Meeting minutes

Tri-State Beekeepers Association

Minutes meeting November 17, 2016

The meeting was called to order at 7:00 pm with 34 members in attendance.  With no new members old business was addressed.  An update was given on new Spring Conference sponsors and we continue to march toward our projected goal.  With the end of the year approaching we hope to obtain donors looking to find tax deductions that can be claimed in 2016.  Committees are beginning to form with Kathy Bone hard at work on the historical presentation in commemoration of the 100th year of the WV Beekeepers Association.  Sincere thanks to Kathy.  Steve Durrah is managing registration with Penny Miller spearheading publicity.  We are on our way but more help will be needed!

Production of the PowerPoint instructional presentation to accompany the oxalic acid vaporizer is nearly complete thanks to John Welty.  Once the kit is finalized information will be released on how to obtain the unit from our newly elected vice-president Wayne Shook.

An expression of gratitude was extended to Ralph Seward for his invaluable contribution to the facebook site.  Members are beginning to use it more regularly for discussions on problems and experiences.  We will be using it to post information and members were encouraged to follow the site for updates.

Because of our production of the Spring Conference and other club events, it is felt that we can win the Beekeeping Club of the Year award given by the WVBA that carries a id="mce_marker"00 prize.  Members were asked to keep a record of all beekeeping presentations that they make in 2017 for they are counted in the application.  In addition, all members are asked to have their dues in by March 31, 2017 as it is a stipulation for the award.Members were updated on the activity of the WVBA in providing oxalic acid vaporizers, a id="mce_marker"20 grant to fund speakers for each club, and the consideration of obtaining refractometers for all locals.  Activity in partnership with the WV Dept. of Agriculture as outlined including the assistance in the purchase of plants and trees as sources of nutrition for the bees, investigation of roadside spraying and the impact on bees, attempts to curb the importation of altered honey into the state, and the development of reclamation projects to include bee friendly plantings.

Dates of importance in 2017 were outlined for members as follows:

January 28      Honey Bee Expo in Parkersburg, WV.  Information can be found at                                      http://www.movba.org/2017_honeybee_expo.htm

February 16    Tri-State Beekeepers meeting with Wade Stiltner, Chief WV Apiary instructor speaking on late winter and spring management

February 17    Whitetail Unlimited banquet – We will sponsor a table in appreciation for their generosity to us as sponsors for the conference

Feb. 17-18       Western Pa. Beekeeping Conference, Monroeville, Pa.  Information can be found at http://extension.psu.edu/beaver.

March 3-4       Annual Spring Workshop, Wooster , Ohio.  Information can be found at http://www.tricountybeekeepers.org/register.

March 16        Tri-Sate Beekeepers meeting with Denise Ellsworth of Ohio State University speaking on OSU phenology program

April 21-22     WV Spring Conference in Oglebay park with Jamie Ellis, U of Florida, Phil Craft of Bee Culture Magazine fame, and Dr. Krishna Urval of Wheeling

May 18            Tri-Sate beekeepers meeting with a speaker to be announced

June ?              Open hive demonstration

August 17       Tentative date of annual picnic

September  21 Tri-State Beekeepers meeting

Sept. 22 – 23   WVBA Fall Conference in Fairmont, WV

October 19      Tri-State Beekeepers meeting

November 16  Tri-State Beekeepers meeting

Following the business meeting we enjoyed a presentation by Steve and Ellie Conlon of ThistleDew Apiaries exploring the aspects of commercial beekeeping and the products of the hive.  We were also invited to tour their operation as a group and plans will be made to do so in the spring.  Following a brief social, the meeting was concluded.

 

Tri-State Beekeepers Association

Minutes meeting October 20, 2016

The meeting was called to order at 7:00 pm with 32 members in attendance.  New members were welcomed and old business was addressed.  An update on the progress in preparation for the Spring 2017 Conference was given with a request to continue seeking sponsors.  We have reached the half way mark in our goal and hope to see more with the start of 2017.  Shortly we will begin forming teams to address advertising, plans for registration, and seeking vendors.

