History of the Southside Beekeepers Club

The hard working committee

Southside Beekeepers Club is a not for profit hobby beekeepers club focused on imparting knowledge and education to its members.

The Club was founded in 2000 by Finian Burns with a small group of beekeepers. There was a need for a beekeeper club to service some of our more southern suburbs. Accordingly, Finian placed a notice in the local papers inviting interested people to come and "join in" and the result was that they were able to form Southside Beekeepers. Ian Brown, now a life member, joined the club one year later. Ian worked with Finian Burns to help to make the Club grow, 2 years later Finian Burns died of cancer but the Club is still working with some of his papers and notes today.

Members such as past President Kate Robinson 2002, with Secretary Carole Scholes 2003, then later President David Scholes 2007 joined in and took over the reins with the assistance of other members. They oversaw the first committee elections and club meetings at Dingley Village. Starting beginners classes in 2009. The Club moved to Frankston in 2012. New committee, new venue and meetings commenced in 2013, with a more friendly club outlook that formed the current club structure.

Our club currently has a committee of 9 dedicated members and over 2016-17 we have over 200 club members, mainly from south of Melbourne and Mornington Peninsula area's. All interested beekeepers are welcome to come to our meetings.  You can email us or contact the Club through our facebook page. Otherwise see one of the committee. (contact email addresses are in the Menu under "Club Officers and Committee" on the right hand side). As we don't have a office for day to day things please use our club Phone 0413-104-1910. As help is but a phone call away.

We meet on the Fourth Wednesday of the month (except December), setting up the hall from 6.30pm, all help is greatfully accepted. New Member Registrations begin from 7:00pm. Our meetings start at 7:30pm sharp. We meet at Monterey Secondary College Frankston North, Gymnasium.

Since the move to Frankston the aims of our club have been to share the fun of beekeeping and knowledge and education for the amateur home beekeeper. In 2005 our Nuc building course was run by Steven Brown then in 2008 with Tim Fagen till 2015 now Jerome Nehrybecki is co-ordinating this course and he does a great job. In 2010 we ran a "Introduction to Beekeeping Course", then it was a one day course that needed a lot of work to put it together. So at the start of 2016, a new more innovative Beekeeping Course was presented to the participants, putting education into practise as we were able to open hives and let students see how a hive works in the field. Now the course is run over 2 days, in the last year we have held 7 courses with 12 students at a time. 

Each month at our Club meeting, we have guest speakers covering many different subjects. We have a segment called "What's happening in your hives now" so that members know what their bees will be doing in the month ahead. We run a supper each month.  The Club also runs an apiary at the Monterey College site with a number of different working hives, which are used to educate members during beginner/intermediate courses.

Membership fees are only $40 single or $60 family membership. Initial Joining Fee is $10.
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