2013 Spring Conference

(updated 03/06/13)
The 2013 MBA Spring Conference is closer than you think and it is time to start planning to attend!

All folks interested in bees are welcomed to attend!

The conference will be held at the Kellogg Center on the Michigan State University campus during ANR week on Friday, March 8, 2013 and Saturday, March 9.

The main speaker will be Dr. Larry Connor.

There will be break-out sessions on both days covering a wide range of topics that should be of interest for both the beginner and advanced beekeeper alike.  And, of course, the ever-popular vendor area will be back so that you can see all of the latest beekeeping equipment in one place.

Pre-registration is available on-line and we encourage all attendees to do so.  When you pre-register, your conference material will be available for immediate pick-up… no waiting in line.  And, you get a discount too!

Before you pre-register, please note that in order to get the MBA member discount you must be a current member of the MBA.  The 2012 memberships expired on December 31, 2012.  So you may need to renew your membership for 2013.  If in doubt, you can check your membership status by clicking here.

Note: Pre-registration will close Wednesday, March 6.
To pre-register on-line, click here.

Registration Fees:
MBA Member, 2-Day:  $20.00
MBA Member, 1-Day:  $10.00
MBA Guest/Spouse:  $10.00
Non-Member, 2-Day:  $40.00
Non-Member, 1-Day:  $20.00
Non-Member Spouse/Guest:  $15.00

Paid At-the-Door
MBA Member, 2-Day:  $25.00
MBA Member, 1-Day:  $15.00
MBA Member Spouse/Guest:  $15.00
Non-Member, 2-Day: $45.00
Non-Member, 1-Day:  $25.00
Non-Member Spouse/Guest:  $20.00

MBA has reserved a block of rooms at the Kellogg Center which are available on a first-come-first-served basis.  Normal rates at the Kellogg Center range from $125 to $162 per night.  Mention that you are with the MBA conference (reference group code BEE030713) and the room is available for $91 per night (single or double).  Plus applicable fees, state and local taxes.

If you are planning to stay at the Kellogg Center, then we suggest that you make your reservations early.

Another block of rooms has been reserved at the Courtyard Marriott, 2710 Lake Lansing Road, in East Lansing (phone 517-482-0500).  There are 25 rooms available in this block at the reduced rate of $89.00 per night, plus taxes.  Please reference the code “Beekeeper” when making reservations at the Marriott and you must talk to Samantha.  For a  map to the Marriott, click here

Meals can be obtained at the Kellogg Center’s State Room, but early reservations are recommended.  Also, the Brody Complex Cafeteria is available directly across the street from the Kellogg Center.  The cafeteria is definitely not what you remember it to be back in the days you were attending college.  Reliable reports have this cafeteria to be very reasonably priced, with very good food and it is certainly convenient.

Change of Venue:
In the past, our confrerence was held in the south end of the main (lobby) floor of Kellogg Center.  This year, we will be moving to the north end of the main floor.  Doing so will give us much larger rooms for both the classes and the vendors.

Schedule of Events:
We will be organizing the classes and break-out sessions along “tracks”.  For example, there will be a track specifically oriented toward beginning beekeepers and another targeted at the intermediate and advanced beekeepers.  The content of most tracks will be repeated on both days (particularly the beginner’s track), as well as some other classes scheduled as resources permit.

Click here for the latest conference agenda

Click here for a list of classes

Please note:  If you want a list of classes, please print the schedule ahead of time and bring it with you.  Only a limited number of copies will be available at the conference.

NOTE TO INSTRUCTORS:  We need your class description and requirements!  Click here to print the form and return to email address shown on form.

Live Auction At Saturday Afternoon’s General Session
Ready for some fun and entertainment at the 2013 MBA spring conference?  Then be sure to attend the “live” auction on Saturday, March 9, at 1:15pm during afternoon general session.

To mix things up a bit, we will be holding a live auction (in addition to the usual “silent” auction).  Walter T. Kelly Company has generously donated a complete hive which will be one of the featured items in the auction, but we suspect there will be other goodies as well.

Everyone enjoys a spirited auction and this one promises to be a good one.  So be sure to… bid early, bid often and bid high!

Vendors will be located in the Big Ten C room.  The vendors are always a very popular event.  You can see what’s new in beekeeping and purchase equipment and supplies for the upcoming season.  Most vendors will bring items to the conference to sell and some are accepting pre-conference orders (you save on shipping!).  Please support our vendors, as they help make the spring conference possible.

As of this posting, vendors currently committed to attend are… 2013_Vendor-List

Silent Auction

As before, there will be a silent auction to raise funds for the MBA.  Items will be on display in the Big Ten A (vendor) Room.  If you have an item(s) that you wish to donate, then please contact Dean or Lois Cross at 517-694-9619.  Bid early, bid often, bid high!

Garden Hive Display & Contest
This year there will be a garden hive show and contest, sponsored by the Michigan Honey Festival.  The plan is to publicly display the garden hives in the lobby of the Kellogg Center at the beginning of ANR week (March 4).  The general public will be able to “vote” for their favorite garden hive by donating a quarter (25 cents) for that hive.  All proceeds from voting will be donated to a school that has a beekeeping activity.

