November SEMBA Membership Meeting
1:30 PM13:30

November SEMBA Membership Meeting

If you are planning on attending - Please RVSP Here

Elections will be held at the Annual Meeting, November 18, 2018, please consider these offices on the SEMBA board and contact

1st VP -incumbent Senad Livadic  
Treasurer- Incumbent Tammy Bonifield
1st Director- Incumbent Don Schram
MBA Representative -Incumbent Dave Zurek
Historian-currently vacant

these positions need to be filled due to vacancies.
2nd VP- 

Also in accordance with Article 6: 1-e  Vacancies in any office of SEMBA shall be filled by a majority vote of the Executive Committee. Such appointments shall be effective until the next regularly  scheduled SEMBA Election
President - Sandy Graichen

SECTION 3: Officers and Directiors shall be elected by the general membership at the Annual Meeting and shall assume their offices immediately after the election. All candidates for SEMBA offices and director positions shall have been members in good standing for at least 12 months immediately prior to the election.

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1:30 PM13:30

September SEMBA Membership Meeting

  • Schoolcraft College, Vistatech Building Lower Waterman center (map)
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September 16, 2018 at 1:00

  • Potluck: 1:30 bring a dish to pass and your own table service.
  • Coffee, Tea, & Cocoa will be provided by SEMBA.
  • Membership meeting: 2:00
  • Club announcements
  • Open meeting questions / comments/ Suggestions
  • Program: 2: 30 with Charlotte Hubbard

Fall management /Overwintering

‘Keeping bees (alive) in any climate is challenging, but Michigan have some additional requirements to address in order to see the little darlings fly back out again in March or April.’

Please park in the north parking lot and enter through the Vis Ta Tech entrance

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10:00 AM10:00


Raise your own queens! Get off the package treadmill!
Increase your understanding of bee biology.
(For third year or more experienced beekeepers only)

Hands on class includes diverse queen rearing techniques:
*making splits
*Cloake board
*Miller method
*cutting out swarm cells
*setting up basic starter/finisher colonies
Max students: 24. Great teacher to student ratio.
Syllabus and bibliography included
Fee: $60
No Refunds after July 19th. If you cancel there is a $10.00 fee

The Class will be held in the City of Detroit. Once you sign up we will send you the address and the reading list and syllabus. 

SEMBA Queen Rearing 101
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12:00 PM12:00

Summer Picnic

Pre-register now for the Summer Picnic! The cut-off for registration for lunch July 11th 2018

Summer Picnic - July 15, 2018  

Check - in starting at 12:30   Lunch starting at 12:45

Program at 2:00

You do not need to be pre-registered to come to the program.

Bob will give a presentation on setting up a honey house and give a tour of his new facility.

On-site Raffle for plants and more! Trivia!

Bob will also have items for sale.

Queen raffle only for members who have pre-registered for lunch

and paid online.

$5.00 per person lunch - catered by Heavenly Hotdog

Choice of meat: Hot dogs, Brats, polish sausage, or Vegetarian hot dogs, Chips, Coleslaw, Baked Beans and drink.

Click HERE to pre-register

Dessert potluck: Please bring a dessert using Honey for the dessert bar.

No refunds.

You must be pre-registered for the picnic portion of the meeting.

If you have questions please contact  Tammy Email or call (248)219-1285

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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! 


When you have added the trip to your cart. Go to the top of the page and click on the shopping cart in the top right hand corner. 

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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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