Sept 2012 Meeting Minutes

September 2012 - Board Meeting Minutes

 

Palm Beach County Beekeepers Association

September  2012 – Board Meeting Minutes

Present:  Jim Chapman, Al Salopek, Sara White, Alexandra Kaufman

9-7-12 at 5:40 PM

No Board meeting for the month of August. 

Treasurers report: $  8,481.03

Old Business:

National Honey Bee Day potluck at Sara White's on August 18th, was a success with approximately 15 members that attended.

Honey Bear Labels have been received.

PBCBA extra space storage, unit F-41.  Monthly cost $49.00 + $10.00 insurance = $59.00.

Palm Beach Beekeepers Conference

Will contact Jerry Latner, High Springs, Florida branch manager of the American Bee Journal, to see if he would be available to attend the conference.

Contacted Matt Wilson, owner and master brewer of Tequesta Brewing Company.  He agreed to do a session on brewing beer with honey.

New Business:

Nominations for Board of Directors due at October 5th meeting:  President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer.

Bee Removals for commerce, only permitted by those with a Pest Control Operators (PCO) License.

Outreach Requests:

There have been no outreach requests at this time.

Guest Speakers:                                        

September - Michael Szakacs from Boynton Beach;  Quick Review of Apitherapy.

October - TBD

November - Sara Marshall, graduate student from University of Florida;  Medicinal Properties of Florida Varietal Honeys.

December - Pot Luck End of Year Celebration                                            

Close of meeting:

Meeting adjourned at 6:40 p.m.

Minutes respectfully submitted by: Alexandra V. Kaufman

 

September 2012 - Regular Meeting Minutes

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Palm Beach County Beekeepers Association

September 2012– Regular Meeting Minutes

9-7-12     7:05 p.m.

Minutes of the August meeting were approved.

Guest Speaker, Michael Szakacs from Boynton Beach:  Quick Review of Apitherapy.  (Theo Cherbuliez, M.D. has given permission to present material at the conference).

Quick Review of Apitherapy

(Etymology:  Api = bee, Greek = serving as, caring for).  Apitherapy is the use of bee products for treating health disorders.  Even the bees' venom plays an important role such as in bee-sting therapy.  See www.apitherapy.org.

Bee Products:  Origin, collection:  honey, pollen, propolis, beeswax, royal jelly (obtained from hypopharyngeal and mandibular glands), venom (from venom sac, matures with age). 

Frequently treated conditions:  Arthritis, Multiple Sclerosis, Injuries, Ulcers, Burns, and Scars, Infections, Pain, and new discovery, for treating Varicose Veins. 

Bee Venom:  maintains a normal Immune System, Anti-infectious effect, immediate local inflammatory effect.  Secondary:  stimulates pituitary gland and cortical layer of internal organs, such as kidneys and adrenal glands.  Honey, Royal Jelly, Propolis, Venom, and Essential Oils, provide nourishment for tissues, anti-bacterial properties, ideal for wound dressings. 

Internal Indications, general:  Insomnia, Osteoporosis, Anorexia, Heart Insufficiency, Gastrointestinal, Constipation, Gastro-duodenal Ulcers, Pharyngo-laryngitis, new....Retarded Aging.

Relative contraindications of Honey:  Allergy, Hay Fever, Diabetes, Infants less than 1 year old (immune system not completely developed).

Propolis Properties, major properties:  Radiation, Anesthetic, Anti-cancerous, Tissue regeneration, Anti-inflammatory, Anti-infections, Anti-viral, Anti-fungal, Anti-oxidant, Anti-parasite.  Ex:  gasoline burnt:  treatment with honey and propolis - it alleviates scarring.  (Honey is Hydrophobic - it adsorbs water readily, converting it to hydrogen peroxide which kills the bacteria).

Pollen:  collected by bees and stored in the corbicula on their hind legs for transport back to the hive.  (mixed with honey and stored in the comb: aka - bee bread).  Major properties of pollen:  Nutritious, Tissue Building, improves functions of:  brain, heart, liver, prostate, anti-depressant, anti-toxic, protection against X-ray.  Major general Metabolic Indications of Pollen:  Obesity, Anorexia, Convalescence, Allergies (Golden-Rod - it stays low).  Cardiovascular:  Hypertension, Capillary Fragility.  Digestive:  diarrhea, liver toxicity, constipation.  Urinary:  treats enlarged prostate.  Neurological, Psychological (soldiers with TBI and PTSD), and Dermatological benefits as well.   

Royal Jelly:  antibacterial, anti-fungal.  For health maintenance, indications:  promotes boosting of the immune system, fatigue, convalescence, failure to thrive (infants), asthenia of old age.

Questions and Answers:

The products that bees produce depend on their diet, for example; genetically modified plants.  

Conditions that Michael Szakacs has been treating:  varicose veins, arthritis, tendonitis, multiple sclerosis, bladder control, and painful and stubborn injuries.

Methodology of sting with venom:  follow Acupunture methodology - cranial nerve endings. 

Is there such a thing as Honey with Venom and is it beneficial?  Be aware of liquids.

Dried Venom?  Yes, it can be collected within the bee-hive by replacing a frame with a wired-glass.  This connected to a battery...as bees fly to the glass they are shocked and they sting the glass.  The venom dries out.  This can be collected by scrapping the glass surface later.  This is being done because commercially, venom is becoming very valuable.  

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

Old Business:

August 18th, 2012 - National Honey Bee Day potluck at Sara White's residence was a success, with approximately 15 members that attended.

Jeremy Cruz, State Bee Inspector for South Florida.  Make sure you have registered your hives with the state and then welcome Jeremy when he visits you for an inspection.

New Business:

Nominations for Board of Directors due at October 5th meeting:  President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer.  Members please review duties of these positions at PBCBA website for your nominees.

Bee removals for commerce, only permitted by those with a Pest Control Operator (PCO) License.

B. Keith Councell, from the Florida State Beekeepers Association, was brought in for concerns and questions.  (Please view these at the end of the meeting minutes). 

Outreach Requests: 

No outreach requests at this time.

Guest Speakers:

September, Michael Szakacs from Boynton Beach:  Quick Review of Apitherapy.

October - TBD

November, Sara Marshall, graduate student from University of Florida:  Medicinal Properties of Florida Varietal Honeys.

December - Potluck dinner, no guest speaker.

Close of meeting:

Meeting adjourned at 9:00 p.m.

Minutes submitted by:  Alexandra V. Kaufman

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