Minutes

2019 Club Meeting Minutes

For review

November 12, 2019
OBA Meeting Minutes

 

Meeting called to order by President Maren Anderson.

  • Call was made for any changes to October’s Minutes. No corrections were made, motion to approve and seconded.  Minutes approved.
  • Call was made for nomination for the board. Nominations include:  President, Maren Anderson, Vice President, David Brunn, Treasurer, Tammy Clark, Secretary, none, Education Chair, Gail Booth, Outreach Chair, none, Membership Chair, Scott Allen.    No additional nominations were made for officers, motion to close nomination was made and seconded.
  • Voting was explained to attending members and ballots were handed out. 3 volunteers were asked to count votes.
  • Olympia Bee Keepers Association currently has 209 active members.
  • It was announced that there is $4,573 in checking and $1,464 in savings.
  • December is the Holiday Party with a potluck (no formal meeting). The club is providing a Turkey and Ham and the members are ask to bring either a side dish or dessert to share.  The white elephant gift exchange is limited to approx. $20.  The party will begin at 7:00 at Chinook Middle School.
  • Gayle Booth is in the process of obtaining certificates for the Apprentice Class.
  • The Librarian is out recovering from knee surgery.
  • David Ducey made a plea for additional mentors.
  • Frank reports that 3 of the 4 hives at the airport are doing well.
  • The club received a request from “Friends of Rock Prairie” to make available their petition for signatures.
  • Frank reports that club member Glenn Bushman passed on 10.30.19 and made a recommendation that the Pollination Garden be named for him. The members voted and passed the recommendation.
  • Sandra Hays has accepted the position of Secretary on the Board.
  • The Raffle numbers were pulled and winners collected their prizes

Maren introduced the speaker for the evening – Alan Woods of Woods Bee Company LLC.  The presentation was on Sustainability – defined as the ability to maintain a certain level.  In our context, it is to make more bees, make more queens and more hives.

  • Beekeepers need to have a process for success and then share that process.
  • The mentorship program that we have should be larger.
  • Think of your own bees: what type do you have, what type of treatment do they need, what and how do you feed and other health concerns.  THINK the process through and then keep records so you can measure your successes and failures.

Alan’s message was, again and again, make notes on the processes that you perform, and then confirm if they did or did not work. NEVER change a process for all your hives until you can ensure the effectiveness of the change. Never just “trust” the internet. Question everything.  Calls to Alan were encouraged for any questions that you have.

 

Prior Meeting Minutes – Approved by Membership

October 14, 2019
OBA Meeting Minutes

1. Call meeting to Order

2. Minutes
a. Motion and second and vote approving Minutes from the last meeting.
b. Motion and second made to open nominations.
Nominations included
Scott Allen for Membership Chair
Tammy Clark for Treasurer
Maren Anderson for President
Gail Booth for Education Chair
No other nominations were made. Motion held open until November Meeting.

3. Membership
a. Just prior to the meeting our membership count was at 207.
b. Announcement made that November’s meeting has been moved to Tuesday due to Veteran’s Day. Meetings and class will be Tuesday, November 12th at Chinook at usual times.

4. Treasurer
a. Our Checking Account Totals $1,420.38
b. Our Savings Account Totals $4,573.48
c. Cash on hand was $55.70

5. Education.
a. Announcement made that certificates are going to be ordered and should be presented at the December meeting.

5. Librarian
a. Announce reminder that book list is on website, email Librarian to check out a book.
b. Today, the librarian announced the books she brought for check out.

6. Outreach
a. OBA presented at the Nisqually Fest on Sept 28th.
b. OBA will be teaching a class for kids with the Lacey Rec & Parks Dept.
c. We are starting the pollinator park at the Port of Olympia, please sign up.

7. Other announcements –
a. Reminder – Sustainability meets 6-7 before the club meeting in the library.
b. Reminder – Apprentice Class meets 6-7 before the club meeting in the cafeteria.
c. Governor’s Mansion Bees – Doing okay. Lots of yellow jackets and varroa mite activity.
d. Airport Bees – Lost a hive to yellow jackets, dug up 2 huge hornet nests. 4 hives alive, one donated my Member Merrilea McKea.

