Meeting Agenda Tuesday October 18, 2016

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Meeting Agenda Tuesday October 18, 2016

1. President’s Report
2. Treasurer’s Report
3. Secretary’s Report/ Roster updates
4. Old Business

A. Bee order for 2017
B. Junior beekeeping program

5. New Business

A. Preparing your hives for winter

6. For the good of the Cause

The Bee Boy’s Song by Rudyard Kipling
Bees! Bees! Hark to your bees!
‘Hide from your neighbours as much as you please, But
all that has happened, to us you must tell,
Or else we will give you no honey to sell!’

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Meeting Minutes September 20, 2016

Meeting MinutesWestern IL Beekeepers Meeting

Minutes September 20, 2016

 

We did not have a Board Meeting.

 

No president’s report as Ron was busy “walking his daughter down the aisle”! Congratulations Ron and Jan!

 

Treasurer’s Report:  We have $4,663.59 in the treasury.

 

Secretary’s Report:  Our membership roster is up to date

 

Old Business:  Junior Bee Keeping Program –  One of the junior keepers has lost her hive but will try again next year.  Anne will contact the junior keeper who did a 4-H project on her bees.  We also discussed the process of selecting junior keepers for next year and came up with the following guidelines:

  1. Applicants must be at least 10 years old
  2. The applicants can be from Knox, Warren, and Henry counties.
  3. Applicants must submit an essay to the club to tell why they want a bee hive
  4. Once selected the Jr. Keepers must sign an agreement which includes:
  5. Jr. Keepers must attend at least 2 meetings per year to let us know how they are doing.

 

The WIB will ensure the following:

  1. We will appoint one person as “Chief Mentor” to the Jr. Beekeeping program
  2. Each Jr. Keeper will be assigned an individual mentor who will be available for advice support and help in handling their hive and harvesting their honey.

 

New Business: Mike Kraynak talked about the Monarch Butterfly program that was held at Lake Storey.  He estimated that there were between 400-500 people who attended. Mike did a table display about beekeeping and there were many people interested in keeping bees.  We discussed the club having a table set up next year with a banner and an educational display and materials.  We need to get a WIB banner!

 

Rick Camp gave a demonstration about how to test for varroa mites. He takes ½ cup of bees (dead) and puts them in a jar with 2 Tbsp. of powder sugar.  Shake them and count the mites that come off of them.  If the mite to bee ratio is high; treat for varroa.

 

We also discussed the honey harvest.  Many keepers didn’t get any honey or had very little.  Keepers who processed earlier in the summer did pretty well.  It seems the bees started eating honey earlier this year.  Some thought it was because there was so much rain that there has been less nectar for the bees to eat.  Goldenrod is on now, but we are at the end of the season for food gathering.  Keepers should be feeding their bees now.

 

FINALLY, HONEY TASTING!!  Lots of keepers brought their honey and we sure enjoyed it.  One of Mike Kraynak’s offerings was a dark, luscious berry honey.  We had darker honey, lighter honey – but one thing was sure –  all of it was DELISH!

 

Our next meeting is Tuesday, October 18, 2016

 

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Meeting Agenda Tuesday September 20, 2016

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Meeting Agenda  Tuesday  September 20, 2016

 

1. President’s Report

2. Treasurer’s Report

3. Secretary’s Report/ Roster updates

4. Old Business
A. Bee order for 2017

B.  Junior beekeeping program

5. Discussion

A.  Honey!!!!  Harvest, bottling, yield…. TASTING!

6.  New Business

7.  For the good of the Cause

 

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Meeting Minutes August 16, 2016

Meeting MinutesWestern Illinois Beekeepers Meeting August 16, 2016

Meeting was called to order at 7pm.

President’s report: Thank you to Betsy Larson for hosting our summer picnic. Although it was warm, everyone had a nice time. We approved to buy frames for the jr. beekeepers program, secured foundations sheets and refurbished hive bodies. Will have 3 hives for next year’s jr. beekeepers. Will have to decide on essays and how to judge them. Galesburg parks and recreation is hosting a monarch migration festival at lakeside nature center on south lake story road on September 10.

Treasurer’s report: 3 new members, balance of $4663.59.

Old business: Discussed how to advertise the jr. beekeepers program. Mike will get an application form for next meeting. Will discuss how and to whom to advertise. Suggestions were 4H, FFA, and local schools. Also we will need to decide on an age range for the applicants. It was also suggested that the beekeepers return the equipment if they decide to discontinue beekeeping so that we can sponsor another jr. beekeeper. We will reach out next spring for the applicants.

Discussion: We discussed how much of the frames need to be capped before harvesting the honey. Around 90% seemed to be enough to be able to harvest. Some thought the nectar flows are almost over for the season. Jim Wellwood the the new bee inspector for our region. We also discussed honey and pollen bound hives and how to address those problems. Harvesting the honey and removing the pollen bound frames and replacing with frames with more room for the queen to lay were suggested. Several members talked about how they process wax cappings by rinsing well, filtering through cheesecloth or panty hose, then melting in a double boiler or solar oven. Some beekeepers are reporting an increase of hive beetles but not as many varroa mite infestations. Nematodes can be used to kill off the hive beetles. Also, it was suggested to store drawn wax with paracherobin (sp?) moth ball type pellets to keep out wax moths. There is one more time to treat for varroa mites before fall. Optimum temp for treating is 55 to 85 degrees. It is also time to start shrinking hives for winter and rotate brood boxes when the queen is in the upper brood box.

Next meeting on Tuesday, September 20, bring honey from your hives and we will have a honey tasting.

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Meeting Minutes July 19, 2016

Western IL Beekeepers Meeting

Minutes July 19, 2016

Meeting Minutes

 

Board Meeting:  We didn’t have much to discuss at our Executive Board Meeting.  We had a short discussion about the loss of queens this year.  We will be getting ready to discuss our order for next year soon.  The order must be made in December.  Bob Frey brought a book for our lending library.  It is Honey Essentials by John Connor. Thanks, Bob!

Full Board Meeting: President Ron welcomed everyone.  There were three new keepers present:  John Connor, Nancy Hicks and Joe Roberts.  Welcome to world of beekeeping, folks!

Treasurer’s Report: Mike informed us that we have $4,613 in our account.

Secretary’s Report:  Diane will add the new members to the roster and get a new list out to everyone.

Discussion:  We discussed our junior beekeeping program and asked Anne Knowles if she could contact Paige Sargent and ask her to come to our August meeting. We want to hear from all of our jr. keepers this year.  We agreed to sponsor 2 or 3 new juniors next year.

Many keepers are harvesting honey with some impressive totals.  Herb has gathered 228 lbs from 5 or 6 of his hives.  Rick Camp has pulled 150 lbs so far. We discussed prices for honey – Ron charges $7.50/pound; Mike charges $20/ quart.

Some questions were raised regarding swarming. Hives can get both honey and pollen bound.  Keepers can pull full frames from the center of the hive body and replace them with empty frames.  Be sure to rotate your hive bodies.  If you find your hive is bound you can also put a super on the bottom if you need to.  3 supers equal two hive bodies.  Some keepers use only supers because they are easier to handle.

Strong hives can fill 2-5 supers of honey quickly if the frames already have drawn wax. Keepers should have enough extra frames, supers, etc. to keep the hives working. We discussed plasti-cel vs. wax foundation.  Some keepers have had success with the plastic, others haven’t.

Jim Browning has two queens separated by an excluder in one of his hives.  Experienced keepers said that you can run a dual queen system or you can split the hive into two hives. Caucasian bees can often tolerate two queens per hive.

With regard to harvesting, if you do the oven method you lose your drawn comb.  Also, your honey is no longer “raw”.  It becomes pasteurized if you put the frames in the oven to retrieve honey.

The “Honey Flow” hive is “A GIANT MESS!”  It results in burr comb (ugh!) and you can’t tell if your honey is ripe.  Don’t bother with it!

Herb has a 4 frame Dadant motorized extractor he will donate to the club.  It is old but working and for those who don’t have an extractor or have a bunch of frames, it will make the job easier.  The club will handle the loaning out of the extractor. Thanks, Herb!

Many keepers requeen in the fall to insure a strong hive going into winter. You don’t have to find the queen in your hive to know she is there.  If you see eggs and small larvae, the queen is there and doing her job!

We discussed having a meeting in the future where newer keepers can practice putting frames together, and learn how to split hives and make nucs.  That is an excellent idea we will pursue during the winter.

We had a great meeting with lots of learning and discussion and we adjourned at 8:10 p.m.

 

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Meeting Agenda Tuesday August 16, 2016

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Meeting Agenda Tuesday August 16, 2016

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1. President’s Report

2. Treasurer’s Report

3. Secretary’s Report/ Roster updates – New Rosters!

4. Old Business

A. Junior beekeeping program.

5. Discussion
A. Honey!!!! Harvest, bottling, yield….

6. New Business

7. For the good of the Cause

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Meeting Agenda Tuesday July 19, 2016

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Meeting Agenda  Tuesday July 19, 2016

 

  1. Old Business
  2. Secretary’s Report/ Roster updates
  3. Treasurer’s Report
  4. President’s Report
    1.  Upcoming Picnic: Betsy Larsen’s House.  Saturday July 23rd at 3:00 PM.  Her address will be sent to all members.   Bring a side dish to pass – Betsy will supply the hamburger.
    2.  How are your bees?
  5. Discussion
    1.  Honey!!!!  Harvest, bottling, yield….
    2. Heading into Fall:  How to prepare
  6. For the good of the cause

 

 

 

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Meeting Agenda Tuesday May 17, 2016

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Meeting Agenda Tuesday May 17, 2016
1. President’s Report

2. Treasurer’s Report

3. Secretary’s Report/ Roster updates – Betsy Larsen will read minutes from April’s meeting. Thanks, Betsy!

4. Old Business

A. How are your bees?

1. Queen Losses

B. Junior Beekeeping program – How are the new keepers?

Program – Speaker Mary Johnson of Knox County will speak on Pollination habitat.  All that want to can meet at the Maple City Cafe at 5:45 for supper.

A. Bill McDonald – Register for Driftwatch

6. New Business

7. For the good of the Cause

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Meeting Agenda for Tuesday April 19, 2016

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Meeting Agenda Tuesday April 19, 2016
1. President’s Report
2. Treasurer’s Report
3. Secretary’s Report/ Roster updates – Diane’s not here today! Betsy Larsen is taking notes. Thanks,
Betsy!
4. Old Business

A. Bee Distribution – How did it go?

1. Queen Losses

B. Junior Beekeeping program – How are the new keepers?

C. Outreach to new potential bee keepers

5. Program – Demonstrations and Ask a Beekeeper

A. Bill McDonald – Register for Driftwatch

B. Ask a Beekeeper –

6. New Business
7. For the good of the Cause

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Meeting Minutes March 15, 2016

Meeting MinutesWestern IL Beekeepers Meeting

Minutes March 15, 2016

WIBA Executive Board Meeting   

The Board approved an expenditure of $54 to put an ad in the Penny Saver for one week.  The PS covers Warren, Knox and Henderson Counties.  We hope to encourage folks to join us and also we will indicate we have bees for sale.  We need the revenue to cover the bee order and Ron’s travel expenses.   Nonmembers will have to join WIB to get bees.

Donny Darnell donated a box of 50 frames to help our junior beekeepers.   Thanks, Donny!  And thank to Herb Crompton for refurbishing the hives for the juniors.  They look great!

Ed Melvin will talk to Sean Pence and try to get him to do a program about increasing pollination habitat in May.

Full Board Meeting

Because of TERRIBLE weather, we didn’t have a lot of folks at the meeting, but those in attendance soldiered on! President Ron discussed the new bee packages coming in.  We hear they are a week late, but we will know more as we get closer to April.  We still have a lot of packages left and we need to sell them so we can break even.

Treasurer’s Report – Our current balance is $6,675.09

Secretary’s report – Diane is still working on updates

We discussed the Junior Beekeepers program.  Ann Knowles will be choosing the participants.  The young keepers will be expected to keep record books to track their projects.  Students will also be expected to come to one of our meetings to share their experience with us.  Students are welcome to come to any meeting – we are all glad to help them learn more about bees.

We then had an open discussion about bees and bee keeping.  Bob Frey gave a demonstration on how to put the packaged bees into a hive.

We continued the discussion started last month about mites.   Hives need to be treated 3 to 4 times during the summer.  Start to treat very soon, as soon as the queens start to lay drone cells.  Mites Away Quick Strips (formic acid) are a good product and they don’t harm the honey. Oxalic Acid is now legal in the US, but it can’t be used when honey is drawn. Use it in early spring or after honey has been harvested.  Keep track of your mite count.

If you have not started to rotate your hive bodies, start now.  It is one way to try to prevent swarming by making sure the queen has enough room to lay.  Dr. Tom Seely has information about how to attract swarms. Check the internet.

We discussed feeding our bees.  Feed 1:1 sugar water now.  The bees love the lemon grass extract added. You can buy lemon grass from many grocery stores.  Make a tea from it and add some to your syrup.    A top feeder is a good investment; they can be purchased from Dadant’s.  They can also be used as open feeders.   If you do that be sure to keep the open feeder AWAY from your hives so as not to attract robbers.

We discussed honey production.  About 60 lbs. of honey per year is about average.

As the storm subsided, Diane motioned to adjourn; Donny seconded and we adjourned at 8:00 p.m.

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