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Club Meetings

Meeting Updates

First Meeting for 2024 will be held February 17th!

The CDBA held its last general meeting of 2023 on Saturday, November 18 at Trinity Lutheran Church (300 S. Ardmore Avenue, Villa Park). In addition to beekeeping discussions and some end-of-year business from the CDBA Board, we also raffled off a 3-frame manual extractor and gave away some additional goodies to participants.

Our meetings are usually held on the third Saturday of most months and run from 6:30-8:00 PM. Our next meeting will be held on February 17, 2024 at Trinity Lutheran Church (300 Ardmore Avenue, Villa Park). There will be a mead-making demonstration as well as discussion of other beekeeping topics. If you can’t make it in-person, you can still join our meetings virtually. A Zoom link will be emailed to registered members prior to the meeting. Guests are always welcome to attend our meetings either in-person or virtually! Guests who want to join us virtually should send an email request to [email protected] so we can provide the Zoom link information.

Beekeeping Events


The CDBA Board hopes to identify additional opportunities for courses, events, meetings and presentations that may be of interest to local beekeepers. If you have suggestions, please let us know by sending an e-mail to [email protected].


Kim Kulton (CDBA Director) and Pete Soltesz (CDBA President) are leading two 2-day beekeeping classes during the Spring of 2024. One course will be held at the Cook County Farm Bureau in Countryside on March 9&10 and the other course will be held at Honey Bee Garden Farms in Downers Grove on April 6&7. The $100 registration cost for either class includes membership to the CDBA. More information regarding registration is included in the announcement flyer.


Lyman Woods (Downers Grove Park District) is offering a 6-Week Beginner Beekeeping Course that will run from February 29 to April 4, 2024. The registration cost is $135/person. For additional details go to the Downers Grove Park District course link: