Minutes for 10 October 2017

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President:                       Arrie Goodwin          (870) 966-3666

Vice-President:              Vernon Lamb            (870) 886-6669

Secretary /Treasurer:  Jacque English          (870) 856-4987

Member-at-Large: Martha Holder and Ronda Lee

Master-at-Arms:  Rick Deroiun

Meeting was called to order 6:30 p.m. by Arrie Goodwin at Grandma’s Country Cookin’ Restaurant in Hardy, AR.  We had 15 members, 5 guests (2 of which were Guest Speakers) and Jeff Wood gave opening prayer.   

  

Treasurer Report

FNBC Checking (Last Month)-             $609.09

Presently                                             $609.09

 

Memberships – 43 paid members.  All annual dues are from January to January.   Help your club and renew. 

 

Meeting Minutes

Minutes from 12 September, 2017 were approved.

 

Activity Report:

After the opening prayer,  Arrie turned over the floor to Jacque.

 

Jacque laid to rest rumors that she was going to be leaving bee club.  (will talk in 3rd person) She said that she no longer will be doing any fairs.   That all the items that the bee club bought is now at Arrie's residence (the extractor, the banners, the display case, and whatever candy was left over from fairs).   In the heat of packing up the NCDF, she did mention that if she was nominated, she would not accept the position and would just be a member.   After she cooled down, she knew she would have no problem continuing to serve the club as the secretary, treasurer, and/or web master.  She finds the position relaxing and enjoyable.

 

She talked with the Sales Tax folks.  If we do 3 or more events a year, we would need a Sales Tax Form to be filled out and it cost $50.00 / year or continue to do what we did this year and pay as we go to events.   We paid $10.00 in sales tax for this year's events.  Even if we have a static display or educational booth, that is considered an event.  They would mail us a form each month to be filled out and if nothing was sold, then we'd put zero and mail back.  Since we do not sell and we are more focused towards awareness of the honeybee situation, she asked the members for their input on how to proceed.  Andy Birdsell made a motion to "NOT submit for a State Sales Tax and just pay at each event as we did this past year."  Bronna Birdsell and Rhonda Lee 2nd the motion and it was passed unanimously.

 

New Officers for 2018 - Time is approaching to be thinking on who you wish to fill the positions of President, Vice-President, Secretary/ Treasurer, Member-at-Large, and Master-at-Arms for next year.   We will be doing nominations at the November's meeting.  Voting takes place at the December's meeting, and the new Officers will assume the roles and respective responsibilities at the January meeting. 

By-laws 2018 - Per the present by-laws, All suggested changes to the by-laws must be brought before the membership one month before the annual election in writing .   Anyone wishes to see something changed, please bring to the November's meeting.  A copy of the By-laws are on the website.  http://5rbc.net/PDF/5RBC%20Bylaws.pdf

 

At last month's meeting, it was suggested to have a place that folks could submit comments (good or bad) and constructive criticism on how and/or what we could do to make the bee club better for its members.   An anonymous email was created for this and may be accessed on the website.  http://5rbc.net/Feedback.html

 

Jacque concluded the secretary/treasurer report and Arrie introduced the first guest speaker - Jeff Wood.

 

Guest Speaker #1  We had Mr. Jeff Wood talk about the two Queen Hive setup.  He did a show and tell of his setup with a Bottom Board Double Hive he made.  (I forgot to take pictures of his setup, this is closest I could find)

To have the whole thing even, he made one double screen bottom board that the deeps stand up on and combined to make one unit.  Place the queen excluder in the middle and cover each end.  Once the deeps are doing well and ready to expand, place the super on top.  Sit back and enjoy.  Both hives work the one super and just replace as needed.  If the bees do not go to super, bait the new super with one to two developed frames.  This will encourage the bees to head topside and get to work.

 

He passed around a foundation that had wax comb for the medium supers to make packages of honeycomb.   One medium super will produce x4 blocks of  16oz packages that sell from $8.00 - $10.00 depending on your area.   Before you cut the blocks, it is best to Freeze your honey for ease of cutting and kill any mites or beetles that may be there.  If you do have beetles, take a pair of tweezers and remove for packaging. 

 

Guest Speaker #2  Our next Guest Speaker was Danny Brewer,  Apiary  inspector for the State of Arkansas Plant Board to talk about the importance of registration of your bees and European Foul Brood (EFB) that can destroy your hives. 

