August Meeting

Our next OCBA meeting will be August 14th at 7 PM at the Unitarian Universalists Congregation of Hillsborough, located at 1710 Old NC Hwy 10 ( Our resident varroa expert, Lewis Cauble, will be there to keep us updated on this pesky pest. We will meet beforehand at Vinny’s at 5 PM for dinner ( Hope to see you all!

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Field Day 7/26/2014

Just a reminder that the DCBA and OCBA field day is July 26th, 1pm, at the Charlette Brody Discovery Garden, which is part of the Sarah P Duke Garden.  Thank you Donna Devanney and SPDG for so generously sharing your time and apiary with us all!

Here’s some important details.

  1. Click here for directions to 420 Anderson Street, Durham, NC 27708
  2. Go to the visitor’s office to receive a parking voucher.  There are other events going on that day, so be patient and maybe give yourself a few extra minutes. (Durham Folk, Donna has passes ready for you at this Monday’s meeting).
  3. Walk to the Discovery Garden.
  4. Have fun!
  5. Worth repeating, Have Fun!
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Proposal for Membership Vote 5/8/2014


Lewis Cauble presented the OCBA Executive Committee with a proposal to donate a significant sum of money to NCSU Apiculture.  Although the Committee feels a donation to be a reasonable request, we would like to suggest a smaller monetary gift. Any interested membership should be prepared to vote on this proposal at the May 8th OCBA meeting. Lewis’s original proposal appears below. My apologies. I was unable to attach the brochure.

Good Morning OCBA Executive Committee Members,

NCSU Apiculture is beginning a more active fund raising campaign to support the excellent work that they do and I would like for OCBA to seriously consider giving in a big way.  While grant money from the government continues to become more scarce, the cost of doing quality research continues to rise.  NCSU Apiculture gets a bit of money (perhaps $2000 to $3000 per year) from NCSBA, but it is not the sort of money that will support and sustain the program.  I believe it is time for NC beekeepers and the local chapters to step up to the plate and start giving in a meaningful way.  I would like for OCBA to set the example for local chapters by donating $5000.00.  My hope is that this will set an example that other chapters can and will follow.


Attached is a draft of a fundraising brochure that the NCSU Development Office has put together to support the upcoming campaign.  I hope that each of you will read over the brochure as you consider this proposal.


Thank you,


Lewis Cauble

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April OCBA Meeting

Cynthia and I are very excited about our upcoming April meeting! Xander Kent joined the Peace Corp and was tasked with developing an entire beekeeping program for West Africa. He knew absolutely nothing about beekeeping beforehand, which makes what he accomplished truly amazing. He is an engaging speaker and the slides of his experiences are truly fascinating. Mark your calendars for 7PM on April 10th! We look forward to seeing you there!

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T Shirts

We are in the process of ordering T Shirts. The design will be the previous design Louis created a few years ago. He has posted the information on the OCBA listserv. If you are not on the listserv and are interested in ordering a T Shirt, email me ( and I will forward the links to you. The orders must be in by the morning of March 24th.

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