NCW Beekeepers Meeting
January 15, 2017
Feb. 9 Bee Chat, Bob’s Burgers & Brew, 6 p.m.
Feb.12 Bus/Ed Mtg., PUD Auditorium, 5 p.m.
March 2 Bee Chat, El Agave, 6 p.m.
March 12 Bus/Ed Mtg., PUD Auditorium (last time!), 5 p.m..
March Apprentice Class, Saturday mornings, specific dates, time and location TBA
Reports: Treasurer: checking account $1645.77, savings account $1129.06
About $150 in anticipated expenses
Bulk equipment order completed with about $2300 of equipment procured
New website was judged useful and it was MSC to contract for 12 months at $40 per month. Dues for 2017 can be paid online, due March 1, and any not paid by that time will be locked out.
Ordering new bees was discussed. Rubin will have 5-frame nucs for delivery about April 15-16
for $130. Mesh bags for transferring bees were recommended. Charlie will have
packages as previously. Laurie Miller’s queens ($40) were recommended, but picking up
directly (west side) is advised as USPS has been problematic.
Annual Meeting Business
Bylaws amendments were considered. MSC to change Article VII section 4 to read:
If NCWBA ceases to exist, funds and assets of record shall be disbursed to one or several non-profit organizations with the objective and intent that these funds and assets be used for the benefit of beekeeping or pollinator research, education, or outreach. The destination of funds shall be decided by majority vote of the officers of the club prior to disbandment of the organization. MSC to change Article X to read: The bylaws may be altered, amended, added to or repealed by a two-thirds vote of the members present at any meeting, provided the text of the changes has been made available to and announced to members at least 60 days before the vote.
Steve presented a budged proposal for 2017; it is made part of these minutes.
Audit/review committee suggested a spreadsheet for following the club’s finances.
The proposed slate of officers for 2017 includes Jeff Hampton, president; Daryn Klinginmith,
vice-president; Kriss Crilly, treasurer; and Alice Crawford, secretary. MSC to approve.
FFA wants to re-start their program. Stan agreed to mentor.
Insurance for club officers was suggested. Al and Mike will find information.
There was a brief discussion of winter hive care. Check top entrances as bottom ones may be snowed in. Scrape snow off the “front porch.” Check to assure adequate ventilation. And a quick peek inside when the temperature is >40 to assure adequate food.
Additions and corrections cheerfully accepted.
Budget proposal available upon request.