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East Texas Beekeepers Association, Inc.

Formed in 1985, Non-profit since 2000.

Welcome to our website!

If you are interested in joining, you can come to a meeting or join online.

Join us at Whitehouse United Methodist Church, 405 West Main St

on the first Thursday of each month, 6:45-8:45 PM .

The public is always invited to join us and learn about honeybees and their importance in our world. We offer the opportunity to meet beekeepers of all ages, hear knowledgeable guest speakers and join in family friendly activities.

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New beekeepers are eligible to get a free membership to the Texas Beekeepers Association for a full year

The TBA is the state level association: http://www.texasbeekeepers.org
To get your free membership upon receipt, contact the Texas Beekeepers Association.

Beekeepers
Cluster of bees

What is the East Texas Beekeepers Association, Inc.?

It is an organization of beekeepers (mostly hobbyists) from the East Texas area. 

bee on flower

What does the ETBA do?

    • Publishes a helpful and informative monthly newsletter 
    • Provides an opportunity to hear presentations by leading individuals in beekeeping and related areas each month
    • Provides access to an extensive and up-to-date video library
    • Provides hands on experience in workshops and classes taught by experienced beekeepers
    • Provides the opportunity for one-on-one discussions with any of our veteran beekeepers (many of which are willing to mentor less experienced beekeepers on their own time)
    • Provides access to the latest scientific and political data effecting bees and beekeeping
    • Maintains a website containing information important to the beekeeper
    • Sponsors educational programs such as the large scale observation hives at Texas Eastman Nature Preserve, Stephen F. Austin State University, The Science Discovery Place in Tyler and the Texas Freshwater Fish Hatcheries in Athens, TX.  Many members serve personally by presenting educational talks to classrooms at East Texas and local organizations.
    • Participates in educational events such as the Agricultural education program at the East Texas State Fair.
    • Offers fun and fellowship at each of our monthly meetings.

New Beekeepers Question & Answer period

The Got Questions? Room will be open 6:00-6:30 before the meetings.  If you have beekeeping questions, we will try to help you find some answers.

The main purpose of the ETBA is to educate.

You can see our booth annually at the state fair.

We have observation hives (as pictured above) that kids of all ages like to see. We discuss honeybees and their impact on the environment.

Our educational programs are designed for improved promotion, production, and marketing of bees and bee products and services for hobbyist beekeepers in East Texas. We also share information to the general public as to the importance of honeybees and beekeeping activities in the continued production of various foods in the United States and in the world.

The public is always invited to join us and learn about honeybees and their importance in our world. We offer the opportunity to meet beekeepers of all ages, hear knowledgable guest speakers, and join in family friendly activities.  Snacks are served at each meeting,

The ETBA offers a variety of educational and mentoring opportunities.

TAMU Honey Bee Lab

The Department of Entomology at Texas A&M University and the Texas Beekeepers Association formed a successful partnership to establish a honey bee research program.   The initiation of the honey bee biology program addresses the department’s vision of excellence in teaching, research, and outreach education by providing students and the community an opportunity to study the fascinating social structure, behavior and culture of bees.

Janice & John G. Thomas ’59 Honey Bee Facility

The program activities are to conduct critical basic and applied honey bee research.   Targeted areas include pollination biology in agricultural and natural landscapes, mechanisms of disease and parasite resistance, and the distribution and frequency of Africanized honey bee genes in Texas.  The goals of the program are to contribute new knowledge, tools and, solutions that will sustain, expand, and enhance the beekeeping industry, natural and urban landscapes and, strengthen the educational environment in Texas.

Maybe you have noticed bees in the news

Stories seem to be everywhere about bees disappearing, the lack of beekeepers,being “green”. Sometimes, people are scared by the idea of Africanized “Killer” bees.

There’s a lot of good and bad information out there.

That is one of the reasons we exist!

Learn how to keep your own honey bees, produce your own honey and pollinate your own garden!

Yearly membership is only $25.00 for individuals, $45 for families!

beekeeper showing hive

WHAT DO YOU GET WITH YOUR ETBA MEMBERSHIP?

  1. A helpful and informative monthly newsletter
  2. The opportunity to hear presentations by leading individuals in beekeeping and related areas
  3. Access to an extensive and up-to-date video and book library
  4. Hands on experience in workshops and classes conducted by experienced beekeepers
  5. The opportunity for one-on-one discussions with any of our veteran beekeepers (many of which are willing to mentor less experienced beekeepers on their own time)
  6. Fun, and fellowship at each of our monthly meetings
  7. Access to the latest scientific and political data effecting bees and beekeeping

The list goes on and on – so what are you waiting for? Join the East Texas Beekeepers Association today and begin enjoying the benefits of membership!

1.  2020 has been a crazy year.  The Board of Directors is eager to finish the year and start a new one.  I’m sure you feel the same.  Since we only held three in-person meetings and COVID has been hard on many people, the Board unanimously voted to gift each paid member in 2020 with a free year in 2021.  Now if you insist on paying/donating to the club, we will still take your membership but this is our gift to you.

2.  November and December meetings are cancelled.  We have had very low attendance on Zoom so we will not be offering virtual meetings moving forward.  Normally, we have the honey tasting in November.  We will probably push this to the January meeting.  More information to follow.  We DO plan to begin 2021 with in-person meetings on January 7th.

3.  The Board has also voted to not have a Beekeeper of the Year for 2020.  We will try again in 2021.

4.  If you will be selling nucs, equipment, queens, etc. and want to let the club know, please send us details of what you are selling, when you will take orders, and your contact information.  We plan to put in the newsletter as well as Facebook.

5.  The Queen/Ambassador program is looking for another young person willing to represent the club and educate the public about bees.  If interested, please fill out the application and email to etba.education@gmail.com

6.  The Youth Scholarship Program will also resume in 2021.  If you know a youth between the ages of 12 to 17 that is interested in becoming a beekeeper, point them to our scholarship application.  Due by January 15, 2021.  https://www.etba.info/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/SCHOLARSHIPAPPLICATION-1.pdf

7.  More information to come, but we do plan to offer an Introductory Bee Class in 2021.  Tentatively set for April.  If you paid for the class in 2020, you are welcome to join us.  However, if you wish for refund, please email Jennifer Palmer (Treasurer) for a refund.

 I know this is a lot of information but we wanted to keep each of you informed with decisions being made and our plans for 2021.  As we enter the Fall and holiday season, we wish the very best to each of you.  May we treasure our family and friends and all the many blessings we still experience each and every day EVEN in the midst of a crazy year.