March12th, 2018 OBA Meeting Minutes

Olympia Beekeepers Association

March 12th, 2018

Chinook Middle School

 

Meeting called to order at 7:12 pm by Mechele.

Mechele welcomed everyone to tonight’s meeting and asked for any new people in attendance at the meeting to please stand. There was a total of seven people. For these new people Mechele had them introduce themselves to the club and let them know about the raffle during break time and refreshments offered.

Mechele asked the club if there were any changes or corrections to the February minutes. No one had any changes or corrections to make so she asked to move to adopt the minutes, no objections. Minutes were published without revision

 

Officers Reports:

Secretary’s Report Shelby: Nothing to report

Treasurer’s report David Bruun: Checking account $5,164.54, Savings account $4571.30 and cash on hand $12.55.

Vice President Tim Weible: Told the club that the Mason Bee Pollinator Seminar that was held at Eastside Urban Farm and Garden went very well. They set a cap of 30 people for the class and 53 people attended the seminar. Also, he told the club that he was going to be starting an Accelerated Apprenticeship Class that will start in April. If anyone is interested to please speak to Shelby at the break.

Membership Chair Duane: 64 paid members last month and its close to 80 members now after bee orders were taken.

 

 

Chair Reports:

Airport Hive: Frank let the club know that all five hives are alive and as of the meeting he was doing maintenance and collecting data from one of the hives that they have a sensor on. He also let us know that the Port of Olympia has offered Olympia Beekeepers Association a garden spot on the Billy Frank Jr Trail. We can have any spot along the trail for zero dollars. All the cost would be for plants and some labor. The thought was to plant plants that would help promote pollinator, this could be done with either a landscaper or from memebers. Frank proposed to the club that someone take on the Pollinator Garden for OBA, as he is full with the airport hives. If anyone wants to champion and join the Pollinator Garden their will be a sign up sheet up front at the break.

Mansion Bees: Laurie spoke in regards to the Mansion Bees and they are still waiting for the lab results but she has had several long conversations with Dewey Caron and it more points to Noesima. There is also a Colony Collapse Disorder pattern as well throughout one of the hives. They plan on trying again and maybe this year work on giving the packages a jump start.

Education Committee Bob and Gail: Gail let the club know that the Journeyman class has started again and they meet every third Monday from 6 pm to 8 pm at the Chinook Middle School Library. They are welcoming new members. Bob let the club know that he spoke with Paul to see if they’re was a Journeyman book ready for classes. He said their was so they got 23 copies of the book. The cost is $20. The apprenticeship book is released only temporary as it is still going though the final stages of spelling errors.

Mentorship Kitty and Roger: Roger let the club know that they had 10 new people looking for a mentor to help them. Roger and Kitty spent some time assigning new beekeepers with mentors to make contact while at the meeting.

Prison Project- Stafford Creek currently will have 26 to 30 people the next round of teaching. There is a waiting list between 50 -57 for the next round.

Observation Hive: They still have the two-original hives that they received from the club. They are feeding the bees and rendering down old wax and are ready for tour once it gets warmer.

Laurie spoke to the club about and upcoming project at McNeil Island. McNeil Island is interested in putting hives out there to manage. Laurie is looking for people to help be apart of the management team. If you are a journeymen level beekeeper and are interested please give your personal information to Laurie.

Mechele let the club know that Charles Shaffer is taking package bees orders in the hallway. Bees will be delivered the evening of the 19th to Mechele’s house. The disbursement of packages will be April 20th from 8 am to 5 pm. They are planning an installation demo sometime between 10 am and 11 am. March 25th is the last day to order package bees.

Mechele also let the club know that Harvard is selling Nucs. Harvard let the club know that the nucs are five frames either Carneolian or Italian. If you get your order in now the nucs will be here around the middle of April. The nucs are $120 and he is off of Exit 124 just south of JBLM.

Mark filled the club in on the House bill 2640 made it to the floor but didn’t go through in time. There was just to many political issues that had to be addressed first so they time just ran out on the bill. He thanked all the members that took the time to reach out and call their legislature as it truly helped to make a little bit of a difference.

Member Sharing: A member brought in a couple of frames from her 1st year of beekeeping at the end of the year and they had starved to death as their little bottoms were sticking out of the holes and heads buried in the frame.

Break at 7:52 pm. Refreshments provided and raffle tickets sold.

8:20 pm Raffle started.

