The Bee Club meets every month, usually on the third Sunday from 1 to 3 pm, rain or shine, at the Douglas/Sarpy County Extension Office, in the conference room available to us there.
We are not the "typical" bee club or association. We believe that beekeeping, and by extension, bee clubs, should be fun. Our meetings are typically relaxed and somewhat informal. We do believe strongly in education. We will provide information and "Workshops" for our member beekeepers so that they can get hands on learning. By collaborating with Extension office professionals, we are able to provide some excellent learning opportunities for our members. We also encourage our members to share their knowledge and experience with each other. Most of our demonstrations and presentations at the meetings are done by members with a variety of experience in beekeeping. We think that even new beekeepers have something to offer that we might not have thought of or considered from a certain perspective before.
Our goals are to provide support and community for area beekeepers, bee conservation and bee enthusiasts (a bee enthusiast is someone who doesn't have bees but is extremely interested in them just the same) as well as education for the general public in the Omaha/Metro area. We are a publicly active group holding at least 2 to 3 events a year bringing bees, beekeeping and the Omaha Bee Club to the public spotlight.
We want to help beekeepers be successful, to be educated and to have fun.
History of the Omaha Bee Club
The Omaha Bee Club started life with about 4 members in about June of 2010. Of those founding members still involved today are; Joe Strecker and Tony Sandoval.
BBE-Tech business owner Tony Sandoval maintains a conservation bee yard at a location on Fontenelle Forest property for the sake of allowing bees that have been "rescued" and relocated to re-establish their colonies and recover from the stress that relocation puts on the colony.
After a couple of people expressed interest in learning beekeeping, the Bee Club was founded.
Because at the time, all the meetings were held at the Conservation bee yard, the group took on the name of "Fontenelle Bee Club" in honor of the place it got it's start. Since then, the Bee Club changed it's name to Omaha Bee Club to avoid confusion with Fontenelle Forest.
Since that June in 2010, the Bee Club has grown incredibly, with about 80 memberships having with several of those being family/group memberships, we have approximately 115 total members and usually around 35 regular attendees of the monthly Bee Club meetings. We continue to grow.