June Meeting is Tonight

meeting_roomIt is that time again. Our monthly Western Illinois Beekeepers meeting is tonight.

 

Meeting Agenda June 16th, 2015
I. President’s Report
II. Treasurer’s Report
III. Secretary’s Report

a. Roster updates

IV. Old Business

a. Constitution Committee –discussion and vote

b. Annual Picnic – Update from Betsy Larson, host for this year’s picnic. Address, date and details to follow

c. WIBA T-shirt – Sample shirts and prices from Irvin Hasse

d. Registration of bees for Drift watch. Bill will help us through the Process.

e. Bee pick up –How did it go??? Any suggestions for next year? THANKS FOR HANGING IN THERE, RON AND JAN!!!

f. Members have equipment for sale

V. New Business

a. Field Trip!! Rick and Laura Camp would like to have us out to their orchard /bee operation for the August Meeting. They have a large marketing room they would host us in.   3 Miles East and 2 South of Roseville.

VI. For the Good of the Cause

The bee’s life is like a magic well: the more you draw from it, the more it fills with water”
― Karl Von Frisch

Location:
Farm Bureau Building
1000 North Main Street
Monmouth, IL 61462

Date and Time: 6/16 at 7pm


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FINAL UPDATE For Packaged Bee Pickup – 8:45am TODAY

packagedbees*** PICKUP TIME IS 8:45 AM  ***

I just heard from Ron.

 Pickup time is 8:45 am TODAY.
Distribution will take place at:

Dexter Farm Equipment
800 Access Road
Monmouth Illinois

 

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Packaged Bee Pickup Time – 8am 5/23

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*** PICKUP TIME IS 8AM SATURDAY MORNING ***

I just heard from Ron.  They have the bees and are headed back.

Packages will be available for pickup Saturday May 23rd Pickup time is 8am.
Distribution will take place at:

Dexter Farm Equipment
800 Access Road
Monmouth Illinois

 

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May Meeting Is Tuesday – Guest Speaker Susan Kivikko

meeting_roomIt is that time again. Our monthly Western Illinois Beekeepers meeting is Tuesday.

Guest Speaker:

Susan Kivikko, Apiary Inspector for the Illinois Department of Agriculture will be cover as much as possible about each of today’s pertinent diseases and answering questions. 

*** She requested that everyone bring their personal beekeeping reference books.

 
Meeting Agenda May 19th, 2015
I. President’s Report
II. Treasurer’s Report
III. Secretary’s Report

a. Roster updates

IV. Old Business

a. Constitution Committee –discussion and vote

b. Bee packages/update – Pickup date! May 23rd or 24th

c. Annual Picnic – Betsy Larson’s house. Address, date and details to follow

d. Bee T shirt – Irvin Hasse to come to the May meeting with examples of his work.

e. Members have equipment for sale

V. New Business

a.  Field Trip!! Rick and Laura Camp would like to have us out to their orchard /bee operation for the August Meeting. They have a large marketing room they would host us in.   3 Miles East and 2 South of Roseville.

b. Registration of bees for Drift watch. Will have web site, will see if someone wants to walk the rest of us through the Process.

VI. For the Good of the Cause

“One can no more approach people without love than one can approach bees without care. Such is the quality of bees…”   Leo Tolstoy

Location:
Farm Bureau Building
1000 North Main Street
Monmouth, IL 61462

Date and Time: 5/19 at 7pm


 

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Packaged Bee Updated – We have a date!

Message from Ron:

Hardeman’s has called with a firm pick up date of Friday May 22Delivery date will be Saturday May 23 or Sunday May 24, depending on how early we can leave there on Friday.  We will send an email.  Delivery will be at Dexter Farm Equipment in Monmouth.

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Packaged Bee Update #2

Latest-UpdatesUPDATE FROM RON

I just got an update from Ron.  We still have no firm date.  He will let us know as soon as more information is available.  The supplier is telling him that extended periods of rain has reduced hive build up and kept them from being able to shake packages.

Ron said that he apologize for the delay but it is out of his hands.  We are waiting on the supplier at this point.

We will keep you all updated.

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Packaged Bee Update

Latest-UpdatesJust an update – Still on hold

We are still waiting for the supplier.  I will update the website, fb page, and send out an email as soon as we hear from them.

