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need-your-helpKyle Ward,  one of the students who joined us last month from the “Beekeeping and the Environment” class from WIU in Macomb, needs help getting two topics for research.   Kyle needs to do two presentations for his educational program.  If you have a good topic for Kyle to pursue, or you need some research done to address a problem with your bees, please contact Kyle at kpward@wiu.edu or 815-441-2711.

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March 2015 Meeting is Tuesday

meeting_roomIt is that time again. Our monthly Western Illinois Beekeepers meeting is Tuesday.
Meeting Agenda March 17, 2015
I. President’s Report
II. Treasurer’s Report
III. Secretary’s Report

a. Rosters – more corrections!

IV. Old Business

a. Constitution Committee –update

b. Bee packages/update

c. Members have equipment for sale

V. New Business

a. Annual Picnic – time, place, host

VI. For the Good of the Cause – what’s happenin’ with your hives?

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

Date and Time: 3/17 at 7pm


 

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February 2015 Meeting Minutes

Meeting MinutesWestern IL Beekeepers Meeting

Minutes – February 17, 2015

Board Meeting

 

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.

 

Full Meeting

 

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 kpward@wiu.edu 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!

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February 2015 Meeting is Tuesday

meeting_roomIt is that time again. Our monthly Western Illinois Beekeepers meeting is Tuesday.
Meeting Agenda February 17, 2015
I. President’s Report
II. Treasurer’s Report
III. Secretary’s Report

a. Rosters – final correction before distribution
b.Non Profit Status – AG 990

IV. Old Business

a. Constitution Committee – Volunteers
b. Bee packages/update – How to assemble your new hive
c. Members have equipment for sale

V. New Business

a. Annual Picnic – time, place, host
b. Should we bring snacks, coffee, etc. for meetings/

VI. For the Good of the Cause – what’s happenin’ with your hives?

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

Date and Time: 1/20 at 7pm


 

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January 2015 Meeting Minutes

Meeting MinutesWIBA Board Meeting 1/20/15

President Ed Melvin welcomed the group.

The 2015 Officers are:

President – Ed Melvin

Vice President – Ron Arteaga

Treasurer – Mike Kraynak

Secretary – Diane Kroll

Directors – Donnie Darnell, Bob Frey, Bill Murdock. We need more Directors!

 

Treasurer Mike Kraynak reported that he hoped members would pay at the meeting. He also will be collecting money for packages of bees at the meeting. A full report will be made in February.

We discussed the T-shirts that we had voted on at a prior meeting. Apparently there is a problem with the logo that won because it is too similar to the Illinois Beekeepers Association and there may be some copyright issues. President Ed said he would investigate the issue. If we have to change the logo we will have another contest.

Vice President Ron Arteaga discussed the need to make some changes and updates to the WIBA constitution. He identified some of the issues and the board decided to create a committee to update the constitution.

Full Board Meeting 1/20/15

Lots of members and newcomers at the meeting – 37 keepers attended. President Ed welcomed all and said he hoped we would have a great year. A sheet was passed around to get everyone’s contact information and updates.

The first order of business was the ordering of bees for the spring. VP Ron said that the Carniolan queens might come later than the other breeds because they are ordered from a different supplier. There is a limited supply of Carniolans. The group ordered 200 packages of bees and when we run out, we run out. Mike told the members he was keeping track; but folks should order at the meeting if they wanted bees. Bob Frey mentioned that Dadant’s still has bees to order.

We then discussed the need to update the constitution. Secretary Diane moved to form a committee, Bob Frey seconded. Motion passed. Volunteers should tell Diane if they are interested. It was agreed that some Board members would also serve.

A keeper questioned whether the WIBA was recognized as a non-profit organization by the state of IL. Some long-time members thought we had at one time filled out the paperwork to be a non-profit. Diane said she would check on the state’s website. If we are still on the list we will need to fill out an AG990 form to stay in good standing. Diane will report our status at the next meeting.

We also discussed placing a group order for equipment. We will discuss this further at the February meeting; but for some standard items we may get a better price if we order in bulk. Some members have items to sell and we will try to get the information and let members know.

Our last item of business was a demonstration by Bob Frey on how to make Bee Patties. It is a good idea to feed the bees this time of year to help them get ready for spring. The queen also needs food to help her begin to lay. Bob also had some baggies of feed for sale. He gave us the recipe to add water and sugar to make the patties. THANKS, BOB!

The meeting adjourned at 8:05. See you next month!!

pdf file: WIBA Minutes 1-20

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January 2015 Meeting is Tonight!

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

Items on the agenda:

  • Membership
  • by laws
  • bee ordering form

Bob Frey will demo how to make winter bee food,   Mega Bee and/or Brood Builder  either together or separate.

Packages of both products will  available for sale at meeting.
Price: for $1.50 for a package,  $3 for the combination pak.  A ration is 1 cup of product, of each.  Instructions on how the prepare will be  available.  Price may change, rounding up was used for ease of transaction.  All monies go to club

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

Date and Time: 1/20 at 7pm


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2015 Membership and Packaged Bee Order Forms

A new years is upon us and with that membership dues and packaged bee orders.  Please fill these out and either mail in to the address on the form or bring them to the January 20th meeting.  Packaged bee orders must be received by March 31, 2015.

2015 Membership Form (pdf)

2015 Membership Form - thumb2015 Package Bee Order Form (pdf)

Orders must be received by March 31, 2015

WIBA 2015 Package Bee Order Form - thumb

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December 2014 Meeting is Tonight! – BRING FOOD!

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

Food and Treats:

  • Bring some Christmas goodies to share

Items on the agenda:

  • Open forum

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

Date and Time:
12/16 at 7pm

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Bee Life Cycle

bee schedule

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November 2014 Meeting is Tonight!

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

Items on the agenda:

  • TBA

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

Date and Time:
11/18 at 7pm

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