With the arrival of the oxalic acid vaporizer from the WV Beekeepers Association, we have purchased a portable 12 volt battery to power it and are developing a kit to accompany the unit.  A PowerPoint presentation is being produce as an instructional to be included in the kit.  Our member Wayne Shook has agreed to oversee the lend/loan program for the unit.

Nominations for the office of Vice President were called for, but none were offered from the floor.  Member Wayne Shook graciously volunteered to serve in the office and was unanimously voted in.  Congratulations and a sincere thank you to Wayne!!

Ralph Seward gave an update on the Facebook page and reports that it has been converted to a closed group page, allowing members to communicate with each other.  It can be found as Tri-State Beekeepers.  We are indebted to Ralph for his help.

At the request of the members to include a discussion of wax and other hive products, Ellie Conlon of ThistleDew Farms has agreed to be out guest speaker at the November meeting with her husband Steve presenting “A Case for Honey: Multiple Products, Multiple Jobs.”  Ellie and Steve are commercial beekeepers in Proctor and have been very long time proponents of the honey bee and beekeeping.  We are very pleased to have them as our guests.  A request was made for any suggestions for topics and members were asked to consider items that they would like to address. 

Because of the unpredictable weather in January we have decided to forgo that meeting and to resume in February with our chief Apiary Inspector Wade Stiltner.  Wade will be speaking to us about early spring management.  In March we will host Denise Ellsworth of the OSU Department of Entomology.  She will be speaking about Phenology for beekeepers: using a biological calendar to predict plant bloom.  With the onset of spring, timing will be perfect.  With the Spring Conference scheduled for Friday/Saturday, April 21-22, we will use that as our April meeting with Phil Craft and Dr. Jamie Ellis as speakers.

With no new business, we were mesmerized by the presentation from Perry Arlia on Honey Bee Nutrition in Winter Management.  He certainly gave us several items to think about and to incorporate into our management practices.  Following a short social, the meeting was concluded.

 

Tri-State Beekeepers Association

Minutes meeting September 15, 2016

The meeting was called to order at 7:00 pm with 29 members in attendance.  New members were welcomed and old business was addressed.  An update on the progress in preparation for the Spring 2017 meeting included a confirmation of speakers Phil Craft and Jamie Ellis as well as the addition of Dr. Krishna Urval who will speak on Sting Allergies.  Topics and the agenda have been finalized.  We continue to seek sponsors and members are encouraged to contact Steve or John Welty with names of perspective individuals.

We were informed of the new WV Apiary Inspector assigned to our district.  He is Michael Staddon and members are encouraged to ask for inspections of their sites next year as a learning experience.  We were informed that the WV Beekeepers Association (WVBA) has given each local club an oxalic vaporizer.  The club voted to obtain a portable 12 volt battery to power it and to obtain the necessary supplies to allow members to apply the treatment in their own yards.  John Welty and Steve would like to produce an instructional PowerPoint presentation to accompany the unit.

John gave a treasurer’s report and a description of the annual grant of id="mce_marker"20 provided to each club by the WVBA to be used to pay for speakers for the group.  It is suggested that it be used to fund two presentations, and each local is required to supplement the amount with an additional 25% contribution.  Vouchers are to be submitted to the WVBA treasurer to requisition the grant.

Members were reminded that there is still time to register for the WVBA Fall Conference at Jackson’s Mill near Weston, WV.  The speaker is Dr. Clarence Collison.

A discussion followed regarding the office of vice president.  It is presently held by member John Clark, but his work schedule renders him unable to attend most meetings.  An election to replace him will be held at the November with nominations of candidates accepted at the October meeting.

The schedule of upcoming speakers was reviewed to include:

  • The October 20 meeting finds us hosting Perry Arlia from the Washington County Beekeepers in Pennsylvania.  Perry is a long time beekeeper and an excellent speaker.  He will be describing fall and winter honey bee management. 
  • This year we will be deviating from our traditional show-and-tell meeting in November to allow Steve Conlon of Thistle Dew Farm to talk about the aspects of commercial beekeeping.  Steve is our only local link to the real business of beekeeping and has many years of experience and knowledge to share.  We are most happy to have Steve back, for he and his wife Ellie have been long time friends of our club and have stood out in fostering beekeeping in the area. 
  • As always, we will not be meeting in December, but will resume in January with the show-and-tell format

Turning to new business, the topic of the Face book site was addressed.  In the past it proved to be unsuccessful in part due to confrontations experienced by some members.  In addition, there is a fear the input from unqualified individuals from friends linked to our site would merely result in confusion and misdirection.  To remedy this, member Ralph Seward agreed to manage a closed system that would let our own members communicate, but remaining closed to individuals who are not club members.  Ralph will report back to us at the October meeting.

