Five Rivers Bee Club Monthly Meeting Minutes of 18 March 2021

Location: Hardy Civic Center, 301 Main Street (across from Bill Cash Saver)It was started at 6:30 p.m. CST by President, Lonnie Perry.

Arrie Goodwin gave the opening prayer.

We had 26 in attendance (24 members and 2 guests)

Jacque English asked if everyone read the minute and if there was a motion to have the minutes of 14 January 2021 approved as read. Arrie Goodwin motioned to have them read and Vernon Lamb 2nd.  All approved, the minutes were accepted.

Jacque English gave the Treasurer Report.  We currently have $719.98 in our account.

Zac Wellman, the Arkansas State Apiary Inspector was to be our guest speaker but had to postpone at the last minute due to his household went under quarantine due to COVID-19.  He apologized and said he still wishes to come and talk to us in the future.

Home Visits are starting up next month.  They will fall on the Saturday, after our Thursday monthly meeting. Here at the dates we have.
If there is an OPEN slot and you wish to host a home visit, please let an Officer know. If you wish to caravan or car pool, let us know.

Monthly Home Visits Dates for 2021


Home of

Start Time

Apr 24

Lonnie and Nora Perry

1027 Sunrise Road Salem AR 72576

Fulton County

870.371.0063 Cell

870.895.2771 Home

10:30 a.m.

May 22

Daniel R. Morthland - Owner

Mammoth Spring Apiary


808 N Fairview RD

Mammoth Spring, AR 72554

You can sign up using his Facebook EVENTS LINK

09:00 a.m.

Jun 19

Andy and Bronna Birdsell

291 Red hawk Lane  Glencoe  AR 72539

Fulton County


10:30 a.m.

Jul 24

Sarah and Kyle Carriger

39 Birdsong Rd  Evening Shade  AR 72532

Sharp County


10:30 a.m.

Aug 21



Sep 25



Oct 23



Nov 20



Dec 25




Remember we do have extractors and other items for the members to check out.

It is the time for Spring Cleaning, Maintenance and Management of your hives.

You should be seeing Bee movement of pollenating of Cedar / Oak, moving nectar and water as well to the hive.

Rotate upper & lower boxes (if applies) to ensure room to grow in the hive.

You could have a possibility of multiple swarms in one hive. Watch for this and if hive is empty, might be a good starter for a NUC.

Lonnie gave a presentation on the different feeding techniques. There is no one correct method to use. Experiment and find what works best for you and your bees.

If Queen cell forms in hive, move the existing queen. The open broad frame will keep the nurse bees there to nurture.

Simon the Beekeeper from the UK has a website to get some nice feeders. Simon the Beekeeper

The Inner cover is debated if really needed. Many do not use. Again, it is your preference. Many just use it to place a feeder over the hole for the bees.

Wintering the hive and here are some do and some do nots.
Again, this is up to you and your style.Bubble wrap insulator with a hole put in middle for venting is what Lonnie uses.  Robin Boyer said she also uses this type of winterizing for her hives.

Arrie told us about a Lollipop stick for anti wax moth . It is a new product and how effective not sure.
It was suggested to put bug zapper out.
Robert Fare said the Coke bottle with vinegar and bananas hanging from trees nearby. It hasr really worked for him.He got the recipe from one of our meetings.

If you are having issues getting your bees to build out or up, try the checker board frames technique. It has worked well getting bees to move to outer frames.

Meeting adjourned at 8:35 p.m. and we socialized.

Thank you Nora for the wonderful punch and cake you brought.

Next meeting is 20 April 2021 at the Hardy Civic Center beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Video of meeting on website.




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