Minutes of PBC Beekeepers Association-February 2011 Meeting
Date: February 4, 2011
Time: 7:00-8:12 PM
32 members,10 visitors
Minutes: Old minutes accepted with no corrections, 1st Brendhan, 2nd Matthew Bernston
Treasurer Report: $10,778.74 total in checking and money market, no statements received
Expenses $8,691.76, Profit from fair $1,749.00
Program Speaker: Bud Grant, State Bee Inspector for our area
Highlight of Information included: 15,000 colonies in his area, 76 beekeepers
-No queens available in the US till March, no queen rearing at this time due to shortage of flying drones
-Watch for yellow tint on brood, which is a virus from varoa
-Keep ferral bees isolated from bee yard, 2 miles suggested to avoid disease to existing hives
-No Africanized activity in our area, was more pronounced 3 years ago
-3 recommended queen breeders: Bob Harvey, Mark McCoy, Joe Redensky
-Apiguard recommended for Varroa, Feb. is the time to use when everything is dormant, leave on for 2 weeks, fill in bottom board, if it dries out, use new application
-Formic Acid is harsh to bees, also cumophos, check Mite is cumulative and deadly to bees.
-2 hands outs, Bud’s business card and Apiary Inspection card
-Pesticides deadly to bees: Pencap on corn, Sevin dust, Malathion
-Move old comb to outside and replace 2 new frames per season, to avoid pesticide build-up on comb
-Copper okay to be sprayed on trees as long as it’s not sprayed directly on bees
Martin County Fair will run February 11-19th. Volunteers encouraged to sign up to cover all time slots.
SEOBC-Flyers and signs are available and members encouraged to help spread information.
Library: The new cabinet is up and the library is functional. Michelle said there is a pocket in each book and video, much like the public library. It is a self-service honor system. Write your name in the card and return the following month.
Member Name Tags: Work in progress for monthly meetings.
Association Logo: No suggestions, tabled to another month.
Plaque of Appreciation: Presented to Brendhan Horne for his hard work to this association which included bringing us into the age of technology, creating a web-site, numerous school presentations, fairs, hard work as past president, creating Southeast Organic Bee Conference, etc.
Melitto Files Survey- Members encouraged to respond regarding beekeeping restrictions in some locations.
Hive at Pine Jog: Motion approved to establish and sponsor a hive and materials at Pine Jog Environmental Center. It will encourage out-reach, and into the hive experiences for both members and the community.
Free Screening-Vanishing of the Bees: Members are invited to a free screening at Carson Methodist Church, 342 N. Swinton Ave., Delray on February 29 2:00-5:00PM. Brendhan will put out an e-mail.
Association registering demonstration hives: Bud Grant suggested the association get it’s own registration number for demonstration hives. It would be tax exempt.
Vote next month to amend the constitution to change from a fiscal year to a calendar year for tax purposes . Information will be shared and voted.
Future speakers: March 4-‘ Sleeping your way to better health’. Presentator: Mike Szakacs
April-Small Hive beetles, presentator-Mike Kantor
May-Converting a portion of your yard to Natives-Presentator: Christine Moyer
August 5-Dr. Jamie Ellis from the University of Florida.
Allergic Bee Sting reaction: Brad shared his harrowing experience of a bad allergic reaction resulting in hospitalization.
Meeting adjourned: 8:12PM