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April 14, 2016 Minutes

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.

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Board Meeting Minutes, March 22, 2016

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.

 

 

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March 2016 Minutes

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.

Respectfully submitted,

Fred Fesel Secretary

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January 12, 2016 Meeting Minutes

Our new club president Walter Starks opened the meeting at 7:11pm.  36 members were in attendance.

Walter welcomed all members both old and new.  Several new bee school attendees were welcomed as well.

Dave Eckert told us that 8 people applied for the 2016 Apprentice Program.  Two great candidates were chosen.  They will be attending bee school and giving a presentation to the club in the fall about their first season keeping bees.

The need for experienced beekeepers at field day at the end of bee school was brought up tying in the introduction of the First Year Clusters.   This group will create the opportunity  to connect beekeepers that have already successfully over wintered at least one hive in NC with newbees. He emphasized how much everyone ends up learning and how much fun it is.  If there is enough interest a monthly field day schedule may be created.  OCBA members could caravan from apiary to apiary in a specific a region and open hives together.

Randall Austin suggested that the OCBA start a study group for those interested in attaining their Master Beekeeper Certification similar to Person County.  A sign up sheet was sent around and there was much interest.   He shared that mentoring a new beekeeper is a great way to get service credits.

Club Treasurer Mary Leonhardi was in attendance collecting dues and selling $2 OCBA patches.

Cynthia Speed mentioned the club hives that will be at Blackwood Farm.  She and Mary will maintain the top bar hive and Cedric Pearce will monitor the Langstroth at this site.  Walter and John Rintoul continue to tend the hives in Carrboro.

At 7:25pm Jenn Temple, paramedic intern at the Carrboro Fire Station 1 was introduced.  She gave a fantastic presentation that clearly demonstrated her passion to educate the community on all things related to health emergency management.

She shared her thoughts on EPI pens and the proper time to use the same.  She could not emphasize enough how important it is to call 911 if there is ever a breathing issue.  The rule of thumb is to always call if you think you need help.  You are not bothering them – they would rather come out and discover all is well than not be called and a serious problem develops.

Jenn also stressed the importance of everyone becoming CPR certified.  It is an important tool that aids in what is called Meaningful Recovery.  The sooner you do CPR on a person the greater chance they have to recover back to their original state.

She also talked about heart attack signs, stroke, seizure disorder, bleeding, broken bones and heat related emergencies.

Jenn finished her presentation and the meeting was adjourned at 8:05pm

Respectfully submitted,

Jan Rogers

 

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November 12, Meeting Minutes

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

 

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