Minutes for November 19, 2020



President:               Vernon Lamb       (870) 886-6669  

Vice-President:         Lonnie Perry (870) 895-2771

Secretary /Treasurer     Jacque English  (870) 856-4987


Meeting was called to order 630 p.m. by Vernon Lamb at the Hardy Civic Center in Hardy, AR.  We had 17 in attendance: 14 members, 3 guests.

Arrie Goodwin gave opening prayer.


Treasurer Report

FNBC Checking - $530.39


Memberships  42 paid members.  All annual dues are from January to January.  Help your club and renew.


Meeting Minutes

Minutes from October 15, 2020 were accepted as read. Vernon Lamb motioned and Bronna Birdsell seconded - all approved.


Activity Report:


1. We are selling raffle tickets for the raffle of Bee lap quilt that William Kaelber made. Tickets will be available November and December. Drawing will be in December at the Christmas Party. Price for tickets will be: $1.00 a ticket or 6 tickets for $5.00. The size of lap quilt is 49 x 35 inches; Queen Bee is a foot long. Very nicely done. Thank you William for the donation.


2. Vernon took nominations for the 2021 Officers. If you wish to be added on the ballet for any position listed, please let Jacque know.

To vote on your new officers, you must be present at the December's meeting. If for some reason you cannot be there in person, please let Vernon know your vote. Thank you.

Nominations accepted were:

President: Lonnie Perry

Vice President: Andy Birdsell

Secretary / Treasurer: Jacque English

Member at Large: Carmen Inman

Master at Arms: Open


3. Jacque submitted a By-Law change for Article 2:  Dues
Dues are payable upon becoming a member and renewable annually before the end of January each calendar year.  Dues that are more than 60 days late (after April 1) will be considered associate membership for that year.  First time membership may be pro-rated and full membership may be granted to the first time members who join within 6 months of the renewal date (January 1).
Levels for membership dues are as follows:
Club dues are $10/year for each individual
All moneys will be held by the treasurer and be deposited in a checking account at a local bank and will be accounted for on a monthly basis to the membership through treasurer reports.



Dues are payable upon becoming a member and renewable annually.

During the paid year, the member has access to anything in the lending library (Extractor, Vaporizer, etc.)

The member has a voting right for our new Officers annually.

The member has access to any paperwork associated with the Five Rivers Bee Club for review (Banking, Past Minutes, State of Arkansas Paperwork, etc.)

Dues will be from date of first signing up until the next year at the same time. (I.E. You become a member in October, your dues do not come into effect until October of the following year.)

The member will have a three (3) month grace period after the due date to renew.

If member does not renew during this time period, they will be removed as a member in good standing to Guest status.


Vernon motioned and William Kaebler seconded to have it on ballet for December.


4. Jacque passed out the 2021 meeting dates to be added to your calendar. We normally meet the 3rd Thursday of every month, but for December and January, we'll be meeting the 2nd Thursday. The 3rd Thursday was already booked by another party.

All meetings begin at 6:30 P.M.

Location is the Hardy Civic Center on Main Street across from Bill's Cash Saver, 301 W Main St, Hardy, AR 72542


December 10


January 14

February 18

March 18

April 15

May 20

June 17

July 15

August 19

September 16

October 21

November 18

December 17

Hope to see you there.

Check the website (5RBC . NET ) for any updates should something change.


5. It is time to start winterizing your hives. You can purchase winter patties or make your own.

Lonnie and Vernon did a show and tell on how to make non-cook winter patties (sugar candy) for feeding your bees during the winter and early spring and several different techniques. Stop with sugar water, they rarely drink that during the winter. It is best to make up Winter Patties for winter.


Recipe for Honey Pro supplement found here instead of purchasing. http://5rbc.net/PDF/Pro Health Mix Recipe.pdf



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







Ensure your brood boxes and hives cannot get condensation in winter because it will drop onto the bees and kill them. Wet bees are dead bees.





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






6. Time that reducers should be installed on hives to reduce the entrance. During the winter, be sure to look at the entrance and stick a twig inside hole to ensure there is space for bees to come and go for potty breaks. Bees will die and obstruct the entranceway. If this happens, you will have more dead bees than you want.


7. For the beginning beekeepers, it recommended that you start off with two (2) hives. This allows you to see a comparison and if need to be to steal from strong hive and give to weaker hive.


8. Thank you Arrie for the donation of an Oxolic Acid Vaporizer for our members to check out. Oxolic Acid Vaporizer.jpgWe now have two (2) of these.


9. William said that Lauren Siebert of the newspaper wishes to attend the December meeting and do an article on us. We look forward to seeing her. Be sure to wear your tee shirt for a photo op. teeback.jpgIf you do not have one, we have them in all sizes at the meetings.


Video of meeting can be found here. Nov 19, 2020 Meeting Minutes


10. Bee Calendar : Thanks to UAEX.edu




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


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.





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.


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.





Meeting was adjourned at 7:45 p.m.

Next Meeting: 10 December 2020 @6:30 PM

Place: Hardy Civic Center Main Street (across from Bills Cash Saver)

Minutes submitted by Jacque English