With business concluded, we were entertained by our guest Dr. Matt McKinley speaking on the Japanese Horned Faced Bee.  All members agreed that we knew little of the bee, as well as other bees in general, and from his presentation we have gained a much greater respect for the life cycle of solitary bees.

Following the traditional social the program was concluded at 9:45 pm.

 

  TRI-STATE BEEKEEPERS ASSOCIATION

MINUTES

May 19, 2016

 The monthly meeting of the Tri-State Beekeepers Association was called to order at 7:00 pm on Thursday, May 19th, 2016.  The meeting was attended by 39 members.

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

It was announced that the West Virginia Beekeepers Association had obtained the 501c3 status and was now working to extend the status to local bee clubs.  The Tri-State Beekeepers will not participate in the action as they have already obtained the nonprofit status for the club.

Steve updated the club on the 2017 Spring WVBA conference that our club is sponsoring, and we are continuing to seek sponsors.  Follow-up contacts are now being made with Oglebay to confirm commitments as well as Dr. Jamie Ellis and Phil Craft to begin organizing themes and presentations.  A request was made for members to research beekeeping in WV over the past 100 years as 2017 represents the 100th birthday of the WVBA and we hope to develop a display/presentation in recognition of the event.  Kathy Bone and David Roberts graciously and enthusiastically offered to take on the project.  Kathy’s strength lies in that of research and David brings extended expertise in multimedia development.

32 Packages of bees and 55 nucs were successfully delivered for members.  In addition, Shayne Loy noted that he is now preparing nucs for sale to any interested member.  Shayne can be contacted through the Tri-State Beekeepers.

Members were informed of a new part-time bee inspector in the state.  Michael Staddon has accepted the position and will greatly enhance the inspection program in WV.  We were also told of plans to provide an oxalic acid vaporizer to each local by the WVBA.  They will be available for fall administration.

Preparations are being made for the open hive demonstration to be held on Saturday, June 11 at the Good Zoo beginning at 1:00 pm.  Exhibits will include a review of the components and contents of the hive, examination and various testing techniques to identify parasites and disease, and demonstration of the application of oxalic and formic acids.  Wade Stiltner, WV Chief Apiary Inspector will be our guest presenter.  We will follow with a pot luck dinner with the club providing chicken and beverages.

Steve again noted the CHANGE of date of the Bethlehem Community Park Annual Picnic to Wednesday, AUGUST 17th.  We DID change this date on our calendar on line, but if you picked up a hard copy at our last meeting…please change your date on that.  The fall speakers schedule is now being formulated.

The business meeting was followed by a presentation by Bob Hooker on Backyard Queen Rearing in which Bob minimized the complexity with the demonstration a simple and effective technique that each of us can easily follow.  All greatly enjoyed his presentation.

The presentation was followed by a social and the program was concluded by 9:30 pm.

 

 TRI-STATE BEEKEEPERS ASSOCIATION

MINUTES

April 21, 2016

The monthly meeting of the Tri-State Beekeepers Association was called to order at 7:00 pm on Thursday, APRIL 21st, 2016.  The meeting was attended by 28 members.

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

Steve updated the club on the 2017 Spring WVBA conference that our club is sponsoring, and we are continuing to seek sponsors.  Members were reminded that we possess the 501c3 status with the IRS and thank you letters with the confirmation of the tax deduction are sent to each donor.  Follow-up contacts are now being made with speakers and Oglebay to confirm commitments.  We are currently on track with production and will shortly be formulating committees to undertake details.

The novice program concluded on Tuesday, April 19 with 19 participants completing the course.  The program concluded with an open hive demonstration of package installation and hive inspection.

