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Illinois Beekeeping Clubs & Beekeeping Groups

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Scroll down for a list of Illinois beekeeping clubs. For an individual beekeeper or bee removal company in Illinois, go to the Bee Removal Page and select Illinois from the drop-box, or see the Illinois Beekeeper Swarm Page

If you know of any Illinois beekeeping clubs or Illinois beekeeping organizations not listed on these pages, or if the Illinois bee group details listed have changed, please go to the Beekeeping Club Form page and send the updated information for inclusion here.

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New beekeepers are often advised to join a local beekeeping groups. I think this is the single most useful thing they can do. It provides an invaluable source of information, instruction, advice and assistance. It is often said that if you ask three beekeepers a question, you'll get at least four opinions, a beekeeping club is a great place to find, and compare those opinions. Most beekeepers are very enthusiastic about what they do and are more than happy to help people just starting out by passing on their years of hard-won experience. Even after more than 20 years of beekeeping I almost always learn something new and useful at a bee meeting.

Usually beekeeping clubs have equipment such as an extractor which can be borrowed or rented when necessary. Even if the club itself doesn't own any equipment, there is often a member who is prepared to lend you something. Often there will be talks and demonstrations which will help clarify some of the confusing things one reads about.

I remember reading, when I first started, about how to catch a swarm using a cardboard box. I was very puzzled, the instructions said to shake the bees off a branch into a box, then turn it over and place the box on the ground. I assumed, wrongly, that the bees would all fall out, but they really don't. I have explained how to do this and then demonstrated this to people, you can see the look of understanding on their faces when they see that the bees cling onto the underside of the box, and crawl upwards on any vertical surface.

You will encounter 'crusty' know-it all beekeepers, I'm planning to be one myself, don't be put off there are all sorts of people in a bee club and you're bound to find someone who you can get along with.

If there are no Illinois beekeeping associations in your area I strongly advise you to consider starting one. It's surprising how many people are interested once the word gets around.

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Carl Wenning, Faculty Advisor
Email: cjwennin@ilstu.edu
ISU Beekeeping Club
Normal Illinois 61790
Phone: 309-830-4085
Website:http://www.phy.ilstu.edu/~wenning/ISUbkclub/index.html
Meeting Details This student club is active primarily during the school year. We have been offering beekeeping workshops twice annually. Membership is open to non-students.

Lincoln Land Bee Keepers Association
Steve Petrilli
Website: www.lincolnlandbeekeepers.com
Springfield IL 62702
Meeting Details: Generally the 2nd Thursday of each month at 7 PM. See our website for details.

Crossroads Beekeepers
Website: http://crossroadsbeekeepers.blogspot.com
Contact: Larry Quicksall
Tel: 217-347-5937
E-mail: LarryQuicksall@yahoo.com
Effingham IL 62401
Crossroads Beekeepers meet on the 2nd Monday of the month at 6:30pm in the basement of the University of Illinois Extension Center, 1209 Wenthe Drive, Effingham, Illinois. Educational programs on beekeeping occur at every meeting.

HEART OF ILLINOIS BKPRS ASSOC
Janet Hart
11720 County Route 150
Brimfield, IL 61517
Phone 309-446-3004
Email harthoney@msn.com

SPOON RIVER VALLEY
Leslie Postin
757 North Sixth Ave
Canton, IL 61520
Phone 309-647-9491
Email lesliepostin@yahoo.com

STATELINE BKPRS ASSN
Phillip Raines
16566 Best Rd
Davis, IL 61019
Phone 815-248-3321
Email raines@rainesridgefarm.com

SANGAMON VALLEY BKPRS ASSOC
Don Miller
2546 S. Baltimore Ave
Decatur, IL 62521
Phone 217-425-2998
Email otiefam@yahoo.com

ST. CLAIR BKPRS ASSOC
Alayna Davies-Smith
429 Aldrup St
Edwardsville, IL 62025
Phone 618-655-1554

LITTLE EGYPT BKPRS ASSOC
Beverly Tanner
707 RR 2
Fairfield, IL 62837
Phone 618-842-3386
Email ffpro2@verizon.net

CENTRAL EASTERN IL BEE ASSN
Kathy Sponder
8364 East 1425 North Rd
Fairmont, IL 61841
Phone 217-733-0309
Email kmsponder@yahoo.com

COOK-DUPAGE BKPRS ASSN
Charles Williams
22W 424 Teakwood Dr
Glen Ellyn, IL 60137
Phone 630-858-6308
Email charles.w.williams@hud.gov

Lake County Beekeepers Association
Contact: David Bergman
E-mail: bergda@ipc.org
Web Site: http://www.lakecobeekeepers.com
Grayslake IL 60030
Meeting Details: First Thursday of the month (February through November) at State Bank of the Lakes Center Street in Grayslake 7pm.

ILLIANA BKPRS ASSOC
Kathy Wright
P O Box 83
Kansas, IL 61933
Phone 217-948-5353

LOWER ILLINOIS BKPRS ASSOC
Darrel Perry
11 E Lake Estates
Mount Sterling, IL 62353
Phone 217-773-2530

IL STATE BKPERS ASSOC
Rita Taylor
4274 Taylor Homestead Rd
Pleasant Plains, IL 62677
Phone 217-626-1319
Email rtaylor39@hughes.net
www.isba.us

NORTHERN IL BK ASSN
Rob & Lynn Rosemann
16504 Kunde Rd
Union, IL 60180
Phone 815-923-2287
Email lcbonehead@yahoo.com


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