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Quad Cities Pollinator Conference

Nahant Marsh, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Soil and Water Conservation Districts of Rock Island, Scott and Henry counties hope you will join us as we host the inaugural Quad Cities Pollinator Conference, June 10-11, 2015 at Jumer’s Casino and Hotel in Rock Island, IL.

From more information: http://nahantmarsh.org/qcpollinatorconference/

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April 2015 Meeting Highlights

The full meeting minutes will be posted in a couple weeks but I wanted to highlight a few important things from Tuesdays meeting.

1.  Bee package delivery date is TBA right now.  The weather in Georgia is still an issue.IMG_20150421_200505789

2.  Kyle Ward did a presentation on his research topic for his “Beekeeping and the Environment” WIU class.   It was on the topic on the pros and cons of how the new “Flow Hives” will effect honey industry.

 

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April 2015 Meeting Minutes

Western IL Beekeepers MeetingMeeting Minutes

Minutes April 21, 2015

Board Meeting

 

The board looked at the changes made for the constitution; made some additional changes and agreed that Diane would update it and send it to each club member to discuss and vote upon at the next meeting

 

Full Meeting

 

President Report – Membership continues to grow and we are having good attendance at our meetings. We discussed whether we should be the WIB (Western IL Beekeepers) or WIBA (Western IL Beekeepers Assoc.) We originally were WIB, but the general consensus was that WIBA has a bit more flair… So, WIBA it will be! Ed will touch base with a local T-shirt vendor to get us some prices for shirts.

 

Treasurer Report – There is $3,164.38 in our treasury. We have 52 paid members to date; more will be coming in today. We still have some bee packages left. Check with Mike to see what is left.

 

Secretary Report – Diane gave a short overview of the constitution updates. She will send out the finished document, with changes highlighted about a week before the next meeting.

 

Old Business – We can’t mess with Mother Nature! Poor weather continues to affect suppliers’ abilities to package our bee order. Ron said that the queen supplier has been flexible and willing to work with us so that both shipments arrive at the same time. We are on the list for pick up soon. Ron and Jan will get a call 5 days before the bees are expected and they will drive and get them. He will let Sean know when he is ready to leave and Sean will send out emails to the club and will post it on the website. Pick up will be at the Dexter Farm Equipment parking lot on Rt. 34.   We will have some extra Italian queens available to cover dead loss. They are $20 each.

 

Equipment for Sale: Donnie Darnell has some hive bodies and supers to sell; Bob Frey has supers with frames for $100; Sean McKee has honeycomb frames (4 ¼ s ) for those that would like to sell comb honey; and Herb Crompton has a Styrofoam super and frames for FREE!

 

New Business – Betsy Larson will host the annual picnic. We will discuss details at the next meeting. Ron wants us to make sure there is a lot of meat…(we will take that under advisement, Ron!)

 

Q and A – Clover seed can be purchased in Peoria from Kelly Seed Co. Soybeans can also be a nectar source and bees are very helpful to the farmers. Pres. Ed reminded folks that their bees need to be registered with the state. We will have info at our next meeting. A new keeper wondered which direction the hive should face. South or Southeast seems to be best. It is also helpful to put your hive in a place that blocks North and West winds. You will have fewer ants and wood roaches if your hives are positioned well. Some keepers mentioned that hives should be branded with an ID to be able to identify in case of theft. A question was raised about hive vandalism. Fortunately, that is very rare.

 

We had a short discussion about swarming. Make sure you give your bees enough room. Rotate your hive bodies and check for crowding. Add supers as needed. Put your new packages in your hive in late afternoon. They are usually OK after they have spent a night in the hive. When putting in a new package of bees, the 10 frame hive bodies seem to work best. When to split a hive? When you discover queen cells in your hive or you see bees pouring /flowing out over the sides when you open your hive, it is time to split. Does noise, vibration or rumbling bother bees in their hives? Nope! Bees in hives placed by railroad tracks and the like quickly get use to it and have no problems.

 

Kyle Ward and some students from WIU showed his very informational film on the much talked about “Flow Hive” from Australia. The hive has gotten a lot of hype, but after seeing the film, the group decided that it was probably not really a viable idea. The hives are very expensive and use plastic frames. Keepers can’t really check inside the hives to measure moisture content of honey, the health and wellbeing of the bees. It didn’t appear the hives can be expanded, which is a problem. Honey robbing and predators would also be a problem. On member put it this way, “those people are interested in the honey; not the bee!” We felt that this fad will and should fade in time. Thanks, Kyle for a great video!

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