You are invited to attend Omaha Bee Club's convention and banquet.  We have a fun and educational day planned of seminars, vendor show, networking, a featured speaker and ending with a fabulous meal.  Please join us at the Omaha Bee Club's Inaugural Convention and Banquet.  Space is limited so register soon.

Omaha Bee Club member $29.95 per person. An Omaha Bee Club member can bring a guest for an additional $29.95.

Nonmembers $39.95 per person.

Plus credit card processing fee.

Registration closes October 2nd.

Bellevue Volunteer Firefighter Hall
2108 Franklin Street, Bellevue, NE 68005
Date & Time
October 9, 2021, 1:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Convention Schedule 
1:00 - 1:15
Submit Honey for Judging
1:30- 5:15
Vendor Show
1:30 - 2:30
Educational Seminar 1:  Making Creamed and Infused Honey, Joli Winer & Cecil Sweeney

Joli and Cecil will talk about making natural creamed honey and fruit flavored honey using powdered freeze-dried fruit. They will also share insights into infusing honey.

Educational Seminar 2:  Where Your Honeybees Come From - From King Tut to Your Door,  Matt Lance

1:30 - 2:15
Honey Judging:  Winners Announced at the Banquet.
2:45 - 4:00
Educational Seminar 3:  The Dynamics of Successfully Overwintering, Kevin Inglin

There is nothing more disheartening than to lose a colony over winter; it is demoralizing and costly. With the high percentage of colony losses these days, perhaps colony loss cannot be totally avoided, but there are sound principles to follow that give you the best chance of year-on-year survival. Thermodynamics, colony health, and other aspects need to be in balance if your colony is going to make it to spring and this presentation will talk about the important factors that matter. In the session, Kevin will explore the dynamics at play, the biology of the superorganism, and suggest the right tactics to give you the best advantage for success.
3:45 - 5:15
​​​​Networking Over Complimentary Appetizers and a Cash Bar
4:15 - 5:15
Educational Seminar 4:  Troubleshooting Honey Bee Diseases and a Review of Bee Health Management, Judy Wu-Smart

Educational Seminar 5:  What’s in Your Wallet…Toolbox?, Cheri Van Sickle

Learn what a beekeeper needs in her/his hive toolbox.  See how you can save money by using simple items from around your home and free items from McDonald’s.  Learn about items in your toolbox that can cause damage to your hives.
5:30 - 7:45 
Keynote Speaker - In Support of Beekeeping, Kevin Inglin and Buffet Diner

It takes some time to truly become proficient beekeepers; sometimes too long. Why is there a discomfort? How can one get more comfortable and build a solid base? In the session, Kevin will talk about that underlying tension for new and intermediate beekeepers; the unsure sensibility and mistakes that trip us up. There’s a way to attack that, to solve that. It comes with a well designed individual path, and a proper support network. In the session, we will review ways to make us all better beekeepers.
8:00 - 9:00
Recognition and Silent Auction Winners Announced
Kevin Inglin - Keynote Speaker
Kevin and Sharon Inglin have been keeping bees for over a decade in the rolling hills of Hunterdon County, New Jersey.  Hunterdon County is on the Central-Western side of the state, and has a deep farming heritage as the landscape is dotted throughout with produce, livestock and horse farms.  Kevin is an EAS Master beekeeper and past president of the Northwest New Jersey Beekeepers Association.  Professionally, he oversees global enterprise IT solutions as an Information Technology Manager and Solution Architect for the Bristol Myers Squibb company in Princeton NJ.
“As a beekeeper I am constantly on the quest to know why and how things work. My passion, some might say my obsession, has led me down the path of concentrated study and learning through beekeeping practices and teaching.
Beyond keeping bees locally, two of my areas of focus are on helping new beekeepers succeed and learning the ways of alternative hives.  Over the course of the conference I will be touching on some of my recent work in these areas. Teaching others, and learning alternative ways requires an active engagement with beekeeping at large.  As such, I keep actively involved in the New Jersey Beekeeper scene, teaching and training at the local and state association levels - as well as doing outreach and traveling around the eastern seaboard giving talks and presentations on beekeeping.  I have also gone abroad to seek out beekeeping experiences in Malawi Africa, Kenya, South Africa, and Italy, among other places.  I share a lot of those experiences in my training and through videos on our associations YouTube channel.
At home we customarily keep a half-dozen or more conventional hives along with a mix of alternatives on the side.  Currently in the yard we have a Layens hive, a Warre Hive, and a home-built Kenyan-Langstroth hybrid top bar.  I am also experimenting with Polystyrene hives that are more conventionally utilized in the Nordics.  We have several 6-Frame, 8-Frame, and 10-Frame polystyrene hives in service this season.  Hives numbers vary through the years and at last count there are about 20 or so hives on the property and a handful in some external locations.
I keep bees mostly to enjoy the experience, and learn.  I am a tinkerer and you should ask me about the Northwest gadget garage.  Personally we are slowly looking to move to start a small-scale honey production side to our beekeeping - mostly because everyone we know asks us if we have honey to sell!  As such, 2021 has been a year focused on expansion and moving production colonies to out-yards for honey production.
After doing the podcast for so many years, I have covered a lot of ground and have interacted with beekeepers around the world. Please feel free to take a moment to say hello during the course of the conference.”
Kevin Inglin
Seminar Presentors
Dr. Judy Wu-Smart
Extension & Research EntomologistUniversity of Nebraska-Lincoln

