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  • Wednesday, September 18, 2019 1:18 PM | Lee & Teri McGarr (Administrator)

     Minutes of Meeting of 09/15/2019

    Board Members present : Kristin Taylor, Lee Maden, Teri McGarr


    Kristen opened the meeting by saying that we will no longer be using the Douglas Co. Firehall for our meetings after Oct 1st.

    We are looking for somewhere else to meet .and may use the Chelan Co. Firehall on Easy St.

    Kristen spoke to Steve during the week, who will be doing his regular Apprentice class in March.

    We will be giving more information on that soon.

    We also have a mead class coming up possibly in January.

    We will have more details of that also.

    Education :

    Lee Maden, Walt Kursave, & Lee McGarr  told how they prepare for fall & winter. Discussing  various methods including what NOT to do. to get your hives through the winter.

    Bee Chat. Oct 10  VENUE TBA

    Next Meeting Oct 20th VENUE TBA

    Teri A. McGarr

    Secretary. NCWBA.

  • Wednesday, August 21, 2019 5:44 PM | Lee & Teri McGarr (Administrator)

    Minutes of  NCWBA meeting August 18th 2019

    Board Members Present : Kristen Taylor, Lee Maden, Teri McGarr,  Peter Hill

    Dates  Bee Cha:t Sept 12  place TBA

    Next BIZ ED: Sept 15th  Douglas co. Firehall.

    Kristen opened the meeting .

    We are still trying to approve  a budget, 

    Our By laws committee and  Board advisory team is  awaiting replies to emails sent out ,

    Lee Maden our new vice president, explained that  it is very  important that  people read through the by laws  and let him know if you have any suggestions for them.,


     Kristen has contacted several places about storage units the one next to the Post Office on Maple st is wanting $69. a month for a 5x10 lock up. a Bit steep.


     Vern said he and Julie had taken inventory on Sunday.

    Once we get a lock up sorted out it will be transferred there. And we will assign caretakers.

    The Books belonging to the clubare at my house,  The extractor  will eventually be with me also.

    I will take an inventory of the books this week.
    We need a team for education  Vern is interested, as were several other members.


    Kristen also mentioned she had sent out an email asking what people would like to see happenning  education wise, but has not had any replies yet.We need to know !!

    Peter discussed the revolving savings account.

    Our Education Panel was Craig Genereux, Lee McGarr and Walt Kursave, who discussed their  various mite programs. 

    I don’t mind saying this was a fun informative meeting,  there was plenty of participation from all who attended,

    Teri. A. McGarr.


  • Monday, June 24, 2019 10:43 AM | Lee & Teri McGarr (Administrator)

    Board members in attendance: Kristen Taylor,  Teri McGarr,  Daryn Klinginsmith 

    Steve Foley attended and  we had a  good discussion on  swarms, and everything swarming ,  It was nice to see Steve as hes an excellent speaker and teacher.

    We  badly need to update our swarm list, if you are interested in being on the swarm team ,please contact Kristen. 

    Andy Kahn, Craig Genereux and Darren (whos buddy is Peter Hill and wasn't present ) talked about  the Bee Buddies, and why it is a good idea to have a buddy to help out when needed. 

    they encourage anyone to buddy up, 

    Daryn & Peter  help each other out when needed, Craig and Andy work more as a team. it was an interesting chat. 

     For the Business  meeting   the following  were discussed.

    Erin O'Rourke   from WSU  bee lab will be here in july for our meeting and to test hives for the lab.  she will be testing different areas of the Valley. 

    Beginner Beekeepers Class 3, 4, !0th Aug,  Please contact Al for details.

    N.W.District Beekeepers  conference will be held  Sept 21st,  from 9-5  Kristen went last year and says it was very good, contact

    The  Annual BBQ is planned for Aug !0th at Rocky Reach, Upper Stand , Please bring a pot luck item,  there is a lovely play area right there so bring the kids! we'll be having beef and chicken,  we supply everything you just bring yourself , your drinks and an item to share if you wish. 

    Caden Eagles  Apiary visit went well, we had a good turnout and I think we all benefitted from it.  we are looking for volunteers for the next ones.  

    Lee shared  one of the observation hives he is currently building,  they will be on permenant loan to the club, anyone who needs them can use them,  they take 5 frames below and one above, you supply the bees!  

    Next Bee Chat July  11th Mai Lee Thai . East Wenatchee.  6pm. 

