July 2011 Minutes

Wannabee Hobby Beekeepers  

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Meeting Minutes – July 13, 2011

The regular meeting of the Wannabee Hobby Beekeepers was called to order at 6:00 p.m. on July 13, 2011 at the Canyon Lake Senior Center by Lee Alley.  The meeting was held in the upstairs exercise room and was a smaller crowd than normal (about 30 people).  John Houge brought a visiting beekeeper from Iowa.

The social time was between 5:30 and 6:00 – James Ann Barlean brought peanut butter/honey treats (some gluten free) baked by her mother at Cakes and More (located behind FedEx off St Patrick Street). 

Club Business

Treasurers Report:  Nicole gave the treasurers report.  She had planned on issuing $5.00 re-imbursement checks to members who paid $15.00 for their annual dues but the club does not have checks yet and since the cost of checks was $23.00 (over the $20.00 limit), Nicole needed club approval to purchase the checks. 

 It was a unanimous vote for Nicole to purchase the checks. 

She will issue the re-imbursement checks at the next meeting.  Note that 16 members have declined to take the $5.00 re-imbursement, opting to leave that money in the club for operating expenses.

Lee contacted the University of Georgia Entomology Department and found they have a set of DVD’s (8 – 30 minute DVD’s) on beekeeping.  He also found ‘Honey Bees and Beekeeping:  A Year inf the Life of an Apiary”.  He thought between the DVD’s and the book, the club can have mini-seminars.  He requested the club purchase both items ($24.90 for the book, $35.00 for the DVD’s).

The club voted unanimously to purchase the DVDs and book.

Seminars and Education

 There wasn’t a July 13th meeting seminar so Lee showed a 5 minute clip on Varroa mite detection. 

There are a various miticide treatments and vendor Jerry Owens can help you choose the correct treatment if your colony has a mite problem.  Contact Jerry at ADR Bees – (605)381-9986

We currently do not have a seminar slated for the next meeting (August 10th).  If you have any ideas, contact Lee.

Classes & Events

Lee attended the SD Beeks conference at the Ramkota Inn in Rapid City on July 8 & 9.  He joined the SD Beeks for an annual membership of $20.00 and it cost $20.00 to attend the 2 day seminar.  He said he would definitely attend again as there was a wealth of information shared at this seminar.  One discussion topic was honey bee ailments and treating bee diseases and pests – specifically on drug interactions when treating colonies and how some drugs can cause others to become as much as 100 times more potent.  There is not much information on-line concerning this topic so beekeepers must educate themselves on the dangers of treating colonies with multiple pesticides.

Troy mentioned that South Dakota has a rule that there must be a three-mile distance between non-land owner commercial apiaries (i.e., commercial beekeepers who rent land for their apiaries) and the SD Beeks are working on changing this law.  Visit our South Dakota Department of Agriculture Apiary Program site for more information on SD rules.  Note that hobby beekeepers that operate 5 (or less) apiaries with a maximum of 10 hives each are exempt from the 3-mile limit.

Orchid was in Florida recently and saw a very good independent movie.  She said it was artsy and makes an environmental impact point about the importance of bees in our world.  Here is a link to The Queen of the Sun movie – you can watch the movie trailer from that link.  Orchid plans to purchase the video when it comes out.  She also sent this link for posting under ‘Classes & Events’ on the website. 

Bee Diseases

Troy mentioned that some beekeepers prefer not to use pesticides but opt to use integrated pest management (IPM) to control Varroa mites, knowing that the mites are attracted to drones more-so than workers.  Sometimes IPM doesn’t work and pesticides are still required.  Here’s a link that discusses IPM (from Bushy Mountain).  Someone also mentioned that the Yahoo Groups – Organic Beekeepers Forum has non-toxic methods for treating honey bee pests.

Our Iowa visitor (sorry – didn’t get his name) mentioned the importance of registering honey bees in Iowa as sprayers are required to notify beekeepers 24 hours in advance of spraying near their yards.  Here’s some information from the Iowa Department of Agriculture relating to this. From their website:  “…between the hours of 8 am and 6 pm, a commercial applicator shall not apply to blooming crops pesticides labeled as toxic to bees when the commercial applicator is located within one mile of a registered apiary…”.  If anyone knows whether South Dakota has similar regulations, let me know and I’ll post a link on our website.

Bill and Joan Clements brought in a sampling of Varroa mites so everyone could see what they look like.   James Ann brought in pictures of her bees to ask the experts about a couple things she was uncertain about.  Remember – if you have questions for the experts, bring the information to the meeting.

Swarm Help

Tom Allen and Bob Steele captured a swarm of bees at the Windmill Truck Stop on June 30.  Tom posted his experience on the web site – read it here and we also have 2 KOTA news reports on the web site under Swarm Help (the first video doesn’t always play but the 2nd one does).

General Discussion

Member Introductions – The question of the night centered on whether members have added brood boxes or supers to their new colonies.  The answers were varying – some people have not added brood boxes yet and others have added their 2nd supers already.

Member Profile

We had a shorter meeting so we did not have a Member Profile.

The meeting was adjourned at 7:30 p.m.

 Membership Roster:

Lee is in charge of the club membership roster.  If you have changes that you want made to the roster or if you want your email address changed, added or removed, please send these requests to Lee.

Club Officer Contact Information:

Minutes submitted by: Linda Anderson

Disclaimer:  If I have misquoted you, misnamed you, didn’t quote you, didn’t name you, or otherwise made mistakes in these meeting minutes, I apologize. Please feel free to send me the corrections and I will correct/publish them in the meeting minutes on the web site.  Send to landerson@rapidnet.com

 

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