12:00 PM12:00

Summer Picnic


Plans for provided food but dig up your best dessert using Honey for the dessert bar. 

Bob will be talking about setting up a honey house and showing off his new equipment!  

Queen raffle! Trivia!

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7:00 AM07:00

Bus trip to Canada to Ferguson Apiaries

Trip to Canada

SEMBA is organizing a trip to Canada to visit Ferguson Apiaries in Hensall, Ontario. The Ferguson family is the biggest buckfast queen producer in North America. The trip will take place Saturday, May 26th.

  • We will meet at Schoolcraft College in Livonia at 7:00am and depart at 7:30am
  • Proceed to  Seven Ponds in Almont to pick up a group of people there
  • Proceed to Pilot Travel Center on M-69 in Smiths Creek to pick up the beekeepers from Pine River Club

Then its off to the Canadian Border!  We plan to arrive at Ferguson Apiaries around 11:00-11:30am. The Ferguson family will provide a sandwich for us. We will be returning back home at 2:30-3:00pm.

The cost of transportation and food is $40.00. Each person attending will need to have a passport or Enhanced Drivers License that will allow you into Canada.   

Total number of spaces  is limited to 55 people! 


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SEMBA Membership Meeting
1:30 PM13:30

SEMBA Membership Meeting

Potluck at 1:30, bring a dish to pass and your own table service, coffee tea, cocoa provided by SEMBA

Membership meeting at 2:00 - club announcements, election of interim officers

Program: 2:30 - Meghan Milbrath - Varroa Viruses, APHIS National Honey Bee Survey

At Schoolcraft College , Vis Ta Tech Building in the Lower Waterman Center

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Roger's Memorial
1:00 PM13:00

Roger's Memorial

The Sutherland Family Invites You to Commemorate the life of Roger Sutherland

At Schoolcraft College - The Sutherland Room

This is an open house event. All are welcome. A
Memory Circle will occur 2:00 P.M. to 2:45 P.M.
Please bring a memory to share. appetizers will
be served throughout the event.

Beekeepers are invited to wear beekeeping attire. 

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Roger’s honor may
be made to the Schoolcraft College Foundation

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80th Annual Meeting
7:30 AM07:30

80th Annual Meeting


Come On! Get in on the buzz about beekeeping!

Free Admission 

The vendor area will be open from 7:30 am to 2:40 pm! Vendors from many beekeeping companies will bee on site selling equipment, books and unique gifts and information.

Silent Auction! 

Walk-in Registration is accepted. Registration is highly encouraged. Online registration link below. 

The conference is set up to provide a wide variety of topics focused from beginners to advanced beekeeper through a choice of keynote topics and 12 concurrent sessions

  • 7:30 am -8:00 am D104- Main Auditorium - Movies! Bee Venom Therapy, Love, and Venom

  • 8:00 am - 8:10 am Welcome! Announcements, explanation of concurrent sessions, lunch and the silent auction.

  • 8:10 am - 9:40 am Keynote Jim Tew. Healthy Colonies: a review of some non-pathogenic conditions that can cause bee colonies to fail to thrive

  • 9:55 am - 10:45 am 1st Concurrent Session below

More more details on the sessions click here 

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  • 11:00 am -12:00 pm Keynote Speaker Jim Tew on Foulbrood - Still Here, Still Persistent. European and American Foulbrood overview of controls, and eradication procedures

  • Lunch - 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

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  • 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm Keynote Speaker Jim Tew on Wintering Stress in the Bees Nest: behavioral activities that allow tropically oriented bees to survive abnormally low temperatures. 

  • 2:05 pm - 2:15 pm  D104 Main Auditorium, - Silent Auction Results 

  • 2:15 pm 2:40 pm Pay for silent auction items, final call for Vendors, take your items to the car

  • 2:40 pm - 3:30 pm 2nd Concurrent Session below


To register for the conference, please sign up here. We are highly encouraging participants to sign up. You did not need to be a member to attend. Admission is free. 

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