Steve reported that the 3 pound packages will be delivered on Monday, April 25 with the 4 frame nucs anticipated on May 14 if the weather does not interfere.

Steve reviewed the motion to be voted on by the WV Beekeepers Association regarding the reinstatement of annual contributions to the WV Queen Breeders in recognition of their research in honey bee genetics.  Club members were asked to comment and eventually vote on their preference.  It was unanimously decided to support the motion.

Club members were encouraged to participate in the Bee Informed survey currently being conducted online to define successful beekeeping practices.

Upcoming events were reviewed including the presentation by Bob Hooker on Thursday, May 19 on Backyard Queen Rearing.  Preparations are being made for the open hive demonstration to be held on Saturday, June 11 at the Good Zoo beginning at 1:00 pm.  Exhibits will include a review of the components and contents of the hive, examination and various testing techniques to identify parasites and disease, and demonstration of application of oxalic and formic acids.  Wade Stiltner, WV Chief Apiary Inspector will be our guest presenter.

Steve noted a CHANGE of date…due to the unavailability of the Bethlehem Community Park Picnic site; we had to change our Club Picnic date to Wednesday, AUGUST 17th.  We DID change this date on our calendar on line, but if you picked up a hard copy at our last meeting…please change your date on that.

A call for new business resulted in a discussion regarding the possibility of the club obtaining an oxalic acid sublimation unit for use by members.  Much discussion followed, but no agreement was reached.  It was tabled until the May meeting.

We then moved to the educational part of the evening with a presentation by our member Barry Peters as an agent for American National Insurance Company.  He was accompanied by Debbie Murphy of American National who is their Ag and Commercial Field Specialist for this region.  They enlightened us regarding the extent of liability that we face as beekeepers and as a club.  Many questions and discussion followed.

There being no additional business, the meeting adjourned for a short social.

 

 JANUARY 21, 2016

The monthly meeting of the Tri-State Beekeepers Association was called to order at 7:00pm on Thursday, JANUARY 21st 2016.  The meeting was attended by 31 members.

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

Due to the impending snow report, we started the meeting with our guest speaker, State Apiary Inspector Wade Stiltner, (who has to head on home in southern WV after his presentation).  Wade entertained the club with a very informative lecture titled “what’s beyond the landing board”. Wade informed the club members what to look for when inspecting a colony and what is really going on inside the hive.  After a Q&A period, and a brief break, Steve began the business meeting.

Steve reminded the members that Club dues are now due…$15.00 for family membership. Of that $6.00 goes to the West Virginia Beekeepers Association and $9.00 remains with our club.  A lifetime membership to the WVBA is available for $60.00.

Steve updated the club on the 2017 Spring WVBA conference that our club is sponsoring, and we are continuing to seek sponsors.

We are officially now a non-profit 501c3 !!! Thanks go to Steve for all his diligent work in obtaining this. One benefit of this designation is that donors may now be able to use their donation to our club as a tax deduction.

Steve discussed the upcoming March 12th seminar. This Saturday seminar at the Good Zoo,  will be held by Dr. Jim Tew and John Grafton, from 9am to 3pm with a break for lunch.  The overall topic will be “How Do I Keep My Bees Alive??” After discussion it was determined to hold this class strictly for our own club members and not charge tuition. If any club member would like to donate to the event on a totally volunteer basis, we would be happy to accept their generosity.  It was mentioned by the club members that we can seed the cost of the event (approximately $500) with part of the generous donation from Whitetails Unlimited, procured for our 2017 Conference, by Club Member Vicky Shaw.

Upcoming dates: Steve noted that February 18th is our next club meeting with speaker Heather Lapp scheduled. Heather is the Vice President of Jackson Hewitt Tax Services and will speak to the club on the topic of “Small Business for the Beekeeper”.

Our Novice Program is scheduled begin March 15 thru April 19th, with John Grafton teaching.  We have flyers available if any Club Member knows of anyone who might be interested in attending.

