Feb 2012 Meeting Minutes

February 2012 - Board Meeting Minutes


Palm Beach County Beekeepers Association

February 2012 – Board Meeting Minutes

James Chapman, Al Salopek, Sara White, Alexandra V. Kaufman, Leonard Khan (attended second half of meeting)

2-3-12 at 5:30 PM

Last month’s minutes approved. 

Treasurers report: $  10,641.09

(This year the South Florida Fair, made profits of $ 2,166.43.  Last year's profits were approximately $ 1,750.00).

Old Business: 

 Insurance - Jim called two companies for Insurance quotes.  No response yet.

Sara gave board members a verbal update of the S.O.P. (Standard Operating Procedures) that she is finishing for members to better understand how to register into the Yahoo group.   

Jim informed board members that the association is out of Honey Bear Labels.  Board members approved to re-order labels. Al Salopek will place the label order. 

New Business:

Kristi Moyer from the Pine Jog Environmental Education Center would like a donation she could use in her silent auction for her annual fund raiser; honey, candles, basket, etc.  Board member Alexandra, has offered to donate one of her honey baskets.  The Association will donate the following materials left over from sales at the South Florida Fair: One fern candle, two votive candles, two honey bears (one orange blossom, one wild flower).   Sara White will collect all donated items and arrange them in a basket for Kristi Moyer.

Bee College (March 9th - 10th) - with the help and coordination of Elaine Suber, we will again be hosting a local club display table at Bee College in the back of the banquet hall so that each club may advertise their meetings, events, etc....showcase pictures, brochures, etc.  Board members voted on displaying half a mannequin dressed with the club's T-shirt, April's Conference brochures, club's business cards, etc.

Embroidered 3" patches with the Association logo can be made for $2.25 each if we order 200 or more.  This issue has been tabled by the board members at this time until further notice.

Leonard nominates Mark McCoy for Life Honorary Membership.  Board members approved this request.

Leonard suggests Beekeeping for Beginners course to continue at Pine Jog with a rotating instructor.  He suggests members such as:  Al Salopek, Roger Corbin, Brian 

February 2011 - Regular Meeting Minutes



Palm Beach County Beekeepers Association

February 2012– Regular Meeting Minutes

2-3-12     7:00 PM

Minutes of the January meeting were approved.

Treasurer’s Report: $10,641.09 (collected Donations of $2,190.43 from South Florida Fair. In 2011, earned donations in the amount of $1,750.00).

Membership Annual dues: $20.00, continued to be collected by treasurer, Sara White.

Guest Speaker, Mr. David Westervelt; Acting Director and Supervisor of the Florida Apiary Division, will be Training Inspector in South Florida in approximately six weeks, and will be distributing the "yellow card" to new beekeepers to prove that you are in compliance.  

History of Beekeeping and Looking into the Future.

Bees brought into the U.S.A. via St. Augustine.

1590 - beeswax candles were introduced.

1956 - Dr. William H. Kern, University of Florida

1980 - Africanized Bees arrived in the U.S.A.

Why we are here!  Africa, Europe (the first Migratory Beekeepers).

8 out of 9 and or 10....africanized bees.  Very defensive.  Produce "Pseudo Queens."

First Commercial Beekeepers came from N.Y., Jamestown, 1565, and from FL, St. Augustine,1565?

Robbing Bees - they produce honey to survive in winter.  However, we take 3/4 of it.

Africanized bee - smaller bee hives...produce less honey because it has continuous source of nectar.

The Beekeeping - Clay Pot Hive, Bee Gums, used until 1920, with removable frames.  In Tennessee, these are still being used.  Skep Beekeeping, have been used for 5,000 years.

Hive choices in the 1800's:  bee skeps, began with 16 of these and ended with 50 more additional pages of skeps designs.  Hubert Leaf Hive, 1789.

Wax Mill - liquid bees wax, imprints sheets of foundation.

Extractor - very primitive, with a spout.  In 1860, spinning extractor was introduced.

Key Technology:  The Smoker - introduced in 1860.

Bee Veil - introduced late in the 1800's, made of spring copper mesh.

Reverend Langstroth - the King of Bee Space;  how many cells, 21 days for the hatching, space for bees, cavity space, (5 gallon area for bees to be happy).

Spaces:  1/4 - propolis build-up, 3/4 - honey comb production, 8 frames - more space, 9 frames - less space. 

Commercial Beekeeping - migratory beekeeping began 1870's from NY but the first ones came from Volusia County, Daytona.  Beekeepers travelled by train, steam boats.

Florida:  40 varieties of nectar....the main ones being Tupelo and Orange.  Niche pollinators - can be generated with 20 bee hives.

Cottage Industry - must generate gross sales that do not exceed $15,000 per year.

American Foulbrood:  State Law; one frame with one queen must be registered with the state.  American Foulbrood has decreased and is not nearly as 50 years ago because of good inspection methods and enforcing laws.  It is believed that AFB is caused by stress. 

1900's:  1918 beekeepers petitioned the State of Florida.  


1944 - First antibiotics (WWII).  360,000 colonies lost because of the Varroa mites.  Of Importance, Colony Collapse Disease = tracheal and varroa mites, biggest devastation in U.S.A. and the rest of the world.

- Varroa destructor virus type I

- Tracheal Mites - environmental, affects northern bee hives.

- 150,000 colonies and 800 beekeepers

Significant Changes:

- insects, virus, bacteria, varroa mites, tracheal mites, yeast and fungi

- Registered Florida Beekeepers - approximately 2,200 and 322,000 colonies.


Dissemination of Information - electronic age

Hive Modifications:- screen bottom boards, - top bar hives

Research - breaking technology: - chemical varroa treatment, - American Foulbrood Collapse, - Vincamyacin being used instead of Terramycin because this is failing.  (Northern part of Florida; there are two weeks where the queen stops laying eggs.  During this time you can treat with vincamyacin.  You need three treatments per year).

RNA-I - being used in humans, (turns on or turns off one of the genes), ex. papilloma virus vaccine to prevent cervical carcinoma.

In the state of Florida, beekeeping has grown tremendously with approximately 1800 backyard beekeepers, 400 part time beekeepers, and 2400 full time beekeepers.  Migratory beekeepers  can be found mainly in the state of Florida, Louisiana, and Texas.  These transport to California and other states.

When you register your bees (one beehive) with the state, in Hillsboro County, you receive, the Following Best Management Practices Guidelines, a permit for $200.00.  Insurance can be purchased through the Farm Bureau.    (Permit to ship honey from Florida to anywhere in the world, the authorization of Mr. David Westervelt will be needed).


The movie “Vanishing of the Bees” will be showed on February 10th, Friday, in the Auditorium and parking will be provided on the side street.

Update on the South Florida Fair:  Jim thanked all the volunteers that supported this event.

Meeting adjourned at 8:40 PM

Minutes respectfully submitted by:  Alexandra V. Kaufman


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