Nov 2012 Meeting Minutes

November 2012 - Board Meeting Minutes

 

Palm Beach County Beekeepers Association

November  2012 – Board Meeting Minutes

Present:  Jim Chapman, Sara White, Alexandra V. Kaufman

11-2-12 at 5:30 p.m.

No Board Minutes for October. 

Treasurers report: $  8,336.34

October 14th, Mounts Botanical Garden Fall Festival; Donna Frione, Roger Corbin and Jim Chapman, collected $296.00 from sales.

October 20th, Lantana Green Festival; Julio Paredes and Jim Chapman, collected $60.00 from sales. 

Old Business:

Nominations from the floor for Board of Directors due at November 2nd meeting.

Nominations for Board of Directors:

  • President - Al Salopek
  • Vice President - Al Vasquez
  • Secretary - 
  • Treasurer - Nedra Obradovich

Palm Beach Beekeepers Conference

 Declined:

  • Joe Graham, Editor of American Bee Journal
  • Jerry Latner, Dadant's Branch manager at High Springs branch, Florida
  • Dr. Maria Spivak, queen researcher at University of Minnesota
  • Susan Cobey, bee breeder genetist, Honey Bee Research Facility at UC, Davis and Washington State University
  • Dr. David R. Tarpy, Associate Professor and Extension Apiculturist, Department of Entomology, North Carolina State University 
  • Dr. Keith S. Delaplane, Professor and Walter B. Hill Fellow, University of Georgia

Confirmed:

  • UF-HBREL; Jeanette Klopchin 
  • Matt Webster, owner/master brewer of Tequesta Brewing Company.  He agreed to do a session on brewing beer with honey.
  • Board members present have agreed on inviting local speakers and not cancelling the 2013 conference.  Local Speakers:

            Brian Lunblat, Brendhan Horne, Dr. Leo Gosser, John Herring, Al Salopek         and Jim Chapman (for beginners)

E-mailed preliminary subjects to Jeanette Klopchin at UF-HBREL for her review and she approved the subjects. 

Venue confirmed for April 13th:  Pine Jog Environmental Education Center - two classrooms and wet lab.  Will not be using the main Gallery because of poor acoustics.

New Business:

  • Auditing committee:  Leonard Khan and Nedra Obradovich.
  • South Florida Fair schedule:  January 18, 2013 - February 3, 2013
  • Voted by Board Members:  No donation for FAVACA, no donation for South Florida Science Museum.
  • Board Members discussed to raise the Membership Fee to $25.00 annually but boards members tabled the motion because not enough time has been given to members.  

Outreach Requests:

  • November 3rd, 11:00 am - 3:00 pm, "Family Fun Day" at MacArthur Beach State Park.  Volunteers:  Leni Bane and Jim Chapman will be selling honey and candles.
  • March 27th, 2013, 10:00 am - 11:00 am, Royal Poinciana Garden Club.  Volunteer:  Eric Baxter   

Guest Speakers:                                      

November - Sara Marshall, graduate student from University of Florida;  Medicinal Properties of Bee Products with an emphasis on Florida Honey.

December - Pot Luck Dinner, End of Year Celebration (Donna Frione - Beekeeping in Turkey).                                            

Close of meeting:

Meeting adjourned at 6:50 p.m.

Minutes respectfully submitted by: Alexandra V. Kaufman

 

November 2012 - Regular Meeting Minutes

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Palm Beach County Beekeepers Association

November 2012– Regular Meeting Minutes

11-2-12     7:10 p.m.

October meeting minutes were approved.

Speaker:  Sara Marshall, University of Florida graduate student - Medicinal Properties of Bee Products with an emphasis on Florida Honey.  (She has been working with Florida Honey since 2010).

"Establishing the Quality and Superiority of Florida Honeys".  Ms. Marshall was able to chemically study 46 different samples of Florida honeys from various beekeepers.  

Evolution of healthy honey - used as a medicinal product for thousands of years.  Egyptians - used it in medical dressings; wounds.  

