May 14th OBA Meeting Minutes

Olympia Beekeepers Association

May 14th, 2018

Chinook Middle School

 

Meeting called to order at 7:01 pm by Mechele.

Mechele let the club know that there will be no raffle tonight as we do not have any tickets as Duane was not present tonight.

Mechele ran through the agenda of the meeting that we would be taking nominations for all board positions. Also, the proposed by laws will be passed out for members to look at and the by law committee will be presenting those. Mechele gave a big thank you to the by law committee for all of the hard work they have done to produce the by laws. The by-laws are not up for open discussion at this meeting they are for members to take and review and come to the June meeting with any changes. Mechele let the club know that we will have a presenter and then a break and during the break the ballots can be put up front in the ballot box. Mechele asked for three to four volunteers to count the ballots after the break. The announcement of officers will be presented at the end of the meeting.

Mechele had Tim introduce the presenter who was Israel Marquez. He thanked Ernie and Thomas for a great job at the sustainability group.

Israel talked about how he compresses hives to make nucs. He went from 4 hives to 200 in one year. His company name is Pacific Coast Bee Supply. He does not sell supplies just mostly bees. Mechele thanked Israel for the presentation.

Mechele let the club know that she held off on nominations as she knew that a member wanted to run for a position and they had to be there to accept the nomination. Nominations proceeded once she arrived.

Mechele opened the floor for nominations. Mechele made a motion for Frank to be president. Seconded by Maria, Frank accepted the nomination and gave a one-minute presentation as to why he is running.

Maria made a motion to nominate Israel for Vice President, seconded by Shelby and Israel accepted the nomination. He gave a quick background on him and why he is running.

Colleen made a motion to nominate Caitlyn for Secretary, seconded by Ashley and Caitlyn accepted the nomination and provided the membership with a brief presentation of why she would like to be secretary.

David let the membership know that he would like to run for another year as Treasurer, Maria seconded David’s motion. No other nominations for Treasurer.

Gail let the club know that Phil would like to be Membership Coordinator but he could not be present at the meeting to accept the nominations. Frank and Tammy verbally told the membership that he can confirm that he would accept the nomination. Kitty moved to hold the Membership Coordinator vote next month, seconded by David and motion carried unanimously.

Motion was made on the floor to unanimously accept all position since there were no other opposing people. Motion declined by President.

Meeting went for break at 8:13 pm

Mechele called the meeting back at 8:23pm.

Mechele asked for Officer reports.

Vice President Tim Weible- Let the club know that Alan Woods from Woods Bee Company would be the speaker for the June Meeting and he would be talking about queen rearing. The accelerated course will have its last class on Tuesday May 15th, 2018 since the last meeting and will have 26 more Apprentice beekeepers. He also let the club know that he went on Bee Cruises to different places to expose the class to different experiences. The graduation for the class will be taking place next month.

Mechele thanked Tim for ordering/making plaques with the clubs registered hive number to put on all of our Beehives.

Secretary report: None to report

Treasurer’s Report David Bruun: Checking account- $3650.19, Savings account - $4571.53, Cash on hand - $12.55

Membership Coordinator Duane: Not present for report

Mentorship Kitty and Roger- They are still looking for mentors and with the new Apprenticeship class with 26 new people they will need them.

Librarian Ernie- The library has over 100 books and he is trying to come up with an easier way to let people get books without having to carry around a ton of weight on the cart. He also let the club know that the sustainability group was talking about the Varroa Mite and his article he would be writing.

Education Chair Bob- none to report

Mechele let the club know that Paul ran the bee booth at the fair and is on the fair board. Mechele asked Paul to come and speak to the club. Paul let the club know that he will not be running the fair booth anymore. It is up to one of the members to take it over. He will help with getting that person started. The fair is the first Wednesday in August to Sunday. Israel let the club and Paul know that he will make the fair happen and do whatever it takes to make it work.

Mechele asked Dixon to come and speak about McNeil Island project. He let the club know that him ad 5 others are helping with this project and they will be putting three colonies on the island.

Airport Hive- Frank let the club know that he knows has six hives they caught a puppy swarm and all are doing well. He let Colleen have the rest of his time as she came up with a design for the pollinator garden at Port of Olympia. The garden spot would be 70 feet by 20 feet. All the plants that are in the garden would be great for caterpillar, butterflies, hummingbirds and bees. She will be finding out what the approximate cost will be and they are hopeful to get some nurseries to sponsor. The garden will be in bloom from March to November.

Mechele’s report was last. She let the club know that package bee pick up was a great success and went very smoothly. She thanked Phil, Duane and Maureen for bringing samples of OA for members to take and try on their hives. Dewey is currently working on analyzing his data from the recent survey and he will be back to present that information. The fair is coming up and the club makes two baskets for the baking contest. We ask for any donations that are honey related or bee related.

She also gave a thank you to Annie for the analysis she did and providing the club with a five-year strategic plan.

Mansion hives- the north hive is strong and the south is a little weaker but overall doing well. The hives are on First Lady Trudi Inslee Facebook page.

Mechele then let David come up on behalf of the By Law committee to speak about the By-laws. He believes that they have a good set of by laws to move the club forward. He let they club know that back in March the club was handed a set of proposed by laws that they based their work off of as well as the other versions they had. He also informed the club that to keep the by-laws small they have a by-law document and 9 documents that outline polices and procedures which are separate. The election date will be November instead of April as Spring is more of a busy time for people with hives and fall/ winter is slower and better to make transition. The new officers will be voted on in November but won’t take office until January to go along with the fiscal year. The new by laws have 7 elected officers as opposed to 5 in current set. The new by-laws propose to add the educational chair and the outreach/communications chair.

