PSBA Annual Meeting
November 11-12, 2016
Days Inn, State College, Pa.
Plans are now finalized for our annual conference at the Days Inn, State College. (Note the new location.)
The Beekeeping 102 Course begins at 9:00 am on Friday, the executive meeting begins at 9:30 am, and the Conference program begins on Friday at 1:00 p.m. followed with a banquet Friday at 6:00 pm. Presentations continue on Saturday, including some of the top researchers in the honey bee world, concluding at 3:00 pm. An Executive Meeting will be held Friday at 9:30 a.m. at the Inn. County representatives are urged to attend the Executive Meeting (one representative per county). There will no registration fee for the Friday session for those representatives attending the Executive Meeting.
Otherwise the registration fee is $45.00 for both days, $25 for Friday only and $35 for Saturday only. A member guest is $30.00.
The fee includes breakfast and lunch on Saturday, Nov 12. There are a variety of eateries within a few blocks of the Inn for those who need lunch on Friday.
For those attending Beekeeping 102, the cost is $25 for the 3-hour workshop, $30 for those who choose to stay for the afternoon session of the conference, and $50 for the full two days.Break out sessions to include:
- Building a Honey House
- Speaking to Children about Honey Bees
- The Pollinator Stewardship Council
The Annual Banquet will be held at the Days Inn on Friday, Nov 11, beginning at 6:00 p.m. The cost of the Banquet is $30.00 for adults, $11.00 for ages 11-12, $8.00 for ages 6-10, 5 & under, free. These prices include tax and tip. Please make your reservations with Yvonne Crimbring, (570) 673-8201, before Nov. 1st.
Donations of auction items and door prizes are requested, all proceeds to the PA Honey Bee Queen fund. Please send donations to Jeremy Barnes at 1722 Union Church Rd, Seven Valleys, PA 17360, or bring them with you to the meeting.
The Days Inn is located in the center of State College at 240 South Pugh Street, which is a block south of Beaver Street. There is dedicated parking on the south, west and north sides of the Inn. View on Map
Two keynote addresses are scheduled for the conference.
The first, at 2:30 pm on Friday, is by Mark Winston, entitled Audacious Ideas for the Future of Beekeeping. Many of us have read, and refer consistently to, Mark’s The Biology of the Honey Bee, published in 1993, and more recently we have been inspired by Bee Time: Lessons from the Hive, published two years ago, and which incidentally was awarded the 2015 Canadian Governor General’s Literary Award for Nonfiction. Mark is one of those rare, highly respected scientists who communicates easily with the public. In that respect he occupies the same rarified atmosphere as Tom Sealey.
The second, at 10:45 on Saturday, is by Keith Delaplane, titled Thinking Superorganismally: How Evolutionary Biology can make us Better Beekeepers and can Improve Bee Breeding, and as such is complementary to the superb series of articles that have been running in the American Bee Journal for the last two years.
Keith was the feature of a spectacular interview by Jennifer Berry, published in Bee Culture in Nov. 2015. A professor at the University of Georgia in Athens, he has written over 75 research, extension and educational publications, authored three books, and has been an editor for several others – including the 42nd edition of ABC & XYZ of Bee Culture. He has presented hundreds of lectures to local, state, national and international political, academic, scientific and beekeeping audiences. Perhaps his most recent, and possibly unusual, honor was when Keith became a Member of the British Empire, a result of the impact he made while on sabbatical at the National Bee Unit, in York, England, in 2012-2013.Guest speaker at the Banquet: Dr. Deb Delaney.
Brought to you by Deb Delaney and Jim Bobb. Friday 9:00 a.m. - noon (Immediately prior to the PSBA Annual Meeting)
- Bee Anatomy – A Look at Bees from the Inside Out
- Beekeeping through the Year with a List of Top Ten Goals, Tips, and Techniques
- Keeping Bees Alive over the Winter
Register on PSBA Conference Registration Form
Need a Place to Stay?
If you are interested in staying overnight, rooms are available at the Days Inn for a group rate of $109 per night + taxes. Phone 814-238-8454 and mention you are with PSBA to receive the special rate.