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MEETING NOTES AND MINUTES

August 29th, 2017 MINUTES OF MEETING

Pre-business meeting began at 7:07

Honeybee Health Coalition.org videos were shown by President Jones.

**September Tasks-Nancy Ruppert**

Evaluate pests in your hives.

Employ preventive measures for American Foul Brood.

Complete varroa mite treatment and retest for effectiveness by the end of the month. V mites can cause deformed wings, weakness, and spread viruses through the hive, among other conditions.

Begin feeding 2:1 syrup by mid-month.

Perform a Nosema assessment of your hives. Symptoms of Nosema include weak bees, including the inability to fly; bees that won't eat; diarrhea.

Combine weak hives. Keep brood box on the bottom, as this is the natural position for bee brood.

Integrated Pest Management should utilize multiple methods, rotating those found to be most effective. Essential oils, formic acid, Varroa-resistant queens--beekeepers should utilize what works best for them! Remember one thing that is consistantly true--Timing Is Everything!

Planning for Spring--Spring is the optimal time to perform hive splits and requeen, though most hives will requeen themselves every year or so. Monitor brood pattern, bee population, etc., to see if intervention is needed. Summer solstice is the approximate peak hive population date; therefore, it is an excellent target date for decisions regarding queen effectiveness and replacement. Spring is the time for the 6 week honey flow, so plan your spring equipment needs, order queens early if you need them, and use those long, mostly idle winter months to carefully plan for your hives' health and well-being.

Excellent question during discussion--"Are we encouraging, promoting, and creating chemically-dependent bees by our own dependence and reliance on chemical treatments?" This is a vitally important question on multiple levels, and one that all beekeepers should consider carefully. How beekeepers approach "intervention", particularly with chemicals and other human-introduced controls, will affect much more than just the beekeeping world. The decisions beekeepers make will affect THE WORLD ITSELF in ways from small to great. We have a huge responsibility.

**Business Meeting**

Business portion of the meeting was called to order at 8:34.

Invocation by Kenny Bailey.

Treasury reported a balance of $1972.03, and the report was accepted by hand vote. There was no secretary's report submitted.

1st day of CC Fair is 9/1/17, and entrance is free. Take advantage of this, and see the amazing CCBA boorh and others exhibits as well.

9/9 Columbus County Beekeepers Honey Festival

10/14 Carver's Creek State Park event from 10-3.

10/9 Spring Lake Farmer's Market.

10/30 Fund raiser

It was recommended that members view

the magazines purchased for the Headquarters Library on your next visit there. Education of the public is of paramount importance to beekeeping on EVERY LEVEL. The CCBA secretary had such an opportunity at a meeting/clinic of the Fayetteville Rose Association this Spring, and was able to correct the erroneous viewpoint presented regarding neonicotinoids, that they were "safe, effective, and harmless". The education that our members receive is an asset we pass on to the community and ultimately the world.

Raffle items were donated by Green Side Up and Bubba's, as well as items from the association. Congrats to all the winners.

Meeting was adjourned at approximately 9p.m.

July 25th, 2017 MINUTES OF MEETING

Pre-business meeting:

The purchase of honey and jars for the October meade-making meeting was discussed and will proceed.

Business meeting:

Invocation

Jim Fleming presented a motion to accept the June secretary and treasury reports, John Harris seconded, and the motion passed by hand vote.

Authorization to purchase 5 gallons of honey and small honey bear containers and jars for the CC Fair passed by vote.

The club passed a motion for the purchase of a honey bee mascot costume ( $300 maximum cost).

The floor was open for suggestions regarding the CCBA booth at the CC Fair. More ideas to engage children was one idea that everyone agreed was important. Members were encouraged to volunteer for this event! Flyers about beekeeping classes were one item that will be printed, as many new beekeepers are reached at the fair.

Club honey tasting-"How Does Yours Compare??"-was suggested.

Carver's Creek State Park event is October 14th. Volunteer on Sign Up Genius!!! Nancy Ruppert gives an awesome hive demonstration, and kept a crowd through the entire time last year! Everyone had fun, learned some new things (not just about bee

s!), had a nice lunch, and had the opportunity to fellowship with members and the public. Don't miss this event!!!

June 27th, 2017 MINUTES OF MEETING

Pre-business meeting began at 7:05

Topics and dates:

NCSBA July 13-15

SCBA July 19-21, in Florence, SC

Cumberland County Fair September 1-10

NC State Fair October 12-22

**July Tasks-Nancy Ruppert**

Harvest honey

Perform splits

Continue beetle controls

Provide plentiful water

Replace failing queens, or queens over 2 years old

Consider replacing queens with varroa-sensitive queens, which open pupae to remove mites

Do varroa mite assessment and treat if needed.

Take pests seriously! President Jones showed varroa mite videos. This pest has only been present in the SE US since the 1990's,but has led to the weakening and demise of many bee colonies. There are a variety of measures which can be employed against these pests.

With the honey flow over, monitor hives for sugar syrup feeding.

There are diverse ways to attempt swarm prevention. Destroying queen cells will not automatically prevent swarming, but is one suggestion. Another is moving the queen through a split (10 feet from original hive.

When transporting a hive. be aware of heat, vibration, and sun.

When examining hive, don't turn frames on sides, as the queen can be injured or killed.

Open hives weekly during honey flow or when establishing a new hive, but every 4 to 6 weeks otherwise, unless monitoring or treating a threat. Opening a hive sets it back 2 days. During winter, closely watch food stores. Feed as needed, as starvation is a common cause of hive demise, Want to know approximate bee numbers or honey stores? Experience helps, but judging weight is an indicator of bee numbers and honey amounts.

**Business Meeting**

Meeting was called to order at 8:06

Invocation

Secretary's report and treasurer's report accepted by vote. A motion to purchase 5 gallons of honey to use in making meade ( for October ) was passed by vote, as well as reviewing the club website bill and the purchase of a $100 gift certificate to the McLaurins for assistance to the association.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:22.

MINUTES OF MEETING May 30th, 2017

Pre-business meeting began at 7:05:

Members discussed conditions and concerns of their hives.

Nancy Ruppert's recommendations:

Check for Varroa mites. Peak months for Varroa mites are August and September.

Watch for robbing of hives.

Watch for Small Hive Beetle and Wax Moth presence, and contain infestations when they occur.

Don't use Honey Bee Healthy at this time of year, as it encourages robbing.

Feed only if there is a reason: a split, a late nuc, or some other significant concern.

Honey extracting demonstration by Kenny Jones

Business meeting began at 7:45:

The business meeting was opened with prayer.

he secretary's report was not available. The treasurer's report was reviewed and accepted by vote.

A $100 gift certificate in appreciation for donations was approved by club vote and will be sent by President Jones.

Volunteers for Cub Scout demonstrations June 26th-30th were sought. Let Kenny Jones know if you are interested or sign up on Sign Up Genius.

Plans for the CCBA field trip with Apiary Inspector Nancy Ruppert were discussed and finalized.

The 100 year observance of the North Carolina State Beekeepers Association is July 13th in Winston-Salem.

The raffle winners for May were Kathleen Hare, Kirk Beringer, and Alba Young.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:18.

MINUTES 0F MEETING April 25th, 2017

The pre-business meeting opened at 7:05:

There were multiple events that were already attended by the CCBA in April:

Agriculture Field Day was April 11th at the NC Co-op Extension office.

South River Electric Membership Corporation held the Annual Meeting of Members April 20th at the Crown Arena, where CCBA had a booth. Bob Wholey, Paul Johnson, and Kirk Beringer volunteered for the event.

Upcoming events for the rest of April:

There are to be two presentations at Kimberly Hampton Primary School on April 27th. The presentaions are to the 4th and 5th grades.

There will be a presentation to the Corvias Group on Ft. Bragg by Tammy Shaw and Bob Wholey on April 28th.

The Cape Fear Botanical Garden will host a May Day event with traditional festivities, including a May Pole, on April 30th. There will be a lot to enjoy at the event, including a presentation by CCBA.

May events:

May 6th Born and Bred in Greenville, NC

May 9th TC Berrian School

May 12th The Cameron Group

May 19th The Agriculture Business Tour

May 20th Sandhills Family Heritage Association

June 3rd is the CCBA Field Day with Nancy Ruppert. It will begin at the CFBG. Members are encouraged to have their hives used for demonstration.

