Five Rivers Bee Club Monthly Meeting Minutes for 15 June 2021

Meeting called to order by Lonnie Perry at the Hardy Civic Center on Main Street at 6:30 PM.

Opening prayer was given by Johnny Niswonger.

We had 33 in attendance. Welcome to our newest members: Becci Bratz and Claudie Baldridge.

Bob Stone made motion to accept minutes as read, William Kaebler seconded, all approved.

Jacque English gave treasurer report. We currently have $869.98 in FNBC. (All books are open for members to review)

Home Visits will be: Please call and RSVP, if you have not done so. Remember to bring your own bee suit or protection. Just in case the girls are in a rowdy mood.

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

 OPEN add your name here


Sep 25

  OPEN add your name here


Oct 23

  OPEN add your name here


Nov 20



Dec 25


Arrie told the group of bees in Truman at the old Walmart that Roach Manufacturing Corporation purchased. The bees are from roof to floor with honey oozing onto floor from walls. They are behind cinder blocks. If you are interested in FREE bees, please contact Arrie for more details on whom to contact. His contact information is 870.966.3666 and

Becci Bratz also knows a person that is in need of having bees removed from their tree. Contact her for more information, if the whole tree they wish to come down or just to have bees removed. Her contact info is 870.895.4861 and

Robert and Teresa Fare said they knew of a home in need of bees being removed as well. They can be reached at 417.224.1996 or 417.257.3120.

Lonnie brought in a new observation beehive that Lyle Mackey made showing a queenless hive with queen cells. (since last month topic was on queen cells) That was very educational to see and the children really enjoyed seeing it.

Lonnie spoke on and did a show-n-tell on all the various techniques to extract honey from frames.

Honey season is Nov to mid-July.

The club does have extractors that can be checked out by the members.

For strainers, you can purchase any painter filter cloth or a pair of knee high panty hose work great and quite inexpensive on the output of the extractor.

Methods of extractor are:

CRUSED messy but you use a hive tool or spatial and scrap off all contents into a pan / bucket before straining.


Melts the caps off quickly, but you lose honey. Not quite as messy and CRUSED.



This is very QUICK and only melts the caps with very little loss of honey. After removal of caps, goes straight into extractor.



The first step in the extraction process is to break or remove all of the capping, See some methods above.

The removed bits of wax, called cappings, are rich in honey which can be slowly drained off with the help of some heating.

This 'cappings wax' is very valuable and often used to make candles or other products.

Some beekeepers will also harvest (before uncapping the honey) the propolis, a resinous material bees gather to glue the frames together; propolis is used for its supposed medicinal properties.

Once uncapped, the frames are then placed in a honey extractor, which spins them so that most of the honey is removed by centrifugal force. Care must be taken to ensure that all frames are loaded correctly, as the comb is angled slightly upwards to prevent the honey flowing out; if loaded incorrectly, this can also prevent the honey flowing out during extraction. Once extracted, the resulting honey will contain bits of wax and must be passed through a screen so that clean liquid honey results.

Any honey that can't be harvested, which includes crystallized honey left on the frames after extraction, or honey that is not capped over, and therefore unripen, is usually placed back into the colonies for the bees to clean up.

Some beekeepers place wet frames outside so that it will be reclaimed by the bees. This must be done early in the morning or late in the evening as the bees will aggressively harvest such a rich source.

Care must be taken so that this is done at a time when food is not scarce, or else bees from differing colonies will fight over the honey. In addition, this can spread disease from contaminated frames and can be a potential problem; this technique is not advised. Source:


Meeting adjourned at 7:20 PM

Next meeting is 20 July 2021 beginning at 6:30 PM

Location: Hardy Civic Center, 301 Main Street, Hardy AR 72542

Minutes submitted by Jacque English


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