Current medical uses of honey and new areas of research:  European, Asian and Manuka; has antioxidant capacity and antimicrobial properties.  Unique properties have been found in Brazilian's Green Propolis and New Zealand's  Manuka honey.

Propolis vs Honey:  propolis is a resinous material that the bee usually collects from plants and tree sap.  Nectar is collected by bees and converted into honey.

Composition of honey:

80 - 85% sugar

15 - 18% water

0.2% minerals

3% undetermined composition

Looking for antioxidants - substances that neutralize toxic, free radicals in all living cells.  The main antioxidants - Phenolic acid and Flavonoid groups - these vary in concentration depending on the floral resources.

There is no free water (H2O) in honey; this is the reason for no bacteria.  Honey is acidic > 7pH.  Carbonyls and antioxidants are both formed in honey.  

Manuka honey - manuka bush, Leptospermum scoparium, must have a composition of 70% of pollen in it.  Manuka, manuka myrtle, New Zealand teatree, broom teatree or just tea tree - is a shrub or small tree native to New Zealand and southeast Australia.  Manuka is the common name used along with "jelly bush" and "tea tree" in Australia and to a lesser extent also in New Zealand.

Hydrogen peroxide - is the main antimicrobial components of honey.  UMF rating used to measure the methyl unique manuka compound of Methylglyoxal - the active ingredient, responsible for the anti-bacterial action of Manuka honey.  (UMF; Unique Manuka Factor - factor that measures the strengths of the anti-bacterial activity in Manuka Honey).  Manuka Honey is used in ulcer preventions, wound management, etc.

In 2010 Florida was the 4th largest honey producer.  Avocado honey samples, had a high total phenolic compound, including Manuka but all samples from Florida had little to no Methyglyoxal compound.  (Is nearly impossible to control where the bees are collecting their nectar from).

High values of ORAC (oxygen radical absorbance capacity) and DPPH (diphenyl-2-picryl hydrazyl, antioxidant content, were found in Tupelo and Avocado Honeys.  Example of fruits containing such antioxidants are blueberries with 2.5 - 5 higher and pomegranate with lower level.

The darker the honey, the higher its medical properties.  Manuka antimicrobial capacity 21/42: 

UMF 12+

UMF 16+

There are enzymes in honey that when they react with water they form Hydrogen peroxide.

Any additional information, feel free to contact:  saramars@uf

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Treasure's report:  (Amount available at monthly meeting).

October 14th, Mounts Botanical Garden Fall Festival - Donna Frione, Roger Corbin and Jim Chapman, collected from sales $296.00.

October 20th, Lantana Green Festival - Julio Paredes and Jim Chapman, collected $60.00 from sales.

Old Business:

Nominations from the floor for Board of Directors:

Nominations for Board of Directors:

  • President - Al Salopek
  • Vice President - Al Vasquez
  • Secretary - Alexandra V. Kaufman (Volunteered)
  • Treasurer - Nedra Obradovich

New Business:

Al Salopek - absent.  Attending Florida State Beekeepers' Conference.

Michael Page - No bee removals, no fee, until Legislation becomes final, July 2013.

Auditing committee:  Leonard Khan and Nedra Obradovich will be auditing our financial reports.

South Florida Fair schedule - seeking for volunteers.

Outreach Requests:

  • November 3rd, 11:00 am - 3:00 pm, "Family Fun Day" at MacArthur Beach State Park.  Volunteers:  Leni Bane, Roger, and Jim Chapman.
  • March 27th, 2013, 10:00 am - 11:00 am, Royal Poinciana Garden Club.  Volunteer:  Eric Baxter.

Guest Speakers:

  • November, Sara Marshall, graduate student from University of Florida:  Medicinal Properties of Bee Products with an emphasis on Florida Honey.
  • December - Potluck dinner.  (Donna Frione - Beekeeping in Turkey).

Close of meeting:

Introduction of new members and guests:  Claudia from Delray Beach, Sierra from Boca Raton, and Carol Jones from Coral Springs with 6 colonies.

Meeting adjourned at 8:15 p.m.

Minutes submitted by:  Alexandra V. Kaufman

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