BREAK Then SPEAKER! Tonight’s speaker is Danny Naraha.

This is the link for the spherical picture.
https://www.facebook.com/GreenRiverHoneybees – See GRCC honeybees on Facebook here!

https://www.greenrivercollegefoundation.org/honeymoney – Donations to our honeybee program

https://www.facebook.com/GRCBiologyClubPublic/ – Our Green River Biology Club

https://www.facebook.com/GRCPhenology – Tracking our Native Blooms

September 9, 2019
OBA Meeting Minutes

1. Call meeting to Order

2. Minutes
a. Motion and second and vote approving Minutes from last meeting.

3. Membership
a. Just prior to the meeting our membership count was at 206.
b. October’s guest speaker is Danny Naraha.
c. Announcement made that November’s meeting has been moved to Tuesday due to Veteran’s Day. Meetings and class will be Tuesday, November 12th at Chinook at usual times.
d. Announcement to see Andy to sign up for a shift at the state fair in Puyallup, earn points for your journeyman certificate.
e. Announcement to see Maren if you are interested in being a part of the Port of Olympia Pollinator Garden.
f. Reminder Two Members have checked out the hot knife and an extractor. Please be sure to return asap.

4. Treasurer
a. Our Savings Account Totals $4,573.36
b. Our Checking Account Totals $1,467.43

5. Librarian & Mentorship
a. Announce reminder that book list is on website, email Librarian to check out a book.
b. Today, the librarian has brought beginning beekeeper books.
c. Announcement to pick up forms to be a mentor or mentee. See David Ducey for more info.

6. Outreach
a. Summer has been quiet but we expect Outreach to pick up once school gets settled into.
b. Upcoming outreach events – OBA will be presenting at the Delphi Farmer’s Market this Thursday, 9-12.
c. OBA will be teaching a class for kids with the Lacey Rec & Parks Dept.
d. September 28th is Nisqually Fest from 10-4, we have sign up sheets.
e. We are starting the pollinator park at the Port of Olympia, please sign up.

7. Other announcements –
a. Reminder – Sustainability meets 6-7 before the club meeting in library.
b. Reminder – Apprentice Class meets 6-7 before the club meeting in cafeteria.
c. Governor’s Mansion Bees – Doing ok.
d. Airport Bees – 4 hives are alive and well, 3 of 4 treatments complete with MAQS. One hive produced 3-4 gallons of honey.
e. The Northwest District Beekeepers Assoc is holding a conference in Everett this month with Randy Oliver as well as two other speakers. There are flyers here if you want to get tickets.

8. Voting Items
a. Motion and second and vote approving and accepting Policies.

BREAK Then SPEAKER! Tonight’s speaker is Joslyn Trivett and Bethany Shepler with the Sustainability in Prisons Project spoke about their program to education in WA state prisons.

2019-8-12 OBA Meeting Minutes

1. Meeting was called to Order at 7:10 pm by President Maren Anderson

2. Minutes
a. Called for Changes of Minutes
b. Motion to approve Minutes (with changes) was made, with a Second, Membership Voted to approve.

3. Announcements were kept short to extend the break for more social time. An announcement was made that the policy drafts would be posted to the website for a final review with the intention of voting to approve them at the September meeting. An announcement was made that we are looking for a new location for meetings.

4. David Ducey, Mentorship coordinator, announced he had forms for mentors and mentees to fill out to be assigned to one another.

BREAK, raffle and then SPEAKER! Our guest speaker Megan Asche, a PhD student in the Department of Entomology at Washington State University, spoke about her research and other research going on at WSU.

2019-7-8 OBA Meeting Minutes

1. No meeting this month. Membership gathered at Burfoot Park for a summer social picnic.

2019-6-10 OBA Meeting Minutes

1. Meeting was called to Order at 7:09 pm by President Maren Anderson

2. Minutes
a. Called for Changes of Minutes
b. Motion to approve Minutes (with changes) was made, with a Second, Membership Voted to approve.
c. Motion to approve Membership Policy was made, with a Second, Membership Voted to approve.