David announced that at April’s Meeting Dewey Caron will be the speaker and he will go over Bee statistics

Meeting adjourned at 8:29 pm

 

 

 

 

February 12th, 2018 OBA Meeting Minutes

Olympia Beekeepers Association

February 12th, 2018

Chinook Middle School

 

Meeting called to order at 7:05 pm by Mechele.

Mark Emrich asked Mechele to speak to the club in regards to the House bill 2640. He encouraged all members to find out who their legislatures were in their district and ask them to support House Bill 2640. It is set to be sent to the Senate at 5 pm on Wednesday. This bill limits the liability to beekeepers across the state.

Mechele welcomed everyone to tonight’s meeting and asked for any new people in attendance at the meeting to please stand. There was a total of nine people. For these new people Mechele had them introduce themselves to the club and let them know about the raffle during break time and refreshments offered.

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

 

Officers Reports:

Secretary’s Report Shelby: Nothing to report

Treasurer’s report David Bruun: Checking account $4,662.87, Savings account $4571.19 and cash on hand $10.55.

Vice President Tim Weible: Tim shared some cool examples of mason bees that he found while processing them during the fall. He passed the examples for club members to see. Also, he talked about Samuel Ramsey who is trying to figure out about the Varroa Mite problem. He read two paragraphs from Bee Culture about his recent findings. Also, Glen Buschman has sent in some mason bee reeds that he would like to give to members. If members were interested to come see Tim at the break.

Membership Chair Duane: 42 paid members last month and its under 50 as of the current meeting.

 

 

Chair Reports:

Airport Hive: Frank let the club know that all five hives are alive. He is currently in collaboration with the Port about their Trails that they own and what they can do to get a pollinator spot for some hives. He is going to see what it would take to host/sponsor with a pollinator spot with/for the Olympia Beekeepers Association.

Mansion Bees: Laurie let the club know that all hives at the Governors mansion had perished. One of the hives had dark fecal matter on it so they sent samples to WSU and they are just awaiting on the lab report. The Inslee’s would like to try again with hives.

Education Committee Bob: Bob and Gail passed out certificates to those people who completed the Apprenticeship Course through the Olympia Beekeepers Association.

Mentorship Kitty and Roger: Roger let the club know that it is a new year with 2018 and they are always looking for mentors for new students. He said last year 30 to 31 people went through the program. People looking for a member can sign up and fill out an application at the meeting and we will line you up with a mentor at the meeting.

Paul let the club know that Washington State Beekeepers have new requirements for obtaining your different ratings as a beekeeper. In past years WASBA had a flat fee from your Apprenticeship to Master rating which was $20. The new fees are $20 for Apprenticeship and be a member of a local bee organization. $30 for Journeyman and must be a member of WASBA to be certificated. $50 for Master and must be a member of WASBA to be certificated. As an instructor a person must be a paid member of WASBA to teach and be at least a Journeymen level.

Kitty proposed that the WASBA membership be paid for by the club if they are teaching/instructing a course. Tim seconded. Mechele opened the floor for discussion among the club in regards to when members are teaching a class that their dues to the state will be reimbursed. Mechele motioned that the club reimburse for members to be reimbursed the cost of being a member of WASBA to teach. Laurie seconded the motion and the motion carried unanimously.

Prison Project- Gail and Laurie are starting a new apprenticeship class in Shelton.

Laurie spoke to the club about and upcoming project at McNeil Island. McNeil Island is interested in putting hives out there to manage. Laurie is looking for people to help be apart of the management team. If you are a journeymen level beekeeper and are interested please give your personal information to Laurie.

Mechele gave a Thank you to Ashely and Duane for all the help at the adult swim event at the Hands-on Children’s museum. If you have never been before she recommends going as it was a blast.

Mechele let the club know that after the break Charles Shaffer would be talking about package bees and the prices and when to expect them.

Tim also made an announcement that he was giving a Mason Bee Seminar February 24th from 10 am to Noon at Eastside Urban Farm and Garden.

Break at 7:38 pm. Refreshments provided and raffle tickets sold.

7:58 pm Raffle started.

8:00 pm- Charles Schaffer did a presentation on Winter Beekeeping and package information.

Package prices are as follows:

3-pound package: $135

4-pound package: $155

Delivery will be to Mechele’s house late on the 19th of April, pick up time will be announced at a later date.

Meeting was adjourned at 9:00 pm

 

 

 

 

January 8th, 2018 OBA Meeting Minutes

Olympia Beekeepers Association

January 8th, 2018

Chinook Middle School

 

Meeting called to order at 7:05 pm by Mechele.

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

Mechele asked for any new people in attendance at the meeting to please stand. There were a total of two people. For these new people Mechele had them introduce themselves to the club.

