Five Rivers Bee Club Monthly Meeting

20 February 2020

“The mission of Five Rivers Bee Club is to provide our membership and local community with a forum for sharing knowledge and mutual interests in beekeeping, to educate and promote the benefits of beekeeping to the public.” ? Five Rivers Bee Club By-Laws

Meeting commenced at 6:30 PM CST at the A.L. Hudson Memorial Center (Hospitality Room) in Highland, Arkansas by Vernon Lamb.

Arrie Goodwin gave opening prayer.

Jacque English gave treasurer report: $510.21  in FNBC checking.  (All books are open to any member for review)

Vernon motioned to accept minutes of January as read, Rick Derouin seconded. All approved.

We had 34 folks in attendance:  24 members and 10 guests.


Vernon  made announcements:

Home Visits were a great success and we'll be doing it again this  year.  The sign-up sheet will be passed around next meeting.  If you already know what month, you'd like to do, just let Jacque know.   They always fall on the Saturday following the meeting.


Next month our guest speakers will be Bronna Birdsell (Master Gardener) and Andy Birdsell (use  of the Oxalic Acid Vaporizer).


We'll start having a table with bee magazines and miscellaneous handouts from our meetings for folks to help themselves to.  Free for the taking.  If you have anything to add to the table,  you're more than welcome to.


Reminder that Dues are due.   $10.00 per person beginning January.  We accept cash, checks and have Paypal. 

We will be starting a Mentorship Program.  We are seeking names of those that can mentor and those that will be protégé.  Contact Vernon or Lonnie if interested.  More information and details at

David Borntrager will be selling 5 frame NUCs for $135.00 First come, First serve basis.  So call now to place your orders and get the list.  417.332.5049  He will start in March and pickup should be end of April first part of May.  Pickup will be at 500 Sunrise Road, Salem AR 72576.  He lives down the street from Lonnie and Nora.


Thank you William Kaelber for this wonderful creation you made and donated to the club. 

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Our guest speaker was Danny Brewer, Arkansas State Apiary Inspector.  If you ever have a question, simply text or email him and he'll contact you ASAP. 


He has 58 hives located around Arkansas.  He brands his hives inside and on each frame, in case of thief.  He recommends if you have several yards with your bees, to brand your hives.  If you brand on the outside, robbers will simply sand off your info and repaint.  Best to brand inside, more than likely robbers will not look brands inside the hives or on the frames.  You can get little copper ID tags and place on frames.  The bees will build over them, as not to be visible.


There was so much information that he put out - best to watch the video.  Please forgive the constants humming of the refrigerator.   Video can be found at: Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4 Part 5 Part 6


Some highlights that he covered is also found here ..

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·         1/5 swarms caught are European Foul Brood on average.

·         Terra Pro need a vet to treat bees. List of vets located here: Terra-Pro is a medicated feed mix which contains Terramycin™, Bee-Pro®, sucrose and other vitamins and minerals. It is recommended as an aid in the control of American and European Foulbrood. Terra-Pro should be fed early in the spring and fall and should be consumed by the bees before main honey flow begins.

·         American Foul Brood - Kills all hives and have to burn hives. 

·         Be sure to do a Fire Ant inspection in your yards, these little creatures love to rob the hives.  Bee inspectors have to inspect for fire ants if the hive is being transported to CA.  Ants are attracted to SPAM.  Inspectors set out SPAM near hives going to CA.  Within 45 minutes ants will come out of a hive and go for the SPAM.

·         Dr. Heidi Ward Ass Prof UofA extension office is training the vets.

·         You have to catch Foul-brood early in order to be able to treat with antibiotic otherwise it is useless to try.

·         One way to prevent EFB from spreading is to keep two bee yards.  One should be where you keep your swarms and quarantine these until you know they are safe from EFB. Keep your other main bee yard separate from your swarm bee yard.

·         Arkansas has three counties next to Louisiana that have Africanized Bees.

·         Looking for Africanized Bees / Swarm Traps

·         Food Grade product in hive only !!

·         Buying bees packets / Nucs must be inspected.

·         He opened it to Q&A, then we socialized for a bit.


A BIG THANK YOU to Glenda Hackney and the Highland School District for allowing us to hold our meetings here.  She said that if we keep growing and need more space, we can use the cafeteria.  She is going to check to see what type of seating there is. 


At end of meeting, Vernon presented Certificates of Appreciation to Danny and a Certificate of Recognition and Appreciation to Arrie Goodwin. 


Meeting was adjourned at 8:10pm

Next meeting: March 19, 2020 at A. L. Hudson Memorial Center in Highland AR.

Time: Begins at 6:30 PM CST

Minutes submitted by Jacque English