NCWBA Business & Education Meeting Minutes for Dec. 11, 201, PUD Bldg, 5 pm
Business &Education Meetings all at the Chelan County PUD auditorium:
Apprentice Beekeeping Classes: March 11, 18, 25; time and location to be announced.
Treasurer’s Report: Checking: $1,921.49; Savings: $1,129.06
Al Zalewski reported on the various research and development topics from the October, 2016, Canadian beekeeping conference in British Columbia, Canada.
Steve Foley, club president reported:
Bulk equipment order:
Wayne Ranne reported that he is waiting for a couple of people to get their money for equipment to the treasurer, Kriss Crilly, so the order can be released for shipping. Approximately $2000 of equipment is on order.
Community Outreach per Kriss:
The Chelan County PUD auditorium will be closed for use by the club for 1 ½ years, starting from April 2017. A new location is being sought.
Jeff Hampton demonstrated a new website for non-profit groups operated by Wild Apricot. Club members voted to subscribe for 2 months at the rate of $40/month and to decide whether to continue in January. Fees for online processing of membership fees, bulk equipment orders, bee orders, etc. are at a rate of 2.2% plus 30 cents per transaction.
Dec. 11: Business/Education meeting, PUD auditorium, 5 p.m.
Jan. 4: Bee chat, location TBA
Jan. 15: Business/Education meeting, PUD auditorium, 5 p.m., election of officers
Feb. 8: Bee chat, location TBA
Feb. 12: Business/Education meeting, PUD auditorium, 5 p.m.
Mar. 1: Bee chat, location TBA
Mar. 12: Business/Education meeting, PUD auditorium, 5 p.m.
Reports: Treasurer: checking account $1920.14, savings account $1128.69
Al Zalewsky moderated a panel including Kristin Tayler, Steve Foley, and Jeff O’Brien on winter management.
All agreed that varroa treatment is needed but routines varied greatly. Grease patties for tracheal mites are used by some. Oxalic acid may treat for tracheal as well as varroa mites. Nosema appears to be a minimal problem locally.
Ventilation was agreed to be essential, but setups varied widely. Condensation is not a problem per se, but water dripping onto mass of bees is.
Insulation plans also varied widely, probably related to different conditions at different locations.
Wind protection was agreed to be useful.
Entrance reducer use and dimensions also varied (including Steve not being concerned if a mouse gets into the hive).
Feeding regimens also varied, but all agreed that adequate food over the winter is essential.
Amount of honey in a hive is estimated by weight. (Al uses a fisherman’s scale to lift one end of the hive, then multiplies that weight by 2.) Full deep frames weigh about 11 pounds, full super frames about 6. Syrup feeding in the fall is advocated by some, but liquid feed should be removed before winter as it becomes a cold sink. Various sugar preparations are used over winter, including dry sugar sprayed enough to maintain shape, and various cooked fondant-type preparations.
Additions and corrections cheerfully accepted.
NCW Beekeepers Business/Education Meeting, October 16, 2016
Nov. 12 Mead class – see below
Nov. 13 Business/Education meeting, PUD auditorium, 5 p.m.
Bee chat ??
Mead class Saturday, Nov. 12 @ 1 p.m., Tiera Learning Center, $20 per participant, $15 per kit
(old ones may be used), one quart of honey to one gallon of mead; contact Jeff Hampton to sign up and/or order kit/s
Washington Master Beekeepers has split off from Washington State Beekeepers and is now the strictly education-related organization. Paying the $5 annual membership fee was approved.
Annual meeting in January will include election of officers and voting on proposed bylaws changes. Tell Steve if interested in being an officer.
Bylaw changes must be presented at the December meeting and may include term limits and/or fees for officers, and disposition of funds in the event of dissolution of the organization.
Steve Olsen moderated a panel including Deb Stansbery, Daryn Klinginsmith, Craig Genereux and Emilka Furmanczyk. The general topic were centered around fall mangement. Misc notes are included below:
NCW Beekeepers Meeting Minutes for September18, 2016
Upcoming Events Calendar
Oct. 5 Bee chat 6 p.m., El Agave
Oct. 16 Business/education meeting, 5 p.m. PUD auditorium – honey tasting: bring samples and toothpicks
Nov. 12 Mead class – $100 cleaning charge, information on charge for kits, etc. TBA
Treasurer: Checking account $1586.14; education/outreach (savings) account $1128.49
Leavenworth Farmers Market did several hundred dollars worth of honey each time
Bulk equipment order: Wayne will see if supplier can provide jars at a good price, send out email order form with costs of all items. Order to be completed soon, exact date depending on transportation.
