Pennsylvania State
Beekeepers Association

PSBA Annual Meeting
November 14-15, 2014
Country Cupboard, Lewisburg, PA

PSBA Annual Meeting Agenda

The program begins on Friday at 1:00 p.m., with our banquet Friday evening. On Saturday, the latest news and breakout sessions will be held along with our PSBA business meeting and election of officers. An Executive Meeting will be held Friday at 9:30 a.m. in the conference room at the Inn. County representatives are urged to attend. The meeting report and business meeting/elections will be Friday afternoon.

There will be a $20.00 registration fee (includes both days) to help cover the program expenses. The registration fee for one day is $15.00.


The Annual Banquet will be held in the dining room of the Country Cupboard Friday evening, Nov. 14, beginning at 6:00 p.m.

The cost of the Banquet (which includes a buffet dinner) is $25.00 for adults, $11.00 for ages 11-12, $8.50 for ages 5-10, 4 & under, free. These prices include tax and tip. Please make your reservations with Yvonne Crimbring, (570) 673-8201, before Nov. 7th.

Door prizes are being given out during the banquet and we are looking for donations. Anyone wishing to donate door prizes, please send them to Dave Hackenberg at 1466 Crossroads Dr., Lewisburg, PA 17837 or bring them with you to the meeting.


The Country Cupboard Inn is located on Rt. 15, 3 miles north of Lewisburg. When coming in from the East or West - take I-80 to Rt. 15S exit and travel south approximately 10 miles. View on Map

PSBA Apiary Products Show

Don’t forget about our Apiary Products Show* where your best honey and beeswax can win a ribbon. This is a friendly show that is great for new-bees and show veterans alike. Look for the show rules and class descriptions in next month’s newsletter (and posted here as available). We will take entries Friday afternoon, Nov. 14, 1:00 - 5:00 p.m. No late entries will be accepted after 5:00 p.m. Friday. Winners will be announced and presented with ribbons on Saturday afternoon. *There will be no Baked Goods Contest this year.

Apiary Products Show Rules

Speakers and Topics

Charlotte Hubbard - Our guest speaker for the banquet on Friday night is the beekeeper, author and humorist Charlotte Hubbard, who will be coming from Michigan for the event, traveling with another of our guest presenters, Dr. Megan Milbrath. Charlotte’s most recent publication is Dronings from a Queen Bee, which was published two months ago, a charming series of essays that reflect on bees, beekeeping and life in general.

Brett Adee - Brett operates about 80,000 colonies in 10 states. He will describe what is involved in managing some 80,000 hives and what the take-home lessons are for smaller beekeepers.

Dr. Heather Matilla - Dr. Heather Matilla, Associate Professor of Biology at Wellesley College, studies the organization of animal societies, insect communication, and the evolution of cooperation, using the honey bee as a model.

Her current research examines ways that honey bees use communication to organize their group activities. Through field work and genetic studies, she is exploring how and why genetic diversity within a honey bee colony enhances the productivity of a colony’s foraging effort.

Dr. Matilla spends a good deal of time throughout the year traveling to speak at scientific conferences (such as the International Society for Behavioral Ecology and the IS for the Study of Social Insects) and to beekeepers as to how their queen management practices affect the productivity of their colonies.

She will present twice, first on the difference a well mated queen has on the colony and secondly to describe the effects of nutrition on the performance of worker bees.

Megan Milbrath from Minnesota will describe the use of nucs to raise queens from survivor stock, Maryann Frazier will outline an easier method of grafting queens, Jeff Bertha and Mark Gingrich will describe progress on the PA Queen Breeding program, Craig Cella will share his experiences on building a better bear fences, Ken Hoover will outline a courtesy apiary inspection program and Karen Roccasecca will report once again on the state of the bees in Pennsylvania.

Need a Place to Stay?

If you are interested in staying overnight, rooms are available at the Country Cupboard Best Western, 524-5500. Be sure to mention you are with PSBA. Make your reservations early!! They will be holding a block of rooms for PSBA until October 23rd at the cost of $112.99 plus tax (per room). Other places to stay include: Country Inn Suites, 570-524-6600; Hampton Inn-Lewisburg, 570-522-8500; Days Inn University, Rt. 15, Lewisburg, 523-1171; Econo-Lodge, Rt. 15 South, Lewisburg, 523-1106; Comfort Inn, New Columbia, (5 mi. N. of Lewisburg, I-80 & Rt. 15) 568-8000; and Holiday Inn Express, New Columbia, (5 mi. N. of Lewisburg, I80 & Rt. 15) 568-1100. For Bed and Breakfast accommodations: Brookpark Farm Bed and Breakfast Inn, 523-0220 and Pineapple Inn, Market St., Lewisburg, 524-6200. All above phone numbers are in the 570 area code.

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