Minutes for Feb 13, 2018



President:                        Arrie Goodwin          (870) 966-3666

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

Secretary /Treasurer        Jacque English         (870) 856-4987

Member-at-Large: Robin Bowyer and Ronda Lee

Master-at-Arms:  Rick Deroiun


Meeting was called to order 6:30 p.m. by Vernon Lamb at the Valero Gas Station on SR63 and Woodland Hills Road in Hardy, AR.   Arrie is ill and having difficulty speaking.  That horrid viral infection going around.


We had 19 members and 4 guests in attendance.  Jeff Woods was our guest speaker on bee feeding techniques.


 Rhonda gave opening prayer. 


Treasurer Report (Books are open for any member to review) FNBC Checking - $224.82


Memberships – 19 paid members.   It is that time, all annual dues are from January to January.   Help your club and renew.  For the new year, we welcome  new and old members:  Andy and Bronna Birdsell, Glenn and Mary Clark, Jacque and Marty English, Arrie and Irene Goodwin, Rick Derouin and Rhonda Lee,  Jim Farmer and Lisa Rouse,  Terry Hill, Vernon Lamb, Kay and Richard Reppond, Daniel Sandefer, Bob Vandergriff, and Marten Weeks.


Meeting Minutes  from December  12, 2017 were accepted as read.  We did not have a meeting for January due to inclement weather. 


Activity Report:

Grandma's Country Cookin', where we normally meet was closed for January and February.   It will re-open in March and we will assume our meetings there.  During these 2 months, it was a bit chaotic and folks showed up at Grandma via the newspaper and radio announcements.  We apologize for this inconvenience .   For our February meeting, it was arranged to have it at the  Wise Cabin Grill on SR63 in Hardy, but they were closed, and gave me no notice of such.  Luckily, arrangements were made to have it across the street at the Subway inside the Valero Gas Station.  Notes were left on doors and windows of Grandma's and Wise Cabin Grill, to direct folks to Subway.  Again, we are sorry for the confusion.  Please join us back at Grandma's in March.


Jeff Woods was our guest speaker tonight.  He spoke on various feeding techniques for your bees and brought examples.  Some overall recommendations he offered were:

1.  Do not open the lid of the bees if they are not flying about.  May do more harm than good.

2.  Sugar cakes - for winter - Wax paper between cakes

3.  No sugar water if cold, they will not drink it. use 1/2 / 1/2 stimulates queens

4.  Little pollen / nectar from soybeans.

5.  Set small bucket on frames with holes in lid.bucket feeder.jpghttps://www.betterbee.com/images/Feeder_Pail_Instruction.pdf

6.  Frame Feeder in spring. DF2 Feeder_l.jpg

7. 1/16 drill bit - drill hole in lip of 5 gallon bucket.  5gbf.jpg

Place upside down - sugar water fills through.

8..  Pollen Feeders at Mann Lake - Put out in March to stimulate faster growth.pollenfeeder.jpg

9.  Mite guard in Sept / Oct - Fogger is good to use

10.  Pine nuggets - tote with holes and mesh covering

11.  Feed to fill brood boxes, not supers.

12.  Dicamba Update 2018



Time to place your bee order for this spring.  We will again be accepting pre-orders for packages from Myron  Please let us know how many you would like.  Payment is due before bees are picked up in April/May time frame.  $85.00 per package.


Order list:

Terry       - 1 pkg

Daniel     - 1 pkg

English's - 3 pkgs  Paid


Here is the list of some folks that sell NUCS and PACKAGES, if you prefer to order independently of the club.

Hillbillies Bees - Salem, AR - 888.887.4420 - $165.00 NUCS

Myron Kroph    - Bexar, AR - 870.458.3002 - $  85.00 PACKAGE



Perfect Bees offers online classes regarding Beekeeping.  A good thing to check out. https://www.perfectbee.com/beekeeping-course/


Bob Vandergriff has 10 frame pine brood boxes for sell - $12.50/ set.   His number is 870.892.8336. 


Gift Buckets were passed out to each family.  A little something to show our appreciation for being a supporting part of the club and sharing your knowledge.



Hirsch Feed in West Plains is having a FREE Bee Class.  417.256.3749Bee-Classes-2018.jpg

Bee Class - Mammoth Springs



Meeting adjourned at 1935 (8:35pm)


Bee Calendar : Thanks to UAEX.edu

Meeting was adjourned at 8:00 p.m.


Next Meeting: 13 MAR 2018 @6:30 PM

Place:  Grandma’s Country Cookin’ in Hardy

Minutes submitted by Jacque English