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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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