Website needs work and should include swarm information. (Fewer swarms than usual this year.)
A suggestion was made that a committee of experienced beekeepers be formed for mentoring new beekeepers. This would be a service opportunity for journeyman candidates.
There will probably be an apprentice class in March. There are currently changes in the certifying organization, so the details of this class are currently in flux.
Educational Program panel moderated by Al Zalewski, included Emilka Furmanczyk, Craig Genereux, Steve Olsen, and Deb Stansbery. Seasonal topics will be considered.
Timing of honey removal: All agreed that harvest should end sometime in August to allow varroa control and feeding to build up honey stores.
Pest control considered mainly varroa. Apivar, HopGard and oxalic acid are all being used, frequently in rotation to prevent resistance (although so far resistance has not been reported with oxalic acid). Deb uses no chemicals but increases hive humidity to control mites. Keeping track of mite number and treating before infestation peaks was stressed. Counts can be made using a sprayed bottom board or with alcohol sacrifice of bees (can send to WSU for report of varroa count plus other diseases.
Wax moths continue to be a manageable problem, and a few hive beetles have been seen.
Show of hands indicated strong support for continuing this kind of program. Al will continue to organize a variety of members and topics in future meetings. Members interested in being on the panel in the future should talk with Al.
NCW Beekeepers Meeting for August 21, 2016
Sept. 1 Leavenworth Farmers Market 4-8 p.m.
Sept. 5 Fair set-up
Sept. 7 Check in honey, photos, etc. 3-8 p.m.
Sept. 8 (9 a.m.-9 p.m.), 9 (9-9), 10 (9-10) -11 (9-5), Boswell bldg; need a ticket to get in;
can exhibit but not sell honey (but could get a blue ribbon…)
Sept. 2-25 Puyallup fair. Entries required online by August 28, received at the fair by 8/31.
Sept. 18 Business/education meeting, PUD, 5 p.m.
Oct. 5 Bee chat 6 p.m., location TBA (El Agave?)
Oct. 16 Business/education meeting, 5 p.m. PUD auditorium
Treasurer: Checking account $1731.14; education/outreach (savings) account $1128.49
Leavenworth Farmers Market: last chance Sept. 1 Honey selling well, especially if samples are offered. Please bring some honey to sell, and feel free to sign up to help with the booth.
Bulk equipment order: Wayne will send out email with costs sometime in the next month. There will be about a month to place orders. Parts aiming to arrive in November.
Motion for NCW Beekeepers to pay fair admission for members working 5 hours or more was passed.
WA State Beekeepers Master Beekeeper program has had some turnover recently. Not sure what this means for the spring class.
Considerable interest in having another mead class in the fall. Kits and supplies will be available. Participants should bring honey, about a quart per gallon.. A Saturday in November is preferred.
NCW Beekeepers official annual meeting will be in January, at which time changes can be made to the bylaws. There will also be election of officers. Bring ideas for bylaws changes to meetings for discussion before the annual meeting. Consider running for one of the officer positions.
Stan Peak showed a cage to capture queens from queen cells. With some experience it appears to be quite effective keeping virgin queens safe in the same hive, before moving them to their own mating nucs with some additional bee/honey/brood resources.
Possible problem of orchard spray getting into honey was discussed. Two suggestions were made to minimize the possibility: not putting honey supers onto hives before the main (early spring) spraying season is over, and asking orchardist to spray at night when bees are in hive. Remember, with honey, there is no Organic designation due to the variety of compounds bees come in contact with during their potentially long flights.
NCW Beekeepers Meeting, July 17, 2016
July 21: Leavenworth Farmers Market, 4-8pm, Lions Club Park, Leavenworth – Get honey to Steve a.s.a.p. if you want to sell!
