Western IL Beekeepers Meeting
Minutes – February 17, 2015
We had a very short meeting and took care of a few business items:
- A motion was made by Bill Murdock, seconded by Donnie Darnell to reimburse Ron Arteaga $3,560.75 for the 25% deposit made to cover the cost of the bees. Motion passed.
- Motion was made by Pres. Ed. Seconded by Sec. Diane to reimburse Ron $1,423.04 for the deposit on the Carniolan Queens ordered.
- Motion was made by President Ed, seconded by Sec. Diane to pay the Dadant bill of $53.36 to cover the cost of Bill Frey’s demonstration about bee patties at the last meeting. Motion passed.
Ron reported that the design of our T-shirts does not conflict with the design of those of the state association. So, we will work toward getting some bids for having them made.
President Ed called the meeting to order at 7:00. He asked the group if they thought it would be a good idea to have coffee and snacks at our meeting and members thought it might be nice. We will have something at our next meeting. Also, those members who come across interesting varieties of honey or honey products, we would like to taste them too! Finally, Secretary Diane mentioned that anyone who comes across an interesting bee item – an old honey label or a good article, for example; Feel free to bring to the meeting for Show and Tell”
Treasurer Mike reported on the bills that were approved at the board meeting. Our treasury balance stands at $10, 726.78. 41 members have paid dues and 7 of that total are family memberships. More memberships are coming in and Mike will update the total for us at our next meeting.
Secretary Diane reported that there is no record at the state of our group filing a “non-profit” application. Rick Camp said that he had filled something out when he was treasurer. A member suggested that it might have been a tax ID number (EIN) rather than a tax exempt number. Rick will try to find some paperwork on it and Diane will investigate further. Diane also passed around the club roster and asked for further corrections. She will add any new additions and will email the list to members. The roster will not be posted on the website.
We had almost 50 people at our meeting! Several new members attended and we also had some guests. We’d like to extend a big welcome to the folks from the “Beekeeping and the Environment” class from WIU in Macomb. A grad student, Kyle Ward, has offered to do some research because he needs to do two presentations for his program. If one of the keepers from our club needs some research done, please contact Kyle. Some suggestions were on the Varroa Mite, Colony Collapse Disorder and The Best Plants for Bees. You can contact Kyle at firstname.lastname@example.org or 815-441-2711.
Under Old Business, there are still 3 positions open for board members. If anyone is interested, please contact President Ed. The constitution committee is starting to get organized and if you would like to serve on that, contact President Ed. Secretary Diane is working on retyping the constitution and will highlight the items that VP Ron has indicated need changed.
Bee Packages – we have 49 packages left. We still have Carniolans and Italians, but the Russians are sold out. Contact Treas. Mike if you want to order some. The Arteagas are going to get the bees and deliver them to us. Bee pick up will take place Saturday, April 18 at the Dexter Farm Equipment parking lot. Time for pick up will be announced later.
New Business – We hope the annual picnic will be in July at Charles & Cordelia Kaylegian’s. They weren’t at the meeting so we will follow up with that later.
For the Good of the Cause – We need to change the contact for the Illinois Beekeepers. Pres. Ed will take care of that. Also one member shared that putting some of the bee patty powder into fondant worked great and the bees loved it. Rick Camp demonstrated how to assemble your bee hive. The new folks really appreciated the demonstration. Thanks, Rick!
Also, currently there is a Beekeeping class at Nahant Marsh in Davenport. They will run another 6 week class this summer. More information will be available later.
The meeting adjourned at 8:10. See you next month!