February 2016 Meeting Agenda – Remember MONDAY February 15

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Meeting Agenda MONDAY February 15

  1. President’s Report
  2. Treasurer’s Report
  3. Secretary’s Report/ Roster updates
  4. Old Business
    1. Bee packages
    2. Mentors for new and/or newer bee keepers
    3. Outreach to new potential bee keepers
  5. Speaker –  Bee Inspector  Susan Kivikko
  6. New Business
  7. For the good of the Cause
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January 2016 Meeting Minutes

Meeting MinutesWIBA Executive Board Meeting 1/19/16

President Ron called the meeting to order.  He said he would ask the membership at the full meeting to contact him if anyone is interested in being a director.  He will be ordering bees and hoping to get them in by April 15.   Ron will be picking the bees up in Georgia again this year.  THANK YOU, RON!  The estimated cost to the club for covering the bees and Ron’s expenses is $13, 365.75.  Motion to approve the expenditure was made by Secretary Diane and was seconded by Past President Ed.  Motion passed.  We also discussed the $30 that was previously approved by the group to purchase door prizes for each meeting.  It was agreed that VP Bill would pick out some stuff from Dadant’s when we goes there.

Full Board Meeting 1/19/16

Ron called the meeting to order and welcomed our speaker, Mike Ross, from Dadant’s.  He reminded members that membership forms are due.  Forms can be obtained from Mike.

Treasurer’s Report:  We have $986.09 in the treasury.  We will be bringing in more money as members purchase bees.

Secretary’s Report: Please notify Diane of any changes to your contact information.  She will get a new roster out in a month or so.  She will also bring raffle tickets to the next meeting for the door prizes.

Old Business:  Bees are ordered!!   Here is the breakdown:

  • 100 packages of Italians
  • 50 packages of Russians
  • 25 extra Italian queens
  • 25 extra Russian queens

We will get a firm date for pick up as we get into spring.   We also discussed having a program in March to show new keepers how to install their bees, set up their hives, etc.  Another suggestion was some instruction on how to make and repair frames, hives and perform other maintenance tasks.  Herb will work on the three hives donated by Sean’s boss.  A general discussion ensued regarding parts needed and who might have some. We will need frames and foundation to put into the hives being refurbished for our junior beekeepers program.  We need 60 frames.  Bob offered to swap

We continue work on ways to reach out to new beekeepers.  On January 26 Matt Dutton from the Review Atlas will be doing an article on the WIBA.  He will be visiting Bob Frey’s apiary.

New Business:  Matt Ross from Dadant’s spoke to us about nutrition for bees.  He also explained that the ability to digest the protein offered is crucial to the health of bees and that different formulas are needed in the winter and then in the spring to stimulate brood rearing. It was a very interesting and informative program.  Matt brought us samples of Dadant’s new bee patties.  Bees need protein and new products such as AP23 include artificial protein developed by Dadant’s researchers. Matt also donated the book, The hive and the Honey Bee for our library.

Herb informed us that we need parts hives that are being refurbished for our junior beekeepers program. Bob will swap out some of his foundation to help the cause and a motion was made by Diane and seconded by Donny that the club spend up to $100 for the rest of the supplies needed to outfit the new hives.  Danny Hart has 3 boxes of Dadant foundation that he will sell to us for $75 for the Junior beekeepers.  We agreed to purchase it.

Our next meeting is MONDAY February 15 instead of Tuesday because there is another program scheduled at the Farm Bureau building.  Motion to adjourn was made by Diane, seconded by Chuck.  We adjourned at 8:10 pm.

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2016 Packed Bee Order Form

If you are a member of Western Illinois Beekeepers and would like to order packed bee through the club please use the following form: WIBA 2016 Package Bee Order Form

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Constitution & Bylaws

The Western Illinois Beekeepers’ Association bylaws have been added to the website.  Click here to view them: Constitution & Bylaws

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January 2016 Meeting Agenda

Western Illinois Beekeepers
Meeting Agenda January 19, 2016

 

  1. President’s Report
  1. Treasurer’s Report
  1. Secretary’s Report/ Roster updates
  1. Old Business
    1. Bee packages
    2. Speakers for this year
    3. Mentors for new and/or newer bee keepers
    4. Outreach to new potential bee keepers

 

  1. Speaker – Gabe Dadant: Nutrition for Bees
  1. New Business
  1. For the good of the Cause

 

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December 2015 Meeting Minutes

Meeting MinutesWestern Illinois Beekeepers

Minutes – December 15, 2015

 

Board Meeting:   Pres. Ed. informed us that Jeff Holt of the Review Atlas is going to do a promotional article about WIBA and beekeeping.  The article will come out after Christmas and hopefully will encourage more folks to get into beekeeping and give them our info to help them get involved.   He also brought up the idea of us sending a thank you card and check to the Warren/Henderson Farm Bureau for allowing us to use their building.  They have never charged us any fee for having our meetings here and we have never really thanked them.  Diane moved that we send them a card and a check for $100 for them to use for their outreach programs.  Donnie Darnell seconded.  Motion passed.  Bob Frey told us that Wilbanks will only have Italian bees and they will cost around $115.00

 

Full Meeting:

President’s Report:  We have a new member named Rhonda Klein.  Rhonda is from Macomb.  Welcome Rhonda!  Pres. Ed presided over the election of officers.  Motion to approve the slate was made by Chuck Boydstun, seconded by Rick Camp.  Motion passed.  New Officers are:  President – Ron Arteaga; VP – Bill Mc Donald; Treasurer – Mike Kraynak; Secretary – Diane Kroll.  As per our constitution, the new president will appoint the directors.  If you are interested in serving as a director, please let Ron know.  

Treasurer’s Report:  Our current balance is $3,845.03.  Mike shared the Board’s decision to give $100 to the Farm Bureau; members supported the decision.   Membership dues for an individual are:  $20 total; $10 for WIBA and $10 to the American Beekeepers Assoc.  for the American Bee Journal.  Family dues are $30; only one member of the family may vote.

Secretary’s Report: Diane will pass around a roster once people have paid their dues.  After corrections are made it will go out via email to members.

Old Business:  Gabe Dadant will be our speaker in January.  He will talk about bee nutrition.  In February, Bee Inspector Susan Kivikko will be our speaker. Bill McDonald will talk about Driftwatch in March.

We discussed the spring bee purchase.  Wilbanks can get us early delivery in March.  Hardemens delivered out bees last year.  We were supposed to get them in April but because of weather we didn’t get them until June.  Overall, members were pleased with the quality of the bees even though they were late.  After a long discussion, Betsy Larson moved that we find out how many keepers wanted early bees.  Motion was seconded by Chuck Boydstun.  Motion passed.  Bob Frey is going to call members to see how many folks want early delivery.   We will continue the discussion about the bee order in January.

New Business:  We discussed bee equipment and maintenance.  It was brought up that many of us need practice putting frames together and doing other maintenance and repairs.  We discussed doing some of that at a future meeting.  To encourage better attendance at our meetings, Ron moved that we set aside $30 for each meeting to provide door prizes to be given away.  Bill McDonald seconded the motion.  Motion passed.

ALSO – our February meeting will take place on Monday, February 15 because the building is already being used on Tuesday

Motion to adjourn was made by Chuck Boydstun, seconded by Donnie Darnell.  We adjourned at 8:10 to sample the holiday goodies that folks brought for us to enjoy.  Happy Holidays to all!

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2016 Membership Forms Now Available

Member Stamp Shows Membership Registration And SubscribingThe 2016 Membership Form is now available online.  It is available on our  Membership Page for download.

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Bee Class

Phil Crandall will be putting on his yearly bee classes at Nahant Marsh in Davenport Iowa just off the I-280 Bridge. The website for registration is http://nahantmarsh.org/. The class is a good one and lasts 6 weeks I believe.

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December 2015 Meeting Agenda

Western Illinois Beekeepers
Meeting Agenda December 15th, 2015

  1. President’s Report
  2. Treasurer’s Report
  3. Secretary’s Report/ Roster updates
  4. Old Business
    1. Speakers for this year.
  5. New Business
    1. Report from Ron on the status of outlook for 2016 bee delivery
    2. Bee promotional speakers
    3. Outreach to new potential bee keepers
    4. Mentors for new and/or newer bee keepers.
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October 2015 Meeting Minutes

Meeting MinutesWestern IL Beekeepers Meeting

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.

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