Chris Apple and Cynthia Speed opened the meeting at 7:09pm. A record 51 members were present.
Chris addressed the need to elect new club officers. Walter Stark will act as President, John Rintoul: Vice President, Mary Leonhardi will be club Treasurer, Jan Rogers will remain as club secretary. As for Directors, Dave Eckert has one more year to his term, Cedric Pearce has two. Cynthia Woodsong nominated Randall Austin to serve a three year term, Dick Merritt seconded the motion.
Rex Williams was thanked as he finished his three year term and Dick Merritt was thanked for his many years serving as club Treasurer.
Chris and Cynthia recognized the many awards and mentions the club received at the State Fair including the coveted Sweepstakes Award showing that we tallied more points as a club than any other booth which is a reflection of who we are as a group. The booth itself made second place.
A big thank you went out to Keith Yow and his students at Cedar Ridge Woodshop whose light box and light posts really completed the look for Beeopolis. A donation of $200 will be made to them via their school by the club as a thank you.
Mary and Dick reminded us that all Memberships are due to be renewed in January. The fee remains only $5.00 and you receive all the benefits of the club.
In lieu of a December meeting we will be having an Open House Holiday Gala focusing on fellowship and fun. The club will provide beverages so please bring a finger food and stories to share to this relaxed gathering.
Dave Eckert updated us on the Apprenticeship Program and how he was reaching out to 4H Clubs, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Home schoolers and high schoolers. If any OCBA club members know of any 10-18 year olds that you think would be interested please let him know. Applications are due by December 13th.
Chris informed us that the OCBA 8 week Beginner Beekeeping class begins on January 19th.
Chris then invited Andi Bradsher, OCBA’s youngest apprentice, to share a PowerPoint presentation of her first year keeping bees. She discussed the trials and tribulations she experienced including losing a new hive to a leaky hive top feeder only to have the next hive abscond. Never the less, she continued on to educate her peers on keeping bees and working with wax. She even helped with a cut out. She thanked the club for giving her the opportunity to learn about bees.
Next up was Haylee Borden who also had a fabulous PowerPoint presentation. She shared with us what she did each month of her first year keeping bees giving much credit to her mentor Dave Eckert. She shared pictures of her bees and equipment and mentioned some Outreach activities she participated in.
Chris then invited Jeff Lee of Lees Bees up to educate us on migratory beekeeping. His presentation was both educational and entertaining. He’s explained why he has two locations (there are not enough bees in Orange County) and that his business is 93% pollination and 7% honey production. The sheer volume of bees and hives he works with is impressive. He emphasized the need to keep his bees healthy and fed and that in his case replacing queens at least once a year is important. Although there are differences between hobbyist and migratory beekeeping, predominately with regard to what is done in the calendar year, Jeff confirmed that we are all on the same team when it comes to caring about the honeybee and appreciating the important role they play in the grand scheme of things.
Jeff finished his presentation at 8:40pm.
The meeting adjourned at 8:45 pm.
Respectfully submitted by Jan Rogers