2:00 PM14:00

October Meeting

Ross Conrad speaking on Beeswax: Production, Collection, Processing, and Uses

Please park in the north parking lot and enter through the Vista Tech entrance walk straight through to back by the cafeteria area and use one of the stairways to go to the lower level. )
Coffee, Tea, & Cocoa will be provided by SEMBA.

Questions & Answers with Luke 
2:00 Club announcements 

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6:00 PM18:00

September Meeting

Chemicals  available to control varroa mites /timing and methods with Lloyd Schmaltz

Vista Tech Building, Lower Waterman center
(Please park in the north parking lot and enter through the Vista Tech entrance walk straight through to back by the cafeteria area and use one of the stairways to go to the lower level. )

Coffee, Tea, & Cocoa will be provided by SEMBA.

Questions & answers with Luke 

6:00 Club announcements and comments 6:30

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6:00 PM18:00

August Meeting

Megan Milbrath


Successful overwintering - How do bees survive the winter cold? What can we do to make it easier on them? We’ll cover the biology of the the winter bee, with of focus on how their behavior can drive our management. We’ll also cover ways that we can improve overwinter success. The focus is on the work that needs to be done in August and September.

Set yourself up for a successful winter!

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1:00 PM13:00

July Meeting

Westview Orchards and Winery in Romeo. 

It will be at the end of their tart and sweet U-Pick cherry crop around then and have start of

 summer red raspberries. More information to come. Will be a fun day!

We will have two dozen Meghan Milbrath’s 14 day old queen cells available and a dozen mated queens from Mike Sautter- all very excellent stock

text Rich @ 248 585 5558 to reserve one

see you Sunday!!

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2:00 PM14:00

May Meeting

SEMBA’s own Senad Livadic will be speaking to us on Making splits and NUCs and how to manage your colonies.

Senad started and learned basic beekeeping in Bosnia before he came to live in Michigan in 2000. Please join us!

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2:00 PM14:00

April Meeting

Colony autopsy: decoding clues to why a colony died

 Losing a honey bee colony is never easy. Identifying why your bees died can help you improve your honey bee management skills in the future. In this presentation, we will discuss possible reasons for a colony’s death based on the clues the bees left behind. We will talk about what to do with a deadout’s leftover honey and equipment, and we will focus on ways to prevent colony loss in future beekeeping seasons.

Ana Heck learned how to keep bees in Nicaragua while apprenticing on an organic farm and working with a women's beekeeping cooperative. She joined the University of Minnesota Bee Squad in 2014, where she managed apiaries, provided hands-on and classroom training to beekeepers, and managed Bee Squad outreach and Extension programs. Heck joined Michigan State University’s Michigan Pollinator Initiative in January 2019 as a Research Technologist to support pollinator education initiatives, honey bee research, and implementation of policies to protect pollinators. She holds a Master’s degree in Public Policy from the University of Minnesota and a B.A. in Philosophy and Spanish from Creighton University.

Most meetings are on the 3rd Sunday of every month. But not April’s meeting due to the Easter Holiday

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February Meeting
2:00 PM14:00

February Meeting

Our February 17th meeting will feature Arborist Mike Connor. Mike will be talking about Bees, Trees and planning for Spring. There is always some new facet to learn about the plants that are vital to keep our honey bees and other pollinators alive. Mike will be discussing new and never old information on bee forage. If you haven't heard him speak, please join us!  If members want to order trees or shrubs from his Honey Tree Nursery, he will take the orders at the meeting with delivery at the 81st Conference in March.  To learn more about the trees he sells, check out his website here

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January Member Meeting
1:00 PM13:00

January Member Meeting

  • Schoolcraft College - VIs a Tech Building (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

  • Potluck at 1:00 meeting starts at 2:00

  • The program is Dr. Terry Kane!

'The Veterinarians Role in Beekeeping: A One Health Issue'

"Veterinarians have a new role in honey bee health and management now that they are considered 'livestock'. This presentation is not a list of honey bee diseases and treatment but rather an overview of how veterinarians contribute to bee 'herd health' and what you, as beekeepers, can expect from us." 

"Dr. Terry Ryan Kane entered veterinary school at the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana with a Master’s degree in Ecology from the University of Illinois-Chicago. She took beekeeping from the UI Extension Service during vet school as part of an animal behavior project she was working on. As a pilot, she was interested in their navigation and communication behavior, the “waggle dance”. She was an AVMA-AAAS Congressional Science and Technology Policy Fellow 2010- 2011 in the Senate working on the farm bill, antibiotic resistance, emerging diseases, and food safety/security. Returning home to Ann Arbor, MI, she started up beekeeping again. With the concomitant knowledge of how critical pollinators are to food security and what the new FDA guidelines meant to beekeepers, she started A2 Bee Vet, a veterinary practice serving our pollinator stewards."

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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)
  • Google Calendar ICS

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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