July 24: Apiary visit, 2-5 p.m., Peter Hill 1501 Apollo Pl, Wenatchee
Aug. 11: Bee Chat, 6pm, Pizza’n’More, East Wenatchee
Aug. 11: Leavenworth Farmers Market, 4-8 p.m., Lions Club Park, Leavenworth
Aug. 13: Apiary visit, noon, Katrina Keppler 3090 Scenic View, Wenatchee (Sleepy Hollow area)
Aug. 21: Business/education meeting, 5 p.m., PUD Auditorium, Wenatchee
Sept. 1: Leavenworth Farmers Market, 4-8 p.m., Lions Club Park, Leavenworth
Sept. 5: Fair set-up
Sept. 7: Check in honey, photos, etc.
Sept. 8 (9 a.m.-9 p.m.), 9 (9-9), 10 (9-10) -11 (9-5): Boswell bldg; need 2 beekeepers at a time, 3-4 hour blocks, need a ticket to get in; can exhibit but not sell honey (but could get a blue ribbon…), exhibitors get a cheap ticket
Sept. 10: Simply Living farms tour, Leavenworth – presenter requested
Sept. 18: Business/education meeting, PUD, 5 p.m., PUD Auditorium, Wenatchee
Minutes of last meeting were approved.
Treasurer: Checking account $22210.65; education/outreach account $903.64 after costs of seminar paid
Leavenworth Farmers Market: Steve reported about $120 of honey sold, both pints and quarts
Website and hive inspection form: no progress to report. Discussion suggests that highly varied systems of record keeping among members may make use of a uniform form difficult. Will likely need to survey folks at some point in time to collect information from whatever format of notes they have kept.
Pollinator symposium was considered a success despite relatively small attendance. Scheduling at a different time of year was discussed, as was whether we are aiming at fellow beekeepers or at the general public.
State fair in Puyallup is interested in having us participate. Categories and criteria can be found on-line. Drivers are available for drop off and pickup. Booth staffing help requested. Staffing the state bee/honey booth for a couple hours will get some free admissions to the fair. Exhibitors must register their entry online before dropping it off. Details at www.thefair.com
Another bulk equipment order was considered. Wayne will contact Western Bee to find if any particular time of year would be best for them to fill orders quickly.
Katrina Keppler reported on the WSU course she attended. Of note, varrroa treatment is most effective during brood break, October or November for us. The WSU lab that tests bees for mites, nosema, etc. is very fussy about samples being exactly according to their rules. (And most of the alcohol should be emptied before sending to avoid postal problems.) Samples of bees with many diseases were available during the WSU Field Days event for inspection. Queen rearing was discussed in context of the WSU class.
NCW Beekeepers Meeting Minutes, Initial draft
June 26, 2016
July 9 Pollinator Seminar, PUD Auditorium, 12:30-5:00, no snacks provided but can
bring your own; potluck to follow at Crilly’s for club members
July 16 Apiary visit at Kristin Taylor’s, morning
July 17 Business/education meeting, PUD auditorium, 5:00 p.m.
Aug. 11Bee Chat, Pizza’n’More, East Wenatchee (same parking lot as Country Inn)
Aug. 13 Apiary visit, Peter & Daryn, morning
Aug. 21Business/education meeting, PUD, 5 p.m.
Sept. 8th (9 a.m.-9 p.m.), 9th (9 a.m.-9 p.m.), 10th (9 a.m.-10 p.m.) , and 11th (9 a.m.-5 p.m., extractor demo @ 2:30), Boswell
bldg; need 2 beekeepers at a time, 3-4 hour blocks, need a ticket to get in; can
exhibit but not sell honey (but could get a blue ribbon…)
Sept. 10 Simply Living farms tour,, Leavenworth – presenter requested
Minutes of last meeting (5/22/2016) were approved.
Treasurer: Checking account $2539.72; education/outreach account $1182.12 with cost of
Leavenworth farmers market dates are June 30, July 21, August 11 and September 1; some
members needed for outreach; setup at 3:30, stay until 8 p.m.; to sell honey if not
attending, get it (labeled and priced) to Steve ahead of time
Website and hive inspection form: no progress to report
Peter continues working to establish apiary as part of WSU/Master Gardener demonstration area.
There is clear interest, and this would be the only county extension with a demonstration apiary. A detailed business plan is required, and contact being sought with an experienced person.
Member directory with photos (as that of Master Gardeners) was suggested.
Steve noted that this is the season of swarms; supers with waxed frames and a little honey are recommended. A second super can be added either above or below the first super. And think about varroa mites.
