North-Central Washington

 Beekeepers Association

Meeting Minutes, March 16, 2014

Sunday, March 16, 2014 8:41 AM | NCWBA Board (Administrator)

North Central Washington Beekeepers Association
March Business & Education Meeting
March 16, 2014
Chelan County PUD

In Attendance: Jerry & Tandy, Tim & Gina, Mike & Carrie, Naomi, Tim, Dylan, Cliff, David & Cirri, Jane & Stan, Alix, James & Kriss, Amy, Andy, Craig, Mike, Felix, Jeff & Heidi, Michelle, Daryn, Marc, Daniel & Venessa

Next Bee Chat scheduled for: April 10th @ El Agave 6pm
Next Bee Meeting scheduled for: April 27th @ Chelan County PUD

Treasurer’s Report
$915 minus current expenses of $300= $600 (estimate)

Bee Packages ordered through Steve will be arriving on or around April 20th, pick up will be at the Crilly’s house (along with a hiving demonstration) 1311 Pershing St. Wenatchee…contact 664-3278…Time and confirmation on date to be announced!

Outreach Events:

  • April 5th 10-2pm at Valley Feed Store in Wenatchee (Kriss Crilly, Amy Cummings) Contact Amy or Kriss if you are interested in helping
  • April 27th Leavenworth Earth Day
  • September Chelan County Fair
  • September Douglas County Fair—possibility


  • Coastal Farm & Ranch gives NCWBA members a 10% discount and is working closely with our club to stock items that we use most often.
  • Club voted to allow use of funds for copies, fliers, etc. not to exceed $100 in the next 6 months.
  • Logos – Naomi said she would lead this us, Kriss has a friend in the embroidery business.
  • Steve mentioned the Citizen Science programs: Budburst project and the Great Sunflower Project.
  • Maria has an observation hive that the club can use at workshops, demonstrations, and other events.
  • Jerry G. brought up an idea to work w/H.S. Biology Students in the future.
  • Naomi asked if we had fundraising in place to raise funds for extracting supplies, the answer was no, but Tim J. suggested we have a 50/50 raffle at each meeting, charging $2/ticket. The club voted to do so starting at the April meeting.
  • Goal for having Extraction equipment for the club members is July or August
  • Mead Making Day—Jeff Hampton is willing to teach…September/October time frame. James Crilly offered to host event.

 Educational Topic: Spring Management of Apiary and Hives

  • Think about timing, weather, water, temps, bloom times, general plans (financial, gear needs, swarm gear, etc.)
  • Plan ahead-buy gear ASAP-things go fast this time of year!
  • Premier One-offers a fence for beekeepers to keep animals out.
  • Look at Dead outs and try to figure out why the bees died?
  • What happened over winter?
  • Clean boxes, frames, bottom boards, etc.
  • Paint and/or fix gear.
  • This is a good time to sugar dust for mites (they should be low numbers now).
  • If you’ll be using Hopguard this is a good time to do it b/f you have brood.
  • Look at individual hives to see if they need supplemental feeding.
  • Steve recommends a 1:1 sugar:water ratio. Protein patties are good to help w/Nosema.

Amy Cummings, Secretary

NORTH CENTRAL WASHINGTON BEEKEEPERS ASSOCIATION Is a registered Washington State Non-Proift. UBI 603594512

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