NCSBA will host the Summer meeting in Winston-Salem July 7th thru the 13th. This is the centennial celebration for the association.

**May Beekeepers Calendar**

Keep adding supers as needed to your hives. Consider an additional hive entrance - a 5/8" hole or a shim to leave space above the brood area.

Have extraction and bottling equipment ready.

Make splits at the end of the honey flow (the end of May).

Watch your hives for swarming behavior. Use prevention and capture techniques if swarms occur.

Replace poorly performing queens.

For re-queening strategies see notes from earlier meetings.

Nuc boxes will house a weak colony, and greatly increase the odds of their survival.

Plant annuals for the future benefit of your bees.

Small Hive Beetle controls: the Freeman bottom board, beetle jails.

Each hive needs up to a gallon of water a day. Have 2 or more water sources. The hive is cooled by water foragers and fanning, so water is extremely important.

There are 16 May blooms - Blackberries, Sumac (4/3 - 9/1), Huckleberries, Crimson Clover (4/10 - 5/5), White Clover, Tulip Poplar, Tupelo Gum, Raspberries, Holly, Black Gum, Black Locust, Vetch, Gallberry, Privet, Persimmon, and Sweet Clover.

June - Sourwood

The business meeting opened at 8:01:

The invocation opened the meeting.

The secretary and treasurer's reports were accepted by motion and vote.

There was no unfinished business.

The new business was discussion of equipment available from Edith Griffith. The club is purchasing an extractor, which was recommended as a good investment by Jim Fleming. Mr. Fleming introduced a motion for the club to purchase equipment, and Paul Johnson seconded the motion, which passed by a show of hands. There is an inventory available on the club website.

The question of storage space for club equipment is ongoing.

Jim Fleming made a motion to fumigate used equipment that the club purchased, which was seconded by Bob Wholey and passed by show of hands.

Raffle results: 1st prize of nuc- John Horvath - 2nd prize of scratcher redonated

Meeting adjourned at 8:20.

March 28th, 2017 MINUTES OF MEETING

Pre-business meeting:

**April To-Do List** Remove feeders. Add honey supers every 7-10 days during nectar flow. Add honey supers and brood boxes when ones in use are 1/2 full. Maintain area around hives so that bee flight paths are not hindered. Continue swarm prevention/capture procedures. If you see a swarm, don't panic. Watch them as they may settle nearby. Replace queen if brood pattern is not satisfactory

The film "Finding Wild Honey Bees" demonstrated a way to locate hives of wild bees for capture.

**Business Meeting**

The business portion of the meeting opened at 8:00 p.m. The secretary's and treasurer's reports were accepted by motion. The club treasury balance is $3587.55. A year's subscription of American Bee Journal has been donated to the Headquarter's Library from CCBA. A donation to NC State was made in memory of Bill Sheppard from the CCBA. Anyone who wants to receive reminders about the monthly beekeeping meeting should be receiving them from One Call.

**New Business**

The club passed a motion to order 10 NCSBA cookbooks. The cost is $20 each.

To take tests for certification in the Master Beekeeping program you must be a member of the NCSBA.

The club is seeking donations of honey and bee products from our members to raise money at regional events that we attend.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:30.

CUMBERLAND COUNTY BEEKEEPERS ASSOCIATION MINUTES - February 28th, 2017

The pre-business meeting began at 7:10.

Upcoming dates:

NCSBA meeting March 3rd and 4th in SC.

The Fayetteville Camellia Show March 4th and 5th at the Bordeaux Convention Center.

3/12 Daylight savings time-Spring forward one hour.

The Cape Fear Wildlife Expo March 17-19. Volunteers needed.

3/20 First day of Spring.

April 8th-Grand opening of Midnight Bee Supply Company, 120 E. Maple Street, Vass, from 9-5. For more info go to MidnightBeeSupply.com

March: high temp average 64 degrees, low temp average 39 degrees

**Nancy's Calendar**

Swarming has already begun. Now is the time to implement swarm prevention techniques. Check for pests and diseases. Complete pest and disease treatments by early April to protect honey from contamination.

Small Hive Beetle prevention: The Freeman Beetle trap, beetle jails.

