November 13th, 2017 OBA Meeting Minutes

Olympia Beekeepers Association

November 13th, 2017

Chinook Middle School

 

Meeting called to order at 7:14 pm by Mechele.

Mechele asked the club if there were any changes or corrections to the October minutes. Lynn motioned that the minutes be kept the same. Motioned seconded by Duane and motion carried unanimously.

Mechele asked for any new people in attendance at the meeting to please stand. There were a total of six people. For these new people Mechele let them know that we have raffle items during the break that they can by tickets for. Also, she informed them that Roger and Kitty are the chairs for mentorship and can help them get connected with a mentor near them.

Officers Reports:

Secretary’s Report Shelby: Nothing to report

Treasurer’s report David Bruun: Checking account $4419.95, Savings account $4570.85 and cash on hand $22.83.

Vice President Tim Weible: Tim shared that is a mentor for one of his students from Centralia College and they were having a hard time with wasps. He let the club know that he used the hard-yellow plastic cone wasp traps that have a pool in the bottom. With the pool in the bottom of the trap Tim uses a mixture of either apple or orange juice and sugar mixed together. With this mixture left out for one night it was completely full with wasps. The mixture can typically last a week and cost between $11-13 at Ace hardware. He passed around the cylinder cone with wasps in it, a magnifying glass and a wasp index that helps determine what type of wasp you have. He wanted to see what the clubs guess was. These traps are reusable year after year and should be put out anywhere from January to March to catch the queen.

Mechele sent birthday wishes to Laurie as it was her birthday. Also, she thanked Stephanie for taking care of the Facebook page. She said a big thank you to Cathy for taking care of all the snacks for our meetings. Thanks, was given to Anne for working hard on putting together our strategic plan as a club. The by-law committee hopes to have them complete and ready by Christmas.

Membership Chair Duane: 76 paid members. Also, he let the members know that we have ballots for Beekeeper of the Year and the Mark Savage Lifetime Achievement Award to be voted on during the break so this award can be given at our Christmas party. Also, Mechele and Duane had dropped from being voted on.

Chair Reports:

Airport Hive: Frank was not available for report.

Observation Hive: Mareen and Alex were absent for report.

Mansion Bees: Mark told the club of a recent event that was held at the Governors Mansion. The Governor and Governor First Lady were in attendance at this event were 80 6 oz bottles of honey were made from the hives at the Mansion. The Governor designed and manufactured his own label called “Dome Comb.” The hives are doing really well. There is one hive that we are feeding right now as it is a little lighter but that will be coming off with in the next week. The hives are part of the Capitol tour.

Education Committee Bob and Gail: They handed out their Apprenticeship certificates for the Washington State Beekeepers. Bob mentioned that the Journeyman class will be held at the Chinook Middle School Library next Monday from 6 pm to 8 pm.

Ernie gave us a report on the library that he didn’t bring it because it was to wet to transport. Also, he provided a review of what was discussed in the sustainability group. The group talked about hornets, queens, varroa mites, drones and worker bees. Also, they talked about beekeeping in the winter and do you insulate or ventilate.

Glen let the club know that if you are interested in him starting up again with his Native Pollinator to let him know.

Mechele introduced Paul to the club as part of the Thurston County Fair board and as part of the Sustainably in prisons project.

Also, there are t-shirts and sweatshirts that were for sale.

Mechele let the club know that the board decided to pilot an accelerated course for the Apprenticeship with the Washington Master Beekeepers and they were having their Celebration of Knowledge with 8 total graduates. The next accelerated course will begin in April.

David talked to the club in regards to the Christmas Party that will be held during our regular meeting on December 11th. There will be a raffle during the party and each member of the household if attending needs to bring an item for the raffle under $20. The club typically does 2 turkeys and a ham, table decorations are needed. Other members are asked to bring side dishes. 6 pm will be the social hour and 7 pm will be eating.

Break at 8:05 pm. Refreshments provided and raffle tickets sold.

8:32 pm Raffle started.

After the raffle we had Kevin Mills speak a beekeeper for Rochester who produces nucs. He spoke to the club as to who he was and a little bit about his operation and how he got started.

9:00 pm meeting adjourned.

 

 

October 9th, 2017 OBA Meeting Minutes

Olympia Beekeepers Association

October 9th, 2017

Chinook Middle School

 

Meeting called to order at 7:09 pm by Vice President Tim Weible.

Tim asked for any new people that were attending the meeting to please stand. There were three new in attendance.

Tim asked if any changes or corrections needed to be fixed on the minutes from September’s meeting. Glen motioned that the minutes be kept the same, seconded by David and motioned carried unanimously.

