"The true honey bees (genus Apis) have arguably the most complex social behavior among the bees."
FIELD DAY 30 th April 2017
SAAA are holding a Field Day on the 30th April 2017. See Flyer for details
Our main organised function is the Annual 2-day Conference which is held in June or July each year (usually on a Thursday and Friday). The venue is varied from year to year in the hope of catering for members throughout the State. Suggestions for venues are always welcome from members in the hope of keeping the Conference within the location and financial means of members. Past venues have included Victor Harbor, Loxton, Kadina, Nuriootpa, Goolwa.
The Conference covers our Annual General Meeting including reports from associated bodies and committees, Financial Report and President’s Report. Executive Council members are nominated and elected during the business session. Guest speakers include research scientists, industry leaders, associated industry spokespeople, fellow beekeepers, interstate and overseas speakers and general interest guests. Members are asked for input and suggestions for speakers and topics for Conference as the aim is to cater for all members interests.
Time out for morning & afternoon teas and lunch breaks are an important part of the conference timetable allowing for social interaction and networking among members as is the Annual Dinner, which is usually held on the Thursday night and is well attended by members and guests alike. Awards and Presentations are made during the evening, such as Geoff Cotton Memorial Award (for environmental excellence) and SAAA Life Memberships. The raffle is also popular with attendees and very well supported both by members and sponsors.
Our bi-monthly newsletter is distributed to all financial members and includes reports and industry updates as well as (hopefully) interesting articles connected to beekeeping. Members are encouraged to send in articles or request information for inclusion in the newsletter. 5 issues are published each year with the Conference replacing the newsletter for what would be the May/June edition.