3. Membership
a. Just prior to the meeting our membership count was at 177.
b. Monday July 8th from 3:30 pm to 9:30 pm will be our Summer Picnic. Burfoot Park 6927 Boston Harbor Rd NE, Olympia, WA 98506. It’s a potluck so please bring a dish to share.
c. We will not be having the August meeting at Chinook because the school will still be closed. Please look out for the Beeline (if you do not get the Beeline, go to our website and sign up) or check our Facebook page for the August meeting location. We hope to know by the July meeting, and we will announce it there as well.

4. Roy Manicke has been appointed as Chair of a Policy Review Committee. He announced his plan on reviewing the policies. Please contact Roy at roy1116@comcast.net

5. Treasurer
a. Our Savings Account Totals $4,573.02
b. Our Checking Account Totals $2,728.87
c. Cash on Hand Totals $13.44.

6. David Ducey was announced as OBAs new Mentorship coordinator.

7. Librarian
a. Announce reminder that book list is on website, email Librarian at legaleagle1689@yahoo.com to check out book.
b. The librarian brought books on pest management and beekeeping. Books may be checked-out for one month at a time. If you would like to keep it for more than a month, please inform the librarian at the next meeting. Please be prompt in returning books so others may check them out as well. Thank you for your cooperation.

8. Outreach
a. Update on last month’s outreach events – OBA presented at Mountain View Elementary.
b. Upcoming outreach events – OBA will be presenting at Ecology Dept June 21 as part of their brown bag lunch series and at the Olympia Farmer’s Market. (We need volunteers for the booth at the farmers market.)
c. Call for member assistance – Sign up to Volunteer at Fairs and other things – visit main table @ sign up station.

9. Other announcements – We are keeping things short because of our speaker.
a. Reminder – Sustainability meets 6-7 before the club meeting in library (not in August).
b. Reminder – Apprentice Class meets 6-7 before the club meeting in cafeteria. (not in August).
c. WASBA had a board meeting last week, if you have WASBA questions, see Tammy.
d. Mansion Bees – Doing ok. Go to Facebook to see pictures. We check on them again Wednesday.
e. Airport Bees – Of the 4 hives, 1 strong, 2 average, 1 below average.
f. August Speaker – Megan Asche a PhD with WSU Dept of Entomology, who will present on her current research on the Honey Bee Lab including foraging and hygienic behavior of honey bees.

BREAK, raffle and then SPEAKER! Our guest speaker Tristan Woodsmith from Fungi Perfecti . If you have more questions, Tristan and his team can be reached at tristan.w@fungi.com.

 

2019-5-19 OBA Meeting Minutes

  1. Call was called to order at 7:08 PM by President Maren Anderson.
  1. Minutes
    1. Secretary Tammy Clark called for Changes of Minutes, no changed, called for Motion to Approve Minutes, there was a Second, called for Vote, Motion carried.
    2. Call for Changes to Membership Policy, Member Roy Manicke had changes, he was asked to forward to board for review.
  1. Membership
    1. Just prior to the meeting our membership count was at 167.
    2. July will be our Summer Picnic. Membership was polled for preference as far as day and location. Majority voted for Monday at Burr Foot Park
  1. Treasurer
    1. Our Savings Account Totals $4,572.90.
    2. Our Checking Account Totals $2,971.44.
    3. Cash on Hand Totals $ 14.75.
  1. Librarian
    1. Announce reminder that book list is on website, email Librarian to check out book.Books may be checked-out for one month at a time. If you would like to keep it for more than a month, please inform the librarian at the next meeting. Please be prompt in returning books so others may check them out as well. Thank you for your cooperation.
  1. Outreach
    1. Update on last month’s outreach events – OBA presented at Komachin Middle School, Lydia Hawk Elementary and Lincoln Elementary Plant Sale.
    2. Upcoming outreach events – OBA will be presenting at Ecology Dept June 21 as part of their brown bag lunch series.
    3. Alex Hudsen called for member assistance – Sign up to Volunteer at Fairs and other things – visit main table @ sign.
  1. Education Part 1
    1. Gail – Talked to the group about swarm collections and being on the list.
  1. Other announcements – We are keeping things short because of our Celebration of Knowledge and our speaker.
    1. Reminder – Sustainability meets 6-7 before the OBA meetingin library.
    2. Reminder – Apprentice Class meets 6-7 before the OBA meeting in cafeteria.
    3. Beekeeper Liability Bill was signed Tuesday
    4. Mason Bees – Doing ok. Go to Facebook to see pictures. We check on them again Friday.
    5. Airport Bees – We lost one hive, four still strong and one to be spilt soon.
    6. June Speaker – Fungi Perfecti – Inviting public, help advertise, bring a friend.
  1. Education Part
    1. Celebration of Knowledge

BREAK then RAFFLE then SPEAKER!

