REMINDER!! The WVBA 2017 Spring Conferene is Almost Here

Early bird registration ended last week but you still have time to preregister, which is required if you want to eat the onsite lunch. 

Don’t miss this wonderful opportunity to learn from Dr. Jamie Ellis and Phil Craft, two nationally recognized experts in beekeeping, at very reasonable rates. See you there!!

Announcing the West Virginia Beekeepers Association 2017 Spring Conference!!

The 2017 WVBA Spring Conference will be held at Oglebay Resort & Conference Center in Wheeling, WV on April 21 & 22. Featured speakers include Dr. Jamie Ellis, author of the Field Guide to Beekeeping monthly article found in the American Bee Journal magazine and Phil Craft of the Ask Phil column in the Bee Culture Magazine. They will discuss bee science and research, biology of the honey bee and colony function as a superorganism, as well as beekeeping techniques to assist in honey bee conservation. On Friday evening there will be a social hour and Q&A with the presenters.

Registrations will be accepted at the door but preregistration is strongly recommended for the cost discount and guaranteed lunch availability. 

The Oglebay Resort offers lots of opportunities for families to enjoy the perfect weekend, including a zoo, gardens in peak bloom, fitness center, spa, golf courses, an indoor pool, and a lake with boating and fishing. The surrounding area also boasts a local casino, Cabala’s outdoor sporting store, and numerous specialty shops in downtown Wheeling. For more information call Steve Roth at 304-242-9867 or visit to register for the program. 

A block of rooms at Oglebay Resort has been held with special reduced rates for Friday and Saturday nights, but must be booked before March 21, 2017. Reservations can be made directly with Oglebay (contact information can be found on the Tristate website).

The spring newsletter is available online. Click here to read or download.


The West Virginia Beekeepers Association will provide up to $120 per year to our associated local clubs to pay for visiting speakers. To obtain these funds, you must use the WVBA SPEAKER FEE REQUISITION VOUCHER.  Send the completed form to:

Steve Roth, Treasurer
325 Whites Lane
Wheeling, WV 26003

Or, you may email it to:

A check for the requested amount will be issued to your club, not directly to the speaker. This program is a 75/25 match, which means the local club is required to pay 25% of the speaker's fee. You may request funds in any amount up to $120. For example, you can pay two speakers $80 each ($60 from the WVBA and $20 from the club), one speaker $100 ($75 from the WVBA and $25 from the club), or one speaker $160 ($120 from the WVBA and $40 from the club). The amount paid to any speaker is your choice, but you may not request more than a $120/year and the club must contribute at least 25% of the total cost. The WVBA year is October 1 – September 30.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Steve Roth at 304-242-9867 or

The purpose of the organization shall be to promote the general interest in the pursuit of bee culture. This is accomplished by promoting awareness about honey bees, their fight for survival, what can be done to aid their survival and the support of beekeepers. This is achieved through Newsletters, Spring and Fall Conferences, involvement with West Virginia Agriculture and Conservation Day at the Legislature activities which promote the honey bee and products of the hive, and far more widely via this website which has the power to reach a global readership. 

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