Books and Other Cool Stuff

A link to the W.A.S. news letter – May, 2016

The Club Librarian for 2017 is Dan Mulally.  The club has several books and videos that members can check out for a month at a time.  Dan provided the following list of books currently in the library (as of October 2014).

In July, 2017 Dan said the club had a bunch of magazines donated to the club and I made up a new list including them with the books.  Here is the summer 2017 library list.

  • A World Without Bees – Time Magazine
  • Applying Pesticides Correctly – EPA/USDA
  • Bee Keeping for Dummies
  • Beekeeping and Honeybees
  • Beekeeping Basics – Penn State
  • Beekeeping, Bees, and Making Honey
  • The Beekeepers Bible
  • The Beekeepers Lament – Vivian (how one man and half a billion bees help feed America)
  • Confessions of a Beekeeper
  • Cooking with Honey – Joanne Barrett (Recipes)
  • Guide to Backyard Bees and Honey – Grit Country Skills
  • Guide to Backyard Bees – Missing from Library
  • Homegrown Honeybees and Time Management
  • Honeybee Democracy – Thomas D Seeley
  • Increase Essentials
  • Keeping Bees and Making Honey – Alison Benjamin and Brian McCallum
  • Letters From the Hive – Stephen Buchmann (owned by Tom Allen)
  • Managing Insecticide/Honey Bee Problems – Pennwalt Corp
  • Noxious Weed Control : 2003 – SDSU Pamphlet
  • The Professionals Guide to Managing the Insecticide-Honeybee Problem – Pennwalt Corp Pamphlet
  • Top Bar Beekeeping

Good Reads Many of our club members have personal resource libraries and often recommend books to buy (or borrow).  Per member requests, we’ve added this section to the website to allow members to post their book recommendations and any other cool things they find.

Several members recommend these 2 magazines:

Recommended Movies: Jim Green recommends ‘Vanishing of the Bees’ which can be ordered from Netflix either via Streaming or DVD or purchased from places such as  It’s an 87 minute documentary detailing the economic, political and ecological consequences of CCD.

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Honey Flow Information

Per discussion in the February Meeting, this blog category will allow our members to post when they see their first honey flow, what area are the bees in, and what major nectar sources are in bloom at that time.  Later, we can accumulate comments from the web site as well as club members log information to come up with an idea of when the honey flow starts and stops in each area.

Don Sargent's Easter Bees

These are Don Sargent’s bees outside of Whitewood on Easter Sunday.  They are bringing in bright orange pollen and some cream colored pollen.   The Bees did not rest on their Easter Sunday.

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Feel free to post any items you have to sale or trade.  Don’t forget to include contact inforamtion.  Please limit the items you wish to sell or trade to BEES and BEEKEEPING items.

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Questions and Answers

Do you have a question about beekeeping?  Have you learned something about beekeeping you would like to share with the rest of the club members?  Post your questions, answers and general information here.

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Give us your feedback !!

Please give us your feedback about this new site.  We would love your ideas, suggestions, links to interesting articles.  Simply add comments.  Note that all comments will be monitored and approved before they appear on the blog to keep spammers and other nasty people from corrupting our site.

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April 2017 Meeting Minutes

WannaBee Club Minutes 4-12-17

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March 2017 Meeting Minutes

WannaBee Club Minutes 3-8-17

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February 2017 Meeting Minutes

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December 2016 Meeting Minutes

WannaBee Club Minutes 12-16

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September 2016 Meeting Minutes


Wannabee Hobby Beekeepers

September 2016 Meeting Minutes

Wannabee Hobby Beekeepers Meeting Minutes: September 14, 2016 members and friends met at the Canyon Lake Senior Center at 6 p.m. President Kia Smith called the meeting to order. Approximately 45 people attended.

The 2016 Officers

  • President- Kia Smith
  • Vice President- Michelle Grosek
  •  Secretary- Lynette Epp
  • Treasurer- Jan Snedigar
  • Old Business
  • No old business

New Business

  • Dustie Go Fund Me Site- Jerry moved that the club give $500 to Dustie for her injuries with her bees. It was seconded and passed.
  • Tote for librarian- Lynette moved that the club purchase a tote with wheels for the librarian. It was seconded and passed.


  • Bill Clements gave a presentation about the bee incident in Sturgis
  • Bob Ashiem gave a detailed informational about the difference between European bees and African bees
  • There was much discussion about how we as a club deal with and be prepared for any instances of African bees making their way up to South Dakota. Kia took names of people willing to work on a bee club action plan, swarm ready contacts, and emergency response education.

Minutes submitted by Lynette Epp, Secretary

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June 2016 Meeting Minutes

Wannabee Hobby Beekeepers

June 2016 Meeting Minutes

 The monthly meeting of the Wannabee Hobby Beekeepers met on Wednesday, June 8, 2016, at the Game, Fish, & Parks Outdoor Campus.  The meeting was called to order by President Kia Smith at 6:03 PM. Vice President Michelle Grosek and Secretary Lynette Epp were absent.  Treasurer Jan Snedigar took Minutes as requested by the President.  There were @35 people in attendance.

A Treasurer’s Report was not requested.

Members around the room reported on the status of their bees.  Members report there has been a lot of swarming this Spring, including in the last few days which is somewhat later than usual.  It has been a boon for some, as several members have ended up with three or four additional colonies.