Steve noted a CHANGE of date…due to the unavailability of the Bethlehem Community Park Picnic site; we had to change our Club Picnic date to Wednesday, AUGUST 17th.  We DID change this date on our calendar on line, but if you picked up a hard copy at our last meeting…please change your date on that. Also due to a scheduling conflict, please change the date of open hive demonstration from June 18 to June 11 with Wade Stiltner presiding.

Steve mentioned that he and John Welty went down to the WV Ag Day held at the State Capitol. The event is designed to allow agriculturally conscious organizations meet with the members of the State Legislature to discuss funding and other pertinent issues.

Steve added that NUCS and Packages are now available and we need to have your orders now.  NUCS are $160 and Packages are $130. We would like to have payment for the Packages ASAP and for them, please write a check made out to “STEVE ROTH”.

In New Business, Darren Leech noted that disaster relief may be available at the USDA for bee losses over the winter. Interested individuals should contact their department of Agriculture for information.

There being no additional business, the meeting adjourned for a short social.

 

 




APRIL 16, 2015

The monthly meeting of the Tri-State Beekeepers Association was called to order at 7:00pm on Thursday, APRIL 16, 2015.  The meeting was attended by 28 members.

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

Steve reminded the members that Club dues are now due… $15.00 for family membership. Of that $6.00 goes to the West Virginia Beekeepers Association and $9.00 remains with our club.  If members would like their spouses also listed as members of the WVBA, please make sure that you let John Welty know. Although this will allow only one vote per household, both named people will be eligible for any state club benefits such as folders at state conferences.

Steve announced that for those members who ordered NUCS, they will be delivered on Thursday, April 21st. If you ordered a NUC(s) and did not pay for it yet, please make check payable to John Welty for $155/NUC.

For those who ordered packages, they are to be available the last week of April. Please make checks for packages out to Steve Roth for $125/package.  Individuals will be contacted in advance when a definite date is announced.

Both NUCS and Packages will be picked up at Steve Roth’s house. Directions to Steve’s house will be sent by email and are also available in the front of the meeting room.

Steve pointed out that the new club caps are available and are $12.00 each.

The Club’s calendar is available online at tristatebekeepers.com. You can locate it in the links section on the left hand side of the home page.

Steve commented on the lack of attention to the club’s Face book Page. After discussion, it was decided we should maintain the club’s internet presence with a strong, active web page, and should eliminate the Face book page which really doesn’t add anything to our presence. We can always open it up again if we feel we need to.

Steve mentioned that the Novice Program members may be in need of club mentors to help answer questions or to help them in their early mysterious bee journey. If any member is willing to serve as a mentor, please let John Welty know and he will add your name to the Club Mentor List.

Upcoming meetings:  Steve noted that the WVBA will not be holding its 2015 spring meeting due to a lack of support.  The WVBA Fall 2015 meeting will be held at Jackson’s Mills on September 25-26thwith guest speaker Tom Seely, author of Honey Bee Democracy.  The 2015 WV Honey Festival will be held August 22-23rd.  The 2016 Spring WVBA conference will be held in Logan County, WV.

Steve was happy to confirm that we have committed to hosting the 2017 West Virginia Beekeepers Association Spring Conference, here in at Oglebay Park, Wilson Lodge. This will also be the 100thyear anniversary of the WVBA. The date will be March 31st and April 1st.  The layout will be great using Glessner auditorium and the adjacent break out rooms. Steve said we are currently surveying speakers for regional meetings in order to avoid duplication. Please remember, Steve cannot do this alone and will be asking for assistance from club members!

Steve commented that our club meeting which is scheduled for Saturday, June 21st is to be an open hive demonstration. This meeting was originally scheduled to be held at Steve’s house, but we are now considering holding this meeting at the Good Zoo due to larger anticipated space requirements. We will keep the club advised of any decisions.

Our next Club Meeting is scheduled for Thursday, May 21st2015. Presenting will be club member Annette Gantz, speaking in her FIRST YEAR AS A NOVICE BEEKEEPER.

Tonight’s speaker was club member Said Leghlid. Said gave an interesting, well researched talk on the “World of bees …Other than the Honey Bee”. Said gave a fascinating talk on the history of pollination, and the different species of bees, both around the world and regionally.  Said hopes that his speech will inspire the members to pay attention to the MANY pollinators which reside just in our own back yard.  Every bee has its own purpose and should be appreciated for that!