Don Rolfs was recommended as speaker on native pollinators. It was noted that he has concerns about honeybees, so appropriate preparatons should be made.
Alix noted that July is field season and a difficult time to get speakers; she suggested another time of year for future symposia.
Attendees at the WSU course and Swedish meeting plan to make presentations at future meetings.
NCW Beekeepers Meeting
May 22, 2016
June 9 Bee chat, Louie’s (Leavenworth), 6 p.m.
June 26 Business/Education meeting, PUD auditorium, 5 p.m.
July 9 Seminar, PUD Auditorium, times TBA
Treasurer: Checking account $2494.72 with cost of banner and Leavenworth farmers market
registration anticipated; education/outreach account $1652.91 with $900 for registration
fees for WSU course anticipated; July seminar expected to cost $6-700.
July seminar: plan to start early afternoon; probable topics genetics, hive inspection, and
something from Douglas county extension; potluck to follow
Leavenworth farmers market dates are June 23, July 14, August 4 and August 28; some
members needed for outreach; setup about 3 or 3:30, stay until 8 p.m.;can sell honey –
get it to Steve ahead of time
Banner: A cellphone photo of proposed banner was circulated.
Fair planning: Boswell building was inspected and space we prefer identified
Chelan beekeeping ordinance: Kriss is communicating with a council member
Apiary visits discussed; Kristin (rural, Peshastin) and Daryn (urban, Wenatchee) volunteered
to host with dates to be determined.
Noted that local availability of beekeeping equipment has increased. Costco kit includes full hive, jacket, gloves, etc. Coastal carrying more general equipment including unfinished hives.
Noted that orchardists occasionally have failure of commercial beekeepers to provide bees timely as promised, which is a financial disaster. It was agreed that the Club might be able to provide bees from a future demo apiary or connect club members with orchardists for small scale needs. This would require contract protecting bees from harmful spray as well as considering possible liabilities.
May 2 Journeymen, WokAbout Grill, 6 p.m.
May 12 Bee chat, Milepost 111, 6 p.m.
May 22 New beekeeper hour, Cashmere Fairground, Boswell Bldg., 4 p.m.
May 22 Business/Education meeting, Fairground, Boswell Bldg., 5 p.m.
June 26 Business/Education meeting, Wenatchee PUD Auditorium, 5 p.m.
Treasurer: Savings/outreach $1582.65 with $900 committed for Pullman course fees + about
$800 for July seminar; checking account $2450.72 Suggestion: support FFA/4H bee programs, start local queen-rearing program
Membership now 104
74 packages, 65 nucs + Susan Curtis ordered/delivered this spring
Leavenworth farmers market would like to have beekeepers sell honey there. It was agreed to do so once a month. Steve will coordinate. Beekeepers are to bring honey packaged for sale and appropriately labelled, with prices and business cards to the biz/ed meeting prior. At least one beekeeper will need to run the booth (setup, staff, cleanup) from 4-8pm on a Thursday. First time probably first market in June. $60 approved for table fee for 4 market appearances.
Extractor now with Alice. Rental for 2-3 days $25 + $100 damage deposit. Broken lid reported; Steve and Daryn to explore repair.
Earth day events at Chelan and Leavenworth reported successful. New canopy weights by Wayne!!
Website: Problems navigating present site reported; this may mainly need updating/”tinkering.” Steve and officers exploring alternative systems. Wide gradation of computer proficiency among members is apparent and will need to be accommodated with any new system.
Banner/s for our booth discussed. Wayne will arrange for banner for display inside booth.
Possibility of screening directly onto front of canopy to be explored; Katrina may have alternative. $200 approved to cover both.
Common hive record system was considered. Steve, Debra and Stan will explore a mechanism to be simple enough to bring enough data together in a reasonable way. May be paper, may be online, etc.
March 25th: Deadline for ordering packages and nucs
April 4th: Journeyman meeting for tests #3-5, Wok About Grill, 6pm.
April 14th: Bee Chat at South in Pybus Market, 6pm
April 16th: Chelan Earth Day, all day, Wayne Ranne to coordinate. A few more helpers would be welcome!
