NCW Beekeepers Meeting
December 10, 2017
January 11 Bee chat, Pizza ‘n’ More (across from Olive Garden), 6 p.m.
January 21 Business/Education meeting, 5 p.m., firehouse, elections (president, vice-president,
secretary & treasurer all open), need education topics
February 8 Bee chat, location TBA
February 25 Business/Education meeting, 5 p.m., firehouse
Educational and Business
Informal discussion of several topics: How to pay dues on website: Go to Members, on yourself check update profile and find further instructions there. Dues are due by 2/25, and if not paid by then, you will be removed from the member list.
Bee packages are usually 3# (about 10,000 bees) plus a queen. The club procures bees from Charles Schaefer and Ruben. Price is usually about $120. There have been shortages the past year, and members are encouraged to place orders early.
Bylaws may be amended at the January meeting if members bring suggestions.
The apprentice course is tentatively scheduled for March 10, 17, and 24 at the Henry building in Cashmere. Sign up on website.
The mead class in November drew about 30 participants and included instruction, processing, and socializing.
Steve Foley made suggestions for winter activities. Plan for next year: how many hives and equipment needs. There is a rush buying equipment in the spring; better to plan ahead and order early. Renew bee periodical subscriptions, get and read books. Find a “bee buddy” with whom to share hive work.
Bees collected at the top of the hive may indicate lack of food. Easiest way to assess honey store in hive is to lift it.
Do queens lay in the winter? It depends on the weather, strain of bees, and probably other things. Carniolan queens in this climate do not lay in winter.
New beekeepers are encouraged, in addition to reading, to explore the web. Sites particularly recommended are Randy Oliver, Michael Palmer, and Ross Conrad.
Al would like suggestions for future educational sessions.
Treasurer Report Checking $5721.62 (with Western Bee check for bolk order not yet cleared)
And there was a raffle. And honey tasting. And treats.
Additions and corrections cheerfully accepted.