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Club Meetings

Meeting Updates

Our next meeting will be on June 22nd!

Our meetings are usually held on the third Saturday of most months and run from 6:30-8:00 PM. They are usually held at Trinity Lutheran Church (300 S. Ardmore Avenue, Villa Park). The church has a parking lot for your convenience.

The CDBA held its previous general meeting on Saturday, May 18th. The meeting featured a presentation by Laryssa Kwoczak of Beekeeping Made Simple. Laryssa talked about comb honey (equipment, harvesting, and storing) and setting up hives for foundationless beekeeping while preventing cross comb. In-person attendees also scored some neat giveaway items!

Our next meeting will be held on Saturday June 22, 2024 at Trinity Lutheran Church. Our featured speakers (via Zoom) will be Joy and Eric McEwen of Diggin’ Livin’ Farm & Apiaries. Joy and Eric are beekeepers with accomplished backgrounds in the natural sciences. They own and manage Diggin’ Livin’ Farm & Apiaries, a homestead, organic farm, and commercial beekeeping operation located on the pristine Illinois River in Takilma, Oregon. The McEwens manufacture their own woodenware and teach beekeeping and apitherapy. Joy and Eric live there with their three daughters, six goats, 25 chickens, 10 ducks, three dogs, three cats, and hundreds of thousands of honeybees! Joy and Eric are also the authors of the book Raising Resilient Bees — which is the topic of their presentation. In-person attendees will be eligible to receive some giveaway items during the meeting!

We look forward to seeing you! 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].


Our May 2024 speaker, Laryssa Kwoczak of Beekeeping Made Simple, offers online beekeeping classes. If you sign up for a class using our affiliate coupon code (“JOHN”), you can get a 20% discount and the CDBA will receive a portion of the registration fee!