North-Central Washington

 Beekeepers Association

  • Monday, June 25, 2018 2:14 PM | Lee & Teri McGarr (Administrator)

    Members present: 30.

    Board members present . Daryn Klinginsmith. (Treasurer) Teri McGarr(secretary) 

    Al Zaleweski gave a very informative program on the control of varroa mites."Control varroa or buy bees" this will be posted as a link and will be able to be seen on you tube soon.

    Vern videoed the whole Education part of the meeting , well Done to Vern.

    afterwards Daryn took the front and gave the treasurers report; $4,600 in checking account, $1132 in the Education fund, and $67. in new memberships this month. we have had 3 new members this month.

    We discussed having a Temporary president & Vice President, and asked if there were any volunteers for vice president, Kristin Taylor raised her hand, she was the only hand raised and was voted in, we then asked for president , Wayne Ranne raised his hand , and was voted in.

    we have a guest coming next month from the state legislature.Wayne asked if we use club funds to pay people to come and speak.Pete Hill mentioned that the people he'd spoken to as WSU at the queen rearing class had said that they didn't have a budget for  travel and overnight  accommodation etc.  maybe we would be willing to pay travel expenses for someone to come talk to us.

    Al and Stan Peak, both felt it would be a good idea to invite the public to sit in  on a meeting, maybe do it in a public place, and Daryn suggested the new Pybus conference room.

    Alice had queried the idea of letting the public sit in on meetings, as she felt it wouldn't be right that members are paying dues and the public wouldn't be. 

    we had a discussion about the possibility of starting a Queen bank within the club, 

    Steve and Pete will tell us about their trip to the Queen rearing class, next month, it sounds like they learned a lot and had a good time too.

    Walt Kursave is heading the Chelan co. Fair this year and he asked if anyone had received his Emails as he'd had little to no response. Please, if you have a few hours to spare, contact Walt and sign up for the fair, its fun, &  its easy ,Walt will get passes for whoever signs up to help out. this will be our ( Lee and I) 3rd year , we enjoy it every time.get out  there and tell folks about the Bees!!!

    Wayne suggested we make a plan out for next year for the fair. and decide if we want to do it or not.

    all in all it was a good meeting, some great ideas came forward, and it was great to see so many there.  

    lets go forward as a club and make these great ideas happen!!!

    our next bee chat is TBA. 

    next monthly meeting is 22 July at Douglas Fire Dept. 5pm

    our Annual pot luck is Aug 4th 5pm -9pm at Walla Walla  park , shelter #2

    Lee McGarr would like to hear if you are coming  so he can get food and drink organized.

    any amendments please let me know. 

  • Monday, May 21, 2018 10:20 AM | Lee & Teri McGarr (Administrator)

    May 20th 2018

    Daryn K. Teri Mc. present board members. 

    Jeff absent, sent apologies.

    16 members present.

    Daryn opened the meeting with the treasurers report,  $225. has been added to the club account due to new memberships.

    The need for the website was discussed, do we really need it can we not just use google group and facebook? 

    Daryn pointed out that a lot of people use the website to pay their dues.

    Alice moved that we ask Jeff to resign, Daryn said that it would have to be voted on,  we also needed to vote on the By law changes, 

    12 out of 16 voted to defeat the by laws, and 13 out of 16 voted a vote of "no confidence" in Jeff. and it was proposed that we ask for his resignation .

    Daryn then read the By law concerning termination.

    Alice asked  that the minutes be posted on google group as well as the website, as that way  people who do not use the website , could get the minutes. I agreed that I could do the minutes on both  the website and in googlegroup.

    it was proposed that we need to vote on leadership at the next meeting, as we need to move forward, the  common concensus was that  there is too much politics and drama  going on and we need  to get back to beekeeping.


    Al introduced  a panel  consisting of 

    Craig Dunning, Steve Olsen, Craig Genereux and Chris Church.

    the topic was "swarms", which was quite interesting.

    we had a new member introduce himself to the group, Lee Maiden. 

    Walter said he had been in touch with Karen at Chelan co fair, and that she was going to get back to him with the booklet for the fair, & that Steve Foley has agreed to do the Honey extraction demo this year.

