September 2013 Meeting Minutes


Wannabee Hobby Beekeepers


Meeting Minutes – September 11, 2013

***The Club observed a moment of silence in honor of 911***

Once again, we had a great turnout for the meeting — over 60 people in attendance.   Jerry Owens mentioned that he is getting calls from all over the country (ND, UT, CA, CO, NM, ID, etc) wondering how we get such a good club turnout.  In 2009, there were 180 commercial and hobby beekeepers registered in SD.  As of 2013, that number has almost doubled due to the increase in hobby beekeepers.




President Bill Clements Announcements:

  • Introduced:
    • Tom Allen – Vice President
    • Brenda Whiting – Treasurer
    • Michelle Hovland – Secretary
    • Linda Anderson – Webmaster
    • Michelle Grosek – Facebook Master

 Demonstrated filtering & bottling honey


Bill and Joan Clements demonstrated how they filter their honey from their original honey-bucket into a new 5-gallon bucket with a filter.  Once they filter into that bucket, they can easily bottle the filtered honey.

  • Removing bees from frame before extracting
  • Shake frame over the super
  • Consider using a
    • A fume board
    • Fisher Bee Quick
    • a Breeze board
    • a Bee Escape
  • When using a solar wax melter – cover your black honey collector with an oven bag for optimal heating.
  • Mid-September to the first frost is the time to remove honey supers.  Once the first frost occurs supers must be removed.
  • Asked members to buy/sell Senior Center Football books.
  • Club Finances: $802.20 Balance / $641.12 – Saving
    • Discussed using funds to give door prizes away at meetings
      • The group was in favor of this use of funds
  • Introduced Club Librarian, Joan Clements, who showed the books in our club library which are available for members to borrow
    • Cooking with Honey
    • Beekeeping in the Midwest
    • The Bee Keepers Lament
    • Letters From the Hive
    • A World Without Bees
    • Applying Pesticides Correctly
    • The Professional’s Guide to
    • Noxious Weed Control – 2003
    • The Bee Keepers Bible

Members Discussion

One of our members brought their antique honey extractor.


  • Combining hives
  • Nosema – Brown spots indicate – this can wipe out a hive
    • Now is the time to treat but DO NOT TREAT WITH HONEY SUPERS ON
  • Winter prep – Winterize your hives to keep bees warm and out of the snow. The following can be used –but make sure to leave air holes open so the hive has adequate ventilation:
    • Straw bales – surround the sides of the hive
    • Tar paper – Wrap around the hive
    • Commercial Wraps also work well
    • Consider propping a piece of plywood against the hive entrance so the bees do not go out on warm sunny days
    • Jerry Owens – Showed a new product which is put on the side of a 5-gallon bucket and provides a ledge to hold a frame as the caps are removed – “The Comb Capper”. Contact Jerry for details.

Minutes submitted by: Michelle Hovland, Secretary 

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2011 President of Wannabee Hobby Beekeepers club
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