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Events of VAA Melbourne Section

Annual General Meeting Thursday 29th October by Zoom

Only VAA Members can attend this meeting.

Invitations to attend have been emailed to all VAA Members.


Monthly Meetings

To help prevent its spread and to protect the beekeeping community from the COVID-19 virus, the VAA Melbourne Section face-to-face monthly meetings have been replaced by on-line ZOOM meetings until further notice.

Past Meeting:

Zoom Meeting on Thursday 24th September 2020

Agenda Theme: Pollination

The meeting will commence at 7:30 pm with the following agenda

  • Welcome by J-P Scheerlinck, VAA Melbourne Section Chairperson
  • How Bees Find Flowers (Barry Cooper)
  • Seed Crop and Almond Pollination (Steven Gell)
  • Almond Pollination (Eric Smith and Graeme Grigson)
  • Biosecurity during the Almond Pollination (Ally Driessen, Victorian Bee Biosecurity Officer)P"Beginners Corner" Panel discussion about beekeeping questions (Eric Smith, Graeme Grigson, J-P Scheerlinck)
  • Please email me at vaamelbournesection@hotmail.com on or before Wednesday 23rd September, if you have any particular questions that you wish discussed, particularly regarding swarm prevention and collection. Include any relevant photos as attachments to your email.
  • AGM Procedures (at approx. 9:10)
  • Bees in the News
  • The meeting will conclude at 9:30 with the random selection of the winner of the door prize which will be a $20 shopping voucher.

The meeting will be recorded.

Procedures and information given at this meeting are not necessarily endorsed nor recommended by the Victorian Apiarists Association Inc nor its Melbourne Section.

Note that we are unable to provide supper but we encourage you to provide your own.

You will need to register for the meeting. Preferably, this should be done before the meeting starts. You can also register after the meeting has started. To register, click on this link: 

 https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0tceivrTIqH9QVPzj6iIocbgxYL1rzyw75

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email which will contain a link to the meeting.

The meeting will have a wait room

To participate in the meeting, you will need to have your first and last name shown.

If this is not shown, you will be asked to show it.

During the meeting, I ask you to mute your microphone unless I have allowed you to speak. This will mean that there will be no background sound to interfere with the meeting's proceedings.

To join by phone (audio only)

1. Dial this number: 7018 2005

2. When prompted by the phone, enter this Meeting ID number 890 6173 9050, followed by #

There is no need to enter a participant ID. Just enter #


Past Meeting:

Zoom Meeting on Thursday 27th August 2020

Agenda Theme: Swarm Prevention and Collection

  • Beginners' Corner will commence at 7:30 pm 
Eric Smith will review methods of Swarm Prevention 
Barry Cooper, Mike Love, J-P Scheerlinck and Eric Smith will describe a variety of methods of Swarm Collection.
  • The presentations will be followed by questions and discussions.
Please email me at vaamelbournesection@hotmail.com before Thursday 27th August, if you have any particular questions that you wish discussed, particularly regarding swarm prevention and collection. Include any relevant photos as attachments to your email.
  • 8:30 Understanding of Bee Biology by Hunter-gatherers in Southern India
Dr Aung Si from The University of Cologne, interviewed by J-P Scheerlinck
  • 9:15 Reports and Bees in the News
  • 9:30 The meeting will conclude with the random selection of the winner of the door prize which will be a $20 shopping voucher.

The meeting will be recorded.

Procedures and information given at this meeting are not necessarily endorsed nor recommended by the Victorian Apiarists Association Inc nor its Melbourne Section.

    To join the meeting (video and audio)

    • Click here to read detailed instructions about joining and participating in the meeting
    • You will need to register for the meeting. Preferably, this should be done before the meeting starts. You can also register after the meeting has started. 
    • To register, click on this link: 

      https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUvfu2ppjMjHNaEIT0leD4qfH2RX8sG7B5R

      After registering, you will receive a confirmation email which will contain a link to the meeting.
    • The meeting will have a wait room
    • To participate in the meeting, you will need to have your first and last name shownIf this is not shown, you will be asked to show it.
    • During the meeting you will be asked to mute your microphone unless the meeting chair allows you to speak. This will mean that there will be no background sound to interfer with the meeting's proceedings

    To join by phone (audio only)

    1. Dial this number: 7018 2005
    2. When prompted by the phone, enter this Meeting ID number 812 9418 8962, followed by #
    There is no need to enter a participant ID. Just enter #

      Collingwood Children's Farm Apiary

      Until further notice the Collingwood Children’s Farm apiary will no longer be open to the public, including beekeepers’ inspecting hives, on the scheduled second and fourth Sunday of each month.

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