North-Central Washington

 Beekeepers Association

  • Sunday, May 22, 2016 8:55 AM | NCWBA Board (Administrator)

    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



    Minutes of last meeting were approved.

    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.


    Old Business

    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.

    Website and hive inspection form: no progress to report

    New Business

    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.

    Peter continues working to establish apiary as part of WSU/Master Gardener demonstration area.

    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.

    Additions and corrections cheerfully accepted.

    Alice Crawford

  • Sunday, April 24, 2016 8:54 AM | NCWBA Board (Administrator)


    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 9              Bee chat, Louie’s (Leavenworth), 6 p.m.

    June 26              Business/Education meeting, Wenatchee PUD Auditorium, 5 p.m.

    July 9              Seminar, PUD Auditorium, times TBA


    Minutes of last meeting were approved.

    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

    Old Business

    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.

    New Business

    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.

    Additions and corrections cheerfully accepted.

    Alice Crawford

  • Sunday, March 20, 2016 8:53 AM | NCWBA Board (Administrator)

    Upcoming Events:

    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!

    Old Business:

    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.

    New Business:

    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.

    Additions and corrections cheerfully accepted.

    Steve Foley

  • Sunday, February 21, 2016 8:52 AM | NCWBA Board (Administrator)

    Upcoming Events:

    3-10 Bee Chat: Last one at Bob’s was successful, but Bob’s prefers Wednesday to Thursday.  Place for March to be determined and communicated on email.  6 p.m.

    Journeyman group make-up session will meet after Chat.

    3-20 Business/Education meeting at PUD at 5 p.m.

    3-5, 12 & 19 Apprentice class, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., Leavenworth PUD   A few places still available

    3-25 Deadline for ordering packages and nucs

    3-11, 12 & 13 Beecome 2016, major European meeting.  NCWBees funding  registration for Alix Whitener, who is already in Sweden, and will present information to us at a later meeting.

    7-9 Bee/pollinator seminar led by WSU graduate students, location TBA

    4-16 Chelan Earth Day, all day, Wayne Ranne to coordinate

    4-24 Leavenworth Earth Day, noon to 4 p.m., Lions Park, Deborah Stansbury to coordinate

    Mid April – Probable date for bee package delivery

    Introductions of members present and report of hive survival/loss.  It appears there has been major loss this winter.

    A poll of survival compared to source (Charles vs. Ruben vs. Sunrise) and type (package vs. nuc) showed no apparent pattern.  Varoa treatment appears to have been helpful.  The possibility that insecticide on nursery plants may have been damaging was considered unlikely.

    Minutes of last meeting were approved.

    Treasurer’s Report Balance in general fund is still approximate as dues are still coming in but is about $2000.  The education/outreach fund had about $800 remaining.  Columbia Marketing contributed another $1000.  This will fund three going to the WSU program, about $200 worth of books, and some equipment for our high school student.  Preparation of a “honey basket” for Columbia Marketing was approved.

    Reminder to register hives with the Washington State Department of Agriculture.

    Kris reported that paperwork has been submitted to register NCWBees as a non-profit  organization.  Cost is $30 first year, $10 per year thereafter with renewal due March 1 (after election of officers for the year).

    Peter Hill reported preliminary consideration of developing a demonstration apiary,  possibly as part of the WSU campus, possibly in cooperation with WSU Master Gardeners.  Any interested in pursuing this should contact Peter, Daryn or Kris.

    Additions and corrections cheerfully accepted.

    Alice Crawford

  • Sunday, January 24, 2016 8:51 AM | NCWBA Board (Administrator)

    NCW Beekeepers Meeting
    January 24, 2016

    Coming Events & Deadlines

    • Feb 11: Bee Chat, Bob’s Burgers & Brew, 795 Grant Road, East Wenatchee, 6 p.m.
      Journeyman beekeeper study group, 5 p.m. (Please notify Steve if interested. Certification requires 3 years experience, 30 hours service and exam.)
    • Feb 21: Business/Education meeting, PUD auditorium, 5 p.m.
      Must pay 2016 dues by then or be removed from emailing list
    • Mar 5, 12 & 19: Apprentice classes, all morning, Leavenworth PUD, membership required + $20 fee. Sign up with Steve via email.
    • Mar 25: Deadline for ordering packages and nucs
      Charles: Carniolan packages $105, queens $35, delivery about mid-April, nucs $135, medium frames, delivery end of May
      Ruben: nucs $130, medium or deep frames, delivery about April 20
      N.B. All delivery dates are weather dependent.
    • June 18 or Jul 9: Outreach event open to public: WSU graduate student presentations

