Proposed 2018 By Laws

OLYMPIA BEEKEEPERS' ASSOCIATION (OBA)
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ORGANIZATIONAL FUNDAMENTALS OF OBA

ARTICLE I
Name and Objectives

 SECTION 1. The name of the Association shall be the Olympia Beekeepers' Association. Its location and place of business shall be in Thurston County in the state of Washington.

SECTION 2.  The objects of the Association shall be:

a) To educate and support beginning beekeepers and to increase the knowledge and improve the management techniques of experienced beekeepers through monthly educational presentations, workshops, mentorships, and certificated training

b) To disseminate the latest information on honey bee management in cooperation with the Washington State Department of Agriculture, the Washington State Beekeepers’ Association, the Washington State Master Beekeepers’ Association, the Western Apicultural Society, and other professional and academic

c) To educate the general public about the characteristics of honey bees, their importance, their management, and their products through public presentations, fair displays, and

d) To advise and assist the public in dealing with feral honey bee colonies and

e) To maintain a lending library of educational resources on honey bees and bee management for the use of members of the

f) To do all in its power to protect and advance the interests of honey bees.

SECTION 3. The Olympia Beekeepers' Association shall not be conducted or operated for profit, and no part of any profits or remainder or residue from dues or donations to the Association shall inure to the benefit of any member or individual.

SECTION 4. The members of the Olympia Beekeepers' Association shall adopt and may from time to time revise such bylaws as may be required to carry out these objects.

SECTION 5. OBA does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color,  religion  (creed),  gender,  gender  expression,  age,  national  origin  (ancestry),   disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in its conditions for membership or in any of its activities or operations.

 

OLYMPIA BEEKEEPERS' ASSOCIATION
BYLAWS

 

ARTICLE I
Membership

 SECTION 1. Eligibility. Membership is open to all individuals or families willing to  honor and support the objects of the Association. There shall be four types of membership

a) Regular: Open to an individual

b) Family: Open to all adults and children residing in the same household with the provision that only one of those adults may vote or hold

c) Junior: Open to children under 18 years of age and is a non-voting/non-office holding membership, which may automatically convert to regular membership at age

d) Honorary: Extended to persons recognized by the board of directors for extraordinary service to OBA, subject to ratification by the general membership at a regular membership meeting. Honorary members do not have to pay annual dues and can vote in

SECTION 2. Dues. Membership dues, application fees, membership renewal and delinquency dates shall be set at the July meeting of the Board of Directors and announced at the August general membership meeting.

No member may vote or receive other perquisites of membership whose dues are not paid for the current year.

SECTION 3.  Application for Membership.  Each applicant for membership shall apply  on a form approved by the Board of Directors and which shall provide that the applicant agrees to abide by the Organizational Fundamentals of OBA and bylaws. The application shall state the name, physical and email address, and other contact information of the applicant. The applicant will have the option to elect electronic communication of meeting announcements. Accompanying the application, the prospective member shall submit dues payment for the current year and the requisite application fees.

SECTION 4. Termination of Membership. The right, title, and interest of a member shall cease upon termination of membership. Membership may be terminated:

a) by resignation. Any member in good standing may resign from the Association upon written notice to the Secretary.

b) by lapsing. A membership will be considered as lapsed and automatically terminated if such member’s dues remain unpaid by a date previously specified by the board (see Article III, Section 2). In no case may a person be entitled to vote or receive other perquisites of membership whose dues are unpaid. Reinstatement of membership is automatic upon receipt of dues in full and initiation

c) By Board termination. The Board shall have the power to terminate any member with or without

ARTICLE II
Meetings

 SECTION 1. General Membership Meeting. The general membership meeting of the Association shall be held on the place, day of the month, and hour proposed by the Board  of Directors and approved by majority vote of members in good standing. Exceptions, such as potlucks, will be announced at least 30 days prior. Any change of monthly meeting place, day of month, and hour must be voted on by the members at a regularly scheduled monthly meeting. The proposal for changing monthly meeting place, day of the month,  and time must be communicated to the membership by the Secretary no less than 30 days prior to the meeting when proposed changes will be voted on.

