May 2012 Meeting Minutes

May 2012 –Monthly Meeting Minutes

Palm Beach County Beekeepers Association

May 2012 –Monthly Meeting Minutes

5-4-2012 at 7:10 p.m.

April’s meeting minutes approved. 

 

Guest speaker Michael Kantor currently a sheriff but formally a Physician’s Assistant spoke about propolis. Most people know of the benefits of propolis but not everyone considers the possible side effects of natural cures. 

Propolis is from the Greek origin “pro” meaning before and “polis” meaning city. 

Propolis is the sticky gum like material that bees use to protect their hives. Trees and plants produce resin to protect against bacteria and fungus. Like pollen, propolis varies depending on the area and what is in bloom. The bees chew the propolis with their mandibles to scrape off the plant resin. They pass it from the mandibles to their forelegs then eventually back to their pollen baskets or corbicula. Honeybees will use propolis to encase an animal that has died in their hive but is too large to remove to prevent disease during decay. 

Propolis has been widely used in natural therapeutic products because of its purported antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties. Propolis can be found in many products such as, cosmetics, cough syrups, ointments, lotions, chewing gum, chewable vitamins and gloss on fruit. Colgate even makes toothpaste that contains propolis. 

Beekeepers can develop a propolis allergy after many years of exposure. One study found that the average exposure time before developing a propolis allergy was 9.5 years. Other occupations such as shoemakers, violin makers and violinists, timber cutters and artists (who mold with beeswax…..such as candles) are also exposed to propolis and propolis based products in their line of work. 

Although uncommon, cross-reaction with bees wax can occur possibly because due to contamination with propolis. Contact with propolis can be direct or less commonly, airborne. 

Contact allergy to propolis results in dermatitis or urticarial and some of the symptoms may include: itching, burning and pain, localized swelling or localized rash, stomatitis, fiddler’s neck, and throat complaints like difficulty swallowing or speaking and also systemic symptoms like shortness of breath. Propolis may also cross-react with certain antibiotics. European studies have found that there in a high incident of propolis allergies among children and adolescents. 

However, in Mike’s personal opinion propolis provided excellent relief for a toothache or cracked tooth. 

A member asked how to collect propolis: Use a contraption similar to a queen excluder on the top bars of your hive. The bees will use propolis in attempt to cover it up. You remove this contraption and freeze it. After it is frozen, you bend it to pop out the frozen propolis. Then it is filtered and processed. 

Mike also wanted to discuss his recommendation of using a treatment called Hop Guard. He states that he lost approximately 80% of his hives trying to manage his hives completely natural with no treatments. He states that he had seven hives that were on the decline and that they bounced back after an application of Hop Guard and that they are now thriving.  The product can be purchased from Dadant or Mann Lake. 

Treasure’s report: (Amount available at monthly meeting)

Old Business: 

  • After all proposed honorariums and invoices are settled, profit from conference will total $116.76.  We spent approximately $200 on last year’s conference and it was reported that we broke even on the conference two years ago. There we faired a little better this year than previous years.  Whole Foods was recognized for contributing 100 lunches for the conference. Members Les Vrabel and Donna Frione were also recognized for their contributions of food and baked goods for the conference. The conference volunteers that were present at the meeting (Chris Schwarzt, Brian Lundblad, Les Vrabel, and MaryAnn Marino and Jim Gallagher) were asked to stand so that we could recognize them for their support. 
  • We received liability insurance quote from Insurance Office of America. The annual premium is $888.45. We were provided an outline of coverage but we will request a fully detailed copy of policy. Majority vote in favor of paying the $888.45 premium. 

New Business: 

  • There was a request for donations in the range of $200-$500 from Bo Sterk, President of St. John’s County Beekeepers Association on behalf of The Florida Association for Volunteer Action in the Caribbean and the Americas (FAVACA). We will provide members with a web address to FAVACA via our association’s website as well as Yahoo Groups so that they can make an informed decision on whether or not this is a cause that our association should support. Will vote on this at next month’s meeting. 
  • We received an invitation to participate at the upcoming Repticon Reptile Show (formally Alternative Pet Show) in Ft. Lauderdale on May 12 & 13 and in West Palm Beach on July 21st.  There were volunteers (Chris Schwartz and Eric Baxter) for the West Palm Beach event only. We are able to bring an observation hive and sell products. 
  • Michelle Peterson of the Treasure Coast Beekeepers requested our involvement in a Honey Judging Show in conjunction with National Honey Bee Day on Saturday, August 18, 2012. Discussed possibly combining an association picnic along with the Honey Judging. Members showed interest in combining this event with a beekeeper yard sale. Sara will contact Michelle to coordinate. 
  • The association received a $50 donation from the Everglades Youth Camp.  The event was successful.  Thanks go out to Bob and Sharon Lemons for supporting this event.

