Meeting minutes

TRI-STATE BEEKEEPERS ASSOCIATION

MINUTES OF MONTHLY

MEETING OF NOVEMBER 20, 2014

The monthly meeting of the Tri-State Beekeepers Association was called to order at 7:00 pm on November 20TH 2014. The meeting was held at the Oglebay Good Zoo and was attended by 26 members.

President Steve Roth welcomed the members, new members, and guest speakers in attendance.

Steve mentioned that normally elections for office are held at the November meeting; however at the October meeting, by consensus, it was decided to extend the office of Vice President, held by John Clark, and the office of Secretary/Treasurer, held by John Welty, for two more years.

Steve informed the club that we are still accepting donation for the club extractor. To date approximately $650 has been raised.  The Donation Bucket is located in the back of the room. We have had many members borrow the extractor!!!

Any changes or suggestions in the Club Beekeeping Calendar can be given to Steve or John Welty.  We plan to update the calendar this January, and will distribute them out at the February meeting.

Steve added that we have gotten bids for new ball caps. Bids for a similar hat came in at $8.50/hat. We sold our previous hats for S10 each.  We would like the membership to pick a new logo for the hat (many have commented that the previous logo was too “busy”).  Three samples of bee logos are displayed in the back of the room and members are asked to pick their favorite. The most popular design will be used and 50 hats will be orders and available at the February meeting.

Steve reminded the members that we currently have a swarm retrieval list and are desperately looking for names of individuals who are interested in swarm retrieval from buildings. If anyone is interested, please let Steve know and he will add you to the list.

Steve reminded the club members to start thinking of how many bee packages/nucs you may need for the upcoming season. We should bring our desired numbers to our February meeting.  The sooner that we place the order, the better chance we have of early bee delivery.

Steve invited members to visit the Virtual Beehive web site http://www.beehave-model.net. He noted that there is not a charge for this site, but a donation is requested before you can download the operating platform.

Steve reminded the members that epipens are only effective for one year and that it may be time to reorder them.  Epipen cost assistance may be found at 2014 Patient Assistance Resources, or at www.epipen.com.

Upcoming Lecture series for 2015:

February 19th:                         Club Member Annette Gantz speaking on her first year as a beekeeper

March 19th:                 Club Member Said Leghlid speaking on The World of Bees (Other than Honey Bees)

April 16th:                    Planting your yard and garden for the Honey Bee

May 21st:                     Not yet finalized

March 17th thru April 21st:     2015 Novice Beekeeper Program with John Grafton

Steve introduced our guest speakers:  Kevin and Carolyn Ayres of Brew Keepers LLC, a local micro-brewery and Jim Chaney a fellow brewer and judge in brewing competitions. They gave a very interesting and informative talk on how honey is used in brewing as well as demonstrating one such technique.

There being no additional business, the meeting adjourned to a social hour.


TRI-STATE BEEKEEPERS ASSOCIATION

MINUTES OF MONTHLY MEETING

SEPTEMBER 18th, 2014

The monthly meeting of the Tri-State Beekeepers Association was called to order at 7:00pm on Thursday, Sept. 18th, 2014.  The meeting was attended by 32 members.

Secretary/Treasurer John Welty chaired the meeting and welcomed all new members and/or visitors in attendance.  Guests included Matt Wood, Chad Brown, and Gordon and Susan McCloud.

John began the meeting by recognizing President Steve Roth who was in attendance, and wishing him a quick recovery from his recent back surgery.

John reported that the West Virginia Beekeepers Association is holding their Fall Conference this weekend, Sept 19th and Sept. 20th at Jacksons Mill, WV.  Anyone interested in attending who has not yet registered, can register at the door. Registration is $30.00

Also the Ohio State Beekeepers Association Fall Conference is schedules for November 1st, 2014 at Plain City, Ohio (near Columbus). Registration for this one day event is $35 and can be made online. John provided a program handout for both conferences.