SECTION 2. Special Meetings. Special meetings may be called by the President or by a majority vote of the members of the board who are present at a meeting of the board; or shall be called by the Secretary upon receipt of a petition signed by ten (10) of the members of the Association who are in good standing. Such meeting shall be held at such a place, date, and hour as may be designated by the Board of Directors. Written notice of such meeting shall be mailed or emailed by the Secretary at least 10 days and not more than 30 days prior to the meeting. The notice of the meeting shall state the purpose of the meeting and no other Association business may be transacted. The quorum for such a meeting shall be fifty one percent (51%) of voting members in good standing.

SECTION 3. Board Meetings. The first meeting of the board shall be held within 30 days following the election. Other meetings of the Board of Directors shall be held at such times and places, including by teleconference, as are designated by the President or by a majority vote of the entire board.   Written notice of each such other meeting shall be mailed or e-mailed by the Secretary to each member of the board at least 10 days prior to the date of the meeting.  The quorum for a board meeting shall be a majority of the board.

SECTION 4. Board Meetings via Electronic Communications. Members of the Board may participate in any Meeting of the Board by means of a conference telephone, electronic conferencing device, online computer service or similar method of communication by which all persons participating in the meeting can hear each other or view the dialogue of all other participants at the same time. Participation by such means shall constitute presence in person at a meeting.

ARTICLE III
Directors and Officers

 SECTION 1. Board of Directors. The board shall be comprised of the officers, all of whom shall be members in good standing. They shall be elected for renewable two-year terms as provided in Article IV, and shall serve until their successors are elected. General management of the Association’s affairs shall be entrusted to the Board of Directors.

SECTION 2. Officers. The Association’s officers shall be President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, Mentorship Coordinator, Education/Outreach Coordinator, and Past President. They shall serve in their respective capacities both with regard to the Association and its meetings and the board and its meetings.

a) The President shall preside at all meetings of the Association and of the board, and shall have the duties and powers normally appurtenant to the office of President in addition to those particularly specified in these bylaws. The President shall have general supervision of the affairs of OBA. The President shall call special meetings of the Association and the Board of Directors.

b) The Vice President shall have the duties and exercise the powers of the President in case of the President’s death, absence or incapacity.

c) The Secretary shall keep a record of all meetings of the Association and of the board and of all votes taken by mail, and of all matters of which a record shall be ordered by the Association; have charge of correspondence, notify members of meetings, and notify officers and directors of their election to office; and carry out such other duties as are prescribed in these bylaws or appointed by the

d) The Treasurer shall collect and receive all moneys due or belonging to the Association. Moneys shall be deposited in a bank approved by the board, in the name of the Association. The Treasurer shall pay all bills for OBA and maintain accurate records of OBA finances and assets. All payments are approved by the board of directors at the regularly scheduled executive board meeting. The Treasurer shall perform such other duties as appointed by the President. In case of extended absence or incapacity of the Treasurer, the President may approve and pay bills, or may appoint a member of the OBA to act as temporary Treasurer with approval of the Board. The books shall at all times be open to inspection by the board and a report shall be given at every meeting of the condition of the Association’s finances.

e) The Mentorship Coordinator shall recruit mentors from experienced OBA beekeepers and connect them with new beekeepers, usually by geographical area, then follow up to check that mentorship connections are productive. The Mentorship Coordinator shall also check with graduates of the OBA Apprentice Beekeeping Course to see how they are progressing. The Mentorship Coordinator shall work with the other board officers to develop training opportunities such as

f) The Education Coordinator shall organize and implement formal education programs for the training of beekeepers. The Education Coordinator shall collect, produce, and disseminate educational materials for all educational programs of the OBA. The Education Coordinator shall maintain a list of volunteer speakers/educators for the training of beekeepers and assign their responsibilities.