    Meeting Items:

    • Treasurer’s Report: $835.86 in savings/outreach, checking, no report on checking account because of bulk
      order in process. Checks for packages and nucs this year will be made directly to provider. A modest expenditure for promotional materials was approved.
    • Reminder: You must register hives with state department of agriculture or incur fine. See online form.
    • Brief Review of 2015 activities with WSU “field days” particularly recommended
    • Report on bulk orders Wayne reported order was submitted. Timing problematic, but no alternative decided
      Note: Club can be a “marketplace” for selling or trading equipment
    • Wenatchee City Ordinance adopted and to be used as a proposal for Cashmere and Leavenworth
    • Election of Officers The proposed (uncontested) slate was adopted: President Steve Foley, Vice-president Daryn Klinginsmith, Secretary Alice Crawford, Treasurer Kriss Crilly
    • Volunteers solicited
      Web: Maria Langer, Steve Foley, Rich Taylor
      Fundraising: Kristen Taylor
      Extractor rental: Alice Crawford
      Bulk orders: Wayne Ranne
      Bee orders: Al Zalewski
      Swarms: Jeff O’Brien, Maria Langer, Felix Slette
      Chelan Earth Day (April): Wayne Ranne
      Leavenworth Earth Day: open
      Chelan County Fair: Kriss Crilly
    • Club-owned equipment: The club presently owns the extractor and assorted books and DVD’s. An oxalic acid vaporizer was suggested. Additional suggestions should be brought to the February meeting.
    • It was moved that officers be exempt from paying dues; this was tabled pending investigation whether this is
      permissible under the bylaws.
    • Steve Olsen demonstrated and explained his “resource hive.”

    Additions and corrections cheerfully accepted.
    Alice Crawford

  • Sunday, March 22, 2015 8:50 AM | NCWBA Board (Administrator)

    NCWBA Biz/ED Meeting
    Business & Education
    March 22, 2015
    Chelan PUD 5 pm

    In Attendance: James & Kriss, Al & Carol, Justin, John, Wayne & Janice, Stewart, Todd, Jeff, Craig, John F. Chris, Rich & Kristen, Alice, Jana, Mike, Peter S., Tandy, Jenny, Jessica, Emilka, Brett & Gerri, Andrea, Daryn, Peter H., Deb. Wayne moderated the meeting in the absence of Steve Foley, club president.


    BEE Biz/Ed meeting (PUD BLDG), April 26, 2015 at 5PM with beginner beekeepers/any members with questions meeting at 4:30pm;
    BEE CHAT: April 9, 6pm at El Agavé
    CHELAN EARTH DAY: April 18, 9am – 4pm Riverfront Park
    LEAVENWORTH EARTH DAY: April 19, 12 noon – 4pm Lion’s Club Park

    BEE PICKUPS: The following dates are estimates. Al will provide the final dates when he has them.
    Sunrise: April 3 or 4
    Outdoor Bees: around April 18
    Shafer’s: TBD, around the 3rd weekend of April

    Old Business:

    Members decided that the BEE CHAT will remain at El Agavé Restaurant for the April 9th BEE CHAT. Kriss will check on other locations with no charge meeting rooms.

    Jessica and Emilka conducted a hive building session on 21 March using commercial components; several members participated.

    Deb brought delicious honey-peanut butter treats.

    Before each Biz/Ed meeting, volunteers will be available at 4:30pm to 5:00pm to answer questions from new beekeepers. For future Biz Ed, members suggested that demonstrations and education include the best times and preparation needed for different seasons and phases of beekeeping. Al volunteered to demonstrate making candy boards and hive handles. He also suggested a discussion on the costs of beekeeping. Kriss reported that the honey extractor is available for 2-day rental for $25 and includes use of associated tools.

    Emilka suggested a June barbeque for educational demonstrations. Kriss reported that she hoped to organize a July barbeque to include a guest speaker from the WSU agriculture department.

    Bee Suppliers: Al reported that only 2 bee suppliers are now available: Outdoor Bees and Shafer’s. Jeff O’Brien reported that he will bring the Sunrise bees from Yakima to the Crilly’s house on April 3 or 4. Outdoor Bees (Ruben) will deliver his nucs on about April 18, at the north end of town in the parking lot near Gateway Theater. Shafer’s will soon report their time of bee delivery.