John reminded the members that the Club extractor and associated tools are available to be borrowed. If a member is interested, please contactJohn and he will be happyto coordinate getting the extractor to you. We just ask that you return the extractor in the same or better condition than you received it. We are still collecting donations for the extractor purchase. We had collected $98.00 to date and a donation container is located at the back of the room for any monetary donations (anonymously).  Penny Miller announced that she has a new Swarm Trap for sale for $50.00. If any member would be interested in buying this, let Penny know and the collected money will go to the Extractor fund.

John asked that members check their contact information on the sheet located in the front of the room and make any needed changes.

John also mentioned for members to take advantage of the Club’s Beekeeping Calendars that we distributed earlier. They have proven to be a helpful reminder of our “to do” list for our bees.  Any suggestions for adding or subtracting from these documents can be given to John, or Steve.

John noted that although the position for club President has evolved to a life-time appointment….the terms of office for the Vice President and Secretary/Treasurer are expiring and need to be voted upon at our November meeting. Currently, John Clark serves as the club Vice President and John Welty serves as Secretary Treasurer. Anyone interested in filling these positions or have suggestion for someone to fill them, please let Steve Roth know.

Also posted in front of the room is the club’s current Swarm Contact List. If anyone is interested in being contacted for capturing swarms, please check your contact information if you are on the list and add your information if you are not yet on the list.

John asked the club if there was interest in ordering more Tri-State Beekeeper Ball Caps.  We have sold out of our original order of 50 and there have been some interest for additional orders.  The club members agreed to go ahead and get pricing information.

 

Upcoming meetings: 

October 16th, 2014        Open meeting…Show and tell. Bring your ideas, contraptions, shortcuts, success stories, etc. which you can share to the club members. We hope to have member Paul Bradshaw remind us on his hive wrapping technique.

November 20th, 2014    President Steve Roth will present the topic of  “BEES AS A SUPER ORGANISM”.

With no additional business to discuss, John introduced our friend John Grafton. John has been beekeeping for 50+ years. He served as a Ohio State Apiary Inspector for nearly 25 years and has been honored with many awards and accolades.  John has also been the instructor of our Club’s Novice program. John Grafton spoke on the topic of "Bees and Beekeepers-- A Cooperative Arrangement".John gave a very interesting speech on the responsibility of our bees (honey, pollination etc..), as well as our responsibility, and duty  to supply them with a comfortable, safe, disease free home and environment. 

Following questions and answers, the meeting adjourned to a short social and concluded around 9:00.

Respectfully submitted,

John Welty

Secretary /Treasurer

 


TRI-STATE BEEKEEPERS ASSOCIATION
MINUTES
MAY 15TH, 2014

The monthly meeting of the Tri-State Beekeepers Association was called to order at 7:00pm on Thursday, May 15th, 2014. The meeting was attended by 25 members.

President Steve Roth chaired the meeting and welcomed all new members and/or visitors in attendance.

Steve reminded all members who have not yet paid dues for 2014, to please see John Welty in the back of the room who will be happy to receive your payments. Dues are $15.00/year per household

Steve reminded those members who ordered bee packages, that the shipper would like to have the shipping boxes back. (not the queen cages…). Please coordinate the return of those boxes with Steve.

Steve mentioned that our club would be very interested and honored to house the WV Beekeepers Association Spring conference held the first week in April 2015. In order to house the event, we need a site capable of seating 225 people for conference, break out classes, and lunch serving. If anyone in the club has any ideas for a site PLEASE contact Steve.

The club now owns a 6 frame honey extractor that can be borrowed by club members. We only wish that you return it as you found it. John Welty is coordinating the check in check out and if you need to use it please call him at (304) 280-6813.

Steve noted that he contacted Rural King and they do not STOCK beekeeping supplies. Those supplies ARE available by catalog only.

Steve asked that if anyone is interested in swarm retrieval, please let him or John know and they will put you on a calling list.

Upcoming meetings:

JUNE 21st, 2014 - Saturday meeting featuring an open hive demonstration/social starting at 1:00pm, weather permitting. Location is at Steve’s house. We will email directions. We will also e-mail if it has to be cancelled. If you do not receive email you can call for confirmation at (304) 242-9867

AUG 21st, 2014 - Summer will conclude with our annual club picnic at the Bethlehem Park, on Thursday night Aug 21st.