g) The Community Outreach Coordinator shall organize and implement OBA community outreach activities, including but not limited to public education activities at local fairs and community agricultural festivals and presentations on bees and beekeeping to community groups and schools. The Community Outreach Coordinator shall maintain a list of volunteer speakers/educators for community outreach activities and assign their responsibilities.

h) The Past President shall serve in a non-voting, ex officio capacity and shall be the immediately prior serving president. The Past President position serves the purpose of helping to preserve association history and continuity.

An officer carries only the rights necessary for executing the duties of their appointment. Any officer of the association who fails to perform the duties of their office may be removed from their appointment by a majority vote of the board at an executive board meeting. For cases involving misconduct, neglect of duty or excessive absences, officers may be removed from their appointment by a majority vote of the board at an executive board meeting. Any officers removed from their appointment shall retain their membership rights.

SECTION 3. Resignations. Any Board member may resign at any time by delivering written notice to either the President or the Secretary or by oral notice at any meeting of the Board or of the members. Resignations shall take effect at the time of receipt or at a date specified in the resignation notice.

SECTION 4. Removal from Office. Any Board member or members can be removed from office by a majority vote at a Special Meeting of the membership called in accordance with Article II, Section 2 of these bylaws.

SECTION 5. Vacancies. Any vacancies occurring on the board or among the officers during the year shall be filled until the next annual election by a majority vote of the members of the board; except that a vacancy in the office of President shall be filled automatically by the Vice President and the resulting vacancy in the office of Vice President shall be filled by a member of the board.

 

ARTICLE IV
The Association Year, Voting, Nominations, Elections

 SECTION 1.  Association Year.  The Association’s fiscal year shall begin on the 1st day of January and end on the last day of December. The Association’s official year shall begin immediately at the conclusion of the election and shall continue through the next election. The elected officers and directors shall take office on the first day of the month following the election and each retiring office shall turn over to his successor in office all properties and records relating to that office within 30 days after the election.

SECTION 2. Voting. At the general membership meeting or at a special meeting of the Association, voting shall be limited to those members in good standing who are present at the meeting. Voting by proxy shall not be permitted. The Board of Directors may decide to submit other specific questions for decision of the members by written ballot cast by mail.

SECTION 3. Annual Election. The election of officers and directors shall be conducted by secret ballot. To be validated, ballots must be received by the Secretary. Ballots shall be counted by three inspectors of election who are members in good standing and neither members of the current board nor candidates on the ballot.

a) The nominated candidate receiving the greatest number of votes for each office shall be declared elected. If any nominee, at the time of the meeting, is unable to serve for any reason, such nominee shall not be elected and the vacancy so created shall be filled by the new Board of Directors in the manner provided by Article III, Section 3

b) The President shall be limited to two consecutive terms in office but may run for office again after waiting a further two year period.

SECTION 4. Nominations and Ballots. No person may be a candidate in an Association election who has not been nominated in accordance with these bylaws.

a) No person shall be a candidate for more than one position.

b) The results of the voting shall be announced at the April meeting.

ARTICLE V
Committees

 SECTION 1. The President, with approval of a majority of the Board of Directors, may each year appoint ad hoc committees to advance the work of the Association in such matters as which may well be served by committees. Such committees shall always be subject to the final authority of the board. Special committees may also be appointed by the President, with approval of a majority of the Board of Directors, to aid the Board on particular projects.

SECTION 2. Any committee appointment may be terminated by a majority vote of the full membership of the board upon written notice to the appointee, and the board may appoint successors to those persons whose services have been terminated.

SECTION 3.  Extraordinary Committees

a) Sexual Harassment Awareness Committee: In the event that issues arise the President shall appoint a Sexual Harassment Awareness Committee, whose duty it shall be to address said issues.