  • Monday, May 20, 2019 1:44 PM | Lee & Teri McGarr (Administrator)
    Board Members present. Kristen Taylor, Peter Hill, Teri McGarr. Kristen opened the meeting and explained for anyone who did not know that Wayne had resigned as president. She asked for The Secretaries report which I did not have with me, Peter gave his Treasurers report. $6766.48 in checking and $933.68 in savings. Al was delayed, so we discussed club business and news. we are going to do apiary visits again, if anyone is interested please let Kristen know and we will get some visits scheduled. Our next meeting falls on Fathers day so we will meet the following Sunday which is the 23 of June. at 5pm at the Fire hall We are in the planning stages of our Annual BBQ / potluck, so be thinking of your best dish to share!!! we had a good turnout last year, lets see if we can do it again!! Craig suggested dropping our membership prices next year. Lee Maden suggested we we need to overhaul our By Laws. Glen took the floor and we discussed mites, as there had been a lot of Questions in Google group lately. and we answered questions for the newer members until Al arrived and presented his program. Next Bee Chat: June 13th at The Big Y ( Wild Huckleberry) in Peshastin.
  • Thursday, May 16, 2019 10:27 AM | Lee & Teri McGarr (Administrator)

    Board members in attendance. Wayne Ranne, Kristen Taylor, Peter Hill, (&Daryn Klinginsmith), Teri McGarr.

    Wayne opened by having new members introduce themselves, 

    our Education this month was a Panel  discussing Frame rotation and box rotation amongst other things we do in the spring.  our Panel was Craig Genereux Andy Kahn, Lee McGarr & Craig Durning.

    Wayne took the floor , we discussed administrative issues, then went on to discuss his budget,  for Education and a webinar with guest speaker Randy Oliver.  we'd need a venue .it was decided we needed a Board Budget meeting .

    Savings account: $933.53

    Checking account: $6685.35

     Coming Events:...... 

    Bee Chat: May 16th, at Casa Tapatia, 1650 Grant Rd. East Wenatchee. 

    Biz/Ed : May 19th at Douglas Co. Firehall.  Eastmont, 

    I apologize for my posting late. Teri. 

  • Tuesday, April 09, 2019 12:17 PM | Lee & Teri McGarr (Administrator)

    A Best Practices & Education monthly meeting of North Central Washington Beekeepers Assoc. 

    Was held on March 17th 2019. 

    And was Presided over by Wayne Ranne & Teri McGarr  as secretary 

    Board members in attendance were:   Kristen Taylor – Vice Chair  &Peter Hill – Treasurer 


    Craig Dunning   gave a talk on how package bees came to be a “Thing” and the pros and cons of packages and Nucs. 


    Thiago Moraes  gave a talk and a slide presentation on his set up and his first year of beekeeping. 


    We will be doing a Bee  colony census in April,  from Oct 1st   2018  to april 1st.2019 

    Covering the following: 

    Types of hives, types of bees 

    IS mite treatment used? Supplemental feeding yes/no? 

    Source of Colony ie, Package, nuc, swarm, split? Queens age, and source 

    General geographical location and Elevation. 

    Wayne will send out a  BPE To Do list for  Feb/Mar/Apr.  via  The Google group,  


    Our Master Gardener Joint Exhibit team is : 

    Lee Madden, Walter Kursave,Patti Egglestone,Alice Crawford,  &Amy Cummings 


     As of March 17th2019  CVB online Balances were  Checking: $6,259.90      

    and Savings:  $993.16 


    Please note**** our April BPE meeting will be held on 28th this month NOT 21st 

    Due to 21st being Easter sunday. 

     Bee chat is to be held on April 11th at 6pm at the Countryboys BBQ in Cashmere. 






  • Thursday, March 07, 2019 11:36 AM | Lee & Teri McGarr (Administrator)

    DATES:  Bee Chat, Thursday 14 March at Sweetwood BBQ.  Wenatchee. 6pm.  

    Next BPE Sunday March 17th 2019. Douglas Co. Firehall. 

    Bee Order Deadline March 27th.!! 


    31 people in attendance   and 2/3rds were new members. !! This is great!! 

    Wayne introduced his daughter Bridgette Ranne,  As guest speaker, she is a botanist with the forest service,  she gave us a very informative talk on  native forage , and what blooms when & where.  

    After a short break we discussed our mission as beekeepers in the NCWBA as we had so many new people attending.   

    Wayne discussed our Education program, and Peter & Daryns Pybus Event.  

