President’s message (February 2023)

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While the rest of the continent seems to be suffering from extreme cold we have had temperatures that let the bees fly out periodically and remind us that they are still alive and patiently waiting for spring. Personally, I am not sure if the last of my two hives will make it through February, their numbers are not looking large enough to make it to the finish/start line for another season.

As we wrap up the year with our AGM, I ask you to consider how you will get involved with the club. We will have elections at our March 9th meeting and committees like the swarm and out yard committee will need to be re-constituted. It would be ideal to have every Executive position staffed and an equal number of Directors-at-Large commit to sharing the decision making for the club in the coming year.

  • President
  • Second Vice President
  • Treasurer
  • Directors-at-Large (Cindy would be thrilled to learn that there is someone who has a tech background and can help us refine our Zoom recordings during the club meetings 🙂

The Sterigenics trip has been planned and information has gone out to everyone. Please don’t leave it to the last minute to let Alanna know what your equipment plans will be so we can book equipment and ferry travel to get it all over to Vancouver and back again. The deadline to get the form to Alanna is February 13th and you will have an additional week to prepare your equipment for shipping. If you have questions please forward them to

Have you heard of the Butterflyway program? If not, there is still a little time left to join the Butterflyway Rangers program.  Creating habitat gardens that provide food and shelter for wild bees and butterflies. The work is largely creating habitat gardens in clusters of twelve. Support and training comes from the David Suzuki Foundation via monthly webinars and online resources. For more information, or to apply, visit their website. The deadline for applications this year is February 13th.

Membership has its benefits so don’t forget to renew. Unlike the rest of the world our membership fees remain unchanged at $32.00 per year. And you get that nifty discount offered by our local bee equipment suppliers!

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