February Meeting – Choosing the right hive type

Next Meeting?

Debra Langley-Boyer, Choosing the right Hive type

Monday, February 13th, 2023, 6pm to 8pm

To join virtually use:

TBA

Where?

Swantown Inn, The Grand Victorian Ballroom

1431 11th Ave SE, Olympia WA

(Get Directions)

Parking?

Swantown Inn has limited car park space, but plenty of parking around the corner on Central. Only park up the drive if you have mobility issues. Please follow directions of parking attendant.

AGENDA:

6:00-6:30 pm – General Business, Officer and Chair reports

6:30-7:30 pm – Guest Speaker, with discussion.

Presentation outline:
• Introduction
• What bees need
• What Beekeepers need and want
• Short look at variety of hives
• Langstroth -AZ – Top Bar
• Warre – Cathedral -Layens
• Others -Apimaye, Flow
• Some Questions during talk
• Pros and Cons of each hive

7:30-8:00 pm – Social Gathering, feel free to bring a dessert, drink or the like. Bonus if it is honey related (Mead or Honey Baked items).

Board Meeting – Agenda

When?

Board Meeting – Planning for 2023

Saturday, January 21st, 2023, 11am to 1pm

Where?

Swantown Inn, The Grand Victorian Ballroom

1431 11th Ave SE, Olympia WA

(Get Directions)

Parking?

Swantown Inn has limited car park space, but plenty of parking around the corner on Central. Only park up the drive if you have mobility issues.

Note: This is an in person meeting, and we will be making big decisions for the year, so would love to see all our board members, and any other interested members in attendance.

Agenda

  • Welcome new board members.
  • Financial Report – David
    • Clean up of current authorized account holders?
  • Membership Report – Catie
    • Renewals, Brand new members, etc.
    • Membership Software – Nathan
      • Initial Cost was $133.50 (Purchased on sale)
      • If we want continued support ongoing is $198.50 (unless a special arises)
  • Planning for 2023
    • Meetings – Speakers? Topics?
      • Nick Naeger – WSU – Fungi and Bees (Nathan reached out)
    • Education – Levels? Costs?
      • Gail and Margaret have a Apprenticeship Class set for February 8th.
    • Library – Accessibility? Budget for new books?
    • Equipment Lending – What is needed? What is not? Budget?
      • Discuss possibility of selling used hives to members, no use in storing indefinitely. Discuss.
      • Demonstration hives – Move to Fairgrounds?
  • New Business
    • Club Apiary – Tenino has offered a property.
    • Anything from the floor?

Winter Apprentice Level Class

NOTE: New Apprenticeship Class starts February 8th going through to April 5th.

If you are somewhat new to beekeeping, want to start beekeeping, or want to refresh your knowledge and skills about beekeeping, the Apprentice Level course is for you!

This course will be held online from February 8th through April 5th, Wednesday evenings at 6 pm. A hands-on and in-person session will be scheduled during the course as well. 


The course fee is $50. As always it requires current membership to Olympia Beekeepers Association. 

The fee includes receiving your certificate on successful completion of the course.