The History of Three Rivers Beekeepers
In early April of 2009, sensing a lack of beekeeping support for St. Charles and the surrounding counties of Missouri and Illinois, there began a discussion for the need of a beekeeping club in that area. On April 15th, 2009, five local beekeepers, including Ted Jansen, Marlene Jansen, Esther Jansen, Jane Timmons and John Timmons, gathered in the Timmons’ living room and made the decision to start Three Rivers Beekeepers. The very next day, the club name was registered with the State of Missouri, the domain name “threeriversbeekeepers.com” was purchased and a simple web page created.
In search of a meeting place, contact was made with the University of Missouri Extension Center of St. Charles County, who graciously offered us a room.
Slowly, with a couple phone calls and word-of-mouth, the word went out that there was a new beekeeping club forming in St. Charles County.
Our first meeting was held Monday, May 18th, 2009. Not expecting more than ten or fifteen people to show up for this first meeting, we were stunned to welcome sixty-five! From the very first meeting of Three Rivers Beekeepers, we were the second largest beekeeping club in Missouri!