    We have had word that the Journeymans course has been approved and Steve Foley will be doing a beginners Plus course for anyone  interested in that,  

    Wayne will send out an email when the plan is set, (probably the End of March) 

    We are going to do the first NCW colony census,  later on to assess  where and how many colonies survived the winter. 

     Al had a Question and Answer session for new keepers.  

    Wayne handed out previous years Beginners Certificates  That we were given the weekend of the Pacific NW Bee Conference.  

    I apologize for  The  monthly minutes being late,  


    Teri A McGarr 


  • Tuesday, January 22, 2019 9:50 AM | Lee & Teri McGarr (Administrator)

    In Attendance 25, members including 4 new members.

    Board Members in Attendance:

    Wayne Ranne, Kristen Taylor, Daryn Klinginsmith, Teri McGarr. 

    Wayne opened the meeting, and had our new members introduce themselves, They are,

    Ben Erdmann, Tyler Armour, Christine Young and Breanna Gask Wilson.

    We Voted on our Board members, it will remain the same, but Daryn is stepping down as treasurer and Peter Hill will take his place.

    Wayne talked about our  new Beekeeping mission,  ( What we are going to do) for 2019.

    We aim to educate not only existing members but the public  also, we are aiming for 80% overwintering of colonies, and will be calling our monthly meeting, "Best Practices Education"  or B.P.E.

    He also told everyone that we need ideas for content for the  new website, if you have any ideas please let him know, he also said our new facebook page is up and running. North Central Washington beekeepers,

    if you have any photos or anything you'd like to post, feel free to do so,  

    Wayne  spoke of our  renewed membership with WASBA, and the process of education through WASBA., there are 4 levels, 

    0 years experience beekeeping,  WASBA Beginners  taught by Al. Z. this will be taking place the first 3 Saturdays in February at the firehall, from 8 am til noon. Anyone interested please let Al Z, Know.  the cost is $25 .

    1 year Experience, WASBA Apprentice course, taught by Steve Foley.

    3 years experience, WASBA Journeyman course. 

    5 years Experience, WASBA Master Beekeepers Course.

    Details of the last 2 are still to be finalized. 

    Mentorship was stressed, we need to be helping each other and especially new members. 

    Al Zalewski  took the floor and gave a presentation  which benefitted the new members, he also  asked for people to step up and help him with the Education, he is only one man, we need people who will and can help him out by doing Educational part of our  meetings.

    Daryn Klinginsmith & Peter Hill, will be teaching a class Titled "Whats the Buzz"

    On January 29th at Pybus, at 7PM

    Peter & Daryn have asked that if you have any photos of your Apiaries or anything Bee related that you would like them to show, please email to

    Kristen Taylor is the point of contact for the bee order this year, Daryn and Peter will be the distribution.  same place as last year, more details will follow, as will order forms. Bee Nucs will be $150.00 Queens will be later

    Daryn refunded monies to the people who did not attend the mead class. and took checks given for memberships and the mead class.

    Show and tell.

    Walt Kursave brought honey from Hawaii, to let us taste, 

    Ben Erdmann owns a Kambucha co, in Levenworth, called Honey Jun and brought samples, 

    Al. Zaleweski brought a  beautiful book Titled Honey Bee Biology, byDewey M.Caron, and Lawrence Connor. 

    Lee McGarr brought some ideas for wooden nucs, one a kit  he designed himself and one  a twin nuc, both of which he sells.

    Next BPE meeting. February  17th. 

    Bee Chat. TBA

    Teri McGarr

    NCWBA Secretary.

  • Monday, November 19, 2018 1:43 PM | Lee & Teri McGarr (Administrator)

    Board members present,  Wayne Ranne, Kristen Taylor, Daryn Klingensmith, Teri McGarr.

    Members present 18.

    Wayne opened the meeting and introduced our guest speaker,

    Mr Tim Hiatt, who is the legislative chair and a member of WASBA. along with his brothers, Tim has 18,000 colonies. he came to talk to us a little about the legislative side of working with bees. he told us there had been a shake up at WASBA and there is an updated curriculum for Journeyman and Master beekeepers, as well as a "Beginning Beekeeping" class,  which leads to the apprentice class and  is a 12 lesson program.These classes would be (Beginning) $20. (Apprentice) $20. (Journeyman) $30, and (Master) $50.Daryn asked when our dues were due  for WASBA as a club, Tim said he needed to speak to the exec. secretary, and  theyd get it up to date.  Tim showed us a brief video,  and told us about a research facility that is in the works,  in Pullman.if anyone would like to receive his newsletters, please drop him an email at :

    next Wayne introduced Al, who told us about a seminar he went to in Spokane on Saturday, he told us it was quite interesting , there were A lot of very good speakers and they plan to do it every year,  he said it was well worth the $50. he has offered to look into the Beginners beekeeping program from WASBA  and says he feels we need to transmit  social responsibility to hobbyists, he also asked if there was anyone interested in the journeyman class, and a few raised said they were,  the new curriculum is almost ready, he will speak to Steve Foley about it. He then showed us a TO DO LIST, which is going to be part of our new website. also said he'd found 'NOTE' on his computer was a pretty good way to keep track of hives.

