The Warren County Beekeepers Association is a non-profit organization and has been meeting for more than 40 years. It is a rich source of information. Many of the members have been keeping bees for more than 15 years and at least one member for 50 years! Harvesting the maximum honey is as much art as science, so being able to ask questions to these long-time beekeepers has enabled newer beekeepers to gain knowledge and confidence faster than they possibly could on their own. The club’s regular meetings are held at 1:00 p.m. the second Sunday of every month (except January) at The Lebanon Presbyterian Church at 123 N. East Street in Lebanon, Ohio. Annual membership dues are a bargain at only twenty dollars.
Our 2019 club officers, voted in at the December meeting are as follows:
President – Paul Dorger
Vice President – Geoff Hultgren
Treasurer – Keith Mealy
Secretary – Alice Craig
The membership is a diverse cross-section of men and women from the county. Some are young and bring new babies to meetings; some are so old they can tell you the way it used to be done. Most members keep two to four hives, but several have seven to fifteen and a few have forty or more. Most members produce honey, beeswax, pollen, and propolis for personal use and as gifts. A couple of members make a part of their income from the sale of these products. A few members keep bees just for the enjoyment of learning about and observing these fascinating social insects.
Ohio has a rich history of beekeeping. The hobby was first popularized over one hundred forty years ago. The worldwide craze was based on a book of observations and methods written by Ohio resident Lorenzo L. Langstroth. It showed people how to have easy access to a sweetener, honey, for the first time by keeping bees. After the Civil War, he sold hives and queen bees all over the country from his home in Oxford, Ohio. A queen bee sold then for $20, about the same as today. Over in Medina, Ohio, the A. I. Root Company built up to become a large factory with rail car sidings and dozens of employees by selling precut parts for beehives, and later beeswax candles.
Educational Meetings are held the 2nd Sunday of each month in the Lebanon Presbyterian Church, 123 N. East St.,
except for January (host bee school), May (Mother’s Day), and usually September (host Swap Meet).
Warren County Beekeepers Association, teaching beekeepers how to keep bees and pollinators healthy. Join us and learn about bees, bee hives, bee colonies and the art of beekeeping.