Meeting Minutes – June 12, 2013
President Bill Clements Announcements:
Kenneth Hargens is very interested in having bee hives on his 13 acres on the Mystic Road NW of Hill City. Please contact Kenneth if you are interested. 348-0496 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Bill showed a simple way to melt wax & propolis (& ‘stuff’) into clean beeswax.
- Build two small frames and put aluminum screen over one and paint strainer cloth over the other.
- Place wax, propolis, & ‘stuff’ on top frame and place both frames on a cookie sheet lined with aluminum foil and put into an oven at 250 (Bill used a toaster oven).
Discussed hive inspections and showed illustrations of one way to document life on each frame
- Mites like drone frames so inspect those frames carefully.
Passed around forms to register your hives with the State of South Dakota – Registering your hives is easy and required.
Thanks to Michelle Groske for doing the Facebook page.
- Lila passed out information regarding raw milk.
- Black Hills Bee Witched provided treats (YUM!) and discussed that their business mission is to support local agriculture, raise awareness of local hunger needs, and champion the honey bee.
- The differences between a package bees and a nuc of bees
- It is a good idea to continue feeding the bees sugar water until they stop eating it
- Now is a good time to add the second brood box
- A super can be added as soon as the final frost of the season occurs
- Check your EpiPen’s expiration date
- Keep Benadryl and Pepcid on hand and take in case of a bee sting to reduce swelling and pain
- If you are stung, scrap the stinger out with a credit card before treating to ensure poison is no longer entering your body.
- There was a man killed by African bees in Texas. It was discussed that the African Queen Bee cannot survive in cold climates at this time.
- Jerry will take orders for new bees and queens until June 18th
- If you ordered bees from Jerry, he would like the black feeder boxes and nuc boxes back
A funny story….
Bill and Joan Clements were conducting a new beekeeper course in Mary Hall Park a few weeks ago to help the novice keepers understand the process of inspecting a hive. Dressed in white beekeeping suites and calming the bees with white billowing smoke, they were surprised to see a police officer arrive on the scene. Bill surmised the WannabeeHobby Beekeepers were parked in a bad spot, but continued the demonstration as Joan strolled over to see how she could help the officer. Joan explained the reason for the gathering and chatted about honey bees and the benefits of beekeeping in general. After 20 minutes of visiting, the officer revealed he was called to the area to investigate a group wearing white hoods and burning something. You guessed it…he was investigating a complaint that the KKK was Mary Hall Park in the broad daylight conducting a ritual!
Minutes submitted by: Michelle Hovland, Secretary
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