A MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT
May 5, 2015
Hello to All,
As was promised to us, the weather has warmed, the flowers are in full bloom, and the bees are prospering. These are busy times for both the bees and the keepers. Packages and nucs have been received and many of us are experiencing beekeeping for the first time. In part overwhelming, and in part a true pleasure.
As a club, we still have remaining gatherings scheduled for summer months. Our May meeting will be held on Thursday, May 21 as usual at the Good Zoo. Presenting will be club member Annette Gantz, speaking about her FIRST YEAR AS A NOVICE BEEKEEPER. Annette has been working on this presentation for several months and will now finally have her chance to offer it to us. With many new beekeepers among us, there will be much interest in her experiences.
In the past, we have held the annual open hive demonstration at my house, but with the growing number of members, we have outgrown the site. I have arranged with the Good Zoo to allow us to hold the event on their grounds on Saturday, June 20 at 1:00 pm. We will move hives to a safe field at the Zoo and have several demonstrations to include a review of the equipment, an examination of colonies, and a demonstration of evaluating and treating for diseases and mites. We have also reserved our usual meeting room for the afternoon to allow time for a social to follow the demonstrations. I am hopeful that all members, both experienced and novice will take advantage of the opportunity to examine new techniques and to share their experiences and preferences.
We end the summer with our annual picnic held at the Bethlehem community park on Thursday, August 20 at 6:00 pm. The club will supply chicken and members are asked to bring goodies of their choice. This has proven to be a fun time, allowing us to meet very informally and enjoy conversation. In the past, that conversation often strays far from beekeeping.
We have experienced a tremendous increase in interest and numbers, and as a result we hope to further expand our functions to allow each of us to continue to grow as beekeepers and continue to serve the community by fostering an appreciation of the honey bee.
I look forward to seeing you all at coming events…
TRISTATE BEEKEEPERS ASSOCIATION MONTHLY MEETING
FEBRUARY 20, 2014
LATE WINTER AND EARLY SPRING MANAGEMENT
This meeting is important, as we will inform members of vendors who will have spring packages and nucs, allowing us to order early to insure delivery. We will also develop a list of perspective participants in the spring novice program scheduled for March 18 through April 22. Dues for 2014 will be accepted at the meeting. Steve reminded members that yearly dues are $15.00 per household, $6.00 of which goes to the WV Beekeepers Association. A lifetime membership to the WV Beekeepers Association is $60. As weather may be a factor, members were informed that if the weather is questionable, we will follow the schedule for Wheeling Park High School. If the school is open on February 20, we will hold the meeting. If the school is closed due to inclement weather, the bee club meeting will be cancelled.
MARCH 20, 2014
SUCCESSFUL BEEKEEPING TIPS
Paul will be sharing some of the ideas and methods refined through years of experience to enhance your beekeeping technique. In response to the extreemly harsh winter that we are experiencing, Paul will include methods to wrap your hives for the winter.
APRIL 10, 2014
LATE SPRING AND SUMMER MANAGEMENT
Please note that the April meeting has been moved ahead one week to avoid conflict with the Easter Holy Week. In his presentation, Steve promises muich demonstration including making splits, combining colonies, package and queen installation, and swarm capture.
MAY 15, 2014
MORE THAN HONEY
MORE THAN HONEY is a film examining numerous aspects of the honey bee. Searching for answers “More than Honey” takes us around the world to meet people living with and off honeybees. On our trip we meet almond growers in California, a Swiss mountain beekeeper, a neuroscientist investigating bee brains in Berlin, a pollen dealer in China, and a bee researcher in Australia. We even get to see “killer bees” invading the New World. We gain spectacular visual insights into the beehive –a fascinating world of fighting queens and dancing workers, of highly sophisticated swarm intelligence, where the individual constantly serves the requirements of the community. An enlightening journey is promised.
JUNE 21, 2014
OPEN HIVE DEMONSTRATION
To further emphasize technique, we will have an open hive demonstration/social on Saturday, June 21. This will give all of us an opportunity to share experiences and ideas while exploring the hive, good points and bad.
AUGUST 21, 2014
Summer will conclude with our annual picnic at the Bethlehem Park, scheduled for Thursday evening, August 21. That is always a good time, sharing good food, good friends, and good conversation.
OCTOBER 16, 2014
Our next meeting will be on Thursday, October 16 with the 7:00 pm start. This is the annual open meeting which has proven to be both fun and stimulating. You are asked to bring anything of interest. A piece of equipment, an invention, a mistake, a different packaging idea, something to trade, sell, or give away, and plenty of questions. While we have no real experts, we have some experience and hopefully have learned from our million mistakes. Please plan to attend and I STRONGLY urge you to bring anything of interest. The more the merrier.
NOVEMBER 20, 2014
THE HIVE AS A SUPERORGANISM
Just as the human body is made of many cells that form specific organs, none of which can function independently but collectively for a living organism, so does the colony of honey bees. We will explore the many ways in which individual bees respond to stimuli in their environment to function in a programmed manner that serves numerous functions in the colony to produce a (super)organism. The listener will be treated to many facts and functions that they have not before considered in beekeeping.