Spring District Meetings


Saturday, February 18 9:00am Richland Center, WI

Location: Phoenix Center, 100 S. Orange Street (Hwy 14)

8:00am Registration – $10/person includes lunch for members/$15 for non-members.

9:00am Meeting Speakers: Dan Ziehli State Bee Inspector (New regs, bee health, bee loss payments and more, Kyle Bomkamp (requeening). Lunch and Breakout sessions. Business meeting (Election of new District Chair). Call to RSVP and add nominations for chair. Contact: Sue Sharp 608-604-9005



Saturday, March 4 10:00am  Wisconsin Rapids, WI

Location: McMillan Memorial Library 490 East Grand Avenue

Agenda includes Gordon Waller, state bee inspector, on Varroa “bombs,” monitoring for and treating mites. Kent Pegorsch working with African bees in Nicaragua. Will be discussion of new antibiotic laws, demo of the Flow Hive, planting forage for bees, overwintering and national convention reports and time for Q and A. Contact: Dayton Kauth 715-886-4030 or [email protected] 



Saturday, March 4 10:00am                Milton, WI

Location: Milton Middle School on Hwy 59 (Madison Ave)

Lunch: Potluck, bring a dish to pass

Speaker Alex Krueger from Janesville Craig High School and president of the high school bee club discusses youth in beekeeping. Bee inspector Dan Ziehli will speak on new and old pests and emerging WI researchers. Additional speaker TBA.

Contact: John Rogers 608-963-8389.



Sunday, March 5 1:00pm    New London, WI

Location:  Mosquito Hill Nature Center N3880 Rogers Road Directions: Located just off US Hwy 45 and Hwy 54

Program includes overwintering report and TBD.  

Contact: Dan Piechowski 920-566-4132.



Saturday, March 11 10:00am             Ashippun, WI

Location:  Ashippun Fire Department (south of Honey Acres) on Hwy 67, 1 block west on County Rd O.   

Registration: $3   Lunch:  Potluck at 12noon, bring a dish to pass

Speakers include Slava Strogolov on microbials and bee health; Kent Pegorsch with adventures in beekeeping; state bee inspector Dan Ziehli; WI Honey Queen Emily Schalla; Anna Kettlewell on American Beekeeping Federation conference; door prizes, and business meeting. Contact: Don Thill 262-689-2076.



Saturday, March 11   9:00am              Ashland, WI

Location:  Saron Lutheran Church, 517 9th Ave West

Lunch: Potluck please bring a dish to pass.

Agenda includes Approval of fall minutes; treasurer’s report; budget items; overwintering report; memberships; Farm & Garden

Show; bee package ordering update; Loaner Program; social media, and summer picnic planning. Guest speaker. Contact Jackie Eid 715-209-6762.



Saturday, March 18 10:00am                    Knapp, WI

Location:  Knapp Community Center 

Potluck lunch – please bring a dish to pass.  Speaker will be Gordon Waller, past president of WHPA on the future of beekeeping; Chippewa/Eau Claire Beekeepers Honey Queen, Stephanie Koch, overwintering reports, Q & A, and a queen auction. Please bring items for the queen’s auction.  Contact John Spate 715-874-6454.



Sunday, March 19 12:00pm                La Crosse, WI

Location:  Myrick-Hixon Eco Park Center, 2000 La Crosse Street.

We will again begin with a smoker contest at noon.  Attendees are encouraged to bring photos and decorated bee boxes to participate in our other contests.  Aaron Brin, an organic vegetable farmer and beekeeper for 20 years, will talk about sustainable beekeeping, his varroa mite control program, GMOs and their effect on bees, bee forage, over wintering, and other topics of interest. Dr. Vicky Lauer will speak on use of antibiotics on bees.  Dr. Lauer is a Processional Service Veterinarian for ANIMART LLC, a company that provides advice and veterinary products to producers. Judy and Bob Hoffman discuss the health benefits of honey and uses for beeswax. In addition, State Representative Steven Doyle will be attending and speaking to the group.  Our friend Todd Krueger of Sand Creek Brewery in Black River Falls will wrap up the day with another excellent craft honey beer specially brewed for our meeting. Everyone is welcome. Follow us on Facebook, Lacrosse Area Beekeepers. Contact: Tony Bowers 608-272-3998.