When the conference starts, voting will commence.  Voting will end at noon on Saturday, with the winner announced at Saturday’s afternoon’s general gathering.  The winner will receive a package of bees.

The garden hive show sounds like a lot of fun.  You are encouraged to submit your garden hive for the show.  You never know, yours may just come out first!

Click here for the rules and more information…  2012_GardenHive_Flyer

Update on 2/10/13:  So far we have eleven garden hives registered for the show!

Putting on the conference is a lot of work and we can always use volunteers to help us along.  We can use help with a short setup on Thursday evening, handing out material in the classes and general session, assistance with at-the-door registration and post-conference evaluation.  Even if you only have a short time available, any help is greatly appreciated.  Contact Steve Tilmann, MBA Treasurer.


13 comments to 2013 Spring Conference

  • Linnell laschober

    When is the 2012 Fall/Winter meeting?

  • Jennifer Holt

    Hello MBA!

    I am the president of the GVSU Beekeeping Club. I attended the fall conference in 2010 and am hoping to bring my whole club with me for the Spring Conference this year.

    We were discussing the event with our adviser, Anne Marie Fauvel (active MBA member), and she raised the idea that our club should present at the conference. I think it is a great idea, but I am wondering if it is possible. I saw that you already have a tentative schedule of events, is it possible to add us?

    Our presentation would most likely be a summary of our accomplishments since we were founded less than a year ago and how the apiary on campus is being integrated into education and community. If you want to know more, let me know! We would LOVE to bee involved with the conference beyond simply attending.

    Also, whether we present or not, we would love to volunteer our help with anything from set-up to handing out fliers. As soon as we know how many will be in attendance I will let you know.

    Jennifer Holt

    p.s. I couldn’t figure out how to email you, I hope posting on the entry is ok!

  • Deborah Rutkowski

    Will there be a MBA conferance in 2013, I have some friends and family in Ohio who would love to come with us.

  • Stephen Tilmann

    For sure, there will be the conference! The dates are Friday, March 8 and Saturday, March 9. We would love to have your family and friends join us at the MSU Kellogg Center. A number of changes for this coming spring conference are in the works (all positive) and more information will be posted shortly on the MBA web site. Stay tuned!
    Steve Tilmann, Treasurer
    Michigan Beekeepers’ Association

  • Laurie Dotson

    Hello, we have just registered for the conference and tried to get a room at the Kellogg Center. Regretfully, I just receive an email back from the Kellogg Center saying that there is not a block of rooms for the conference. Something about a contract that needs to be signed. I have four in my party coming up from Ohio and was wondering if there was another hotel that was being used? Any information will be appreciated.

  • Stephen Tilmann

    The MBA just approved the contract yesterday (Saturday, January 5) so it will take a couple of days to get the paperwork back to the Kellogg Center. Everything should be in place by the middle or end of this coming week. So try again later. The Group Code is BEE030713. There are substantial discounts available (reduced from $126 per night to $91). And there are a limited number of rooms available at this rate, so you need to keep this on your radar. See you at the conference!
    Steve Tilmann, Treasurer
    Michigan Beekeepers’ Association

  • Jessica

    You do not have the times listed for the bee school either Friday or Saturday. Nor do you have the address of the Kellogg Center. You should provide the times, address, and if possible a link to the center for people to easily be able to find it and schedule accordingly. Thanks!

  • Stephen Tilmann

    Address and map to the Kellogg Center on the MSU campus is available on the conference registration page. The conference schedule is still be worked out. The MBA is trying to extend the length of the classes and this impacts everything. Once the tentative schedule is ready, it will be posted on the MBA web site. We are moving the conference venue to a new set of rooms in the Kellogg Center, so there are logistical issues that are delaying things a bit.

  • Julie Maurer


    Do session presenters get a discounted registration fee?


  • Stephen Tilmann

    Session presenters are provided a free registration for themselves.

  • Barb Hunter

    Hello, We are trying to register for the conference and are having a heck of a time. Are you supposed to sign up for classes before the conference and if so where and how????? Thanks, Barb

  • Stephen Tilmann

    We encourage pre-registration. You can do so online at http://www.michiganbees.org/2012-spring-conference/. On this page, scroll down a bit and click on the link that says “To pre-register on-line, click here”. That will take you through the registration process. We don’t have a “sign up” for classes. You simply come to the conference and show up at the classes you wish to attend. There is a half hour break between classes, but you might want to go to the class room sooner rather than later in order to secure a seat. This year, we have moved to a different area of the Kellogg Center and most of our class rooms are a lot bigger. So seating will (hopefully) not be such an issue.

    I see you are not a member. You don’t have to be to attend the conference, but members get a break on the registration fee. You can also become a member online at http://www.michiganbees.org/about/mba-membership-application/

    If you have issues registering online, contact us (by phone) and we can help you through.
    Steve Tilmann, MBA Treasurer

  • Barb Hunter

    Thanks for the info. Marlene did sign us up for the conference. We just thought we had signed up for the classes ahead of time last year and that was our biggest problem this time. Barb Hunter

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