April 24th: Leavenworth Earth Day, noon to 4 p.m., Lions Park, Deborah Stansbury to coordinate, more details to come via email
Mid April – Probable date for bee package delivery
May 12th: Tentative Bee Chat at Milepost 111 in Cashmere, 6pm
June 17-18th: WSU beekeeping short course in Pullman, WA
June 19th: WSU queen rearing course in Pullman, WA
July 9th: Bee/pollinator seminar led by WSU graduate students, location Chelan County PUD Auditorium in Wenatchee
The meeting started with a presentation from the Wenatchee High School FFA “Issues” team. They are exploring issues around urban beekeeping and need to give some presentations of many sides of the issues to various community groups this year. After their presentation, we had some Q&A with the panel.
We approved last month’s minutes as written/posted. Motion by Mike Schenck, second by Bryan Keppler, unanimous approval.
The treasurer report listed the following current accounts and expenses:
Savings Account: $1582.28
Checking Account: $2456.29
Left to deposit: $312
Feb. 21 Beecome 16 . . . . $254 for Alix Whitener
March 1 Secretary of State $30 We are now a non-profit
March 1 Commercial Printing $37.98 for 10 Apprentice Booklets
March 2 Commercial Printing $47.64 for 250 Swarm Postcards
March 5 Amazon – Bee Books $170
March 6 Full body mannequin $55
March 6 Chelan Earth Day Booth $15
March 10 WASBA membership $91
Additional for about $70 to pay for some of the mead class supplies, and $50 for stamps, copies, and other business expenses.
Many thanks to Janice Ranne for some delightful snacks this month!
There was a brief reminder to get paperwork in for package/nuc orders ASAP. Deadline is the 25th, and supplies may be limited. Providers are running low on bees, but there are still some available for our club. We have around 100 packages/nucs ordered so far.
There was also a brief reminder to register your hives with the state Dept of Ag. That registration deadline is coming up quickly. Funds generated go to WSU for nosema research.
The apprentice class is now complete, and had about 16 students work through the class. There is a good group of new beekeepers in the club, so be sure to introduce yourself to them.
The July 9th seminar day is gathering some structure. Alix is the one organizing it from the WSU side. Looks like some students will take a van out from WSU for the weekend. The PUD auditorium is reserved for setup on the 8th and all day on the 9th. There will be a pot luck afterwards. The event will be open to the public, and likely free of charge thanks to our education/outreach funds. If you are interested in helping, Alix and Kriss could use a few folks to help with planning, setup, and cleanup.
Peter Hill reported additional consideration of coordinating with the WSU Tree Fruit Research Center in many ways. With some similar goals between the club and WSU, there may be some opportunities for a more permanent demonstration apiary, instruction, equipment storage, public outreach, Master Gardeners interaction, etc. Peter and a few others will continue to push forward to figure out where the club and WSU can work together in the future. If you are interested in helping, contact Peter.
Steve Olsen agreed to coordinate a new beekeeper hour of Q&A and maybe some general topics. Details of how/when this will work will follow as we coordinate with the Journeyman group and new beekeepers.
Leavenworth Farmers Market is looking to have the NCWBA staff a booth and/or sell honey at some of their 2016 markets (Thursday nights, 4-8pm). Some members of the club expressed interest in staffing a booth and selling their individual jars of honey. We will need to has out some of the details with the market staff before it starts in June. Steve Foley will be taking point on this, so contact him if you are interested in being involved.
The officers of the club have been kicking around the idea of leveraging some online website services to bring the club management into one place. Member lists, emails, web information, forums, documentation, etc. are currently spread out in many systems. Growth in the club is straining the processes from a few years ago, and the officers would like to see the club be easier to manage and easier for the members to interact with it and each other online as desired. There seemed significant interest among the membership in having the officers test out some systems and present a potential solution at a future meeting. Cost for web services would likely be in the $20/mo range, but hasnt been determined solidly yet.
For the good of the order:
Wayne Ranne gave a brief recap of the WSBA-announced webinar with Dr Mark Winston hosted online by the Mount Baker Beekeepers Association on March 16th.
Wayne expressed thanks to Steve Olsen, Beth Hammerberg, and the Schencks for making the bulk equipment order of over $3000 and 1800 lbs happen so smoothly. They are all very happy with the quality and price of what we received. There are loose plans to make another order in the fall, so keep track of what you might want throughout the season, and we can organize again later in the year.
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