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OCBA meeting minutes-December 12, 2013 6:00 pm
1. Geneva welcomed members and guests. She expressed her thanks for the great year and reviewed it by recognizing club members with Volunteer Awards. In Outreach: Amy Porter, Brennan Stout, Cheryl Kozel, Chris Richmond, Christine Apple, Colin Stout, Connie Gaudette, David Eckert, Fred Fesel, John Harrell, Liz Lindsey, Logan Kroothoep, Lucy Wilson, Mike Stanley, Molly Carlson, Peter Stout, Randall Austin, Rex Williams, Serena Reavis, Toni Fesel, and Watty Bowes. She also recognized the officers and directors: Todd Walker, Dick Merritt, ‘Lizabeth Collins, Chris Richmond, and Rex Williams. Those recognized for Special Projects were Lewis Cauble: Joint Summer Field Day; David Eckert: Honey Extraction Workshop; Lucy Wilson: Pollinator Garden coordinator; Todd Walker: 4-H Program, Bee School and Swarms; Chris Apple, Cynthia Steed, John Harrell, and Mary Leonhardi: State Fair. She recognized Dick Merritt and ‘Lizabeth Collins for Long Time Service, Randall Austin as Listserv Advisor Extraordinaire, Rex Williams for Coordinating Outreach, and Logan Kroothoep as Best Club Representative.
2. Logan shared a power point presentation on his story as a beekeeper.
3. Club members enjoyed a festive potluck meal and a slideshow of photos from the year’s activities. The meeting was adjourned.
‘Lizabeth B. Collins
OCBA meeting minutes-November 14, 2013 7:00 pm
1. Geneva welcomed members and guests.
2. She thanked Cynthia and Chris, State Fair Gurus, for their amazing work on the club’s booth this year. She also mentioned David Bailey’s gift basket, Todd Walker’s blue ribbon in extracted light honey, 5th place to John Harrell for an amazing photo of a recessive gene (he has drones with white eyes, a youth’s 2nd place for a coloring book which also won Best in Show, Logan’s 2nd place in senior photography beating out Todd’s 3rd place in the same category, Logan also took a blue ribbon for his Honey Baked Cookies.
3. Geneva reminded the club members that the December meeting would be a Potluck Meal and begins at 6 pm
4. Club thanked Geneva for her work with this year’s Intro. To Beekeeping course. She reported that the highlight of the day was the participation in the waggle dance! The ten week Bee School begins in January; registration is up on the website.
5. Dick’s treasury report listed a total of $8,400. The club is in good shape, partially due to the money coming in from grants (Golden Achievement) and State Fair awards.
6. Before holding elections, Geneva spoke of how the club is completely run by volunteers. No matter what is needed, someone always steps up to the plate and accepts the responsibility to cover all the meetings, activities, and events that need to be held. Although she opened the floor for nominations for the position of 3 year Director, she also asked if there were any volunteers for the position. Cedric Pearce stepped up and volunteered for the position. The two remaining positions open for 2014 are for President and Vice President. After some discussion of titles, Chris Apple and Cynthia Speed volunteered to serve together. The club enthusiastically approved the candidates for all offices.
7. Watty voiced the club’s appreciation to Geneva for her service this year as President.
8. Geneva made a motion that the club sponsor two new 4-H-ers in the coming year. This sponsorship would cost approximately $1,000 to set each up. The club passed the motion.
Randall Austin, Master Beekeeper, was introducted to present “NinJa Wars: A Death of a Thousand Cuts (or How Varroa Mites are Killing Your Bees)”. Randall adroitly pointed out that varroa destructor are similar to ninjas—they are unseen and unheard, they are stealthy, they are well-trained (good at what they do), and they are deadly. We have over 18 different ninja viruses in our hives. Some are familiar, such as Deformed Wing Virus and Sac Brood Virus; others are less familiar, such as Chronic Bee Paralysis Virus, Black Queen Cell Virus, and Kashmir Bee Virus (Randall looked for a bee wearing a sweater to illustrate this slide). What can we do about the ninja viruses? Antibiotics don’t work against viruses, but beekeepers can reduce the mite pressure in the hives, keep hives strong and healthy, and re-queen if needed. Randall also suggested reading articles on scientificamerica.com. He answered questions following the slideshow. The meeting was adjourned and members and guests enjoyed refreshments and fellowship.
Geneva was out of town so Todd Walker opened the meeting. David Bailey provided refreshments.
Mary Leonardi asked for entries for the fair booth.
Rex Williams thanked people who had recently given or would soon be giving presentations in the community.
Don Hopkins asked for volunteers to man the booth at the state fair. Anyone interested should contact Don at: (919) 233-8214
Lewis Cauble reminded everyone the elections will be held at the November 6th meeting. There are opening for President, Vice-President, and Director.
Don Hopkins discuss the apiary inspection service and introduced the guest speaker Bill Sheppard who spoke on honey plants.
OCBA meeting minutes-September 12, 2013 7:00 pm
1. Geneva greeted members and guests and reminded all to sign in for attendance purposes.
2. Lewis shared information gathered before tonight’s meeting on mites in the demo hives. Last month, one hive showed zero mites, the other 1-2 mites. This month, one hive still shows zero mites, the other 7-9 mites. Lewis reported that as this was a larger sampling, it would not be necessary to treat for mites (under 5%). Also if you haven’t gotten your free sugar shake jars, please do so tonight.
3. Rex was not present to report on Outreach but had texted info to Geneva. ‘Lizabeth presented at the Durham Public Library on August 17, and to a Study Club in Halifax County on September 11; Wattie presented to a Durham Jewish preschool; and Marissa and Valerie filled in for Marty. Coming up are Farm to Table, September 28; Treating Bees on September 14; and Wax Workshop on September 21.
4. State Fair is coming up soon and the committee is getting ready. Please enter your individual bee-related items as it helps the booth! Deadline for entries is September 19th. You can decide not to enter an item after the deadline if you have entered, but if you miss the deadline, see Geneva to enter items on the club’s registration.
5. Dick reminded folks to see him for state membership cards.
6. David Bailey announced the opening of a second location for his business in Raleigh on November 1st.
Geneva introduced Michael Simone-Finstrom, at NCSU, who presented “Science of Beekeeping,” an informative discussion of how to design a scientific experiment with your honey bees.
Then the meeting was adjourned. Members enjoyed refreshments and conversations.