The Kalamazoo Bee Club was formed for the purpose of educating people about beekeeping, supporting beekeepers, and to provide bee-related services to the greater Kalamazoo area community. The Kalamazoo Bee Club is an open club—anyone can be a member and no membership fee or dues are collected. We provide education through monthly programs (generally in the form of an educational presentation), field-days during the non-winter months at the club apiary, and our annual Bee School.
The Kalamazoo Bee Club was established in 2008. We are here for the purpose of educating people who want to keep bees, supporting those who already keep bees, and to provide bee-related services to the community. As a fairly new club, we are growing and discovering the best ways to meet the needs of those interested in honey bees both in the club and in the community.
The club also serves the community by maintaining a swarm removal referral list that is available on our website, providing a source of local honey for sale as available, and we provide beekeeping presentations for service organizations, clubs and schools throughout the Kalamazoo area as requested.
The Kalamazoo Bee Club is a 501(c)3.
Board of Directors:
- President: Sheldon Schwitek
- Vice-President: Maria Barros
- Treasurer: Pat Vanslambrook
- Secretary: Karen Halsted
- Director: Todd Smith
- Director: Tom Treuhaft
- Director: Ali Leist
- Director: Greg Willis
Board meetings generally take place on the second Monday of the month. The board invites input from the club members and welcomes anyone who would like to come to the meeting to attend. Contact the club (firstname.lastname@example.org) or one of the board members to find out the location of the current meeting as the location changes. If you have ideas or would be interested in serving on the board, please come and participate in making the club all it can be. When you are at a club event, make it a point to meet and talk to board members. Share your ideas and if you have areas in which you would like to serve the club, please let them know.