  1. B.A. in Zoology, Humboldt State University (California), 2005
  2. M.S. in Entomology, Washington State University, 2010
  3. Ph.D. in Entomology, University of Minnesota, 2015
Professional Responsibilities and Activities:
The UNL Bee Lab pursues research questions and extension programs focused on better understanding various stressors impacting pollinator health in both managed and wild bee communities. Our lab also focuses on integrating research findings to mitigate stressors and inform sustainable pollinator-friendly policies as well as develop practical applications for integrated pest management in managed bee colonies. Current research projects examine the non-target effects of pesticide exposure on bees in agroecosystems, the impact of landscape enhancements on bee communities, interaction effects of multiple stressors on bee behavior and colony development, pest control strategies (including management of Varroa mites in honey bee colonies), and resistance management. Through our extension programming, we work closely with beekeepers, growers, various industries and small businesses, gardeners, and nature enthusiasts to develop best management practices and educate about the importance of pollinators and ecosystem diversity.
Joli Winer & Cecil Sweeney

Northeast Kansas Beekeeping Association

In 1973 Joli Winer began working with a beekeeper, raising queen bees to sell to other beekeepers. After finishing school, she began working for a company that sold beekeeping products nationally and internationally. She traveled all over the country attending beekeeping meetings. In 1987 while at a meeting in Blacksburg Virginia she met Cecil Sweeney, a firefighter and beekeeper from Roanoke VA. They were married in 1987.

Cecil moved to Overland Park Kansas with his 40 beehives and they started a beekeeping supply business. Over the years they sold bees, and bee supplies.

In 1994 they started selling honey at the Overland Park Farmers Market and have been selling there ever since, adding more value-added products each year.

 Over the years, they have had as many as 250 colonies and are now very comfortable at around 125. Joli & Cecil have been very active in the local beekeeping clubs and they continue to mentor new beekeepers.
Matt Lance
Lance Honey Farms

Matt Lance owns and operates Lance Honey Farms in central Nebraska specializing in raising queens, nucs and teaching new beekeepers.  
Cheri Van Sickle
Iowa Honey producers

After retiring from nursing 10 years ago, she became a beekeeper. She says that keeping bees are very similar to caring for her patients in a hospital setting. “You don’t have to be in their rooms every minute, but you do have to be ready to move fast if things start to go bad”.  She is a member of the Omaha Bee Club and the Iowa Honey Producers Association, where she is the Event Coordinator. One of the most exciting parts of beekeeping, for her, is getting her hives ready to be sent to California to pollinate the almond trees each year.
Vendor Show Participants
Beauty and the Bees Honey

Beehive Guy

Bee City USA - Dr Tyler Moore from Bellevue's Bee City U.S.A

Heartland Honey

Lance Honey Farm

Mama G's Honeybees

Mann Lake Ltd.

Nebraska Statewide Arboretum -

Omaha Bee Club's Quality Queen Initiative

University of Nebraska’s Extension Office - Dr Jody Green, Entomologist

Omaha Bee Club Mission

The Omaha Bee Club enables successful beekeeping in the Omaha Metro and surrounding areas by providing education, training, fellowship and mentorship throughout the year and across all levels of beekeeper development.  The Omaha Bee Club partners with aligned organizations to improve the environment and diversify & improve honeybee habitat.
Contact Us
Please contact us if you have additional questions or would like to participate as a vendor.

 Join us on October 9th 
We look forward to seeing you!

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