    Peter Hill & Steve Olsen have said that they will do a talk after the Queen rearing class next month.

    Al is asking for input for next months education, if anyone has any ideas please contact Al.


    *Bee chat, June 7th 6pm @ Casa Tapatia, 1650 Grant Rd. E. Wenatchee, Hilda, 886-1910

    * July bee chat TBA

    *Aug 4th, 5pm -9pm Annual potluck & BBQ ,Walla Walla park stand #2. for information contact Lee McGarr.

    *Bee Chat, Aug 29th, 6PM . Milepost 111, Cashmere, 888-0222 

    *September Bee chat TBA

    *Sept 6-9 Chelan co. fair, Please contact Walter Kursave for sign ups to man the booth.

    *Bee chat, Oct 11, 6PM  El Porton, 340 Valley Mall Parkway.    886-5830

    lastly I apologize if I  have missed anything out as the meeting was rather irregular, Daryn had to leave after the vote and it left me as the only board member present. 

  • Wednesday, May 02, 2018 11:32 AM | Lee & Teri McGarr (Administrator)

    Jeff Hampton, (President),  Daryn Klinginsmith, (treasurer)  Teri McGarr. (secretary) 

    April 29. 2018

    Jeff opened the meeting  by going over old business, 

    1.the post office box, 

    we have been given different rates for extra keys  and still do not have a box.

    2. the by laws ,  proposed back in march, are now in the 60 day review period. please go over them and  give your feedback,  

    Jeff has asked that anyone willing to help with the website please contact him, 

    Lee McGarr said he would be apprentice webmaster, and will get together with Jeff to sort out the details.

    Kristen Taylor asked about storing the club equipment, and would someone be willing to get it and store it. 

     Vern & Julie Smith  said they would store it.

    Al did a very educational presentation on Nucs & Splits. very professional indeed!

    Al also asked if anyone was raising queens can they please let him know as there are a few people wanting them.

    Craig Genereoux said he would possibly have nucs and Queens soon. 

    there was a 15 minute interval whilst equipment was transferred from  members vehicles to other members vehicles.

    Wayne Ranne took the front  to discuss his Team Based Organization  concept. which seems a good idea and went over quite well.

    He also made the members who were there,  aware that the Crillys had quit the club. and we needed to get The club equipment  from Kriss.' house.

    The teams are to be led by captains, and are not to replace the board. which was voted in in January. 

     Alice Crawford  & Walt  are going to head up the Chelan county fair outreach team.

    Al will continue to Head up Education. 

    Daryn asked again for help for Jeff, Lee had already spoken to Jeff, but spoke up to say he would be willing to help.

    May bee chat is to be held at Kristalls in Levenworth at 6pm on  May 10th.

     The Chelan co. fair is  Sept 6-9th  we need more people to sign up for a few hours.  we have enough members this shouldn't be a problem.

    If I have  I missed anything I apologize.  Teri.

  • Sunday, March 18, 2018 5:00 PM | Lee & Teri McGarr (Administrator)

    Jeff asked that the minutes be read from the last meeting which I did.

    Jeff then had everyone introduce themselves as there were a few new faces. there were 28 members in attendance.

    motion was made to read minutes.

    Daryn then read the treasurers report, having gone over the books and put it all onto "Quicken"  he says there is $1131.  in the Education fund and $3203 in the checking account.

    Daryn also said that  from now on he will be using a receipt book for all cash or money transactions made by members.

    There are 5 apprentice course books that have been paid for but not picked up.

    a motion was approved to read the treasurers report.

    The minutes from the Executive meeting that was  held last Thursday, were read by myself , (Teri McGarr)

    corrections were made by Kriss  Crilly, as I had a date wrong .a motion was made to officially change the board members. 

    Daryn is now Treasurer & Kriss is now Vice President.

     Jeff asked that volunteers fill some of the duties that Kriss has had ,as there were too many and it was getting a bit much for 1 person to do, now that there are so many members.

    Chris Church will be in charge of swarms and swarm management

    Kriss is going to continue to do the FB page & Craigslist.

    she also says she doesn't mind taking deliveries of bees etc, but Steve Foley suggested asking about doing it elsewhere if  she wanted.

