Walter opens mtg
New beekeepers welcome
No july club mtg due to state conference
State fair exhibit
Eno festival volunteers
Please call her to volunteer for these events
Randal Austin talk is about the hive as a single organism
The meeting opened with the introduction of several new members, many of which had recently graduated from Bee School.
The installation of two top bar hives and two Langstroth hives at Blackwood Farm Park is a success. They are doing well.
State beekeeper Association cards are available for pick-up. Members were reminded to sign in at each monthly meeting.
Guest speaker, Pat Jones, who is Deputy Director of Pesticide Programs for the North Carolina Department of Agriculture, presented the topic, “Pollinator Protection Update.” License plates with Beekeeper logos are now available at the State license Plate Agency.
The board approved the 2016 budget . Mary Leonhardi [POC ]
Walter Starks, the President, is still looking into prices of liability insurance.
John Rintoul is still working on finding new hive locations. Carrboro High School is high on the list of possibilities, but there are many more streams to cross before the locations are tied down.
The Extractor Protocol is on our website. Fred Fesel is the point of contact (POC).
GAPS, the Achievement Award, is cancelled for this year.
John Rintoul is POC for pursuing a nonprofit educational designation for our club, under 501 (c) (3), for tax purposes.
We are looking into offering a Graduate Course in Beekeeping Exploring Concepts. Both David Eckert and Randall Austin are POCs for advanced bee education.
With the Centennial Celebration approaching, Chris Apple, as POC, is exploring the idea of presenting 100 Plant Pollinators at the 2017 Fair.
We will continue to have open Listserve Access with spelled-out limitations. Water Starks is POC.
President Walter Starks opened the meeting at 7:11 p.m. with an introduction of new members. There were several. The meeting was well attended with few empty seats.
He presented Cynthia Speed and Chris Apple with recognition gifts for their previous service as joint club presidents. Chris asked anyone interested in the Outreach Program, which would involve going to schools for presentations, to contact her.
Chris and Cynthia also said they would like to get an early start on designing the Orange County Beekeepers Association booth for the NC State Fair in October and requested ideas for it. They would like it to be extra special this year since 2017 is the 100th anniversary of the founding of the North Carolina Beekeepers Association. Chris also asked anyone with knowledge of past club events to contact her as she hopes to put together a club history of the Orange County Beekeepers Association.
Club Treasurer Mary Leonhardi was in attendance collecting dues and selling $2 OCBA patches.
After the business portion of the meeting, the president introduced the guest speaker, Chris Richmond, who gave a useful and informative presentation on swarm retrieval and cutouts. He has a lot of experience on this subject as he is the coordinator of the OCBA Swarm Patrol. Several questions followed the presentation and the meeting adjourned at 9 p.m.
Fred Fesel Secretary