Kitty the ballot volunteer read the number of votes. We had 55 members vote and the new elected officers are President: Frank Scolaro, Vice President: Israel Marquez, Secretary: Caitlyn and Treasurer: David Bruun.

Mechele adjourned meeting at 9:06 pm

 

 

 

 

April 9th, 2018 OBA Meeting Minutes

Olympia Beekeepers Association

April 9th, 2018

Chinook Middle School

 

Meeting called to order at 7:07 pm by Mechele.

Mechele introduced Yolanda from the USDA to the meeting to speak to the members. Yolanda let the club know that the USDA in each state is taking a Bee pest survey. This year volunteers will collect samples of 15 beekeepers per state. They take about a ¼ cup from each colony/sample wax. The survey is completely confidential on the state-wide level. They test for two pest that are exotic. If any members are interested in participating in this study there are flyers at the head table to take with more information.

Mechele introduced Dewey Caron at 7:10pm.

Dewey’s main topics centered around Do you have an April plan? Also, he let the club know that he would be going over the Pacific Northwest Honey survey results as well.

Dewey let the club know that there are some new titles out for bee biology. World Bee Day is May 20th and would be a great opportunity to help educate others about bees.

He let the club know that the survey could be found at pnwhoneysurvery.com- the survey takes about 3 to 5 minutes to take and it based from the Fall to the Spring. Some of the results from the survey are as follows:

2016-2017 WA Backyarder- Olympia 67.5% out of 52 beekeepers that lost hive last winter.

23 people or 47% lost 1,2 or 3 hives.

Common reason for the loss was Varroa mites.

April Plan- Contradictions starvation vs Expansion

Due inspections- Look for Cap Brood

Start new colony- Packages, nucs, splits

- Feed (Avoid starvation, stimulate)

- Reverse (Guide expansion)

- Cull Frames (healthier bees)

- Draw Foundation Frames (need more)

- Make nucs (loss make-up, slow division)

- Reduce swarm preparations (queen cells)

Capture a swarm (great easy way to get free bees)

- Wax producers

- Early swarms build rapidly to productive

- Captures create teachable moments

 

Disadvantages of Swarms

- Temporary- be gone before you capture them

- Medicated/treated for mites

- Sometimes a swarm has stayed temporary for too long and can get very defensive and can be bothered by onlookers.

 

Spring Splits = swarm management + make up winter loss + mite control

 

Natural or Darwinian Beekeeper

- Away from neighbors

- Away from beekeepers

- Not using nucs or packages

- Can afford losses

- Not seeking honey

- no time or interest in inspections

- small brood so swarming promoted “natural” area nearby for swarm nest sites

 

Dewey also let the club know that Apivar if used for several years can build up some resistance to the medication

Dewey was thanked and finished at 8:28 pm.

Break at 8:28 pm Refreshments were served

Meeting resumed at 8:36 pm

Mechele let the club know that Louis Morrison was selling his 3-frame hand crank honey extractor. If anyone was interested his phone number would be up at the front table.

Mechele asked the club if there were any changes or corrections to the March minutes. Becky made the motion that Gail’s comment of taking nominations at the March meeting for new officers. Mechele seconded and motion carried. Minutes were amended to reflect the motion made.

Vice President Tim Weible- Let the club know that the accelerated course that starts on April 10th has 36 students signed up to participate in just one month of lobbying from him and Shelby.

Secretary report: None to report

Treasurer’s Report David Bruun: Checking account- $5182.93, Savings account - $4571.42, Cash on hand - $12.55

Membership Coordinator Duane: 86 paid members

Mechele asked if any of chairs would like present information to the club. Frank with the airport project presented the club with an approximate spending of $315 for equipment for supplies for the Airport hives. Roy made the motion that we go ahead with spending $315, seconded by Phil, motion carried.

No other chairs reported.

Mechele moved to new business of nominations.

Paul asked the Mechele if he could come address the club. Paul asked that the secretary read from the bylaws about how officers are elected.

Secretary followed through with the request and read Article three section two: “All officers shall hold office for one year or until their successors have been duly elected and installed.”

Paul then talked to the association that by saying duly elected our bylaws have to be amended in order to set up a nomination process. So, he made the motion that the nominations be tabled until the bylaws can be amended.

Mechele addressed the association and let the club know that the bylaws that club was suppose to be following was not being done by her predecessors.

Tim addressed the club about what the board has been trying to accomplish for the year such as create a set of proposed bylaws which we did, try to establish a software system to fix the issues with our website and membership.

Mechele talked about why the club missed Green Congress as Lori has been using her personal email and phone number for communications. All of the flyers and cards that have been passed out are with Lori’s name, email and phone number. That is why Mechele established a phone number with direct lines to different members of the board to avoid this problem in the future.

Phil motioned to fix the bylaws that we are using now and bring to the next meeting. David added that they will post them by the May meeting and vote in June.

David moved to table the nominations until next month. Paul let the club know that this means their can be no elections at this time.

It was also motioned that the Roberts Rules of Order be amended for this meeting to hold the nominations and elections. Paul and Mechele let the club know that you can’t amend Roberts Rules of order.

Michele Clark moved to meet in the middle and have the bylaws revised by May and then approve at June. There was a second but motion did not carry.

Mechele asked Paul if they make the amendment to the bylaws and every member got a set of bylaws with the notification of changes via, email, mail and the website that at the next meeting we could vote on the bylaws, adopt them and then vote in elections.

Frank made the motion that a committee form, create bylaws, propose to the president and then to the club. David seconded. Motion carried

Frank made a second motion that if in 30 days the committee did not complete the task that we hold elections at that time. Seconded by Michele. Motion carried

A motion was put to the floor that we move to adjourn the meeting and carry the raffle over until the next meeting. Seconded by Mechele, motion carried.

Meeting adjourned at 9:27 pm

 

 

 

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.