    Peter Hill discussed plans for a field trip to  Yakima to check out Controlled Atmosphere Storage facility for bees, with Eric Olsen.

     and to meet with some people who have been studying wintering their hives and controlling the climate for better wintering.

    he mentioned a central WA. bee group that it may be a good thing if we got affiliated with them.

    The following people  now have  Duties.

    Wayne Ranne has names and slots available and is in charge of the Chelan Earth day. Stan Peak is in charge of equipment hauling, co-chairing will be Kristen Taylor and Jeff O'Brien.

    Lee McGarr will be in charge of the annual potluck BBQ, which is to be at Walla Walla park shelter #2 July 12 at 5pm, He will be sending out an E-mail giving details.

    Steve Foley talked about the apprentice course said hed be working on getting the Journeymans  course going .he also said we have around 35 new apprentices.

    Kriss said Al Z would be looking into  speakers for the pollinators symposium this year.

    Daryn asked to put it to a vote of the members about his & Kriss swapping roles.  it was voted on and approved.  

    No Old business.

    New business:

    it was suggested that we have a Po box for all  club mailings ,

    Kriss felt that the bank statements should be sent to Daryn as treasurer, Daryn felt that someone else on the board should get a duplicate of the statement.  he also supported the idea of a Po Box.

    Chris Church said he felt that this should go into  the by laws.

    there was a motion it was seconded, by several members,  Chris suggested each officer should have a key, it was voted on and  all agreed.

    It was discussed about a central storage space for all the clubs equipment,  

    Kriss discussed what club equipment she had at her house. 

    Jeff asked that everyone who has equipment let him know what they have, so he can make a list .

    by Laws needing amended were discussed, 

    a suggestion was made about forming a committee for studying and reviewing the bylaws, Alice Crawford  said it was her view that EVERYONE should be making themselves familiar with them.

    Kriss asked Karen at the Chelan county fair, about giving out honey sticks,  and was told not to hand them out on Kids day, she will check out the ruling. although members  have agreed they do not want to buy them and give them away, or sell them.

    no other business, 

     Education hour  saw Stan and Chris show us  the installation of a Nuc or  package of bees for newbees.

    Grants for the Queen rearing and bee breeding workshop  at WSU. have been awarded to:

    Peter Hill, Kristen Taylor (full) Steve Olsen (partial) total grant money awarded $650.

    I apologize if anything was missed off . all corrections gladly received. 

    Teri McGarr.

  • Sunday, February 25, 2018 5:00 PM | Lee & Teri McGarr (Administrator)
    Daryn opened the meeting by getting everyone to introduce themselves, aswell asl regular members there were also a few new members.

    Daryn also handed out some NCWBA business cards, to give to anyone interested.
    The books for the apprentice class have arrived and Kriss handed them out to people who bought last year and those attending this years class.
    which will be held at the Henry Bldg. in Cashmere, on March 10, 17, and 24.

    Bee chat will be held at the Paradise rest, on Wenatchee Ave, on March 8th at 6pm.
    next Biz/Ed meeting is March 18 
    Bee  order deadline is March 16, 

    WSU is holding their Queen rearing course again this year, June 15 & 16th, at Pullman campus. 
    price is $275 pp. grants are available through the club.
    its asked you provide a community service if you are using a grant, this could be volunteering for  Earth Day or the Fair.

    Kriss informed us that we are now a non profit organization through the state. of Wa.

     Chris and Stan did the educational  side of the meeting, discussing when to open your hives, treating for nosema or not, and wether the bees have enough food to see them through the winter.
    Stan showed us a "Swarm Bandit"  he has built to try out this year, to stop swarming.
    He'll let us know how that goes .