September 18th, 2014 - John Grafton will be speaking on a topic to be determined.

November 16th, 2014 - Mead wine production. This meeting will also be open for show and tell. Paul Bradshaw will review hive wrapping.

With no additional business, the club watched a very interesting movie titled “More than Honey”.

At the conclusion of the movie, the meeting adjourned and was followed by a short social.

 

TRI-STATE BEEKEEPERS ASSOCIATION

MINUTES OF MONTHLY MEETING

APRIL 10TH, 2014

 

 

The monthly meeting of the Tri-State Beekeepers Association was called to order at 7:00pm on Thursday, April 10th, 2014.  The meeting was attended by 30 members.

President Steve Roth chaired the meeting and welcomed all new members and/or visitors in attendance.

Steve reminded all members who have not yet paid dues for 2014, to please see John Welty in the back of the room who will be happy to receive your payments. Dues are id="mce_marker"5.00/year per household

Steve  mentioned that the 3 pound bee packages are scheduled to be shipped on the third week of April (weather dependant).  Those whose have ordered bes will be notified and can pick up the bees at Steve’s house. Directions to Steve’s house are on the table. Checks for the bee packages are to be made out to Steve Roth (id="mce_marker"20/package).

The 5-frame nucs are also scheduled to be shipped in the mid to last week in April, again, weather dependant. Checks are also to be made out to Steve Roth (id="mce_marker"30/nuc).

Once the bees arruve, you are asked to pick them up on the day of arrival.

Steve noted that the Novice Program has 15 indif=viduals registered. WE began meeting o n Tuesday, March 18th running through April 22nd. We will need mentors to help get the new beekeepers started. Please find time to assist us.

The spring conference of the WV Beekeepers Association was held on Saturday, April 5th in Fairmont, WV. Speakers included Kim Flottum.

Steve asked that if anyone is interested in swarm retrieval, please let him or John know and they will put you on a calling list.

Upcoming meetings: 

JUNE 21st, 2014                  Saturday meeting featuring an open hive demonstration/social starting at                     

                               1:00pm, weather permitting. Location is at Steve’s house. We will email directions. We  

                               will also  e-mail if it has to be cancelled. If you do not receive email you can call for

                               confirmation at (304) 242-9867

AUG 21st, 2014     Summer will conclude with our annual club picnic at the Bethlehem Park, on

                               Thursday night Aug 21st.

September 18th, 2014    John Grafton will be speaking on a topic to be determined.

October 16th, 2014        Open meeting…Show and tell. Bring your ideas, contraptions, shortcuts, success stories, etc. which you can share to the club members. We hope to have member Paul Bradshaw remind us on his hive wrapping technique.

November 20th, 2014    President Steve Roth will present the topic of  “BEES AS A SUPER ORGANISM”.

With no additional business, the club watched a very interesting movie titled “More than Honey”.

At the conclusion of the movie,  the meeting  adjourned and was followed by a short social.

 TRI-STATE BEEKEEPERS ASSOCIATION
MINUTES OF MONTHLY MEETING
MARCH 20 2014

The monthly meeting of the Tri-State Beekeepers Association was called to order at 7:00pm on Thursday, March 20th, 2014 The meeting was attended by 30 members.

President Steve Roth was unable to attend the meeting and Secretary/Treasurer, John Welty chaired the meeting and welcomed all new members and/or visitors in attendance.

John reminded all members who have not yet paid dues for 2014, to please see Ralph Seward in the back of the room who will be happy to receive your payments. Dues are $15.00/year per household. John added that he will be happy to e-mail all paying members a paid receipt and will mail out through snail-mail a receipt those members who do not have an e-mail address listed with us.

For those members who have ordered 3-pound bee packages, the packages are scheduled to be shipped the third week of April, weather dependent. When they come in, you will be notified and they can be promptly picked up at Steve Roth’s house in Bethlehem. Directions to Steve’s house are on the table. Bee packages are $120 each and checks are to be made out to Steve Roth. (All bee packages are sold out at this time).

