Welcome to the Gaston County Beekeepers Association Web Site

The Next Meeting is :

November 24 , 2015

at 7:00 PM

and will be at the
Gaston County
Citizens Resource Center
1303 Dallas-Cherryville Hwy.
Dallas, NC

Plan to attend !

Burton Beasley will be discussing mead making!


For more information, contact the Cooperative Extension Office at


Bee School 2016

The annual GCBA Bee School is just around the corner. Bee School begins Tuesday, January 26, 2016 at 7 PM. We're accepting appliations now. Click here for more information.

GCBA Elections

GCBA members held elections for two offices at the September meeting. Allen Thompson was reelected to another term as President. Jill Tipton was elected to serve as the GCBA Treasurer. The GCBA would like to thank our past Treasurer, Dan Turner, for his excellent service and commitment to the associaiton.

NCDA&CS Working to Increase Pollinators Statewide

The N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is working in several areas to increase pollinator numbers. Click here to see the article in the February 2015 issue of NC Agricultural Review

Holiday Dinner

GCBA is holding their annual holiday dinner for members and their guests on Tuesday,
December 8, 2015. Click here for additional information.

The deadline for ticket purchase has been extended to 11/24/15! You can purchase your tickets at this month's meeting.


GCBA Booth


Results of the 2nd Annual Honey Competition !!!

The association held its 2nd annual honey competition on Tuesday, September 29, 2015 here at the Citizens Resource Center. This year we had 18 entries, and the judges had a tough time selecting the top three. After several tie-breakers, Dan Turner, who took third place last year, won top honors this year. David Thompson was awarded second place, and Allen Thompson finished in third place. The Gaston County Beekeepers Association would like to again thank our honey competition judges, Dr. Rachel Satterfield and Doug Satterfield, our returning judges from last year, and Robin Armstrong and Suzanne Simmons, who served as judges for the first time this year.


Cotton Ginning Days - Another Successful Showing for GCBA!

The Gaston Beekeepers Association set up our booth and bee gazebo for Cotton Ginning Days, October 9 - 11th, at Dallas Park. Despite the rain on Saturday, overall, we had good crowds for the event, and lots of folks stopped by the booth to talk and learn about honey bees and to sample and purchase honey and bee-related products. Four of our members offered honey, soap, lotion bars, lip balm and beeswax candles, as well as the always popular honey straws, for sale. It was obvious from the level of sales that the demand for local honey in Gaston County remains high. Thanks to all the GCBA members who volunteered their time to help out with our booth and provide presentations in the bee gazebo.

Oxalic Acid Dihydrate Treatment Workshop

On September 9, 2015, the GCBA held a workshop to provide information on the safe use and application of oxalic acid dihydrate for the treatment of varroa mites to local beekeepers. Jim Burke, Natural Resources Extension Agent for Gaston County, provided attendees with information on the potential hazards from exposure to oxalic acid and on the proper selection and use of personal protective equipment including eye protection, chemcial gloves and respirators. Burton Beasley, GCBA Vice President, reviewed the proper application of oxalic acid in bee hives, including a discussion of application equipment, treatment schedule and techniques.


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Club Officers

Allen Thompson

Vice President:

Burton Beasley

Debi Wheeler


Jill Tipton

Jada Runkle

Program Coordinator:


Newsletter Editor:
Debi Wheeler

Web Page Editor:
Jim Burke




Click here to go to our 2015 list of beekeepers who will remove honey bee swarms from your property.

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