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MEETING NOTES AND MINUTES

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.