SCBA Spring Meeting 2014

  • 01 Mar 2014
  • 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Palmetto GBA Building, 17 Technology Circle, Columbia, SC 29203


(depends on selected options)

Base fee:
  • You are not a member of the SC State but wish to attend-You are welcome to attend. This price includes lunch.
  • You are an individual with family or more than one guest-You are welcome to attend. This price includes lunch.
  • You are a SCBA member. This price includes BBQ lunch
  • You are a SCBA with Family. This price includes 2 lunches.


Date:  March 1, 2014

Location:  Palmetto GBA Building 17 Technology Circle, Columbia, SC  29203


Individual (member)------$15 includes Lunch

Family (member)----------$25 includes 2 Lunches 

Non-member Individual---$25 includes lunch

Non member Family-------$35 includes 2 Lunches

Walk-Ins add $5 per person

Mail In Registration - download the form here-Deadline Feb.24

Join the SC Sate Association click here..

Download Meeting Agenda and Conference Information

Morning Program

7:30-8:30… Meet and Greet Dr Jennifer Tsuruda - Coffee and Donuts

8:00 ...Check In

8:30 ...Invocation – Buddy May, Piedmont Beekeepers Association, Greenville

  • Welcome & President’s Comments - President Eck Miller, York, SC
  • Introductions & Announcements – President Elect Bill Grayson, Waterloo, SC

9:00…Business Meeting

  • Treasure Report-Don Van Borsch 
  • Grant Committee and Hive Scale Report- Kerry Owen
  • Queen Rearing Program for SCBA- Dr. Jennifer Tsuruda & Team
  • Website, Face book, Twitter Update- Walt Perrin
  • Master Beekeeper Program- Walt Perrin
  • MBP Record Keeping-Kevin Nicholson              
  • Nomination Committee- Bill Butts
  • SCBA Honey Jar Supply Program – Bill Grayson
  • Certificates Awarded-Certified, Journeyman and Master Beekeepers- Eck Miller, Anita Lehew


10:20…Door Prizes

Technical Programs

Honey Bee Survivability and Succeeding as a Beekeeper:

10:30-11:00…IntroductionClemson State Apiculturist Dr Jennifer TsurudaJennifer’s vision of the future with measurable goals and benchmarks               

11:00-11:45…Lessons learned from SC Commercial

Beekeepers- Mell Wallace (Hive Inspections and Essential Oil Treatments)

11:45-1:00…Lunch in the Cafeteria and Visit Vendors

1:15-1:30…..Door Prizes

1:30-2:15…..Practical Nutrition for Healthier Hives - 

Dr Jennifer Tsuruda  (Spring Buildup honey production or making splits)

2:15-3:00……Proven Queen Rearing Techniques for SC Small 

Scale Beekeeper Mark Sweatman  (non-grafting queen rearing procedures)

3:00-3:30……Break and visit vendors

3:30-4:00……Open Questions and Answer Session

4:00-until……Door Prizes

Adjourn - Have a safe trip home.

Important Facts about The Palmetto GBA facility
This complex is a NO SMOKING facility. You cannot smoke on the grounds or at any adjacent properties.

You must have picture ID to enter the building and on your person at all time while in the facility. As you enter the building you will be given a SCBA ID badge at registration table.

You must enter and exit only through the Lobby.

Lunch will be served in the GBA Building Cafeteria.  Price of Lunch is included in price of registration.

Vendor Booths ... Make your equipment list now.  Spring is coming and you know you need stuff.  One vendor, Brushy Mountain, has announced that you can call your orders in starting February 17 for pick up at the Spring Meeting.

Speakers ...Dr. Jennifer Tsuruda, Mel Wallace-Best Beekeeping Practices, and Mark Sweatman-queen rearing.

Must See:  . Also Visit the South Carolina State Museum go to ..., the first Sunday of every month admission is $1.  A good place to visit is the RiverBanks Zoo and Garden ... go to

Lodging.... There are many options for overnight stay in the area.  Ask for Special rates for this event.  Please see below....

Hotels -  Rates cannot be guaranteed, when making reservations let them know this is a conference at the Palmetto GBA Building.

Fairfield Inn & Suites Columbia Northeast--Special Rate $80

120 Blarney Drive, Columbia, SC  29223

Joshura Dobbs --- 803-760-1700

Click to go to website

Quinta Inn & Suites NE Fort Jackson---Special Rate $65

1538 Horseshoe Dr., Columbia, SC  29223

Elena Washington ---- 803-736-6400

Click here to go to website

Courtyard by Marriott---Palmetto GBA Rate:  $85.00
111 Gateway Corporate Blvd,  Columbia, SC 29203
Attn:  Amy Alimohammed
Hilton Garden Inn (newest of the hotels)---Corporate Rate:  $85.00
8910 Farrow Road,  Columbia, SC  29203
Attn:  Amber Cobia
Wingate Inn---Corporate Rate:  $75.00
8300 Two Notch Road,  Columbia, SC 29223
Attn:  Nicki Klooppenburg

-------------------------------------------------------Register online through PayPal or you can print a mail-in form, complete it and mail it along with your check to:   


                    Don Van Borsch

                    407 Old Plantation Drive

                    West Columbia, S.C. 29172 


We will unfortunately not be able to confirm mail in registrations.


Whichever method you decide to use, please join us for an entertaining and educational tribute to the honeybee. See y'all.


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