There was no beeline published for this month.       

Officers Report:

President Mechele: Not present for report

Membership Chair Duane McBride: It was reported that we are up to 71 paid members in the new bee year cycle. The bee year dues start September 1st to August 31st, 2017.

Treasurer’s report David Bruun: Savings account $4570.73, Checking account $4031.67 and cash on hand $9.30

Past President Laurie Pyne: Not present for a report

Vice President Tim Weible: Shared with the club that he had started an apprenticeship class and that they were 2 weeks into it right now and he will be holding the Celebration of Knowledge at the November meeting for the graduates.

Airport Hive- Frank informed the club that he is currently on his second treatment of Oxalic Acid (OA). He has a total of 5 hives that he is treating. He started at the end of August with the treatment. The treatment is done in 3 cycles and once he is done with the 3 cycles he will be done until the spring.  He also explained what OA was for the new people that were at the meeting and how it works.

The sustainability in prisons project gave an update on their progress. Duane gave the report on Stafford Creek and that it is going well and have 10 students currently in the class. They do have 2 hives out at this location. Anne mentioned that prisoners receive college credit for classes like this one and others that can be accumulated together toward a degree through Evergreen.

Ernie reported that the library is doing well and feel free to check out a book.

Ernie also gave a report on the sustainability group and what they discussed during their meeting. They talked about Varroa mites and different types of treatments to help during the winter months. Also, the group discussed queens and what the difference was between a commercial queen and a queen that is in the hive. Russian queens were also talked about as well. Thomas spoke briefly on what the sustainability group is for and what they do.

Kitty and Roger talked about the mentorship program and that if you are looking for a mentor to see them and fill out a form.  They also reported the Nisqually Watershed Festival was a huge and phenomenal success. They had the observation hive there which was another big hit with the visitors.

Observation hive report: Tim thanked Mareen and Alex for bringing the hive to all of the events that we have had and its always a huge hit and thank you for all their hard work. Mareen let the club know that this would probably be the last observation hive of the season as it is getting to cold.

Governor’s Mansion- Duane let the club know that they are doing well as he had inspected them on October 11th. There are 2 hives there with lots of bees and honey. In one of the hives that were treated for mites had 5 per hundred and the other had 3 per hundred.

Bob Smith let the club know that he had an application for the Bee Culture Magazine if anyone was interested to come see him at the break. He also let the club know that with Tim’s fast track course there will be 2 full courses in before packages arrive. He also liked the idea of having the graduation at the November meeting to incorporate them into the club. The Journeymen class has been meeting for 3 to 4 months now at Roger and Kitties house. If you are a certificated apprenticeship beekeeper and are interested in becoming a Journeyman there will be a new cycle starting up again so contact Roger and Kitty.

It was brought up by a member about if there was going to be a Christmas Party. David said that it typically happens at the December meeting and at the November meeting we will talk more about it and take suggestions.

Tim let the club know that Duane received 2nd place at the Washington State Fair for his Amber honey that he harvested from the Governor’s Mansion.

Break at 7:54 pm. Refreshments provided and raffle tickets sold.

Meeting came back to order at 8:14 pm.

Member Thomas provided our educational portion of the meeting. He did a presentation of his flow hive that he tried out for the first time this year.

Duane let the club know that there was going to be a Beyond Pesticide Hearing for the spraying of Neonicotinoids on the shellfish crop at Willapa Harbor on October 10th at the Lacey Community Center. Beekeepers are encouraged to attended to give a voice against the spraying to help save the bees.

Paul informed the club that the Washington State Beekeepers Association is in the testing phase of their Apprenticeship Class. They are hoping to have it approved by March. They are going to be redoing the Journeyman program as well to be detail specific to Western or Eastern Washington.

Meeting was adjourned at 8:53 pm.

 

September 11th, 2017 OBA Meeting Minutes

Olympia Beekeepers Association

September 11th, 2017

Chinook Middle School

Meeting called to order at 7:16 pm.

Mechele asked if any changes or corrections needed to be fixed on the minutes from August’s meeting. Duane motioned that the minutes be kept the same, seconded by Tim and motioned carried unanimously.

There was no beeline published for this month.

Officers Report:

Membership Chair Duane McBride: We are now in the new bee year. We have 60 paid members before the meeting started and with the members that paid tonight we are probably close to 70. The bee year dues start September 1st to August 31st, 2017.

Treasurer’s report  David Bruun: Savings account $4570.50, Checking account $3358.72 and cash on hand $22.83.

Past President Laurie Pyne: Mansion bees are doing great. We re-queened one of the hives in July and it survived. This week we will start treating for mites.