Additional Business: 

  • A reminder needs to be addressed to the members at the monthly meeting that the Yahoo Groups is only for beekeeping and bee related topics. A question was raised about the member account “Log In” on the association’s website. Jim Chapman clarified that all the information on the website is public and that the “Log In” is only for him to manage and edit the site as needed. 
  • Reminder: The June meeting will NOT meet at Mounts Botanical Gardens. Instead we will meet at Wellington High School which is located at 2101 Greenview Shores Blvd., Wellington, FL 33414 

Outreach Requests:

There have been no outreach requests at this time. 

Guest Speakers:

May- Michael Kantor: Beneficial properties of propolis

June-Mark Dykes: Beekeeping in the prison system 

July- Mario from D & J Apiary-- subjected to be determined. 

We are still looking for anyone who may be interested in speaking at a monthly meeting for the months of August, September, October and November. The month of December is our annual pot luck dinner. 

Close of meeting:

Meeting adjourned at 8:10 p.m. 

Minutes submitted by: Sara White

May 2012 –Board Meeting Minutes

Palm Beach County Beekeepers Association

May 2012 –Board Meeting Minutes

Present: Jim Chapman, Sara White

5-4-2012 at 5:48 p.m.

Last month’s minutes approved. 

Treasure’s report: (Amount available at monthly meeting)

Old Business: 

  • Honey bear labels have not yet been ordered. Sara will order the labels this coming week. 
  • We received liability insurance quote from Insurance Office of America. The annual premium is $888.45. We were provided an outline of coverage but we will request a fully detailed copy of policy. 
  • Conference: discussed honorariums to be paid to guest speakers at conference. Jim and Sara approve, but need a majority vote. An email will be sent to Alexandra (Secretary) and Al (VP) for approval on amounts.
  • After all proposed honorariums and invoices are settled, profit from conference will total $116.76.  There were approximately 85 paid registrants at the conference, 48 beginners, 37 advanced. The number of registrants is an approximation because Sara did not bring to the board meeting the information regarding the exact number of participants.

New Business: 

  • There was a request for donations in the range of $200-$500 from Bo Sterk, President of St. John’s County Beekeepers Association on behalf of The Florida Association for Volunteer Action in the Caribbean and the Americas (FAVACA). We will present the request to members at the monthly meeting and will provide them with a web address to FAVACA via our association’s website as well as Yahoo Groups so that they can make an informed decision on whether or not this is a cause that our association should support. Will vote on this at next month’s meeting. 
  • We received an invitation to participate at the upcoming Repticon Reptile Show (formally Alternative Pet Show) in Ft. Lauderdale on May 12 & 13 and in West Palm Beach on July 21st. Will present the information to member’s at the monthly meeting to determine if there are any volunteers interested in participating. 
  • Michelle Peterson of the Treasure Coast Beekeepers requested our involvement in a Honey Judging Show in conjunction with National Honey Bee Day on Saturday, August 18, 2012. Discussed possibly combining an association picnic along with the Honey Judging. Call Michelle and left her a voice message to discuss event in more detail. Will present request to members at monthly meeting for member feedback. 

Additional Business: 

  • Association’s laptop computer was sent for repair for a second time this past Tuesday. There has been a problem with the screen going blank. 
  • The association’s membership list needs to be edited to reflect only those members paid up through the current year. The old membership list will be archived for future reference. 
  • A reminder needs to be addressed to the members at the monthly meeting that the Yahoo Groups is only for beekeeping and bee related topics. 

Outreach Requests:

There have been no outreach requests at this time. 

Guest Speakers:

May- Michael Kantor: Beneficial properties of propolis

June-Mark Dykes: Beekeeping in the prison system 

July- Mario from D & J Apiary-- subjected to be determined. 

We will ask members if they know anyone who would be interested in speaking at a monthly meeting for the months of August, September, October and November. The month of December is our annual pot luck dinner. 

Close of meeting:

Meeting adjourned at 6:41 p.m. 

Minutes submitted by: Sara White

 

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