The 5-frame nucs are scheduled to be shipped in the mid to last week of April, again, weather dependent. Just as packages, when they arrive, you will be notified for pickup at Steve’s house. Nucs are $130 and checks are also to be made out to Steve. (nucs are also sold out at this time).

Please remember that once the bees arrive, you are asked to pick them up on the day of arrival. Anyone who has ordered packages or nucs can pay Ralph at the registration table.

John reported that we have held our first weekly class of our Novice Program and will continue each Tuesday thru April 5th. We have 17 attending the class. John added that we will need mentors to volunteer for helping and guiding these newbees. Please let John/Steve know if you would be willing to assist. John pointed that there are a number of bee supply catalogs left over from the class, displayed at the meeting, and invited any member to take as many as they would like.

John reminded the club members of the spring conference of the WV Beekeepers Association which will be held on Saturday, April 5th in Fairmont, WV. Speakers will include Kim Flottum, the editor of Bee Culture Magazine, and Jeff Harris, research professor at Mississippi State University. Info on the course can be found in the spring 2014 WV Beekeepers Association newsletter or by calling Nancy Postlethwait at (304) 366-9938. Various vendors will be attending including: Blue Sky Beekeeping, Dadant, Geezer Ridge Farm, Reid Apiaries, and Walter T. Kelly. Ordering your supplies WELL in advance for pickup will save you shipping costs!

At our previous club meeting, Steve was asked to research the possibility of purchasing a 6-frame electric honey extractor. He found two possibilities: Dadant $722 + $56 for stand + Shipping , and Betterbee $767 + $39 for stand + Shipping. Both of these extractors can hold 6 shallow OR 6 medium frames. If we also intend to purchase related items (an uncapping knife, filters, bucket..etc), we may be looking at a total price of around $1,000. It was suggested that since this purchase would deplete the majority of our bank account, that the club pay for 1/2 of the purchase and we raise the other half. The consensus of the club members agreed with this approach and will think of possible sources of obtaining the additional funds. Since we are not pressured into making a purchase in the immediate future, it was suggested to table any decision until our next meeting.

Upcoming meetings:

APRIL 10, 2014 NOTE THE DATE: April’s meeting is moved to April 10th! Steve Roth will present a talk on “LATE SPRING AND SUMMER MANAGEMENT”.

MAY 15th, 2014  “MOVIE NIGHT” John Welty has found a very informative and entertaining film entitled “MORE THAN HONEY”.

JUNE 21st, 2014 Saturday meeting featuring an open hive demonstration.

AUG 21st, 2014 Summer will conclude with our annual club picnic at the Bethlehem Park, on Thursday night Aug 21st.

Under new business, John noted that Paul Bradshaw brought to our attention that individuals can save SUBSTANTIAL costs on the purchase of an epipen set. If you would go to the site epipen.com and answer a few basic questions, you can print out a coupon for up to $100 off of the purchase of an epipen set. This discount must be used with a doctor’s written prescription.

John introduced member Paul Bradshaw. As a very young child, Paul remembers his family having beehives on their property to pollinate the fruit trees. Although the bees didn’t last long…Paul always cherished the treat of warm comb honey on toast. Paul moved to Pennsylvania 35 years ago and after collecting his first swarm, had been bitten by the “bee spell”. Today he has around 10 hives and gave a very interesting talk on beekeeping tips and secrets.

After several questions and answers, and there being no additional business, the meeting adjourned at 8:45 and was followed by a short social.

TRI-STATE BEEKEEPERS ASSOCIATION
MINUTES OF MONTHLY MEETING
February 20, 2014

The monthly meeting of the Tri-State Beekeepers Association was called to order at 7:00pm on Thursday, February 20th, 2014. The meeting was attended by 35 members.

President Steve Roth welcomed all new members and/or visitors in attendance.

