Virginia State Beekeepers Association
Virginia State Beekeepers Association
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VSBA 2017 Spring Meeting

June 16 & 17, 2017
Ferrum College
215 Ferrum Mountain Road
Ferrum, Virginia 24088

Note: VSBA members and expired members can register online through brown paper tickets at

This year’s spring meeting is being hosted by the Moonshine Beekeepers Association and will be held at Ferrum College in Ferrum, Virginia. Speakers include: Dr. Diana Sammatero, retired researcher at the USDA-ARS Carl Hayden Honey Bee Research Center and author of The Beekeepers Handbook; Dr. Rebecca Masterman, University of Minnesota Bee Squad Associate Program Director; Dr. Lisa Horth, Associate Professor of Biology at Old Dominium University & VSBA grant recipient; Samuel Ramsey, PhD student at Dr. Dennis vanEngelsdorp's lab at the University of Maryland; Marc Puckett, Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries; Theo Hartman, Broodminder Citizen Science Project; Virginia beekeepers Mike Church, John Davis and Licho Berrouette, as well as workshops Saturday afternoon.

Registration on Friday, June 16 will open at 12 noon with the meeting beginning at 1pm. Registration will re-open on Saturday morning at 8:00am. The meeting will begin at 8:45am. There will be speaker presentations, a business meeting with elections, the State Apiarist’s Report and an update on the Master Beekeeper Program. See agenda within newsletter for topics of presentations and workshops.

We are offering a buffet style dinner Friday evening for $9 per person with more presentations following dinner. A buffet style lunch is available for $9 on Saturday. Lunch and dinner can be purchased at the meeting.

The Meeting Committee has contacted several hotels in the area for group rates:

Comfort Inn Smith Mt. Lake, 1730 N. Main St., Rocky Mount, VA 24151,(10 miles from venue) 540-489-4000 has rooms available for $70 per night, plus tax for two double beds. This rate includes a hot breakfast. You must mention Virginia State Beekeepers Association for the group rate. The group contract expires Wednesday, June 7, 2017.

Holiday Inn Express, 395 Old Franklin Turnpike, Rocky Mount, VA 24151 (11 miles from venue), 540-489-5001 has rooms available for a rate of $129 per night, plus tax for a king bed or two queen beds; $135 per night, plus tax for a suite; and, $159 per night, plus tax for a suite with whirlpool. You must mention Virginia State Beekeepers Association for the group rate. The group contract expires Thursday, June 1, 2017.

Ferrum College Dorm Rooms - $65 per day per person including meals. Register for these rooms on the VSBA Registration form or online at brown paper tickets website.
As with all locations, there is an occupancy capacity so we advise that you pre-register if possible.

Hope to see you there!
Deb Parker, VSBA Meeting Chair

The VSBA is a nonprofit organization committed to promoting and advancing beekeeping in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Membership in the VSBA is open to beekeepers and non-beekeepers, alike. Annual membership dues are $12.00 per individual/family or $10.00 through local associations. In addition to other benefits, members receive a quarterly newsletter.

Promoting Knowledge and Fellowship
Among Beekeepers in the Commonwealth of Virginia

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