Great big apology to anyone who showed up for last nights meeting (JAN.11, 2017) at the franklin center. I arrived at 6:30pm only to find that “our” meeting room had been allotted to someone else and we were “out in the cold”. The best reason for the snafu i heard was that when we (Moonshine Beekeepers) requested the meeting room to be reserved for the beekeeping classes, the Franklin center misunderstood the request to be “instead” of our normal meeting date rather than “in addition to” as was intended. This will be corrected and in the future. i will probably resort to calling the center a few days before an event for us there and confirming our room. 

Hello All,

New year (2017), and for a lot of people, a new way of life. Beekeeping! Start right by joining us at the Moonshine Beekeepers first meeting of the new year. The meeting will be January 11 at 7:00PM at The Franklin Center, 50 Claiborne Avenue, Rocky Mount. I suppose one could say this is the start of the prime objective, to recruit and educate new beekeepers. Information at this time:

Unless noted otherwise, all moonshine beekeepers’ meetings and activities are held at the franklin center.

Seminar  ” Do you want to be a beekeeper ” January 21st noon to 3 PM free to the public. This isn’t a class, it is to help you decide if you really want to be a beekeeper.

Bee Class starts February 25th 11:30 to 2 PM & runs 8 weeks on consecutive saturdays – one must sign up for these classes as there is limited space. come to the saturday january 21st meeting, bring your checkbook, and, at the end, sign-up please.

About Us:

The Moonshine Beekeepers Association is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to assisting current and future beekeepers of Franklin and surrounding counties in Virginia. Our Mission is to provide our membership with interesting and practical knowledge as well as promoting public awareness of the benefits, necessity, and value of the honeybee to human existence.
The purpose and objectives of our association are to:

  • Share knowledge, experiences and adventures of beekeeping
  • Educate the community about the joys, skills and benefits of beekeeping.
  • Serve as a resource to local beekeepers.
  • Provide an outlet for the membership to sell member-produced honey and other hive products.
  • Foster interactions with the local agricultural community and other beekeeping organizations.


Lori Mattox – President

Ron Hanawalt- Vice President

Jim McKenna – Secretary

Dave Jeavons – Treasurer

Jeff Jenner – Beekeeping Instructor

George Richardson – Webmaster