Varroa Mite treatment: Mite Away Quick Strips are the only treatment that can be used during the honey flow.

If honey stores are low, feed with sugar syrup of 1:1 ratio or thinner.

Add additional honey supers now; continue to add as needed. Remove entrance reducers. Equalize hives to strengthen weak hives. Rearrange hive bodies to give the queen more room to lay. Remember bees move up to take advantage of usable space, not down. Replace old, undesirable comb.

Swarm prevention methods:Hive splits, removal of queen cells, checker-boarding of frames, removal/replacement of queen, baiting empty hives for swarm retrieval.

Queen assessment:Brood laying pattern, attitude, age, level of production. Additionally, queens can have the VSH (Varroa Sensitive Hygiene) quality. VSH colonies remove mites from one another.

A break in production through replacement of the queen can clear up diseases, and potentially keep a hive from swarming. This is done by removing the current queen and replacing her by one of several methods: Requeening w/ a mated queen-high level of acceptance; requeening w/a virgin queen-50-60% acceptance; using a queen cell-40 day delay in egg laying. A "walkaway queen" is produced with brood frames, workers, honey and pollen, placing them "15 feet or 3 miles" from the hive of origin.

**Spring Info**

The honey-making process involves bees being attracted to nectar in flowers, gathering the nectar, and the removal of water and addition of enzymes (supplied by the bees) to produce honey. Labeling directions for honey are on the NCSBA website. How to register for certified honey is at the site RealNChoney.com.

NCSBA has sample questions at the association website to prepare for testing in Certified, Journeyman, and Master Beekeeper categories.

**Business Meeting**

The business portion of the meeting opened at 8:09. The invocation was delivered by Chaplain Bailey. The minutes from January were approved by a show of hands.

The treasury balance was $3556.59, and the report was accepted by a show of hands.

On April 14th (Good Friday) Epicenter Church will host Hop in the Park.

A proposal to present the Headquarter's Library with a beekeeping magazine was passed by a show of hands.

President Jones suggested to members the book Honeybee Diseases and Pests as an invaluable resource.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:28.

CUMBERLAND COUNTY BEEKEEPERS ASSOCIATION JANUARY 2017 MONTHLY MEETING

Tuesday, January 31st, 2017

**January 31st, 2017 Pre-business Meeting**

The pre-business meeting opened at 7:15. The first item was the addition of the approval by acclaimation of the unopposed slate of 2017 officers and board of directors members to the November 29, 2016 meeting minutes. The 2017 CCBA officers and board members were introduced.

**January Topics**

Starvation-a leading cause of colony collapse.

President Kenny Jones has been visiting other NC beekeeping chapters (5 in the last 30 days). Fellow beekeeping chapters are a great source of ideas and inspiration. Hearing how other chapters do things was very informative.

The Calendar for Beekeeping in Central NC, from Nancy Ruppert, Apiary Inspector, was passed out to members and guests.

Swarm collection list was updated.

CCBA dues ($10) are currently being collected. NCSBA dues are $15, and offer many benefits to all members. All CCBA members are encouraged to join the state association.

**January Beekeeping Notes**

Use pollen patties where needed; get equipment ready for Spring; order bees now; combine weak hives; insulate (where needed); move hives to optimal location (sunny with good air circulation); check for dead bees; remove old or drone-prone comb; check for Nosema and other diseases and pests; see calendar for complete list.

**Upcoming Events**

Spring State Beekeepers meeting March 3rd & 4th.

The Summer State Beekeeping meeting, usually held in mid-July, will mark the 100th anniversary of the association.

A goal for CCBA is the Golden Achievement Program recognition. The program encourages contributions from individuals in local chapters as well as group contributions and activities.

**Hands-On Demonstration**

The club had an excellent demonstration of making Honey Bee Healthy, with the added bonus of saving a considerable amount of money by making it from scratch. Honey Bee Healthy promotes hive health, prevents some parasites, and may discourage swarming. Also demonstrated was making a pollen patty. Thank you, Kenny and Rebekka.

**Club Business**

The business portion of the meeting opened at 8:15 with the invocation by Chaplain Kenny Bailey.

The addendum of the motion to the November 29th, 2017 minutes was submitted, seconded, and passed by acclamation.