    Wenatchee city ordinance progress: Daryn reported that while the city of Wenatchee is determined to create an ordinance regarding beekeeping within city limits this year, he and Peter H. continue to do all the work of researching other city and community ordinances for Wenatchee, in order to present a potential ordinance model to the city. Leavenworth does not allow beekeeping within the city limits; Cashmere would like the club’s assistance in ordinance preparation; the Master Gardeners are interested in helping with research; Rep. Hawkins suggested the WA state council of cities might provide some models. Daryn and Peter welcome others to help. Call Daryn. Hives need to be registered with the state WSDA by April 1, 2015. The cost of registering is nominal.

    Logo items: Kriss passed around the baseball-style hat displaying the agreed upon logo. The logo can be placed on different hat styles and different shirt styles, such as t-shirts and polo shirts. Members can go to GPA Embroidery at 22 N. Wenatchee Ave. to purchase logo items, pricing dependent on the style of hat or shirt chosen.

    Treasurer’s report: GPA Embroidery charged $95 to set up the logo for the hats and shirts. Kriss will order shirts for sale at events. Members have ordered 150 nucs and packages of bees, with a few more orders placed at the end of the meeting. Some members wrote checks to the NCWBA rather than to the individual bee providers so those checks had to be processed through the bank account. The club currently has $1200 in the bank. Because the Apprentice class for this year was full but new members still wanted the information, Kriss and Steve will order a box of the Apprentice booklets and sell them for $10 each.

    Volunteers are urgently needed to attend the booth at the Chelan (April 18) and Leavenworth (April 19) Earth Days. Wayne volunteered for the Leavenworth event. Please volunteer to come and sit with the posters and handouts. Call Kriss or Steve.

    New Business:

    The club needs to purchase a sun shade for use in outdoor outreach events. Kriss reported that the Chelan Earth Day committee has specific requirements for the size of the sun shade and for safely securing the shade to avoid movement on windy days. Deb said the shade can be secured with cement blocks, 5 gallon cans of water, and pvc pipe filled with cement, for example. The club also needs to purchase a folding plastic table for use at the events. A vote was taken and the two purchases were approved.

    Chelan County Fair: The fair takes place the weekend after Labor Day and the club will set up a presentation table in the Wilkins BLDG., Thursday through Sunday. There is an open class available for fair entries of honey, honey comb, and frames. Kriss asked for photographs such as pollinator photos for use on posters. Steve will present an Introduction to Beekeeping Class on the Sunday afternoon at the fair. There will be a honey extraction demonstration. Volunteers are needed for each of the days.

    Swarms: Felix reported that when he has a list of volunteers to collect swarms, he starts with the first person on the list and continues down the list until he finds someone who is available, when he is not able to do the collection. Call him to get on the list and pair up with experienced swarm collectors.

    Snack for the April 26 Biz/Ed meeting: Wayne and Janice

    Al suggested that it would be interesting and informative to create a chart of beehive losses to include the time of year, location (city), suspected reasons for loss.

    Education: Felix provided a detailed talk on the background of swarms, including the reason they occur, the time of year they typically occur, and the typical composition of a swarm. He also commented on the appearance of swarms, swarm behavior, and various locations where they organize. Swarm bees are heavily laden with honey and pollen that they have taken from their hive; as a result the swarms are usually docile unless abused. The presentation included information on hive management to avoid swarming and ways to capture a swarm, with a number of personal capture examples.

    The March Biz/ED Meeting was completed at 6pm and Felix’s Swarm Presentation was completed at 7pm.

  • Sunday, February 22, 2015 8:49 AM | NCWBA Board (Administrator)

    NCWBA Monthly Meeting
    Business & Education
    February 22, 2015
    Chelan PUD 5pm

    In Attendance: Jerry & Tandy, Jeff, Arvid, Mike & Carrie, James, Darym, Debra, Craig, Dave, Alan, Felix, Stan, Jane, Cirri, Bryan & Katrina, Tawna & Jeff, Anzhela, Heidi, Michelle, Dan, Wayne, Janice, Roger, John, Todd, Bill, Kriss, Alice, Amy, Steve
    UPCOMING DATES: BEE MTG. March 22 @ 5PM (PUD BLDG) BEE CHAT March 12 @ 6PM (El Agave)

    Old Business-
    Daryn talked about what’s going on with the Wenatchee City Ordinance, the Beekeeping in the city limits is one topic they are considering looking at this year.
    Need to order packages by next Bee Mtg. (3/22)-Al & Tim are the contacts
    Journeyman Class still in the process of getting formed, if interested talk to Steve
    Logo items-Kriss is going to order some hats and shirts w/logo on it
    Apprentice class on track for March-almost full, now open to public

    New Business-
    Chelan Earth Day Fair- April 18th, need of volunteers for this-let us know if you are available
    Leavenworth Earth Day Fair- Date unsure, but we’ll need volunteers for this as well
    Coastal Demo Days-March 10th @ 5:30 Prizes & Education!!!
    Grant Money from Grower-Steve has been in contact, but no details as of yet
    Some club money will be spent on more business card & Flyers to pass out at our community events
    Enough club members liked the idea of a Beginner Hour, so that’ll be in the works in the future.

