June 2011 meeting minutes

Minutes of PBC Beekeepers Association Meeting  for June 2011.

Date:  June 3, 2011

Called to order 7:15 PM

11  visitors

Informal hand survey of how many members read the minutes electronically.  Response was half.

Bud Grand, apiary inspector retired two days ago.  

Richard Dunaway can be contacted at 352-372-3505 X 128, 

 Also Jerry Hayes can answer questions 863-990-3024.

His last inspection for the PB County Beekeeper Assn. hives at Pine Jog Environmental which passed.

Bud spent 56 years in beekeeping.  He was awarded an honorary lifetime membership to the association.

Presenter:  Brian Lundblad-Expanding the brood nest

Highlights included:

Bees should be on 4 frames of brood.  Bees will clean old comb.  

Bees generally build wax during a honey flow.

If nuke is idling, not doing anything; take out plastic frame and give built out comb.

Add full comb next to the brood.

The queen can out-lay more brood than nurse bees can take care of.  If this happens, the hive can crash.

New swarms build foundation quickly from necessity.

Wax moth generally won’t eat from a super.  There’s not enough protein.

Cycle out old comb.  Chemicals just build in the wax.

To help wax moth cleaning, Brian keeps a moth farm-a box sprayed silver inside.  Moths will clean down to plastic and can clean 10 frames in a week.  Then frames need to be recoated with wax.

50/50 (sugar/water) ration for stimulant feeding.  They will build foundation.

Don’t feed a nuc more than a quart jar in a week.

Meeting resumed:

April minutes approved.

Treasurer’s Report:  $10,288.94

Name Tags:  Will use existing supplies until a logo design is finalized.

New Web Site Poll- From a show of hands, about half of the members have looked at it.

Pine Job Environmental Center-Hives were inspected and certified.

Basics for Beginners:  Will be held Saturday, June 4 at 9:30 AM at Len’s house for the first 8 members who signed up.

Woodworking Day:  June 18th from 9-noon at Jim Chapman’s.  Bring materials to assemble.

Honey Tasting- Will be held next month.  Members to bring honey samples.  This will tie in to our presentation, Sleeping your way to better health.  Honey tasting after the presentation.

Brendhan Horne will bring Welsh honey judging materials.

August meeting:  Members to bring snacks with an element of honey.

Completed Outreach:

May 7, Radio Green Earth did an interview at Jim Chapman’s apiary.

May 13, Roger Corbin presently at Grassy Waters Elementary for their Career Day.

Future programs:

July- Sleeping Your Way to better health, Mike Szackas

August- Bee biology and parasites in the hive, Dr. Jaime Ellis, PhD, Univ. of Fl.

September- Tentative-Dr. Mark Stein on bee venom

State Bee Meeting:  Saturay, June 11 -9:3:30 at Green Cove Springs near St. Augustine.  This is similary to our bee fling from last year.  Information can be obtaine on the FSBA website.

Palm Beach Post- An article with photo was given thanks to help from Brendhan Horne.

Meeting adjourned at 8:29 PM

Presentation: 

 Kristi Moyer, Facilities and Land Manager at Pine Jog Environmental Education Center

Gave a presentation on how to plant a prairie.

Information included:

There are both wet and dry prairies.  Native plants to be provided and  posted on the assoc. web site.

Sites with information included:  www.fleppc.org/ check for plants that are not invasive

http:floridawildflower.com/pages/Bulk-seeds-available (Where to purchase bulk wildflower seeds)

Local native nurseries include:  Meadow Beauty, Mesozoic Native, and Indian Trails

Treasurer Report:  Balance of $10,243.94

Logo:  Still in progress.  Ideas might need “massaging” subject to approval of artist.

Pine Jog Environmental Center:  Nuc is exploding.  Observation hive also doing well.

Woodworking Workshop:  Jim agreed to manage.  Will continue details at next meeting.

July Meeting:  Honey Tasting-Members to bring honey for sampling to coordinate with presentation of, “Sleeping your way to better health with honey”.

August Meeting:  Dr. Jaime Ellis, Univ. of Fl. Hive beetles.  Members to share tasting  treats from the hive.

Education Outreach:

  Completed Ann Norton Sculpture Garden, WPB-April 18-19

                       Daggerwing Nature Park, Boca Raton-April 23

                       New Horizons Elem. School Career Day, Wellington-April 29

                       Grassy Waters Elem. School Career Day, WPB- (tentative volunteers Roger Corbin and John Buzz)  May 13

New Assoc. Website:  Presentation of both old and newly designed website.

Suggestions: 

PBC  Assoc. should acknowledge relationship Univ. of FL  IFAS Extension

Master Beekeeper Program link with Univ. of Fl.

Incorporate You-tube videos

34 members voted in favor  of the new website with no dissenting votes.

New website approved:  Michelle Peterson 1st, Bill Bertrand 2nd.

Basics for Beginners:  Len will host in his bee yard tentatively for June 4th.  Those interested can sign-up in person with paper sign-up or through e-mail.

Raffle for Solar Wax Melter:  Tickets were $5. As a fund raiser.  Winner-Bill Bertrans

Old Honey jars to be recycled:  Ruth Haggerty donated old honey jars to anyone interested.

Meeting adjourned at 8: Minutes of PBC Beekeepers

Date:  May 6, 2011

Called to order 7:05 PM

30 members, 13 visitors

April Minutes approved.

Presentation: 

 Kristi Moyer, Facilities and Land Manager at Pine Jog Environmental Education Center

Gave a presentation on how to plant a prairie.

Information included:

There are both wet and dry prairies.  Native plants to be provided and  posted on the assoc. web site.

Sites with information included:  www.fleppc.org/ check for plants that are not invasive

http:floridawildflower.com/pages/Bulk-seeds-available (Where to purchase bulk wildflower seeds)

Local native nurseries include:  Meadow Beauty, Mesozoic Native, and Indian Trails

Treasurer Report:  Balance of $10,243.94

Logo:  Still in progress.  Ideas might need “massaging” subject to approval of artist.

Pine Jog Environmental Center:  Nuc is exploding.  Observation hive also doing well.

Woodworking Workshop:  Jim agreed to manage.  Will continue details at next meeting.

July Meeting:  Honey Tasting-Members to bring honey for sampling to coordinate with presentation of, “Sleeping your way to better health with honey”.

August Meeting:  Dr. Jaime Ellis, Univ. of Fl. Hive beetles.  Members to share tasting  treats from the hive.

Education Outreach:

  Completed Ann Norton Sculpture Garden, WPB-April 18-19

                       Daggerwing Nature Park, Boca Raton-April 23

                       New Horizons Elem. School Career Day, Wellington-April 29

                       Grassy Waters Elem. School Career Day, WPB- (tentative volunteers Roger Corbin and John Buzz)  May 13

New Assoc. Website:  Presentation of both old and newly designed website.

Suggestions: 

PBC  Assoc. should acknowledge relationship Univ. of FL  IFAS Extension

Master Beekeeper Program link with Univ. of Fl.

Incorporate You-tube videos

34 members voted in favor  of the new website with no dissenting votes.

New website approved:  Michelle Peterson 1st, Bill Bertrand 2nd.

Basics for Beginners:  Len will host in his bee yard tentatively for June 4th.  Those interested can sign-up in person with paper sign-up or through e-mail.

Raffle for Solar Wax Melter:  Tickets were $5. As a fund raiser.  Winner-Bill Bertrans

Old Honey jars to be recycled:  Ruth Haggerty donated old honey jars to anyone interested.

Meeting adjourned at 8:40 PM

 

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