The treasurer's report was accepted, with a balance of $3626.91.

Name tags and membership cards were discussed.

A motion for a donation of $100 in the memory of Bill Sheppard, former Apiary Inspector, was submitted by Jim Fleming, seconded by John Harris, and passed by a show of hands.

Using e-mail and the chapter website to keep members and the public informed of upcoming events, as well as posting minutes to save on costs, were discussed.

**Upcoming Events**

FSU event 2/11/17 at Cappel Arena.

CCBA Field Day with Nancy Ruppert, to be held at CFBG, is proposed for the 2nd weekend in March.

Born and Bred for 2017- Raising Queens classes in Greenville (May 6th) and Statesville (May 20th) are $75, with a class limit of 100 at each location.

Other Noted Events: Spring Lake Summer Reading at the library, Cumberland County Fair in September, Carver's Creek event in October, Christmas Parade - date?

Kenny Jones and Kenny Baily will be giving a class to certify beekeepers. You must be a member of the NCSBA.

The meeting adjourned at 8:43.

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEETING - JANUARY 10,2017 (Minutes Approved)

Tuesday, January 10th, 2017

Members present: Kenny Jones, President; Bob Wholey, Vice-president; Connie Blacketer, Secretary; John Horvath, Treasurer; Paul Johnson, 1st year board member; Jim Fleming, 2nd year board member; (ex officio member) Kenny Bailey, Chaplain.

**Items Discussed**

January meeting: Finalize schedule of presentations, speakers, and events for 2017./par Bee sources for new members.

Recipes: pollen patties, fondant, Honey Bee Healthy to be available to members.

Membership, both at the local and state levels, are of continued importance. Positive benefits of state membership wre covered, and board members are required to be state members. /par Lifespan of a beekeeper: 2 years. By the 3rd/4th year only 15% remain!

Name tags instead of membership cards have been suggested, as well as monthly meeting attendance door prizes.

The CCBA logo was selected.

There will be a need for honey donations for events in 2017, including the county and state fairs, the expo at FSU, and others.

CCBA still needs a permanent storage facility for our equipment.

MINUTES OF NOVEMBER (LAST 2016) MEETING (Approved w/ correction reflected)

Tuesday, November 29th, 2016

The annual dinner meeting began at 6:45 with the pre-business portion. Memberships and how the gift baskets and bee equipment would be awarded were determined. An opening prayer was led by Chaplain Kenny Bailey, followed by a holiday poem from Jim Fleming.

Dinner and membership sign-ups followed.

Nancy Ruppert provided the December year-end review and hive assessment:

As much as possible, leave the hives alone. Take a break. Combine weak hives and those with failing queens. If there is less than a super of honey, feed 2:1 syrup. Small hives may be insulated.

Kenny Jones showed slides reviewing 2016.

In January, a new law regarding the use of antibiotics goes into effect. The change can affect beekeepers.

**Upcoming Events and Dates**

FSU Exposition 2/11/17

North and South Carolina Spring Beekeepers Meeting 3/3-4/17

Cape Fear Wildlife Expo 3/17-19/17

Earth Day 4/22/17

Dogwood Festival date? $100 and $300 entry fees.

Kenny Jones and Kenny Bailey are going to lead a certification program for beekeepers. Dates and more information will follow.

Meeting began at 7:50.

Minutes from October were distributed.

With the 12/6 2017 Officer and Director election date upcoming - and no one indicating an interest to added to the ballot - and no one running opposed for any electable post, a motion was made and seconded to accept the list of candidates by acclamation. A hand vote supported the motion. The slate of officers and directors for 2017 are Kenny Jones, President; Bob Wholey, Vice-president; Connie Blacketer, Secretary; John Horvath, Treasurer; Paul Johnson, 1st year board member; Jim Fleming, 2nd year board member; Gary Gill (serving the remaining term of Jim Griffith), 3rd year board member; (ex officio) Kenny Bailey, Chaplain.

The treasury report was submitted. The ending balance was $3817.92.

Gift baskets and bee equipment were awarded by drawing tickets. Tickets were given for 2016 and 2017 paid memberships to CCBA.

The meeting adjourned at 8:23.