The OCBA is gearing up for a busy fall. Along with our regular monthly meetings on the second Thursdays of each month, we will be hosting a number of other events. On September 14th, there will be a field day to learn how to apply soft chemical treatments for Varroa Mites, time and location TBA. On September 21, we will host a workshop to learn how to use beeswax. This will take place at Lewis’ shop on 86 N. from 10-12. please email Geneva for directions or look for more details on the listserve. On November 2nd will again teach our introductory bee school from 10-12.
2012 was a great year for OCBA and we hope to have another good one. We have many familiar faces in our leadership this year and some new faces. Dick Merritt and ‘Lizbeth Collins will continue on in their present roles. Our outgoing director,Watty Bowes, will continue in his role of coordinating outreach and assist Rex Williams, our incoming director, in all of outreach work. Charles Fleckenstein, and Chris Richmond, continue on as directors. Todd Walker finishes up as president but will continue to help us by coordinating the 2013 Bee School with Dick as our registrar. David Bailey who this year is starting his own local bee supply company will be working with Todd on our 4-H program. Inge Kautzmann will serve to get the word out as our Announcement and Web Site Coordinator. Lucy will continue as our pollinator garden coordinator and is looking for volunteers to help keep up the garden.
Our other big change is our change in venue. Starting in January 2013, we will be meeting at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Hillsborough, 1710 Old NC 10, Hillsborough, NC. As in the past we will meet the second Thursday of the month at 7pm. Our first meeting will be January 10th: Randall Austin Your Bees Stink, Pheromones in the Hive.
Bee School will meet from 7pm to 9pm each Tuesday evening for 10 weeks. The first class will be held on January 8th and will begin at 7:00 pm. Sign-in and registration will begin at 6:30 pm. Preregistration for bee School is almost full so don’t wait to sign up.
No OCBA Meeting In July!
In July the North Carolina State Beekeeper’s Association holds its annual summer meeting. This is a great opportunity to meet other beekeepers, participate in workshops, and hear lectures from some of the top researchers in the country. Because the meeting coincides with our July meeting the OCBA will have no July Meeting. To learn more about this event go to:
Instead of our meeting we will hold a potluck/ hive inspection. This will be a chance for us to spend time together socially. We will also do a full hive inspection and test for Varroa mite loads with our state inspector, Will Hicks. Please RSVP with Fred Fesel email@example.com to obtain directions and help us manage the potluck by telling us what dish you would like to bring and how many are in your party.
Look Forward to seeing you there.
Logan and Geneva were interviewed on a live radio show on Carrboro’s local station. To hear the entire conversation, go here: Courage Cocktail Radio Show #44 All About Bees