  • Sunday, January 21, 2018 6:00 PM | Jeff Hampton (Administrator)

    NCW Beekeepers Meeting

    January 21,2018


    February 8 Bee chat, Louie’s Café, Leavenworth

    February 25 Business/Education meeting, 5 p.m., firehouse

    March 8 Bee chat, Paradise Restaurant, Wenatchee Ave across from PUD

    March 10, 17, 24 Apprentice class, 9 a.m. – 1 ish, cost for members $35

    A.s.a.p. Bee orders


    Stan and Chris demonstrated and discussed a top-bar hive. These can be easily made from plans found online (Les Crowder recommended) using foam board and gorilla glue. Sticks on top can be grooved and fitted with a small fin to encourage orderly comb build. Bees are started at the end near the entrance, and a following board placed behind them, moving it down the hive as they build out. Brood combs are generally built straight; honey combs less so but can be straightened by hand. The hive needs to be checked often to prevent combs being built into each other. Queens generally do not lay out into the honey combs. This style of hive is convenient to work but needs more hands-on time, produces slightly less honey, and cannot be expanded (as by adding a super on a Langstroth). Harvest is by cutting comb off the top bar, then either preparing cut comb or crushing the comb in a bag and draining honey out. Feeding can be done with a mason jar feeder or a small bucket with pine needles floated on the syrup to provide bees a stand.

    Bee stings are inevitable if you keep bees. Usual stings can be treated with antihistamines and severity will usually decrease with accumulated stings. Difficulty breathing, wheezing, or swelling in the throat may indicate the severe kind of allergy, anaphylaxis, and should be treated immediately in the emergency room as this can be life-threatening.

    Old Business

    Bees will be ordered from Charles Schaefer (3# packages $135, 4# $155, queens $40, from northern California) and Ruben (medium or deep nucs, Italian or carniolan bees, $140, queens $35). Members indicated a general preference for the nucs: local bees with established queens. Bees from Coastal 3# for $150. March 1 is the absolute deadline for orders. Delivery mid-April.

    Treasurer Report Checking $2539.80 Savings $1131.11 Dues not yet all in

    Expected expenses soon: insurance $350, website $500, apprentice books $1100

    New Business

    Vania Winters from the Wenatchee River Institute (Barn Beach) is looking for speakers for several talks in Leavenworth: pollinator garden, hives, bees, and honey.

    Master Gardeners are soliciting our participation in their state meeting in September: 4 days, about 300 participants: booths, sponsorships, tables, etc.

    Elections Jeff Hampton, Daryn, Teri and Kriss were proposed; the slate was approved unanimously.

    Additions and corrections cheerfully accepted.

    Alice Crawford

  • Sunday, December 10, 2017 6:44 PM | Jeff Hampton (Administrator)

    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)

    Savings $1130.98

    And there was a raffle. And honey tasting. And treats.

    Additions and corrections cheerfully accepted.

    Alice Crawford

  • Sunday, November 19, 2017 5:00 PM | Jeff Hampton (Administrator)

    NCW Beekeepers Meeting

    November 19, 2017


    No bee chat in December

    December 10  Business/Education meeting, 5 p.m.  fire station (Note: this is a date change.)

                Honey tasting: bring some   and   Drawing for goodies

    January 11  Bee chat, location TBA

    January 21  Business/Education meeting, 5 p.m., firehouse, elections


    Informal discussion of several topics: Al noted hive losing considerable weight but with active bees, presumed from relatively warm weather but lack of forage.  Prevention of moisture buildup in hives considered, and good ventilation appears more effective than absorbent.  Glycerin-oxalic acid appears to work well for mite control. (See Randy Oliver’s information online for details.  He is working on getting system certified.)  Towels placed between brood boxes and left for weeks… or until bees destroyed the towels.  Fogging oxalic acid appears effective and efficient for large numbers of hives. Formic acid (“MiteGone”) 65% saturation on a sponge enclosed in cellophone sleeve on the outside surface of outer frames for 2 weeks also produced good results. Al spoke to Manson Grange, found only 10-12 people with limited enthusiasm; this is anticipated with groups other than school kids, who are generally very enthusiastic.

    Al would like suggestions for future educational sessions.

    Treasurer Report   Checking $3078.77   Savings $1130.98

    Old Business

    Bulk order: Wayne reported some discrepancy either in pickups or in delivery from supplier; members were requested to check their orders.  It was noted that frames from Western Bee are not exactly the same dimensions as those from Mann Lake but will fit nonetheless.

    Bees: Charles Schafer will have bees again but price not yet determined. Ruben will have nucs

    for $140, also queens.  Bees from Mike in Sequim must be arranged individually.

