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Regina and District Bee Club

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The Regina and District Bee Club has dozens of members. If you would like to become a member please see our Members area. We host and attend several Events. {addthis off}


Welcome to our new executive for 2017!    

yens_beginner_course Yens Pedersen - President (term 2017-2019)
I currently have one very small urban hive which I have kept in Regina for five years.  Long before that, I grew up on a third generation commercial apiary (which my sister now operates) and spent 10 summers beekeeping.  I have enjoyed working with bees from an early age, but didn't want the work of a full sized hive, which is why I designed the micro hive (about 1/2 the size of a nuc). I enjoy educating the public about bees and have given several tours of my hive. (on board since 2015)
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mimi Mimi Mouthaan - Secretary/Treasurer (term 2016-2018)
I live just outside of Govan and work full time in Regina. I discovered beekeeping when I attended a meeting on the subject at the Regina Public Library in 2015. From there I was hooked. I have 2 small 6 frame hives and plan to add more this year.
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janine_heinrich Janine Heinrich- Director  (term 2017-2019)
Janine Heinrich lives in Regina and has been keeping bees for many years. Janine came on to the board mid-term to replace Kaylin Henry, and was re-elected at the 2017 annual general meeting. (on board since 2016)
Louise Yates Louise Yates- Director (term 2017-2019)
 My husband and I live on an acreage near Kronau where we operate K-Lane Kennels. With a solar farm and geothermal system, we are Saskatchewan's first net-zero renewable energy business and only one of a few in Canada. I grew up on a farm near Montmartre, have a corporate background, and studied prairie horticulture at the U of S. I began harvesting flower power in May 2016 with three hives, ending the season with seven. I love learning and want healthy bees so I've read a ton of books, taken the beginner beekeeping course, have a club mentor (thank you Colette and Richard), and took the spring Intermediate and Queen Rearing classes. I'm a perpetual volunteer and I am also President of the Regina Humane Society. (on board since 2017)
Lawrence Laxdal Lawrence Laxdal- Director (term 2017-2019)
I'm a civil engineer who lives near St. Joseph's. I have been beekeeping for the past two years. I grew up in Winnipeg, Manitoba and moved to Saskatchewan in 2014. I've enjoyed meeting and learning from new people in the bee club and am happy to contribute by joining the board of directors. (on board since 2017)
The RDBC Executive consists of 5 volunteer positions. President, Secretary-Treasurer, and 3 director positions. Each executive member is elected during our members' annual general meeting in the spring and holds their position for a 2 year term. Executive duties are spread out across the board. The President is selected by the the board itself, and the President must have had previous experience on the board before becoming President. Under the constitution, an executive member can only serve for two consecutive terms (i.e. a total of four years in a row) without taking a break of at least one year.
Last Updated on Monday, 16 October 2017 21:26
 
Welcome to our new executive for 2016!    

yens_beginner_course Yens Pedersen - President (term 2015-2016)
I currently have one very small urban hive which I have kept in Regina for four years.  Long before that, I grew up on a third generation commercial apiary (which my sister now operates) and spent 10 summers beekeeping.  I have enjoyed working with bees from an early age, but didn't want the work of a full sized hive, which is why I designed the micro hive (about 1/2 the size of a nuc). I enjoy educating the public about bees and have given several tours of my hive.
  Contact: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
mimi Mimi Mouthaan - Secretary/Treasurer (term 2016-2017)
I live just outside of Govan and work full time in Regina. I discovered beekeeping when I attended a meeting on the subject at the Regina Public Library in 2015. From there I was hooked. I have 2 small 6 frame hives and plan to add more this year.
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janine_heinrich Janine Heinrich- Director  (term 2015-2016)
Janine Heinrich lives in Regina and has been keeping bees for many years. Janine came on to the board mid-term to replace Kaylin Henry.
janine_hamilton Janine Hamilton - Director (term 2016-2017)
 My name is Janine Hamilton, I'm 26 and currently live in Regina. I work in the parts department for Industrial Truck Service, a forklift dealership. I grew up on a farm 2 hours north of Regina between LeRoy and Jansen, where I keep my bees. I have been bee keeping for one year (summer 2015), so there is still lots for me to learn. My hobbies, other than beekeeping, include camping (winter & summer), gardening, making jewellery, woodworking (just started and I love it!), and permaculture. I got my Permaculture Design Certificate last spring (2015) and really enjoy designing landscapes. I also can't stop learning, besides going to college for small engines (Wascana) and adventure tourism (Lakeland) (I'm a certified backpacker! haha) I'm currently taking Mandarin lessons at the University of Regina and in my 2nd year apprenticeship for Parts Management.
alisha Alisha Thompson - Director (term 2016-2017)
Alisha Thompson is from a seed farm at Naicam, Sk. She attending the College of Agriculture at the University of Saskatchewan and obtained her Bachelor of Science in Renewable Resource Management. Her interest in beekeeping is a relatively new venture and began when her family started 10 new hives in 2015.
The RDBC Executive consists of 5 volunteer positions. President, Secretary-Treasurer, and 3 director positions. Each executive member is elected during our members' annual general meeting in the spring and holds their position for a 2 year term. Executive duties are spread out across the board. The President is selected by the the board itself, and the President must have had previous experience on the board before becoming President. Under the constitution, an executive member can only serve for two consecutive terms (i.e. a total of four years in a row) without taking a break of at least one year.
Last Updated on Monday, 16 October 2017 21:20
 
