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Welcome to the website of Long Island beekeepers.

Our goal is to educate beekeepers on the proper beekeeping practices for the management of honey bees in a suburban environment and the general public on the importance of honey bees and their products.

A little creature called apis melifera has provoked an interest unequaled by any other insect. The honey bee, as she is more commonly known, has a heritage that may go back twenty million years fulfilling a major role in the pollination of plants.

Our organization was formed a little more recently, in June of 1949, as the Suffolk County Farm Bureau Bee Club. In 1955, the name was changed to The Suffolk County Bee Club. Then in 1974, the name was changed again to the Long Island Beekeepers Club, representing the spread of our membership from New York City in the west to Shelter Island at the east end of Long Island. And in 2010 the club incorporated as a not-for-profit, becoming the Long Island Beekeepers Club, Inc.

Executive Board

  • President: Steven Chen
  • Vice President: Donal Peterson
  • Treasurer: Joan Mahoney
  • Secretary: Joseph Matza
  • Membership Secretary: Conni Still
  • Education Director: Grace Mehl
  • Outreach Director: Rick Cannone
  • Programs Director: Moira Alexander
  • Director/Past President: George Schramm

Member Services

  • Bee-Line Editor: Conni Still
  • Webmaster: George Schramm

Master Beekeepers

  • Moira Alexander, Smithtown
  • Peter Bizzoso, Manorville
  • Rich Blohm, Huntington
  • Steve Chen, Holbrook
  • Chris Kelly, Mattituck
  • Deborah Klughers, East Hampton
  • Joan Mahoney, North Babylon
  • Grace Mehl, Smithtown
  • John Moloney, Smithtown
  • Fred Munzer, Dix Hills
  • Max Riedener, West Islip
  • Marianne Sangesland, Smithtown
  • Miguel Valentin, Ronkonkoma

Master Beekeepers are certified beekeepers who have a detailed knowledge of honey bee biology, expertise in the proper practices of beekeeping, and can present this information to the beekeeping and non-beekeeping public in a detailed, accurate, clear and authoritative manner.
Master Beekeepers provide education and assistance to beginning beekeepers and serve in other capacities in the community as experts in beekeeping. The Master Beekeeper program was developed by Dr. Roger A. Morse at Cornell University. The program has been expanded by the Eastern Apicultural Society of North America to other areas.
You can learn more about the Master Beekeeper Program by visiting the Eastern Apicultural Society website: