Minutes – October 20, 2015
President’s Report: Pres. Ed reported that he is feeling much better and is glad to be back. He mentioned that the club still has some packages of Mega Bee and Brood Builder for sale to members. T –shirts are available from Haas Embroidery, 400 N. 11th Ave in Monmouth. 734-7483. S-XL shirts are $13; XXL shirts and larger are $16.39. Ron mentioned that the design on the sample shirts was not the same as the art that was voted on. The art we chose was the state of IL with a bee on it. We will try to find the original art work.
Treasurer Report: Our balance is $4,425.35. Mike will make new membership forms for the upcoming year. Current dues are $20 for a single membership in WIBA which includes membership in the state association. There is a family membership for $30. Subscription to the American Bee Journal costs $21.00. We will discuss the 2016 dues in November.
Secretary Report: Minutes were approved by a motion made by Becky and seconded by Mike.
Old Business: Lily, the little girl whom we gave a hive, had bad luck this year and lost her hive. Becky worked with her and tried to give her a split to start a new hive, but the bees did not thrive. Bob moved to give Lily a new hive next year; the motion was seconded by Herb. This started a discussion about supplying hives to other children that are interested in bees. Herb told the group that he rehabs old hives and that he would be able to put some hives together to give away each year. The group responded to this suggestion with great enthusiasm.
New Business: We discussed harvest again. Keepers should leave 60-75 lbs. of honey to help feed their hive over winter. This is about 6 or 7 full frames in each hive body. Bees should be getting 2:1 sugar water right now. In December the hive should be winterized by wrapping the hive with roof paper and close the bottom. In January keepers should feed additional patties or fondant to help the hive get ready for brood. Patties can be placed on a feeder board above the frames of the top hive body. Fondant can be placed on the inner cover.
If any member I interested in holding an elected office, please let Ed, Diane or Bob know. Elections will be held in December. Winter Speakers planned are: January – Gabe Dadant; February – Bee Inspector Susan Kimako; March – Bill McDonald on Drift Watch registration.
We discussed putting a blurb in the newspapers (Monmouth and Galesburg) as well as some smaller publications like the Farm Bureau’s to let folks know when and where we are meeting. A motion to advertise the meetings was made by Ed and seconded by Diane. The motion passed.
We discussed the bee order for next spring. Prices won’t be available until November or December so we will discuss that when the information is available.
The meeting was adjourned at 8:10 p.m.