    Coming out of spring-what to check for & what to do
    Good time to think about feeding (honey, sugar, patties, etc)
    If signs of Nosema-protein patties now (early spring) can help knock that back
    Pollen is starting to come in
    As it warms up, open the entrance to allow for large amt.s of bees in and out
    Watch weather-it’s warm, but may want to keep insulation on a little longer
    Good time to swap out bottom box while empty, clean out frames with black/dark wax
    If you have crazy comb, replace it frame by frame as appropriate
    Mold- you can use a light bleach/water solution if it’s on your equipment.
    Good time to powder dust to knock down mites.

    New Business:
    Earth Day in Chelan April 18th *Let Steve know if you are able to help with booth

    WSBA Apprentice Class Marc 7, 21, & 28 $15 to sign up—talk to Steve
    Journeyman Class in the planning stages—let Steve know if you are interested.

    There is a Grower in the area that has been in contact with our club about providing support.
    Ideas for how we would use extra donations: Event, Scholarships, Classes/Education, Horticultural Fair, FFA, National Honeybee day in August (on the 22nd)

    Time to Start thinking about ordering bees…Al is in charge of ordering.
    The prices mentioned so far were:
    3 lb pkg. $100, Queen $30 (have to be NCWBA member)-available in April, cutoff for ordering is mid March
    Nuc $130 + $20 refundable deposit.(available in June)

    The group decided that we would like to see the following in 2015:
    Group Clean Out, Apiary Visits, Demos, Show & Tell, Summertime Potluck.

  • Sunday, January 18, 2015 8:49 AM | NCWBA Board (Administrator)

    January 18, 2015

    Chelan PUD Auditorium in Wenatchee, 5pm

    In Attendance: Amy, Steve, Al, Jeff, Catrina & Bryan, Wayne, Janis, Alice, Dan & Becky, Russ, Amilka, Kelly & Jenna, James, Todd, Tandi & Jerry, Mike & Kari, Craig, Dennis, Stan

    UPCOMING DATES: BEE MTG. February 22 @ 5PM (PUD BLDG) Snacks-Stan & Jane

    BEE CHAT February 12 @ 6PM (El Agave)

    Old Business- Jan. 7th Daryn, Kriss, & Steve went to Wenatchee City Council mtg. and gave them an ordinance to look at for Beekeeping in the city limits of Wenatchee

    Steve passed around 2 hats with our logo on them, the group chose to have NCWBA on front and back of hat.

    Time to register hives-State Law-link will be posted on website.

    Important News: Wayne Rainey is our new Vice President—congratulations!!!

    Amy Cummings is willing to stay on as secretary, but if anyone is able to back up for when she is unable to make meetings, please let her know.

    New Business:

    Earth Day in Chelan April 18th *Let Steve know if you are able to help with booth

    WSBA Apprentice Class Marc 7, 21, & 28 $15 to sign up—talk to Steve

    Journeyman Class in the planning stages—let Steve know if you are interested.

    There is a Grower in the area that has been in contact with our club about providing support.

    Ideas for how we would use extra donations: Event, Scholarships, Classes/Education, Horticultural Fair, FFA, National Honeybee day in August (on the 22nd)

    Time to Start thinking about ordering bees…Al is in charge of ordering, details will be posted soon when they are hashed out.

    The group decided that we would like to see the following in 2015:

    Group Clean Out, Apiary Visits, Demo’s, Show & Tell, Summertime Potluck.

    Emilka and Jessica have offered to organize these sorts of activities on a monthly (or more frequent) basis during the season.

  • Sunday, June 01, 2014 8:48 AM | NCWBA Board (Administrator)

    June 1, 2014
    Chelan Co PUD 5pm
    Business/Education Meeting

    Introduction of New People

    2-3 membership forms handed out


    July 10th – Bee Chat at SOUTH. More information will be coming soon. This will be a money making venture for the club. Watch for more detailed information – and a flyer that will advertise the event.

    July 19th – (Saturday) Something different . . .