After several members reported that the nucs installed last month do not seem to be expanding very quickly, Jerry Owens stated this seems to be a common occurrence this year.  He thinks it is because of the dry conditions and a lack of food, so the bees get more conservative in order to be able to feed the bees already in the colony. Tom Repas stated that the bees will even eat the larvae as a source of food when conditions are unfavorable for foraging.  A member heard that many farmers are already anticipating crop failure with alfalfa because of no rain, which is also affecting wild flowers. Most people agreed that while there is a lot of dames rocket in bloom, the bees don’t seem interested in it. There was much discussion about whether we should be feeding the bees if there is not enough food out there for them, but not wanting to discourage them from foraging. The best thing is to check your hives and see how their stores of honey, nectar and pollen look, and decide accordingly.


There was no old business. 


Kia Smith and Jerry Owens reported that they were interviewed by KOTA News about bees, and Tom Allen was interviewed by KNBN for a botanical garden segment on bees which will air the last Monday in June.  He said he talked mostly about mites.

 Kia reported that the Club was contacted by the Sturgis BAM (Bicycles, Art & Music) Festival which will be on July 9, 2016 in the Sturgis city park.  Contact Kia Smith if you are interested in joining other club members to put a booth together for that. 

In August, the Club will not be able to meet at the Outdoor Campus, so Kia suggested meeting either at her home in Piedmont, or at the Firehouse Restaurant in downtown Rapid City.  The program that month will be Tom Repas, who will talk about and have samples of his prize-winning mead.  A majority of members liked the idea of having it at Kia’s home. To avoid the Sturgis rally, the meeting will not be on the second Wednesday, but on Friday, August 19, 2016.  Kia will have more information about it at our July meeting, and will send out emails with directions when its closer to the time. She plans to invite the Whitewood Bee Club to join us. That meeting will also be a potluck. 

Kia informed the club, that one of our members, Ken Martin, passed away suddenly a couple of weeks ago from heart attack. 


Tonight’s Program was two presentations:  Jerry Owens talked about Mosquito Spraying by the city and protecting our bees, and Bob Roberts demonstrated the half-size brood boxes he is building for nucs. 

Jerry Owens talked about mosquito spraying for West Nile Virus done by the city of Rapid City, and his efforts meeting with them to come up with a plan to protect our bees from the toxic spray.  The chemical the city uses now when they do the fogging at night is extremely toxic to bees if it gets on the hive, and the spray floats on the top of any standing water.  The city wants to work with us, and is considering Jerry’s suggestion to switch to a spray called Altosid, which is not toxic to bees.  But for now, the city has agreed on a plan that they will let Jerry know when and where they are going to use the fogging spray (they always do it after dark). Going by our list of Club Members, Jerry will contact all beekeepers who live within six blocks of the target area. If you are in the target area, you must cover your hives after sundown, and cover any standing water sources until the next morning.   

The second talk was by Bob Roberts, who brought samples of the nuc boxes he has been building as a way to provide a more manageable hive space both for the bees and for the beekeeper.  They are 1/2 the size of a regular brood box, but fit side-by-side in the same area, so the regular hive top fits over both of them. He attaches screening to the bottom of each box, so a separate bottom board isn’t needed.  On each box he cuts an entrance hole in one end and one side, covered by a purchased steel entrance disc (sold thru Mann Lake or at Runnings for a few bucks).  Each deep then becomes a double 4-frame start up colony.  The main benefit for the bees is that they stay real strong in them through the winter, as the bees in both sides cluster to the center and keep each other warm, and they stay closer to stored food.  It’s easier for the beekeeper because they are lighter to lift than the full 9-10 frame deep, and since the bees are already in two colonies, it’s much easier if you want to make splits to increase stock.  Bob also has made a wooden insert that can be put into a regular brood box to divide it in half, which similarly creates two 4-frame nuc spaces for the bees. It’s a faster way to convert the deep boxes you already have, ’tho it doesn’t have the advantage of being lighter to lift. Right now, he has his double-nuc boxes stacked three deep with his bees.  He recommends the book, Increase Essentials by Lawrence John Connor.   

Questions, answers, and lively discussion continued until well after 8:00 pm.

 Our next meeting will be on Wednesday, July 13, 2016, at the Game, Fish & Parks Outdoor Campus.  Social time is at 5:30, regular meeting at 6:00. 

The time of adjournment was not recorded. 

Submitted by Jan Snedigar, Secretary pro tem. 



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January 2016 Meeting Minutes

Wannabee Hobby Beekeepers

Meeting Minutes – January, 2016

Wannabee Hobby Beekeepers Meeting Minutes: January 13, 2016 members and friends met at the Game Fish & Parks Outdoor Campus at 6 p.m. President Kia Smith called the meeting to order. Approximately 50 people attended.

Old Business:

The 2016 Officers were introduced.

  • President- Kia Smith
  • Vice President- Michelle Grosek
  • Secretary- Lynette Epp
  • Treasurer- Jan Snedigar

New Business

  • Official Spelling of the Club name: Kia Smith brought it to the attention that the Wannabe name was being spelled with only one e on the Articles of Incorporation but we spell it with two e’s on all of our social media. Joan Clements moved that the Wannabe Hobby Beekeepers change the spelling to Wannabee with two e’s to match our website and other social media. Motion was seconded. Motion was unanimously passed.
  • There was some talk about the spring ordering of bees. Package Bees should be coming around the first week of April.
  • 2016 Wyoming Bee College is March 19 & 20
  • Porcupine kids are interested in visiting a bee farm
  • Kia reminded everyone that it was time to register our bees with the State and forms are available on line.


Guest Speaker: Tom Repas gave an in depth presentation about raising queens. Tom Repas owns Canyon Rim Honey Bees and is located in Hermosa. His father raised bees and he took over his father’s bees when his dad became allergic to bees. He has been a bee keeper since he was a teenager.

For more information on Tom check out…

The time of the meeting adjourned was not recorded.

Minutes submitted by Lynette Epp, Secretary

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