Orange Blossom Beekeepers Association

Monthly Meeting: January 16, 2020

2020 Leadership

  • OBBA President: Matt Rensberry
  • OBBA Vice-President: Miranda Clemetel
  • Treasurer: Debra NcNamee
  • Secretary: Brandon Thompson
  • Membership Director: Debra McNamee
  • Communications Director: Beth Fox
  • Apiary Managers: Andrew Beard, Craig Wright
  • Webmaster: Andrew Beard

OBBA Announcements

  • Saturday Workshop
  • Black Bee Honey Project
  • Central Florida Fair
  • National Honey Bee Day Plans

Saturday Workshop

(weather permitting)

  • Varroa check. Treatment with Apivar and oxalic acid vaporization demonstration
  • Date: Jan 18, 2020
  • Time: 8:00 AM
  • Location: Orange County UF/IFAS Extension Center (6021 S Conway Rd, Orlando, FL 32812
  • Notes: Bring your gear if you have it

Black Bee Honey Project

First class of 2020

  • Deep dive into castes and the different roles bees play in the colony
  • Date: Wednesday, February 5
  • Time: 4-5pm
  • Location: Water Conserv II: 5420 L B McLeod Rd, Orlando, FL 32811

Central Florida Fair

Need is bee exhibition/discussion. No selling.

  • Dates: February 27 – Mar 8, 202
  • Exhibit should be staffed on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays during peak hours
  • The booth space is indoors and is approximately a 10x100

Central Florida Fair

  • Brochures, Activities, information or newsletters available at all times
    • Members' projects or collections
    • Displays with a strong educational component with items labeled
    • Signs with historical or scientific information, etc.
    • New membership applications
    • Class schedules, if applicable

2020 National Honey Bee Day

August 15, 2020

  • Planning committee?
  • Vendors
    • Identify/Signup
    • 6-8ft tables at $20/space
  • Marketing plan
  • Plan for setup/takedown

Open Floor

Any other announcements?

January / February Bee Management

Current UF Management Recommendations


  • Repair/paint old equipment
  • Feed colonies if light (or combine colonies)
  • Check for Nosema - possibly treat with fumagilin


  • Feed colonies if light (or combine colonies)
  • Check for Nosema - possibly treat with fumagilin
  • Check for AFB and/or EFB - possibly treat with oxytetracycline or tylsoin (Needs a Rx)

What is blooming in Central Florida (January)

  • Red Maple - Acer spp.
  • Sand Pine - Pinus clausa
  • Wild Mustard - Sinapis arvensis
  • Willow - Salix spp.

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What is blooming in Central Florida (February)

  • Cherry - Prunus spp.
  • Fetterbush - Lyonia lucida
  • Hawthorn - Crataegus spp.
  • Maple - Acer spp.
  • Oak - Quercus spp.
  • Plum - Prunus spp.
  • Sand Pine - Pinus clausa
  • Swamp Titi - Cyrilla racemiflora
  • Sweet Clover - Melilotus officinalis
  • Water Viburnum - Viburnum obovatum
  • Willow - Salix spp.

Who we (OBBA) are…

(Taken directly from our website)


Our Motto

"Creating beekeepers for life"

Our Mission

To educate, mentor, assist, inspire, support and promote beekeeping in the state of Florida and beyond.

Our Goals:

  • To provide education to all those who desire to learn.
  • To mentor those eager to carry on the beekeeping knowledge.
  • To assist those with beekeeping concerns.
  • To inspire interest in beekeeping in youth.
  • To support and promote a community and global beekeeping spirit.
  • To increase club membership, networking and visibility in our community.

What about 2020?

  • What would you like to see us do together in 2020?
  • Where do you want our association to go in 2020?
  • How can OBBA better serve you (its members)?

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