Minutes for May 08, 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 Arrie Goodwin at Grandma's Country Cookin' in Hardy, AR.


We had 13 members and 5 guests in attendance.  


Bob Vandergriff gave opening prayer. 


Treasurer Report (Books are open for any member to review) FNBC Checking - $480.57


Memberships – 35 paid members.  Help your club and renew.  


Meeting Minutes from April 10, 2018 were accepted as read.  All minutes are online to read if you missed a meeting.


Activity Report:

1.  Our guest speaker was Donna Marchbanks and  Jonathan Toms  from  Packaging Support Group (PSG) from Jonesboro.    They are the point of contact for all bee keepers.  Here are the price lists of their products.  If you order, let them know you are member of the this club for discount.  Donna was asked by Lonnie if they would be carrying 5gal food grade buckets and she said they would be in about 1-2 months. 

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2.  Vernon passed out the recipe to help with Wax Moths.  Hope this helps.  Folks brought in what a hive would look like if you had wax moths.  Not a pretty site.

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3.  Swarms are happening so beware and be watchful of your hives.   Folks have been successful catching them - CONGRATS !!


4.  Kay needed a queen and Lonnie brought her one.  We had a show and tell on what the queen cell looked like and how to add to an existing frame.   Good Luck Kay with your new girl !!


5.  Vernon brought his Observation Hive to show us how it works and looks forward to educating folks and letting them see firsthand the wonder of honeybees.


6.  Jacque shared the article in the Spring River Chronicle and from that we had 2 new folks at the meeting.  Welcome Susan and Nate. 


7.  Jacque relayed the dates for the County Fairs she knew about, they are:

July 22 - 28, 2018 Fulton County in Salem

July 30 - Aug 04, 2018  Sharp County in Ash Flat

Aug 6 - 11, 2018 Izard County in Melbourne

Sep 24 - 29, 2018 North Central AR District Fair in Melbourne.


8.   Tonight was movie night and we watched a few You Tube videos  on Hive Inspections - what to look for, etc.   Folks interacted with each other at same time - It was an relaxing evening.


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


10.  June 4, 11 & 18, 2018

Mammoth Spring, AR

Complete Beekeeping Short Course
Contact the  Fulton County Extension Officeto register.
Download the class details.


Bee Calendar : Thanks to UAEX.edu





In the hill areas of Arkansas, the spring honey flow will be near its peak toward the end of May. Bees will be foraging constantly and the queen can be laying in excess of 1500 eggs per day. Swarms are still possible if hives become too crowded or honey-bound.

Some beekeepers will add a queen excluder to prevent brood in the honey supers. Be sure that the queen has sufficient comb for egg-laying. Super all hives as needed. In general, if a honey super is 3/4 full of nectar, you may want to add another. Supers full of capped honey can be left on the hive.

Many beekeepers will add new supers below those that are capped, so that bees don't have to travel through to add honey to empty combs. Top-supering is more convenient for the beekeeper, however. While opinions differ, there is no evidence that either method impacts the amount of honey stored.





The bee populations are high, and hive activity is bustling. If the weather is favorable, nectar and pollen will continue to be brought in vigorously.

Hives should be checked weekly to ensure the colonies are healthy and the queen is laying. Provide adequate room for both brood and honey. Monitor pest populations but avoid chemical treatments before the honey is harvested.



Meeting was adjourned at 7:30 p.m.

Next Meeting: 12 Jun 2018 @6:30 PM

Place:  Grandma’s Country Cookin’ in Hardy

Minutes submitted by Jacque English