    Jeff reported 35 attended the mead class with 20+ kinds of mead were presented.  Short fermentation produces an alcohol content of 3-5%; Jeff keeps some longer to achieve 18%.

    The WVC hive is doing well after queen replacement, and student is returning next year.

    Work continues on the website.  Bee orders and bulk equipment orders will eventually be possible online.

    New Business

    Elections will be held at the January meeting.  All offices are open.  Volunteers are needed.

    Steve will again teach the apprentice course in March.  Texts are being printed – bound copies.

    Dues will remain $20 for individuals, $25 for families.

    Additions and corrections cheerfully accepted.

    Alice Crawford

  • Sunday, October 15, 2017 11:10 AM | Jeff Hampton (Administrator)

    NCW Beekeepers Meeting

    October 15, 2017


    November 18 Mead Class See email from Jeff for detailsNovember 19 Business/Education meeting 5 p.m. Douglas County Fire Station

    December No Bee Chat

    December 17 Business/Education meeting, 5 p.m. fire station

    Educational Video – Randy Oliver: Reading the Combs

    Bees need 3 things: a dry home, flowers, and parasite control

    Look for recruitment (brood and new bees) vs. attrition (bees dying); aim to increase recruitment and decrease attrition. Peak number/s relates to nectar flow and availability of pollen. Hive inspection should examine interface between brood and honey store. Young brood pheromone stimulates foraging for pollen. “Wet” brood, with plenty of jelly in cells, indicates good nutrition. Lack of this pheromone, or 8-10 frames filled suggests no more brood space and stimulates formation of queen/swarm cells. Production of white wax indicates need for more honey storage space; add a super. Bees can carry varroa mites 2 miles, so be considerate of neighboring beekeepers and keep mites under control in your hives.  With first frost bees go into survival mode until spring pollen starts.Randy’s website is recommended. Discussion: Shop towel method under review for official approval. Fogging of oxalic acid can be done with water as long as temperature is warm enough to keep oxalic acid dissolved. Alternatively it can be done with part or entirely alcohol, but bees clearly do not like alcohol. Pollen/protein patties (Mann Lake’s recommended) can be used in August and February. Treasurer Report Kriss is on vacation

    Old Business

    Bulk equipment order has gone in and is being assembled for shipping. Wayne will notifybuyers when delivery date is certain.

    Mead class will require minimum of 20 participants to make it practical. See Jeff H.’s email for


    Additions and corrections cheerfully accepted.

    Alice Crawford

  • Sunday, September 17, 2017 3:30 PM | Jeff Hampton (Administrator)


    October 5 Bee Chat 6 p.m. Milepost 111

    October 15 Business/Education meeting 5 p.m. Douglas County Fire Station

    November 19 Business/Education meeting 5 p.m. Douglas County Fire Station

    November 18 Mead Class 

    December No Bee Chat

    December 17 Business/Education meeting, 5 p.m. fire station

    Educational Panel

    Kristin reported on Randy Oliver’s presentation in Everett. Bees need a dry space, nectar, pollen, and mite control… only. He’s trying to breed mite-resistant bees. Brood should be swimming in jelly; if dry, they need pollen. He treats for mites with shop towel system in April, July, September and December (in southern California). See Kristin’s email for more detail. See Randy’s website “Scientific Beekeeping” for lots more.

    Stan led a panel of Chris, Craig, Felix and Wayne on preparations for winter. There is wide variety of systems, but general agreement that mite control, adequate food, ventilation sufficient to keep the hive dry, and insulation for hives in exposed locations are required. It was noted that super frames containing some honey and some nectar can be stored in a freezer over the winter, then replaced in the super the following year. Insulation can raise the temperature in the hive during the day enough to cause bees to break up their ball. It was noted that honey is a considerable heat sink. There was suggestion that not insulating over the winter was followed by stronger hives in the spring.

    Treasurer Report Checking account $2755.86 Savings Account $1130.39

    Old Business

    County fair went very well; Kriss got a big hand

    Bulk equipment order will go out next week. Get orders in to Wayne Ranne.

    Additions and corrections cheerfully accepted.

    Alice Crawford

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

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