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Welcome to the
Central Iowa Beekeepers Association
CIBA has been promoting beekeeping and honey bees since 1947!
With over 100 members, CIBA serves beekeepers no matter the stage of their beekeeping journey - embarking on this adventure, enjoying the craft for decades or gaining livelihood as a commercial beekeeper.
We invite you to explore our website, learn more about our group and the services we provide members and the community, and revel in the remarkable world of the honey bee!
U P C O M I N G E V E N T S ! !
M E M B E R M E S S A G E B O A R D
CIBA Club Meetings/Communications
CIBA meets 6 times annually, the third Saturday every other month. During active beekeeping season (May and September), they are late afternoon or early evening; in off-season (November and January) they are early afternoon. The March winter seminar and July field day are full-day events.
The official CIBA newsletter, the BEELINE, is published four times a year on the first day of January (Winter, beginning in 2023); March (Spring); May (Summer) and September (Fall). A special Student Edition is published each January for people enrolled in central Iowa beekeeping classes.
CIBA members also receive the CIBA Newscast email from the president on months when the BEELINE is not published (not available for members who choose to receive CIBA info only via USPS).
CIBA Bee Bits, an email newsletter with helpful hints about beekeeping, comes out the 15th of each month (not posted on the CIBA website and available only for CIBA members who receive CIBA info electronically).
CIBA Board Meetings
CIBA officers and directors have regularly scheduled meetings on the second Monday of each month starting at 7 p.m. (the Zoom link opens at 6:30 p.m.). These meetings are open to CIBA members and you are encouraged to participate. Use the following info to join us for these upcoming meetings:
June 12: Meeting ID: 882 8435 0116
Zoom Meeting Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88284350116?pwd=cktLVWJFc3haM1VpV3djTkQ3bzI4Zz09
Find a local phone number at: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/kcgVeOYxUt
Iowa State Fair - Get Ready!
For those with a competitive streak, consider an entry (or two) in the apiary division at the Iowa State Fair this year. The deadline to register your entry is July 14; the fair runs August 10-20.
Winning entries are a popular exhibit on the second floor of the Agriculture Building. The competition has entries for observation hives, photography, all types of honey and bee-related products, even educational displays in both youth and adult categories. Details and registration can be found here:
You’ll find a number of CIBA members on the list of past year’s winners. The word is that entering something from your apiary in the state fair is a lot of fun – so try it!
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Y O U R J O U R N E Y S T A R T S H E R E !
Simply Click the Links Below to Get Started.
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Ready to Join CIBA?
You certainly don't want to miss our next field day! Pictured is our 2021 field day at Todd Robert's apiary (left) and Andy Joseph's apiary (right), both near Bondurant, Iowa.
Membership dues fund our website, provide educational opportunities afforded all beekeepers through this site, meetings, field days and winter seminars as well as various community services. To continue the support that we provide beekeepers, we need YOUR SUPPORT! CIBA pays speakers that we enlist at our meetings and seminars for presentations and expenses!
Make a beeline to join, as there is much in store for you in 2023!
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