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  • Sunday, February 23, 2014 8:40 AM | NCWBA Board (Administrator)
    February Business & Education Meeting
    February 23rd, 2014
    Chelan County PUD

    In Attendance: Michael & Carrie Schenck, Kriss & James Crilly, Marc Jaramillo, Naomi Murray, Jessica Beaver, Debra Stansbery, Kelly & Jemma Riedel, Stan & Jane Peak, Cirri & David Quick, Daryn Klinginsmith, Peter Hill, Amy Cummings, Dylan Whiteley, Scott Nordstrom, Jeff H, Al Zalewski, Steve Foley

    Dates for March:
    Next Bee Chat scheduled for March 6 @ 6pm @ El Agave
    Next meeting scheduled for March 16 @ 5pm @ PUD

    Dates for April:
    Bee Chat: April 9th El Agave
    Bee Meeting: April 27th @ PUD

    Treasurer’s Report
    $600 in account with more coming in from new members

    Dates for Apprenticeship Class set for Saturday s in March from 9-12 @ Leavenworth Fire Hall-Last class will be a field trip to Tierra apiary in Leavenworth

    Bee packages need to be ordered by March 1st w/ payment-Steve is contact

    Outreach-was decided to have a subgroup to plan and organize these events.
    Possible events/ groups: Chelan County Fair-weekend after Labor Day, Leavenworth Earth Day Fair April 27th, Master Gardener-weekend workshop or at plant sale, Home and Garden Show
    The following are members that will make up this subgroup: Kris, Amy, Steve, Jim, Stan, Debra, Jessica, Naomi, Al, Jeff, Michelle. Peter and Amy will both approach the Master Gardeners about opportunities.
    Coastal Farms has offered to let us borrow equipment for workshops, etc. w/their name displayed. Kris delivered flyers for our club to Coastal
    Maria will not be here to do the Pybus University talk, Steve may fill in
    Beginning Beekeeping in Pullman-July 31st-Aug.1 $125
    Queen Rearing Aug. 2 $175

    Educational topic was 3 different ways to get bees and how to get the bees in the hive: Package vs. Nuc vs. Swarm.

    Amy Cummings, Secretary

  • Sunday, January 19, 2014 8:37 AM | NCWBA Board (Administrator)

    North Central Washington Beekeepers Association

    2014 Annual Meeting + Business/Education
    January 19th @ 5pm
    Chelan County PUD

    In Attendance: James & Kriss, Kelly & Jemma, Amy, Naomi, Jessica, Carrie & Mike, Tandy & Jerry, Bill & Heidi O’Brien, Felix, Dylan, Mark, Craig, Andy, Jeff, Stan & Jane, Maria

     Dates for February:

    • Next Bee Chat scheduled for February 13th @ 6pm @ El Agave
    • Next meeting scheduled for February 23rd @ 5pm @ Chelan County PUD

    Dates for March:

    • Bee Chat: March 6th @6pm El Agave
    • Business/Educational Meeting: March 16th @5pm Chelan County PUD (not reserved yet)

    Bylaws-approved by verbal voting

    Officers-approved by verbal voting

    2014 Officers:

    • President-Steve Foley
    • Vice President-Maria Langer
    • Secretary-Amy Cummings
    • Treasurer-Kriss Crilly

    Master Beekeeping Class (Apprenticeship Level) starting soon: contact Steve Foley

    Need to order bees by March-Steve has a source-cost is around

    $100/3 lb. pkg. $130/nuc

    Discussed types of bees-Causcasions, Russians, Italians, Carnolions

    Felix recommended- Beekeepers Handbook

    Once Steve has a set price on the bees, he’ll put together an order form. Forms will be available through website, chat, and meetings, etc.

    Coastal Farm and Ranch has Italians available for $109/pkg or $139/nuc

    Talked about sharing resources:

    Books, DVD’s, etc. If you have books, etc. that you’d be willing to share, send them to Maria so she can post them on the website.

    One hope for the club in the future is to purchase equipment that can be shared.

    “Backyard Beekeepers” and “Beekeeping for Dummies” were mentioned.

    WSU beekeeping class-sometime in June in Pullman, will be announced once known.

    Business adjourned @ 5:55pm

    EDUCATION: Equipment

    Check various catalogs/internet sites, etc.

    Discussion Points- Boxes, Frames, Cell Size, Deeps vs. Mediums

    9 vs. 10 frames in a 10 frame box, keeping frames in order, Bottom Board, Drone Frame, Feeders, Top Covers, Inner Covers, Queen Excluder, Mite Grid (Sticky Board), Veil, Suit/Jacket, Hive Tools, Smoker, Bee Brush, Frame Grabber, Sifter/Mesh strainer, Frame Holder, Hive Stand

    Amy Cummings, Secretary

  • Sunday, December 08, 2013 8:36 AM | NCWBA Board (Administrator)

    North Central Washington Beekeepers Association
    2013 Business/Education Meeting
    December 8th, – 5pm
    Chelan County PUD

    In Attendance: James & Kriss Crilly, Felix Slette, Mike McGregor, Michelle Satterfield, Craig Genereux, Amy & Frank Cummings, Jeff & Heidi O/Brien, Steve Foley, Dalton Graham, Kelly & Jemma Riedel, Al & Carol Jielski (Manson), Naomi (Leavenworth), Brin & Brennan, Stewert & Shaye Elliott, Maria Langer

    Treasurer’s Report: $225 – all from membership dues
    Dues for 2014 should be paid by January 19th to take part in the elections.

    The Club needs to purchase Apprentice Beekeeper books, as well as consider starting a book & DVD library for members to check out.

    Next Bee Chat – Jan 16th @ 6pm – rescheduled for January 9th – El Agave’s in Wenatchee

    Next Business/Education Meeting scheduled for January 19th – 5pm @ Chelan PUD

    Steve Foley is the Region 4 Washington Beekeepers Association Rep. We will learn more as he learns more.

    Swarm Information needs to be set up with the Wenatchee World, Rivercom, & the Humane Society. May want to consider Pest Control businesses.

    Maria is our Website Master.
    Felix takes care of Craigslist.
    Kriss takes care of Facebook.

    Coastal Farm and Ranch will be getting Bee Packages – they need to be ordered ahead of time. Coastal will have a Bee Seminar December 17th – 6 – 8pm.

    Name Tags – will be provided at the next meeting.


    Talked about color/shape preference of bees. Talked about wrapping hives in black tar paper to help keep bees warm in the winter.

    Economics of Honey
    • setting up a hive (you should have 2 minimum)
    • containers for honey – if you plan on selling your honey
    • labeling & what information you might include on your label (weight, raw, name, email, flower source, etc.)
    • what to charge for your honeu
    • barter
    • pollination contracts/services
    • raising queens
    • raising bees for packages or nucs


    • products of a hive – wax or honey?
    • porpolis – how to harvest? Use for?
    • pollen

    Discussed again the cost of starting up your first bee hive . . . .
    Sources: Mannlake, Brushy Mountain, Coastal Farm in East Wenatchee

    Good Magazine: Bee Culture

    Kriss Crilly
    Acting Secretary

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