2020 OBA Meeting Minutes

For review

March 9, 2020
OBA Meeting Minutes

Meeting called to order by Maren
New people introduced themselves
Raffle items available on the table so get your tickets at the break

Minutes approved

Just prior to our meeting the membership was 71 Please pay your dues for 2020.

Treasurer reported savings account total was $4574.05 and checking as $2,114.53.

Reminder the Washington State Apprentice class begins at 6 here in the cafeteria. Sustainability Apiaries Club meets in the library from 6-7 pm before our general meeting. Accelerated apprentice classes will be starting March 24. Thanks to Tim and Shelby Weible. Look for bee cruze information and availability.
Gail is our contact person for education

Lynn, our librarian, reminded folks to return books that have been out for several months. She brought a few books as well as a list for people to look at and she will bring them if anyone wants them.Go to OBA.org where there is a list of books available
There is a podcast once a week called Beekeeping Today Podcast.

Tammy taught a beginning class, through Lacey Park and Rec in February. We have an observation hive if anyone wants to use it.

We are starting a pollinator garden and need volunteers.

Mason bee cocoons can be purchased. Maren has seller contact information.

There is a survey we would like people to fill out regarding the bee vendors last month.

If you are interested in being a mentor or need a mentor, there are forms on the table to be filled out to match up people.

Introduction about our program for tonight which is mason bees taught by Ron


Prior Meeting Minutes – Approved by Membership

February 10, 2020
OBA Meeting Minutes

Maren called the meeting to order.
There were some new people
Announced that there are bee vendors here
Motion made and seconded to approve minutes from January. Voted to approve. Only 22 people came last month in the bad weather.

Thanks to Margaret Ho for teaching apprenticeship class.
Asked for approval of Jessica Colpitt as new membership chair. Approved unanimously.

Lynn Phillipi, librarian, brought books that teach about swarming and native plants for bees. Subscribe to free gardening magazine or seed catalog to learn about plants that provide nectar and pollen. She also brought a book about sun hives; similar to skep.

Need to replace mentorship chair. Let us know if you are interested. Discussed hives we keep at mansion.
We are planting a pollinator garden to help get OBA introduced to the public. There is a signup on the table for volunteer opportunities.
There are tickets available for purchase for raffle.

Six bee vendors from as far away as Seattle are here to discuss and sell their packages and nucs. Robbins Honey Farm, Dolce Bella Bees, Schaffer’s Honey Bee Farm, Rainy Day Bees, Beeline of Washington, Wood’s Bee Co.

Liz has brought her cork hive for show and tell.

Jeff and friends have a podcast on beginning beekeeping, beekeepingtodaypodcast.com

Put out yellow jacket traps now baited with meat, fruit, juice, sugar to catch queens.

We are now offering an accelerated apprentice beekeeper class. It is limited to 40 students and almost filled.

Meeting continued with members talking to bee vendors. Raffle held about 7:45.
Talking to bee vendors continued.


January 13, 2020
OBA Meeting Minutes

Welcome by Maren.
Glad you made it through the weather Any new people?


Motion and second and vote approving Minutes from November meeting

Updates on club hives. All our airport hives have perished

What will happen to empty hives at the airport? Suggestions entertained Mansion hives – Maren found smaller one more vigorous than larger one We need more volunteers to keep bees at airport and mansion.

Volunteer at fairs will be a learning experience. Get more hands-on experience there Jacqueline and Susan had to cancel so we will be discussing bee purchases tonight Getting plant and funding together for the pollinator garden

Friends of Rocky Prairie trying to prevent port of Tacoma from purchasing pollinator habitat for industrialization.

What plants are best for bees and other pollinators? Melissa Garden site is one resource

Librarian asked for books out for months to be returned and brought books that might be of interest

Some chairs are out sick so there will be no report from those committees Club will not endorse any certain bee seller

Membership renewal starts tonight Break then a discussion of bee purchases

Andy P: good results from package per member – Jeff

Tammy is a proponent of nuc to give bees a head start. You need to know how long bees have been in nuc box so you aren’t buying bees just put into box

Roy presented a list of bee sources in this area and more places will be added to the list  We might have a bee fair. Vendors will be invited to have a table in the hall where they can

present their bees and bees might be purchased at that time. A motion was made and approved to send an invitation to those on the list

Raffle numbers called

Program for the next 3 months have been planned for the sustainability group We may have an accelerated apprenticeship class

The meeting was adjourned early before the weather gets bad.