Vice President Tim Weible: Shared with the club that John Callender a former student of his from Centralia College was going to be relocating out of state and is selling all of his supplies including his apiaries. He passed around a list with all of the items and his phone number for people to contact him with questions or to purchase.

Airport Hive- Frank was not available at the meeting for a report.

The sustainability in prisons project gave an update on their progress. The club is now teaching at Stafford, Cedar Creek and Washington Corrections Center. The inmates receive the certification of completion of the course. Mechele mentioned that members could co teach to help earn Journeyman hours and Paul offered to have another person assist in teaching with him.

Ernie reported that the library is doing well and feel free to check out a book.

Ernie also gave a report on the sustainability group and what they discussed during their meeting. They talked about Varroa mites and how to prepare your hives for the winter. Always be thinking one to two seasons ahead.

Kitty and Roger talked about the mentorship program and that if you are looking for a mentor to see them and fill out a form.  They also are the program coordinators for the Nisqually Watershed that is September 30th, 2017 from 10 am to 4pm. They are looking for volunteers to help during the event. It is very family oriented and a lot of people come through.

Observation hive report: They survived the fair are healthy. They are talking about bringing it to the Nisqually Watershed.

Mechele let the club know that the ballots for Beekeeper of the Year and the Mark Savage Lifetime Achievement Award were available on the front table to vote on during the break.

We are still looking for a program/volunteer coordinator and a committee for our by-laws.

Gail talked to the OBA in regards to the future of the Education. She talked about a few years ago several people including her and Bob meet with Louie Matej, as he was certifying all certificates for the state. The President at that time Gary disbanded the Education Committee. Through the state they formed the Master Beekeepers Association where Gary tried to stop them. This created two separate groups certifying certificates. The Master Beekeeper group wants to change the way the course is taught. They would like to see no tests, they attend classes and show that they are proficient and gain the experience to earn the certificate.

Paul gave input in regards to the Washington State Beekeepers as he is part of a committee of 20 people who are working to redo the whole program. The program is looking into a commercial type frame work and you will be in the program from the beginning to the end of your certification.

Break at 7:56 pm. Refreshments provided and raffle tickets sold.

Meeting came back to order at 8:11 pm where Phil ask that we take a moment of Silence for the people who lost their lives in the 9/11 attack, Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma.

OBA member Bernard Brady provided the club with an example of what Chalk Brood looks like from a hive. Chalk brood attacks the pupa stage and kills it. This piece of the bee then looks like a piece of chalk. There is no cure for chalk brood, it doesn’t kill a hive only weakens it.

Phil provided the club with an update on the Bee Gyms and that they are working properly and he still has a few available.

Ernie showed the club a wooden hive stand that he had made to use in his apiary. This stand could hold frames and hive boxes, it works great for splits. He encouraged members to take measurements and make them for themselves to use.

Meeting was adjourned at 8:42 pm.

Beginning Beekeeper Apprenticeship Course

Hello Everyone,

Below you will find all the information you need to know in regards to the upcoming Washington Masters Beekeeping Apprenticeship Course. There are limited seats available for this course so please email shelbyalbert@rocketmail.com with all names wanting to go forward with the course so we can reserve your spot today.

WHAT: Olympia Beekeepers Association, (OBA), presents the Washington Master Beekeepers Apprenticeship Course.

WHEN: This course will be on Tuesday nights for 6 weeks from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm. Starting Tuesday September 26th, October 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th and because Halloween is on Tuesday the 31st, we will have the last class night on Wednesday November 1st.  Our Graduation Night/Celebration of Knowledge will be November 13th, 2017 during the OBA regular meeting where you will receive your Apprenticeship Certificate from the Washington Master Beekeepers.

WHERE: The Best Buffet Banquet Room located at 5765 Littlerock Road SW, Tumwater, WA 98512, across the street from Costco and Walmart in Tumwater.  There are limited seats available.

COST: Washington Master Beekeepers charge only $10.00 for course registration and your certificate. The OBA sponsors the remainder of the course at no cost to the student.

COURSE DESCRIPTION: Beginning Beekeeping/Apprenticeship 
This course will focus on the hobby, residential and small farm beekeeper. Emphasis will be put on the seasonal care of new hives and colonies. Our style is networking, participation and interaction. Our discussions are tailored to your needs and questions. We have examples and hands-on learning aids. You get to see, hold, analyze, smell and feel what the books only talk about. You will accrue a proactive knowledge base to keep your bees happy, productive, healthy and safe. The course is sanctioned by the Washington Master Beekeepers Association. Upon completion participants will receive an Apprenticeship Certificate.

If you should have any questions please feel free to let me know. I look forward to seeing you soon.