    TENTATIVE: 3pm Visiting the apiary of Tim Bovee
    4pm Visitng the apirary of Daryn Klingensmith
    5pm Arriving at the Crilly House . . . for education and BBQ.
    Bee PhD Honey Bee grad student will speak
    Bee package person – Jim? – has been invited

    This will be a members only event . . . unless prior arrangements have been made. For example – we’ve been contacted by Cloudview Eco Farms. They have some interns that are interested in bees.

    MORE DETAILS LATER . . . . .

    September 4 – 7 – Chelan County Fair
    Exhibitors Passes will be $12. These need to be purchased at the July or August Meeting. They can be purchased at the fairgrounds September 3rd – but it’s easier to prepurchase.
    To get in the Exhibitors Pass, you will need to sign up for a minimum of a 4 hour shift at the NCWBA booth at the fair. The pass will allow you entrance to the fair all 4 days.

    No Minutes available from previous meeting

    Treasurers Report
    Apprentice Booklet bill has been paid

    Old Business

    7 tests have been graded for Apprentice

    Outreach has been going great –
    Earth Day in Leavenworth
    Ag Supply info table
    Pybus University
    Plain Hardware Info Day
    UPCOMING – Chelan County Fair

    New Business


    Added new names to the Swarm Capture List

    Need to looking a chef demonstrating – ‘Cooking with Honey’
    At the PUD? Or at Pybus.
    Kriss will look into it.


    Substitute Secretary – Kriss

  • Sunday, March 16, 2014 8:41 AM | NCWBA Board (Administrator)

    North Central Washington Beekeepers Association
    March Business & Education Meeting
    March 16, 2014
    Chelan County PUD

    In Attendance: Jerry & Tandy, Tim & Gina, Mike & Carrie, Naomi, Tim, Dylan, Cliff, David & Cirri, Jane & Stan, Alix, James & Kriss, Amy, Andy, Craig, Mike, Felix, Jeff & Heidi, Michelle, Daryn, Marc, Daniel & Venessa

    Next Bee Chat scheduled for: April 10th @ El Agave 6pm
    Next Bee Meeting scheduled for: April 27th @ Chelan County PUD

    Treasurer’s Report
    $915 minus current expenses of $300= $600 (estimate)

    Bee Packages ordered through Steve will be arriving on or around April 20th, pick up will be at the Crilly’s house (along with a hiving demonstration) 1311 Pershing St. Wenatchee…contact 664-3278…Time and confirmation on date to be announced!

    Outreach Events:

    • April 5th 10-2pm at Valley Feed Store in Wenatchee (Kriss Crilly, Amy Cummings) Contact Amy or Kriss if you are interested in helping
    • April 27th Leavenworth Earth Day
    • September Chelan County Fair
    • September Douglas County Fair—possibility


    • Coastal Farm & Ranch gives NCWBA members a 10% discount and is working closely with our club to stock items that we use most often.
    • Club voted to allow use of funds for copies, fliers, etc. not to exceed $100 in the next 6 months.
    • Logos – Naomi said she would lead this us, Kriss has a friend in the embroidery business.
    • Steve mentioned the Citizen Science programs: Budburst project and the Great Sunflower Project.
    • Maria has an observation hive that the club can use at workshops, demonstrations, and other events.
    • Jerry G. brought up an idea to work w/H.S. Biology Students in the future.
    • Naomi asked if we had fundraising in place to raise funds for extracting supplies, the answer was no, but Tim J. suggested we have a 50/50 raffle at each meeting, charging $2/ticket. The club voted to do so starting at the April meeting.
    • Goal for having Extraction equipment for the club members is July or August
    • Mead Making Day—Jeff Hampton is willing to teach…September/October time frame. James Crilly offered to host event.

     Educational Topic: Spring Management of Apiary and Hives

    • Think about timing, weather, water, temps, bloom times, general plans (financial, gear needs, swarm gear, etc.)
    • Plan ahead-buy gear ASAP-things go fast this time of year!
    • Premier One-offers a fence for beekeepers to keep animals out.
    • Look at Dead outs and try to figure out why the bees died?
    • What happened over winter?
    • Clean boxes, frames, bottom boards, etc.
    • Paint and/or fix gear.
    • This is a good time to sugar dust for mites (they should be low numbers now).
    • If you’ll be using Hopguard this is a good time to do it b/f you have brood.
    • Look at individual hives to see if they need supplemental feeding.
    • Steve recommends a 1:1 sugar:water ratio. Protein patties are good to help w/Nosema.

    Amy Cummings, Secretary

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

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