 

Any infected hives must be placed in quarantine and antibiotic Terramycin + powdered sugar dust to be used.  You can no longer purchase the terramycin over the counter, you now need a subscription from a licensed veterinarian that has come to your home and verified you have European Foul Brood(EFB).

 

I did speak with Dr. Shaw yesterday and he is not qualified.  It has to be a vet that is considered large animal and he no longer does large animals.  He knows of no one in the surrounding area. 

 

Danny said there were only a handful across the state of Arkansas at the moment, but more are attending classes to learn how to inspect, detect, and treat these pests.  To see the list of vets in the area, visit beevets.com

 

Any hives that are confirmed with American Foul Brood must be burned on site and buried in a hole.

 

This is one of the reasons to have an inspection form submitted to the Plant Board.  As most know, bees fly within a 3 mile range from their hives to harvest.  If an infected hive was found and destroyed , the plant board can look up the other hives in the range of that one and reach out to the folks to come and inspect their hives.  If this is not caught ASAP, it could wipe out whole colonies in a short time.

 

When you register your bees, you will get an ID number.  It is advised to take a pencil or a sharpie and write this number on your hive, this makes it easier for any inspector to find your paperwork, etc.   

 

If you catch swarms, it is best to make a SWARM YARD far away from your established hives and not include the swarms near your established hives.  You never know what the swarm you caught has been into and may not be a healthy hive.  Best to be safe and watch the new swarm hives for a few months before introducing them into your established bee yard.

 

Many are going with OPEN FEED the rule of thumb there is to have the feeder in the middle of the area and the hives at least 100 yards away.   Not advised to place feeders right next to hives, this encourages robbing.   If you wish to make an Open Feed Station, you can use a large turkey pan from any store and add your sugar water into the pan, and place Clay Marbles/Pellets or that float for them to land on or stack rocks. 

Jeff Wood designed a gallon tote with holes and straws and pine pellets for his open feeder and showed folks pictures.

 

Apparently, there are 65 hives at Biggers that the Plant Board is trying to find out who they belong to.  If anyone knows, please contact the Plant Board at (501) 225-1598.  Great example of why to register your bees - they are seeking the owner of the 65 hives and there are no markings on any of the hives. 

Danny has offered to come and do a field trip to do a group inspect all the members hives next year during the slow season, such as in October.  We are going to take him up on that offer. It will be fun time for all members to do an outing and caravan to see hives.

Meeting was adjourned at 8:05 p.m.

 

Next Meeting: 14 November 2017 @6:30 PM

Place: Grandma’s Country Cookin’ in Hardy

Minutes submitted by Jacque English

Bee Calendar : Thanks to UAEX.edu

October 

Bees:

The queen's egg-laying continues to decrease, and the colony population will also decline. No more drones will be produced, and those remaining will be expelled from the hive. Workers continue to forage for winter food stores as long as they can.

Beekeepers:

Colonies may require some feeding to ready them for winter. Fall feeding is done with 2:1 (sugar:water) syrup.  Mite treatments should be removed at the appropriate time (consult product label). Mouse-guards can be installed. Watch for robbing activities. When finished readying hives for winter, don't open them again unless necessary. Each time a hive is opened, the bees must re-seal the cracks with propolis to keep out winter drafts.

 

 

November 

Bees:

As the weather turns cold, bee activity will be reduced outside the hive. The temperature will send bees into a loose cluster as necessary.

Beekeepers:

Install entrance reducers. Finish winter feeding. Don't open hives is cold weather. In windy areas, secure hive lids with a brick or rock. Now enjoy some honey. Review your records and evaluate colony performance. Consider what you might do differently next year. Attend your local beekeeper meetings and compare notes. Evaluate equipment and consider repairs or replacements.  Render and clean any leftover wax.

 

 

December 

Bees:

The bees are in a tight cluster, alternating between generating heat with their wing muscles and resting and eating on the outside of the cluster. The queen is taking a much-needed break from egg production.

Beekeepers:

Leave your bees alone. Periodically test winter stores by gently tilting the hive, but do not open the lid. Order new tools and supplies for spring and get all of your equipment in order. Consider expanding your apiary. Enjoy a few books and drink some tea with honey in it. Turn your excess wax into candles and give away a few jars of your finest honey as holiday gifts.  Plan to place your orders for spring package bees and queens early to ensure you are at the top of the list.