    Daryn gave the treasurers report, we have $5372. in our accounts, 0 new members  this last month , but around 10 in total in the last 6 months , He says he was approached by Pybus university, to do a beekeeping seminar, possibly in Jan. 

    Jeff and Steve will be doing the mead class again this year, more will be posted about that .  tentatively set for Jan 12. 

    Wayne asked Lee McGarr to take the floor and tell the club about products and services that Wenatchee Valley Bee & Supply has to offer, woodenware, mite treatments, advice  and mentoring are among them.

    Lee has a list for a bulk order if anyone wants to order,  it will not be an order like we are used to, in as much as orders will be individually sorted and then the person will be called when it is ready. he also stresses anything in the catalog can be ordered, it just may take a few days.

    anyone interested can contact him through the group.

    Afterwards we sampled some lovely honeys, Al even brought one that came from Isreal.  Well Done to all!! and Thanks to Wayne & Janice for supplying breadsticks and crackers. 

     Bee Chat  on Dec 13 TBA .

     **Note  NO DEC business Education meeting.

    Bee Chat January 8 2019 TBA

    Our next Business Education meeting is Jan 20th 2019.

    Also  I have renewed our use of The Douglas co.  Firehall for the next year.

  • Monday, October 22, 2018 10:56 AM | Lee & Teri McGarr (Administrator)

    In Attendance 25

    Board members present :Wayne Ranne,  Kristen Taylor, Daryn Klinginsmith,Teri McGarr

    Wayne opened the meeting  by introducing the panel for the Education part of the  meeting.

    The panel consisted of: Craig Genereux, Craig Dunning, Thiago Morales, Lee Madden, And Al Zalleweski.                                                                                      The subject was a project they are working on , "2019 Queen Rearing Project"                                                                                                                         Craig D started out by telling us what they were planning to do and how they hoped it would mean local queens would be available for the club and local beekeepers, They covered their own reasons for  getting into the project and advantages and disadvantages, of different methods of raising Queens, a very interesting talk indeed!!

    Wayne asked Glen to take the floor and let everyone know how the IT group is getting on, 

    The new Facebook page is up and running, and will have several people manning it eventually. those people have not been named as yet, The address is North Central Washington Beekeepers Association.                     We are working on The new website, The plan is to transition over to the new website when the subscription runs out on the current one.

    Daryn gave the treasurers report,  he said we had $50. last month and again this month from the rental of the extractor.,we have a new member this month  who signed up online,                                                                       Checking account holding $4200. and other account $1130.                           We now have a P.O.Box .for club business, should you need to get in touch via mail The address is : 

     North Central Washington Beekeepers Assoc. ,                                                            P.O.Box 5052.                                                                                                      Wenatchee WA. 98807.                                                                                    (PLEASE NOTE 98807, not 98801,)

    Daryn gave Wayne 2 keys for the box. Wayne will have one & The Secretary has one, A rota will be organized for pick ups.

    We have a guest speaker coming next month,  Tim Hiatt , who will be here to speak to us about the Washington state Beekeepers Assoc.  he will be available for questions afterwards.

    Wayne introduced Mike McGregor to the group, and Mike told us about how he got started with bees & built up his operation  to being a commercial Beekeeper, selling at Roslyn and Wenatchees farmers markets, and also doing pollination for the Almonds in California, He is currently setting  up to produce Mead.  ( Wayne also mentioned  if anyone is interested in doing a mead class this year please get in touch.)  he answered questions and we drew the meeting to a close,

    The Next Bee Chat will be on 11/08 at El Agave , 800 N Wenatchee Ave. 

    Next business & Education meeting 11/18 5pm  at Douglas Co. Fire Dept.

    December Chat; TBA

    Business & Education meeting; CANCELLED

    I Apologize and  will get last months minutes up ASAP. I am sorry for the delay.  Teri.

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