you may have been wondering about.

For more information call Julie at 708-828-4325 or register online at

The Center for Sustainable Community (CSC) is an educational, nonprofit organization offering seminars and workshops in holistic health, renewable energy, green building, and sustainable agriculture.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009


Our next meeting is June 25. Please plan to attend, we will be discussing honey extraction.

Monday, May 11, 2009

Next meeting

Our next meeting is scheduled for this Thursday, same time and place. Hope everyone can make it.

At our last meeting we meet some new members and James did a re-cap of our successful workshop. John Bailey gave a lesson in hive assembly and we ended with an open discussion.

Monday, February 23, 2009

Meeting Schedule

Meetings are held from 6:00 pm until 8:00 pm.

April 2, 2009
May 14, 2009
June 25, 2009
August 6, 2009
September 17, 2009
October 29, 2009
December 12, 2009

Friday, February 20, 2009

Buzz Into Beekeeping Workshop

March 7
8:30 am to 3:00 pm

University of Illinois Extension
Kankakee County
1650 Commerce Drive
Bourbonnais, Illinois

Topics to be covered:
• Equipment needed and where to find it
• Location of your hives
• Acquiring bees
• Beekeeping challenges
• Special needs for healthy bees and a good honey crop
• Cost
• Bee biology
• Castes in a colony and colony organization
• Pest and disease management
• Making and using nucleus colonies
• Bee breeding
• Hygienic bees

Cost is $20.00 per person.
Handouts and lunch will be provided.

For more information or to register
call 815-933-8337.

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Meeting Reminder

Please be sure to attend our February 19 meeting.
We will be discussing the workshop planned for March 7.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Beekeeping Workshops

One workshop coming up is the queen production event sponsored by the Central East Illinois Beekeeping Assn. It will be on April 24 at CEIBA pres. David Burns' place east of Champaign. It will be a day-long program taught by Joe Latshaw of Ohio Queen breeders and the cost is $75.
The workshop is for serious beekeepers who plan to produce queens for sale.

Monday, January 26, 2009

Meeting Reminder

Our next meeting is Thursday, February 19. 6:00-8:00 pm.
Please bring ideas for our workshop on March 7.

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Where have all the bees gone?

This TED talk is very interesting. Enjoy.

New email address for KRVBA

Using an electric uncapping knife.

Member, Frank Gordon demonstrates his technique
on a capped frame of honey.

Using an uncapping plane.

Mike Rusnak assists John Bailey with uncapping a frame
of honey using an electric uncapping plane.

Preparing to uncap a frame of honey.

KRVBA member Mike Rusnak.

Edith McDonald chooses an uncapping knife
at the honey extraction demonstration.

In the news.

KRVBA Meeting

The first meeting of 2009 was held on January 7.