ARTICLE VI
Discipline

 SECTION 1. Charges. Any member may prefer charges against a member for alleged misconduct prejudicial to the best interests of the Association. The Secretary shall promptly send a copy of the charges to each member of the board or present them at a board meeting, and the board shall first consider whether the actions alleged in the charges,  if  proven,  might  constitute  conduct  prejudicial  to  the  best  interest  of the Association. If the board considers that the charges do not allege conduct that would be prejudicial to the best interest of the Association, it may refuse to entertain jurisdiction. If the board entertains jurisdiction of the charges, it shall fix a date of a hearing before a Special Committee consisting of three (3) members of the association in good standing, not fewer than three (3) weeks nor more than six (6) weeks thereafter. The Secretary shall promptly send one copy of the charges to the accused member by certified mail together with a notice of the hearing and an assurance that the defendant may personally appear in the member’s own defense and bring witnesses if the member wishes.

SECTION 2. Special Committee Hearing. The committee shall hear from both the complainant and the defendant and then submit a report of their findings to the Board. Should the Special Committee find that the charges are not proven they should so inform the Secretary. Should the Special Committee find the charges to be sustained after hearing all the evidence and testimony presented by complainant and defendant, the Special Committee shall make a recommendation to the Board as to whether the defendant should be reprimanded or expelled. Immediately after the Special Committee has reached a decision, its findings shall be put in written form and filed with the Secretary.

SECTION 3. Resolution. The Board shall review the Special Committee’s report and vote to accept or reject the findings thereof. Should the Board accept the report they shall instruct the Secretary to issue a written reprimand to the defendant or expel the defendant under Article I, Section 4c of these bylaws. The Secretary will then inform both parties in writing of the Board’s decision. In the event that the Board rejects the report they must call a Special Meeting of members in order to resolve the dispute.

 

ARTICLE VII
Amendments

 SECTION 1. Amendments to the Organizational Fundamentals of OBA and bylaws may be proposed by the Board of Directors or by written petition addressed to the Secretary signed by 20% of the membership in good standing. Amendments proposed by such petition shall be promptly considered by the Board of Directors and must be submitted to the members with recommendations of the board by the Secretary for a vote within three months of the date when the petition was received by the Secretary.

SECTION 2. The Organizational Fundamentals of OBA and bylaws may be amended at any time, provided a copy  of the proposed amendment has been mailed by the Secretary to each member in good standing on the date of mailing, accompanied by a ballot on which a choice for or against the action to be taken shall be indicated. Notice with such ballots shall specify a date not less than 30 days after the date postmarked. Voting will be conducted under the guidelines outlined in Article IV. The favorable vote of 2 ⁄3 of the members in good standing shall be required to effect any such amendment.

SECTION 3. No amendment to the Organizational Fundamentals of OBA that is  adopted  by  the  Association  shall become effective until it has been recorded by the Secretary and filed with the Secretary of State of Washington.

 ARTICLE VIII
Dissolution

 SECTION 1. OBA may be dissolved at any time by written consent of not less than 2/3 of the members in good standing. In the event of the dissolution of  OBA, other than for purpose of reorganization, whether voluntary or involuntary or by operation of law, none of the property of  OBA  nor any proceeds thereof nor any assets of the OBA  shall be distributed to any members of  OBA, but after payment of the debts of  OBA, its property and assets shall be given to the Olympia Chapter of Habitat for Humanity.