Scott Allen and Wally Mseitif presented on queen rearing.

2019-4-8 Club Meeting Minutes

1. At 7:10 pm President Maren called the meeting to order.
2. Maren Anderson called for changes/approval of March Meeting Minutes. No changes were called for; seconded and voted on to approve the minutes.
3. Signed up 4 new members tonight.
4. Savings $4,572.79
Checking $2,768.95
Cash $14.17
5. Education: Gail stated nothing new. Tim & Shelby spoke to the excellent enrollment of 37-38 members taking the accelerated class. Gail is heading up the swarm call. There were cards available with the phone number 360-515-1068 if interested.
6. Outreach: a. OBA donated a basket to the Thurston Co. Fair. Volunteers are also needed for the bee booth.
b. Phil spoke Grey Harbor Co. Fair the week after Thurston Co. Fair. Volunteers are needed here as well.
7. Roger & Kitty are still looking for mentors to replace them.
8.Library: Lynn Phillipi stated that people have currently checked out 6 book and that we have gotten a few new books. Books may be checked-out for one month at a time. If you would like to keep it for more than a month, please inform the librarian at the next meeting. Please be prompt in returning books so others may check them out as well. Thank you for your cooperation.
9. Ernie stated that they have been discussing different types of treatments for diseases. The Queen program and of hornets robbing hives. The hornets need to be stopped in the first stage as they are testing to see if they can land, go in and rob the hive. Ernie stated that a hive entrance reducer really helps with this problem and he brought in a few examples that he made for people to look at.
10. b. Package orders: Orders will be at Dickson’s on May 3rd. He will show people how to place your Nuc into the hive.
c. Manson bees are doing great.
d. Frank reported that the airport bee hives are still 5 for 5. In the Spring they plan to split a couple of the hives.
Break:
Speaker Dewey Caron Emeritus Professor & Wildlife Ecology @ Univ. of Delaware “What is your April Plan to Build Healthy Spring Colonies?”
He spoke of a math study showing that bees add and subtract by 1 number.
Spoke why it is so important to look at why bees are lost from hives.
March and April are the trickiest months for bees as many starve.

2019-3-11 Club Meeting Minutes

At 7:17 pm the meeting was called to order by President Maren.

Maren Anderson called for changes / approval of January Meeting Minutes. No changes were called for; Motion was made, seconded and voted on to approve the minutes.

Gail Booth, the educational coordinator, announced and awarded certificates to those students who have completed the Apprentice Class, including Courtney Covey, William Hayes, Sarah Knight, Dave Allen, Marilee McGrover, Terry, and Scott Allen. Congratulations!

Alex Hudson, the outreach coordinator, announced that on May 11th a school is having a plant sale and they are asking for someone to work or present about bees on it.

David Bruun, the treasurer, announced that our checking account balance is $2,715.50, our savings account is $4,572.67, and cash on hand was $14.75.

Tammy Clark, the secretary, called for a motion that OBA shall pursue 501(c)3 IRS status. And amend the By Laws, II. Objective to say:

The Olympia Beekeepers Association is organized exclusively to engage in charitable educational activities including, for such purpose, the making of distributions to organizations that qualify as exempt organizations under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or the corresponding section of any future federal tax code.

