August 2011 Minutes

Wannabee Hobby Beekeepers

Meeting Minutes – August 10, 2011

The regular meeting of the Wannabee Hobby Beekeepers was called to order at 6:00 p.m. on August 10, 2011 at the Canyon Lake Senior Center by Lee Alley. 

Club Business

Nicole brought the $5.00 reimbursement checks with her for members requesting a refund.

Lee wants to purchase a map that can be used by members to show, with push pins, where their hives are located and include a picture of the beekeeper(s)/hive(s).  Lee would like you to email him a picture of you with your bees.

Per a suggestion from one of our newer members, Lee will bring some name-tag tent cards to the next meeting.  Everyone can write their name on these cards and place it in front of them so other members can get to know you by name.

Seminars and Education

There wasn’t an August 10th meeting seminar.  We currently do not have a seminar slated for the next meeting (September 14th).  If you have any ideas, contact Lee.

 General Discussion

 The members discussed what is happening with their bees.  Some bees are doing great; others are not doing much at all.  One member harvested 6-1/2 gallons (about 75 pounds) of honey last week.  Several members had bees swarm in the past few weeks.  Jay caught his swarm and relayed to everyone how fun that was.

Tom wanted to remind everyone of the great website called Hive Tracks that is a free service for beekeepers to keep track of their hive inspections.  It’s easy to setup your ‘yard’, then add hives and hive components and keep track of your inspections on-line.  You can find it at

Jerry gave an update on Larry & Margaret from Buffalo Gap.  In May, Larry & Margaret attended our bee meeting to discuss the healing property of bee stings and how they helped him with his rheumatoid arthritis.  Unfortunately, after they bought their hive, Margaret accidently was stung by a honey bee and found out she’s severely allergic to bees.  James Ann purchased their hive from them.

Lee keeps a personal blog about his bees and he showed us the blog and discussed how he used the crush & strain method to extract his honey.  You can read Lee’s blog and see great pictures at

Bee Diseases

James/Linda and Jay use a feed stimulant with essential oils called Honey Bee Healthy.  James/Linda have also used Nozevit-Plus to keep the honey bees intestinal tracks healthy (early spring and fall feedings).  Both these products use natural ingredients.   Lee used Fumagilin-B to treat his nosema inflicted hive last fall.

IMPORTANT WARNING – Jerry & Linda reminded everyone that none of these treatments should be done when honey supers are on and you must not use honey from the brood boxes/hive bodies that were in place at the time of the treatment.  Jerry recalled that several members that lost their hives went ahead and extracted what honey was available in the lower boxes.  Had anyone treated those hives, they would not have been able to use that honey.  It IS good honey for the bees’ consumption, however.

Tom mentioned that one of his hives has chalkbrood but the bees should take care of this problem by removing the infected larvae from the hive.  For more information on chalkbrood and what it looks like, follow this link:

Club WebSite

We’ve seen considerably increasing numbers of people accessing the website.  Just a reminder:  on the home page, I put links to new information.  Here are things that have been added to the website in the past couple of months. 

During this meeting, Lee played the interview with Nicole and Nicole explained how she ended up being interviewed.  Tom discussed catching the bees at the Windmill Truck Stop and then Lee played the short clip of Bob and Tom catching the bees.  Lee also played part of the PBS Newshour CCD clip.


Ken, near Hill City, has 10 acres of land with lots of wild flowers, etc.  He would like to exchange someone putting bees on his land for some of the honey.  If you are interested in locating bees here, contact Nicole Preble as she has Ken’s contact information.

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.

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

Club Officer Contact Information

Minutes submitted by: Linda Anderson

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