Steve mentioned that club membership dues are now being collected for the 2014 year. As a reminder, dues are $15.00/year per household. This includes $6.00 which goes to the WV Beekeepers Association and $9.00 remaining with our club. A lifetime membership is $60.00. Also, by paying dues by March 31, 2014, you are entitled to any programs offered by the State. Please see John Welty to pay your dues.

Steve noted that Bee packages may be available depending on the response from the Novice Program attendees. The 3# packages are $120 each. Also, Steve ordered 50 five-frame nucs. As of this date, 9 are still available for purchase. Members were asked to let John Welty know by the end of the meeting if they are interested in either bee packages or nucs.

The Novice program will be meeting every Tuesday from March 18th through April 22nd, again located at WV Northern Community College. We currently have 13 individuals registered. The class is being taught by our friend John Grafton. We will need mentors to help the new beekeepers get started. PLEASE find time to assist us.

John Welty gave the Treasurers report. As of this date, we have $1,400 in our checking account. During the past year, we have netted approximately $400 in dues, as well as $75 donation from the Cabell County Beekeepers Association in association with the Queen Rearing Program that was held during the year. We had only minimal expenses such as the reservation for the picnic, the purchase of bee veils, and miscellaneous supplies. John added that at this time, we have no financial commitments, and if members have any requests for Club purchases, to let Steve or John know.

John presented to the members a 2014 Beekeeping Calendar and Beekeeper’s Guide that he compiled from a number of sources. All of the dates are relevant to OUR location. John noted that the dates on the calendar which are noted for specific flowering blooms, were dates that have been compiled over the last 7 years by Steve Roth. Copies of these documents were sent to members via e-mail and if anyone would like additional copies or if they did not receive one, let Steve or John know. Additional copies are also on display at the meeting.

Steve recapped the lecture series for 2014:

MARCH 20th, 2014 Member Paul Bradshaw will be speaking on SUCCESSFUL BEEKEEPING TIPS.

APRIL 10th, 2014 NOTE THE DATE!!!! NOT OUR REGULAR 3rd THURSDAY! President Steve Roth will present a talk on LATE SPRING AND SUMMER MANAGEMENT.

MAY 15TH , 2014 MOVIE NIGHT! John Welty has found a very informative and entertaining film entitled “MORE THAN HONEY”

JUNE 21st, 2014  SATURDAY…We will have an open hive demonstration

JULY: No meeting scheduled

AUGUST 21st, 2014 Summer will conclude with our annual Club Picnic at the Bethlehem Community Park which is scheduled for Thursday evening at 6:00 pm..

Steve noted that the WVBA Spring meeting is being hosted by the Marion County Beekeepers and will be held on April 5th at the Trinity Assembly of God Church just south of Fairmont. Speakers will be Jeff Harris and Kim Flottum.

In addition, the Tri-County Beekeepers Association Spring Workshop is scheduled for February 28th through March 1st in Wooster, Ohio.

Steve reminded the club that there are a number of items available and displayed on the table for member consumption including: Apiary Registration forms, order forms for journals, copies of WV Best Management Practices, and Club Hats and License plated are still available.

Under new topics, it was suggested by club members for the club to investigate the possibility of purchasing our own honey extractor. Steve will look into pricing and get back with the club with his findings.

At this point of the meeting, Steve handed the meeting over to member Rick Johnston. Rick has been keeping bees since 1997 and was one of the Club’s original members. He currently has approximately 10 hives. Rick gave a very informative talk on Late Winter and Early Spring Bee Management. Following questions and answers the meeting concluded with a short social.

There being no additional business, the meeting adjourned at 9:00.

Minutes from the November 15, 2012 Club Meeting

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The monthly meeting of the Tri-State Beekeepers Association was called to order at 7:00 pm. on November 15, 2012. The meeting was attended by 31 club members. Following a welcome to new beekeepers that attended a sincere expression of thanks was extended to Brian Roth and Ralph Seward. Their terms of office are expiring and the club wished to express their appreciation for their hours of work on behalf of the club. Their contributions will be missed although Ralph expressed a desire to remain active and available in offering his services. We then moved on to the 2012 elections.

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