Follow these steps:

First: Do not panic.

Second: Be calm and carefully observe the insects.  Compare the insects to this picture.  Which insects are they?
Last Updated on Friday, 08 July 2016 00:47
 
The RDBC Executive consists of 5 volunteer positions. One President, one Administrative position, and 3 director positions. Each executive is elected during our annual members general meeting in the spring and holds their position for a 3 year term. Executive duties are spread out across the board. The President position is determined by the the board itself, and the president must have had previous experience on the board before becoming president. Once the 3 year term is up, the executive must stand down for a minimum of one year, to allow for new members to become a part of the board.  

Andrew Hamilton
- President
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I currently operate around 60 hives on my farm north of Regina. My Great grandfather moved here from Scotland and was one of the creators of the SBA (Saskatchewan Bee Association). He started down here in the Qu'Apelle Valley and eventually moved to the Nipawin area where I grew up. I spent my youth helping my grandparents and father with their bees. I find it very rewarding to be running bees in the area where my great grandfather started.

I joined the club in 2010, and started with 2 hives. Every year since I have expanded a little more. I am always ready to talk bees and loving helping the club out as a mentor to new beekeepers.


Linda Kletchko - Administration
Linda Klecthko - DirectorLinda Kletchko and her husband Greg are located 20 miles east of Regina in the hamlet of St. Joseph’s Colony. They have been ‘beekeeping’ for going on 14 years and have often wondered who’s ‘keeping’ whom! Linda became a member of the Regina and District Bee Club in 1997 and has held different positions within the Club over the years. Linda has volunteered many years with Agribition working at Agri-Ed or the Trade Booth and admits to loving every minute of it. "It's great to see how much interest is being expressed by many in, not just the honey bee, but bees in general. People are realizing what a vital role these little gals play in the production of food and that 1/3 of all food has been touched by a bee! GO BEES!!"


Judi Gazda - Advertising
judyMy husband Tom and I live on 35 acres, south of Lumsden.  This is also home to two horses, two dogs, two cats and now two bee hives.  Last year as a beginning beekeeper, I discovered the Regina and District Bee Club and the vast pool of knowledge and expertise available from its members. I intend to bring my "novice beekeeper" perspective to the executive and continue to develop as a beekeeper in my community. 

 


Yens Pedersen
- Director
Yens_club_profile_pictureI currently have one very small urban hive which I have kept in Regina for three years.  Long before that, I grew up on a third generation commercial apiary (which my sister now operates) and spent 10 summers beekeeping.  I have enjoyed working with bees from an early age, but didn't want the work of a full sized hive, which is why I designed the micro hive (about 1/2 the size of a nuc). I enjoy educating the public about bees and have given several tours of my hive.

 



Kaylin Henry - Director
kaylinKaylin Henry lives in Regina where she is expanding her beginner beekeeping knowledge. While living in Victoria, BC, she learned about hobby and urban beekeeping practices. She is looking forward to connecting with the Saskatchewan beekeeping community and keeping bees.




Last Updated on Monday, 20 April 2015 21:36
 
bulkIn an effort to minimise the shipping costs members have to pay on orders from Beemaid the RDBC board has made arrangements for bulk orders to be shipped to Regina.
Last Updated on Monday, 11 April 2016 22:24
 
drawn_combThe Regina & District Bee Club has a small stock of drawn comb which we offer to new members to help them get started.