ARTICLE IX
Order of Business

 SECTION 1. At meetings of the Association, the order of business, so far as the character and nature of the meeting may permit, shall be as follows:

  • Welcome
  • Minutes of the last meeting
  • President report
  • Vice President report
  • Treasurer report
  • Membership report
  • Secretary report
  • Committee’s report
  • Unfinished business
  • New business
  • Educational Presentation
  • Adjournment

 

 

 

Exisiting 2002 By Laws

BYLAWS OF THE OLYMPIA BEEKEEPERS ASSOCIATION

 

PURPOSE: The Olympia Beekeepers Association is formed to promote the common interest and general welfare of beekeeping, to protect honeybees, to encourage good bee management practice, and to encourage good public relation between beekeeper and public. To implement this objective there is set forth herein the Bylaws of the Olympia Beekeepers Association:

ARTICE I-MEMBERS

SECTION 1 – MEMBERSHIP
Any beekeeper, entity or person interested in apiculture may become a member of the Olympia Beekeepers Association (“This Association”) on approval of the Executive Board and the payment of annual dues.

SECTION 2 – DUES
The annual dues shall become payable by each member on January 1 of each year in an amount established by the Executive Board. This amount includes a fee for associate membership in the State Association, required of all who are not already members of the Washington State Beekeepers Association.

SECTION 3 - EX-OFFICIO MEMBERS
The State Entomologist the Director of the State Department of Agriculture and county agriculture Extension Agents shall be ex-officio members of this association, without payment of dues.

ARTICLE II- MEETINGS

SECTION 1- ANNUAL MEETINGS:
The annual meeting of the Executive Board shall be held in the month of August unless otherwise specified by the board for scheduling reasons.

SECTION 2- REGULAR MONTHLY MEETINGS:
The regular monthly meetings of this association shall be held on the second Monday of each month at a place approved be the Executive Board, excluding July and August.

SECTION 3 – QUOROM
Any meeting of members at which at least two officers are present shall constitute a quorum.

SECTION 4 – ORGANIZATION
The president shall preside at any meeting and in his/her absence, the vice-president shall preside.

ARTICLE III – OFFICERS

SECTION 1 – EXECUTIVE
The executive officers of this association shall be president, vice-president, recording secretary, and treasurer, who shall be elected biennial by the members of this association.

The duties of the treasurer shall be to obtain memberships, collect dues, notify members when their dues are past due, make out all state and Federal government reports as necessary, carry out the financial directives of the Executive Board and keep track of all funds.

SECTION 2- TENURE OF OFFICE
All officers shall hold office for two years or until their successors have been duly elected and installed.

ARTICLE IV- EXECUTIVE BOARD

SECTION 1- MEMBERS
The business affairs of the association shall be managed by the Executive Board consisting of president, vice-president, secretary, treasurer, newsletter editor and the beekeeping class instructor.

SECTION 2- MEETINGS
Meetings of the Executive Board may be held at such time and place as determined by the president.

SECTION 3- QUORUM
At any meeting of the Executive Board a majority of those present shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business.

SECTION 4- DUTIES
The Executive Board shall have full power and authority over the affairs of this association.

SECTION 5- BEEKEEPER OF THE YEAR
The Executive Board may select a “Beekeeper of the Year” to be submitted to WSBA in May/June annually, according to the attached list of requirements. 

ARTICLE V- FINANCES

SECTION 1- INDEBTEDNESS
No indebtedness shall be incurred by any officer, committee member or any other member of this association on behalf of the Olympia Beekeepers Association except as authorized by the Executive Board.

SECTION 2 – ACCOUNT
The Olympia Beekeepers Association dues and monies in excess of immediate operation expenses shall be placed into an account to accumulate interest.

SECTION 3 – DISBURMENT
If the Olympia Beekeepers Association ceases to exist at some future time, funds and assets of record shall be disbursed to the Washington State Beekeepers Association with the objective and intent that these funds and assets be used for the benefit of the are and science of beekeeping. 

ARTICLE VI

AMENDMENTS TO THE BYLAWS: The Bylaws may be altered, amended, added to or repealed by two-thirds vote of the members at any regular meeting.

 

RATIFICATION

These Bylaws are hereby adopted this __10th_day of __May_______. To effectively repeal and supersede the existing Bylaws of this association.

 

 

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President Larry Ash

 

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Vice-President Mark Savage

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.