Minutes for October 9, 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 Patio Lino in Ash Flat, AR.

We had 26 members and 6 guests in attendance.

Guest Speaker was Cody Stroud from Sharp Co. Extension Office - Agriculture Dept.

Paul Seymore gave opening prayer.

Treasurer Report (Books are open for any member to review) FNBC Checking - $690.02

Memberships  50 paid members.  Help your club and renew.

Meeting Minutes from Sep 11, 2018 were passed around and accepted as read. All minutes are online to read if you missed a meeting.


Activity Report:

Pot Luck Picnic on September 29, 2018 was GREAT Success and we all are looking forward to the next one. Folks got to chat and get to know each other better. It was a perfect day and the food was GREAT!


On Oct 6, 2018, Arrie, Irene and myself (Jacque) attended the Hardy's Homesteader's Day @ Loberg Park in Hardy from 9am - 3pm. We had lots of folks stop by asking questions. Arrie sold his little baby containers of honey and the monies ($67.00) was donated to Hardy's Homesteader Committee to help with next year.


PSG handouts were passed around (copy in .PDF section off website). There is now a 24 hour notice and $100.00 minimum on all orders.


Our Guest Speaker was Cody Stroud from Sharp Co. Extension Office - Agriculture Dept.

He took over after Joe retired. He has an open door policy. 2nd door on the left entering the Court House, right past the Judge's Office.

Cody Stroud.jpg

He highly recommends to register your bees, it is FREE to do and will help in case of an issue with bees in the area. (.PDF Form is off the website)

Foul Brood - there is no recovery for hives. Hives are destroyed. All depends on the yardage away from each other the hives are, will determine how many hives must be destroyed.

There is bee antibiotic prescription that only a license Veterinarian who has the bee certification can issue.

There are no vets in our area that can do this.


Vernon said it is that time of year to start winterizing your bees. Stop with sugar water, they rarely drink that during the winter. It is best to make up Winter Patties for winter.


winter patties.pngEach winter patty is the perfect food to keep your bees healthy and going strong all winter long. Contains everything bees need, like protein and carbs, to get them through the winter. Each patty contains approximately 4% protein and 96% carbohydrates for energy.


Winter Patties - Case of 5lbs $9.60





Lonnie went to Texas to visit his son and checked his hives while there. He also wanted to share it is time to reduce your entrance and place a mouse guard up. Mice will get inside where it is warm and reek havoc on your hives. Ensure your brood boxes and hives cannot get condensation in winter because it will drop onto the bees and kill them.


Jacque brought in the feeder that most find best to use during the winter. Feeder.jpg




Vernon recommends during the winter to remove the screen and place pollen on one side and the winter patties on the other.







Jacque did show-n-tell of the before and after Beetle Blaster. Rhonda asked about finding a supplier to buy bulk for the club. Jacque has been researching but has not found a place that offers a decent bulk rate. We would need quite a lot to provide Beetle Blasters to the whole club. Jacque will continue to research for a supplier.


A reminder that next month we will be accepting nominations for our 2019 Officers. Be thinking on whom you wish to be your President, Vice-President, Secretary/Treasurer, Master-at-Arms, and Member-at-Large. You must be present to vote in December.


Hirsch's in Thayer is wanting us to create a wish list of items for them to carry for the bee keepers. If you can think of anything, post on our Face-book page or contact Arrie your list. They are also seeking someone knowledgeable in bees to work part time at the Thayer store.


The re-stock of t-shirts and a new item (BALLCAPS) will be available at the next meeting. It was recommended next time T-shirts are ordered to change color from yellow to something else. This shall be done, but not sure when the next order shall be. But will get a splash of grey, white, and black tees.


Bob Vandergriff is seeking Organic Burlap, if anyone knows where he can obtain - please let him know at 870.892.8336.


It was brought up on Facebook, if we could move the meeting location closer to Lawrence Co.
I (Jacque) posted I would bring it up to the members.
Arrie said when he created the club back in 2015 - it was under the guidelines that meetings would be held in the Hardy and/or Ash Flat area.
It seems the overall census was to keep it in Hardy and/or Ash Flat area since majority of the members are from this area.


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


Bee Calendar : Thanks to UAEX.edu Let's you see what you should be doing for each month

Rest of the night, we just chatted with each other and socialized.


Meeting was adjourned at 7:40 p.m.

Next Meeting: 13 Nov 2018 @6:30 PM

Place: Patio Lino in Ash Flat Arkansas

Minutes submitted by Jacque English