Many new beekeepers start out by purchasing a hive or a nuc, and then build all the remaining equipment they need. A problem arises with this process. New frames containing foundation require the comb to be drawn out (built). This is the case for both wax and plastic foundation. The issue is that the bees really have no interest in moving up into a super that contains nine frames of foundation.
Last Updated on Thursday, 05 May 2016 17:59
 
little_wonder_extractor_SMThe Club has purchased a new electric extractor to rent to members. A refractometer is also available with the extractor so you can check moisture levels. First come first served. Please print and fill out the contract to rent it. Members only (you are welcome to join to use it).
Last Updated on Monday, 02 October 2017 13:10
 

NewBee1We connect NewBees (new beekeepers) with experienced beekeepers who can provide guidance and help.

If you are a beginning beekeeper and would like to be connected with a mentor, please contact us.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 01 March 2016 00:54
 
The RDBC Executive consists of 5 volunteer positions. One President, one Administrative position, and 3 director positions. Each executive is elected during our annual members general meeting in the spring and holds their position for a 2 year term. Executive duties are spread out across the board. The President position is determined by the the board itself, and the president must have had previous experience on the board before becoming president. Once the 2 year term is up, the executive must stand down for a minimum of one year, to allow for new members to become a part of the board.


Keara Bistretzan - Administration
Keara_BistretzanKeara Bistretzan has had a handful of hives. Living in the city, she keeps her bees on her grandfather’s farm west of Regina.Keara has been involved at Agri-Ed and has been on the Honey Show Committee. A reoccurring ‘Pierre the Bear’, she has done the CWA auction the past 2 years.

“Being on the board is a new experience for me and I look forward to contributing as much as I can and learning a lot. The RDBC is a group of great people and I am glad to be a part of it.”


Jeff Tholl - Director
Jeff Tholl - DirectorWe are located at Windthorst approxiamately 90 miles southeast of Regina. We have been involved with bees for 5 years. Starting with 2 hives and expanding to currently 30 hives.  Our operation has it's own little niche market as we have 4 flavours of honey. And no, there is no favourite. We are in the process of attaining CFIA accreditation.
 
Since we have joined we have also been involved with Agribition. With all the press associated with CCD the interest in our industry as grown tremendously. So even with the negative impact this has had on the industry, it has also had a silver lining.  Thanks to all for your help at Agribition and keep up the good work spreading the news about bees and our products.
 
With the variety of operations in our club we feel this offers many advantages.  From the hobbyist to the major producers, beginner to seasoned veterans, the wealth of knowledge right here locally is endless.  So if there is some way we are able to assist you don't hesitate to give a shout.
 
May the flow bee with you,
 
Jeff


Linda Kletchko - Director
Linda Klecthko - DirectorAs mentioned in the AGM News on Page 1 and the President Report on Page 3, we have 3 new Executives. Here is a bit about each of them. Linda Kletchko and her husband Greg are located 20 miles east of Regina in the hamlet of St. Joseph’s Colony. They have been ‘beekeeping’ for going on 14 years and have often wondered who’s ‘keeping’ whom! Linda became a member of the Regina and District Bee Club in 1997 and has held different positions within the Club over the years. Linda has volunteered many years with Agribition working at Agri-Ed or the Trade Booth and admits to loving every minute of it. "It's great to see how much interest is being expressed by many in, not just the honey bee, but bees in general. People are realizing what a vital role these little gals play in the production of food and that 1/3 of all food has been touched by a bee! GO BEES!!"


Daphne Murphy - Director
DaphneBats, butterflies, birds and bees - apparently loving all things beginning with 'B', Daphne has had a fascination with bees since she was a little girl and spent days sitting on the fence in her mother's garden watching the bees that visited the asters stuff pollen into their leg sacs and swearing one day she would keep some. That day is getting closer. Although Daphne does not own any hives (yet) she plans to keep a few in the City of Regina soon. In the mean time she keeps busy tending and growing her hummingbird, butterfly and bee garden and prairie plant wildflower garden.

An ecologist first and educator second, Daphne works for the Ministry of Environment as her day job. Daphne has been involved with Agribition and the Agri-Ed bee booth and finds the time spent talking to the public about bees both invigorating and rewarding. She is grateful for the opportunity to support the Regina Bee Club and other local bee keepers, partly for selfish reasons of ensuring the support is there when she gets her own bees, but more because of the importance of this tiny organism to our environment. Her ecologist side plans to study the impact of the introduction of honey bees to an area on the native bees already there when she gets around to setting up her own hives.

As a future Urban Beekeeper, Daphne is interested in supporting the development of a network of urban beekeepers each keeping small hive numbers but between them a strong and robust community of hives - and learning a lot about keeping bees in the meantime.

"As a member of the RDBC for the past two years I have enjoyed getting to know all the wonderful people who are members of the club, getting to experience 'beekeeping' and getting out into the field on field-days, and the friendships I have developed through these activities. Moving forward, I'm excited about the challenges and opportunities being on the executive will bring and look forward to working with a great group of people."


Conrad Schultz - President
Conrad_SchultzConrad Schultz has a half dozen hives and has been a member since 2009. Along with being involved with the club he is also the SBA's Secretary\Treasurer. He and his wife live in Regina. Conrad is a Programmer Analyst, operating a web design company. He has volunteered at Agri-Ed and has even jumped into the ‘Pierre the Bear’ suit.

“This is an important time for us beekeepers. The industry is getting a lot of attention and we have an opportunity to ride on that. I am looking forward to getting to know all the members. I am excited to be working with a fantastic executive team and I am looking forward to the new season. Thanks to everyone who has contributed their time and efforts into the club over the years - thanks especially to our past president Colette Stushnoff and director Michelle Frischholtz. Your dedication to the club has been fantastic!"


Last Updated on Sunday, 15 January 2012 12:14
 
The RDBC Executive consists of 4 volunteer positions. One President, one Administrative position, and 2 director positions. Each executive is elected during our annual members general meeting in the spring and holds their position for a 2 year term.

Colette Stushnoff - President

Colette_StushnoffColette Stushnoff is a beekeeper from outside of Qu’Appelle. She and her husband, Rick, operate 250-300 colonies as Fort Trail Apiaries.Colette has been a member since 1998 and has served as a Director on the Board since 2002.She is actively involved in the Agri-Ed booth at Canadian Western Agribition (CWA).

“I am happy to be part of such an energetic and enthusiastic team of people, all of whom are committed to serve the members of this club as best they can.”
Click here to contact Colette.


Keara Bistretzan - Administration
Keara_BistretzanKeara Bistretzan has had a handful of hives. Living in the city, she keeps her bees on her grandfather’s farm west of Regina.Keara has been involved at Agri-Ed and has been on the Honey Show Committee. A reoccurring ‘Pierre the Bear’, she has done the CWA auction the past 2 years.

“Being on the board is a new experience for me and I look forward to contributing as much as I can and learning a lot. The RDBC is a group of great people and I am glad to be a part of it.”
Click here to contact Keara.


Michelle Frischholz - Director
Michelle_FrischholzMichelle Frischholz is from Zehner, SK. She and her husband, Perry, operate an organic grain farm as well as their beekeeping operation, Zee-Bee Honey.Michelle has been a member of the Regina and District Bee Club for 5 years. She has helped with the Trade Show and Agri-Ed booth's at CWA for a number of years and has been on the Board of Directors for approximately 3 years.

“I have always loved being a part of the Regina and District Bee Club. The Club was my starting point. It guided me through my learning curves....all of them! I met and mingled and gathered all sorts of good information from people who had been in the industry for years and who didn't mind sharing their experiences with a "new-bee". I found a member who mentored me and helped me through those rough first years. (Thanks Sig) My hope is that everyone who joins will feel welcome, network with some great folks...and most importantly continue to enjoy and love the art of beekeeping!”
Click here to contact Michelle.

Conrad Schultz - Director
Conrad_SchultzConrad Schultz has a handful of hives and has been a member since 2009. He and his wife, Lauren, live in Regina. He keeps his bees north east of Regina. Conrad is a Programmer Analyst, operating a web design company. He has volunteered at Agri-Ed and has even jumped into the ‘Pierre the Bear’ suit.

“This is an important time for us beekeepers. The industry is getting a lot of attention and we have an opportunity to ride on that. I am looking forward to getting to know all the members. I am excited to be working with a fantastic executive team and I am looking forward to the new season. Thanks to everyone who has contributed their time and efforts into the club over the years - thanks especially to our past president Alvey Halbgewachs and adminisration, Doreen Bradshaw.”
Click here to contact Conrad.

Last Updated on Sunday, 10 April 2011 09:39