Mechele also welcomed back Kitty and Roger from there trip that they had and asked them to share later on in the meeting about where they went and the experience. Also Mechele let the club know that we will be presenting the award for Beekeeper of the Year and the Mark Savage Lifetime Achievement award later in the meeting.

Officers Reports:

Secretary’s Report Shelby: Nothing to report

Treasurer’s report David Bruun: Checking account $4440.92, Savings account $4570.96 and cash on hand $22.83.

Vice President Tim Weible: Tim shared that he will be giving a Mason Bee Seminar on Saturday February 24th from 10 am to Noon at Eastside Urban Farm and Garden. To reserve your spot for this seminar please stop by the store and get your name added to the list as space is limited.

Membership Chair Duane: 46 paid members.

Chair Reports:

Airport Hive: Frank let the club know that they currently have 5 hives that are alive. The hives consist of 2 double deep hives, 2 hives were from packages in 2017 both had double deeps and the last hive was a walk away split that has a single deep on it. He will be having a meeting with the airport manager in the near future to discuss the expansion of the pollination area which would allow for more hives.

Observation Hive: Mareen and Alex let the club know that one of hives that they used for observation last year was infected with European Foul Brood. They did the correct test to check and burned frames and materials that would have been contaminated.

Mansion Bees: Laurie let the club know that they have sugar cakes on the hives and they have 2 hives currently at the mansion. One hive is weaker than the other one but she is confident that it will make it through the winter. The second hive is doing well and they are continuing to manage.

Education Committee Bob: Bob let the club know that the next Journeymen class will be the Monday after next in the Library at Chinook Middle School. In order to take part in the class a person must have completed and received a certificate from the Apprenticeship program. A journeyman is acquired after three years of experience.

Mentorship Kitty and Roger: Kitty spoke to the club about their recent Safari in Africa in the Tanzania region. They say some wild beehives high up in the trees and they also went to the Ethiopia market where people were selling honey from big buckets. Also she provided the club with data from the Mentorship Coordinator program. In 2017 they matched 23 Apprentices with a mentor. 2016 they matched 19 Apprentices with a mentor. 2015 they matched 31 Apprentices with a mentor. 2014 they matched 22 Apprentices with a mentor. 2013 they matched 18 Apprentices with a mentor and in 2012 they matched 15 Apprentices with a mentor.

Paul let the club know that Washington State Beekeepers are currently working on adopting a new curriculum and booklet for the Apprenticeship and Journeyman level. They are hopeful to have it approved in February. If you would like to look at what the new book will be like please feel free to take a look at the break.

Ernie gave us a report on the sustainability group and what they would like to see or do to help the member of our club. The group talked about queen rearing and learning how to do it and doing it for the club possibly. Also talking of the availability of a wood shop for members to use to make their boxes and frames for those that don’t have access to one. They also thought of the idea of nucs. Being able to provide nucs for club members locally. A major idea they thought about was starting a blog and video recording different skills such as splits and being able to post it for other members to see what is done. They also have the idea of having a demonstrator hive that they could have somewhere where members could come and they could get hand’s on experience practicing what they are learning and gain extra experience.

Mechele let the club know that longtime member Roger McMaster passed away on Christmas day. Also, she informed the club that Kim Knust will be publishing the beeline as she as done it before.

Rich Kalman a bee club member is selling all of his beekeeping equipment due to his severe bee allergy.

Vice President Tim Weible presented the Beekeeper of the Year Award to Frank Scolaro and the Mark Savage Lifetime Achievement Award to Paul Longwell. He said both of these members were well deserving of their awards.

Mark Emrich spoke to the club and let me know a little bit about who Mark Savage. He put in over a 100 of hours to the club and offered wood working parties. He also helped tremendously with the bee orders for the club. He was tragically killed in a car accident. The board asked they the award be named in his memory.

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

8:21 pm Raffle started.

Mechele let the club know that packages will be coming soon. The prices should be disseminated next month. Charles Schafer will talk to the club next month in regards to the package bee orders.

Laurie spoke to the club about the Annual Green Conference. This is where kids are nominated by teachers for this experience. It will be on Wednesday March 28th. They have break out stations in the afternoon where the kids have an opportunity to learn about bees and they have handouts.

Mechele mentioned how the Christmas party had a great turn out and thanked the decoration committee for such a great job.

Mechele invited Ernie up to talk to the club about how do you know if you need a package or not for the current year.

Meeting adjourned at 8:41pm.

 

 

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.