After a brief Q&A, the meeting recessed into a short social hour.



TRI-STATE BEEKEEPERS ASSOCIATION

MINUTES OF MONTHLY MEETING

MARCH 19, 2015

The Tri-State Beekeepers Association met for their monthly meeting on Thursday, March 19th 2015 at 7:00pm at the Oglebay Park Good Zoo.  47 members were in attendance.

President Steve Roth opened the Business portion of the meeting by welcoming members and guests.

Steve announced that club dues are now due for the 2015 Beekeeping year. Dues remain at $15.00 per family. As a reminder, $6.00 goes to the WV Beekeepers Association and $9.00 goes to our Club. Those who have a Lifetime Membership to the WVBA still will owe the $9.00 for our club’s yearly membership.

Steve noted thatlimited number of Nucsand 3-lbBee Packages are still available for purchase. 2 NUCS are available at $155/nuc and 5  3-lb Packages are available at $125/package. Orders must be made at this meeting. Delivery of the bees is expected for late April.  Orders will be taken after the meeting and payment is due within 30 days of order.

Steve was happy to announce that the Novice Program for 2015 has been filled with 23 participants. We have already had our first of 5 meetings which are being held at WV Northern Community College.

We have at the meeting a supply of the new Club Hats at $12.00/hat.

Steve noted that the 12 month Beekeeping Calendar designed by John Welty is available. We have 25 color copies as well as the accompanying guide available in the front of the room. The calendar is also available on line on our web pagewww.tristatebekeepers.com. It can be found in the links section on the left hand side of the home page. If you request, John is happy to email you a copy also. Speaking for the club, Steve expressed our appreciation to John for all of his hard work in updating the calendar in such a professional format.

Steve reported that the West Virginia Beekeepers Association will NOT be presenting a spring meeting in 2015 due to lack of support. The fall meeting will be held at Jackson’s Mills, WV September 25th and 26th with guest speaker Tom Seely (author of Honey Bee Democracy).

The WV Honey Festival will be held August 22nd and 23rd.

The WVBA Spring 2016 meeting will be held in Logan County, WV (actual date to be determined).

Discussion was next held concerning the possibility of our club hosting the WVBA Spring 2017 Program here in Wheeling. It was the consensus of the club that we would, indeed, like to pursue bringing the event to our town. Steve mentioned that we have investigated a total of three potential site locations to house the event.  Steve cannot do this alone and is requesting volunteers to help in this worthwhile cause. Please note….A number of members DID raise their hand volunteering assistance…..

Steve commented on the Wounded Warrior Program through The WV Department of Agriculture. Wade Stiltner (our guest speaker) is spearheadingthe program in southern WV and hopes that it will make its way up to our area soon.

Our next meeting will be Thursday, April 16th. Presentation will be given by Annette Gantz who will be speaking on her “FIRST YEAR AS A NOVICE BEEKEEPER”.May’s meeting will be held on May, 21st and will be presented by member Said Leghlid on the topic of “WORLD OF BEES OTHER THAN THE HONEY BEE”.

Tonight’s program was presented by Wade Stiltner. Wade was brought up in Wayne County, WV on a small Family farm. He started Beekeeping his junior year of high school and was hooked!!!  Wade sold his bees in the late 70’s and after buying his own farm in 1984 started in beekeeping again. He started attending local bee clubs and soon increased his hive number to 175. In 2000 he became a part-time apiary inspector for the state of WV and became full time in 2006. He was appointed as the chief Apiary Inspector in WV in 2015.  Wade gave a terrific presentation on the topic of“LATE WINTER AND EARLY SPRING BEEKEEPING MANAGEMENT”.Wade made it very clear that EVERY beekeeper, from those who have only one hive to those who have many, iscrucially important to both beekeeping and the environment. Wade feels that it is critically essential to understand and manage your bees…watch them…and learn from them. Wade included many of his techniques and proceduresin his discussion.

There being no additional business, the meeting adjourned for a short social period…


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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