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Utah Beekeepers’ Association 2020 Annual Convention

The Utah Beekeepers’ Association has announced details for their annual 2020 beekeepers’ convention in Utah. Here are the details:

Date & Location

Event Information Page

Friday, February 21, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Saturday, February 22, 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM

Hyatt Place Hotel
3090 East 6200 South
Salt Lake City, UT 84121


Registration for the convention includes a membership fee to the Utah Beekeepers’ Association ($25-45 depending on the quantity of honey bee colonies you own) and a separate fee of $25/person is required if you would like to attend the dinner banquet on Saturday.

Additional Details

Keynote speakers are David Burns and Richard Homer, with other speakers and the convention agenda to be announced. The format includes speakers through the day on Friday and Saturday with a dinner banquet (separate fee) held on Saturday with door prizes. Lunch is provided on both Friday and Saturday and is included with registration.

Utah Beekeepers Association’s convention has always been a lot of fun, offering a chance to meet and catch up with other beekeepers, as well as an opportunity to listen to some interesting speakers.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Katharina Davitt – Wax Moth, Wasps, and Bananas

Katharina Davitt gave three delightful presentations this year, for the Utah Beekeepers’ Association’s Annual Convention. She has been kind enough to share her slides in PDF format, and has designed them in such a way that they serve as a handy and informative reference.

February Meeting

Join us for our February Wasatch Beekeepers Association meeting on Thursday, February 21st, at 7:00 PM. We will meet in our usual location at the Salt Lake County Government Center located at 2001 South State Street, Salt Lake City, UT 84190, in the Council Chambers north building.

Our guest speakers include Dr Sandra Hope with an update on the American foulbrood phage treatment and Joey Caputo from the Utah Department of Agriculture with an update on American Foulbrood in Utah as well as information on state inspections.

2019 Utah Beekeepers Association Convention

The Utah Beekeepers’ Association’s 2019 Convention is scheduled to take place this weekend on Friday, February 22nd and Saturday, February 23rd. Registration begins on both days at 8:30 AM with the program running from 9 AM to 5 PM on Friday and 9 AM to 2 PM on Saturday. An association dinner is scheduled to begin on Friday at 6:30 PM. Admission is included with an annual membership in the Utah State Beekeepers Association and an additional $25 fee applies for those who would like to enjoy the Friday evening dinner.

Hyatt Place Hotel
3090 East 6200 South
Holiday, Utah 84121

Event Information
Membership/Pricing Information


  • Mel Disselkoen (On-the-Spot queen-rearing)
  • Ian Esplin (American Foulbrood phage treatment)
  • Nathan Oakes (Varroa update from Cornell University)
  • Katharina Davitt (Waxmoth)
  • Peter Somers (Why colonies abscond)
  • Deric Despain (USU Extension Service)

This is an excellent opportunity to learn more about beekeeping and to meet some other beekeepers large and small, and of particular note the convention is being held relatively close to where many of those of us in the Wasatch Beekeepers Association live.

January General Meeting Minutes

Wasatch Beekeepers Association – General Meeting

Thursday, January 17, 2019, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Salt Lake County Council Chambers

  • Welcome
  • Introduction new club officers by Veldon.
  • He shared information from the ABF meeting regarding a honey finder button for either selling honey or locating local honey (
  • Denise brought in tickets to the Sundance movie, “Honeyland”, showing at the Broadway Centre Cinemas; 111 East Broadway (300 South), SLC on January 29. You must arrive 15 minutes and be in your seats before the movie is to start or the doors are closed and you will not be allowed in. Free parking available with validation at Broadway Centre Garage (east of Broadway Theatre).
  • Kyla Bachman passed out $10 coupons for Desert Hive. She told us of classes offered by Desert Hive; including a two-hour class on Varroa mites.
  • Kari discussed the USU Thriving Hive series offered through Event Brite. The beginning beekeeping series is $45, and this cost includes this year’s membership into WBA. There is also an Advanced Beekeeping class offered as well for $100.
  • Jerry Lynn, Natalee Thompson and Peter Somers shared their techniques for winter hive management.
  • Veldon quickly discussed the Varroa mite problem, and stated that mite control will be addressed every meeting in some form.
  • Peter Somers will come out and perform a hive inspection. He also has an infrared camera that can be used to determine if your cluster is still alive. He can be reached at       801-874-2999.
  • Al Chuback gave a presentation on his trip to Jordan.
    • Beekeepers reduce frame numbers to force center clustering for winter.
    • Beekeepers there do not feed their bees; hives are much smaller.
  • Meeting closed at 9 pm. 40 people attended the meeting.
  • Next meeting: February 21.

Start Your Own Beehive presented by Salt Lake County Library System

Tuesday, January 15
7:00pm – 8:00pm

South Jordan, 10673 South Redwood Road, South Jordan, Utah, 84095

Enjoy an hour of bee keeping information with the Salt Lake County Bee Inspector.

  • This is NOT a sanctioned WBA Event.

Results Of The Election

The Wasatch Beekeeping Association had a wonderful potluck dinner and elections on November 15, 2018. Thank you to everyone who joined us! We also had some new people attend who joined as new members.

I would like to announce the results of the election:

President: Veldon Sorensen
Vice President: James Peirce
Treasurer: Rosemary Bennett
Secretary: Lora Owens
Program Director: Kari Taylor
Public Relations: This is still being adjusted. Denise B Hunsaker did not run, but she was elected to continue working with the club because she does so much for the club. Therefore, she has agreed to assist with this position with a lot of help from others.
Facebook/Social Media Administrator: Amy Wilson. Amy will help take on some of the jobs of the public relations and assist in any way possible.

We look forward to working together and planning out the next year for the club.

Please be aware that there is not a meeting in December. Our next WBA meeting will be on January 17, 2019 at the Salt Lake County Complex, 2001 South State.

Please congratulate all these new people who have volunteered to help run the Wasatch Beekeepers Association club.

November WBA Honey Contest, General Meeting, Elections and Potluck Dinner

The November WBA Honey Contest, General Meeting, Elections and Potluck Dinner will be held on Thursday, November 15, 2018 at:
Cottonwood Heights City Building
2277 East Bengal Blvd    (about 7500 South)
Cottonwood Heights, Utah
The time for Honey Judging, the dinner and elections will be 6:30 pm to about 8:30 pm.

October Meeting Info

Next Meeting October 18, 2018
Speaker for October:

Teresa Huntsaker
She is with Utah State Extension Services
She will be taking about doing things with honey and wax. Also about making creamed honey.
She is also planning on doing a workshop on November 17, 2018.  Time will be 1:00 to 3 or 4pm.  Location to be determined.
Topics for the workshop included the following possibilities:
-making your own creamed honey
-making soap
-making chapstick
-making a honey sugar body scrub
-? Other activities
Cost will be around $15.00 per person. Plus you will have to bring your own honey (1 cup).
Other topics for the October 18th meeting will be discussion on Elections in November.  We will also be taking nominations for who would like to be on the board for WBA.

Volunteers Needed For The State Fair

If your able to help please call 801-473-3665 and let us know PLEASE!

We need some help on the following days/times:

Thurs. September 2nd 2 to 6

Sun. September 9th 2 to 6

Wed. September 12th 2 to 6 and 6 to 10

Thursday September 13th All Time Slots

Friday September 14th 10 to 2 and 6 to 10

Saturday September 15th 10 to 2 and 6 to 10

Sunday September 16th 6 to 10

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