No part of the net earnings of the corporation shall inure to the benefit of, or be distributable to its members, trustees, officers, or other private persons, except that the corporation shall be authorized and empowered to pay reasonable compensation for services rendered and to make payments and distributions in furtherance of the purposes set forth in By Laws, II., hereof. No substantial part of the activities of the corporation shall be the carrying on of propaganda, or otherwise attempting to influence legislation, and the corporation shall not participate in, or intervene in any political campaign on behalf of or in opposition to any candidate for public office. Notwithstanding any other provision of these articles, the corporation shall not carry on any other activities not permitted to be carried on (a) by a corporation exempt from federal income tax under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or the corresponding section of any future federal tax code, or (b) by a corporation, contributions to which are deductible under section 170(c)(2) of the Internal Revenue Code, or the corresponding section of any future federal tax code.

The motion was made, seconded, and unanimously carried.

Lynn Phillipi, the librarian, announced the books she has to check out for this meeting.

Ernie Schmidt, the great Ernie, talked about what went on in the Sustainability Meeting.

Kitty and Roger Schiltz, the mentorship coordinators, talked about the mentor program and asked for more mentors to match with those new members needing mentors.

Glen Buschmann made an announcement that he is looking for volunteers to help move equipment at his workshop. If you are interested, please call him at 360-352-9009. And check out his blog! http://olypollinators.blogspot.com

Paul Longwell, our local Paul, gave an update about the current legislation and talked about the Prison Program.

Club Break

Finally, our guest speaker, Jacqueline Freeman author of ‘Song of Increase’ and Susan Knilans, skep hive specialist; both from Battle Ground, WA speaking on “Ten Steps for Healthy Bees.” If you would like to contact them, check out https://preservationbeekeeping.com/contact-us/

2019-2-11 Club Meeting Minutes

Due to the weather, this meeting was canceled.

2019-1-14 Club Meeting Minutes

At 7:23 pm the meeting was called to order by President Maren.

Maren makes announcements.
That dues are now due and they are $25.00.
That Mr. Schaffer is taking orders for Nucs and Packages.
That we have two new Master Beekeepers.

Bob announces and awards Tim Weible and Ernie their Master Beekeeper Certificates.

Tim presents information on Mason Bees. Mason Bee Pollination opportunity for $75 that includes set up of houses and trays, delivery of Mason bee cocoons and then retrieval. If interest, please contact Tim at 360-791-3910.

Phil also announces Tim’s Accelerated Apprentice Class. It is one day a week for 6 weeks and starts at 3-19-19 and will be held in the library of Chinook Middle School.

Maren talks about the recent board meeting, that our next board meeting is on January 29th, and to please let us know if a member would like to attend.

Tammy presents information about pursuing 501c3 status. The room is surveyed and a majority showed their interest in pursuing 501c3 status. The process is discussed as well as what the bylaws say. There is a general acceptance that the information will be posted for review and an official motion made and voted on at the February meeting.

The motion is that OBA shall pursue 501(c)3 IRS status. And amend the By Laws, II. Objective to say:

The Olympia Beekeepers Association is organized exclusively to engage in charitable educational activities including, for such purpose, the making of distributions to organizations that qualify as exempt organizations under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or the corresponding section of any future federal tax code.

No part of the net earnings of the corporation shall inure to the benefit of, or be distributable to its members, trustees, officers, or other private persons, except that the corporation shall be authorized and empowered to pay reasonable compensation for services rendered and to make payments and distributions in furtherance of the purposes set forth in By Laws, II., hereof. No substantial part of the activities of the corporation shall be the carrying on of propaganda, or otherwise attempting to influence legislation, and the corporation shall not participate in, or intervene in any political campaign on behalf of or in opposition to any candidate for public office. Notwithstanding any other provision of these articles, the corporation shall not carry on any other activities not permitted to be carried on (a) by a corporation exempt from federal income tax under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or the corresponding section of any future federal tax code, or (b) by a corporation, contributions to which are deductible under section 170(c)(2) of the Internal Revenue Code, or the corresponding section of any future federal tax code.

Club Break

Maren discussed upcoming WSBA Conference. It’s set for February 9, 2019 in Cheney, WA.

Lynn presented the available library of the club, and specifically what she brought to the club, and talked about what she brought to the club for check out.

Club held their raffle.

Finally, our guest speaker, Zach Techner of Cascadia Venom Collection presented about his collection service and yellow jackets. You can contact them at (360) 866-1834.