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January 9, 2020 Membership Meeting

Improve Floral Diversity for Bees

Honey Bees on a Maypop in Roos’ Garden

Chatham County Cooperative Extension Agriculture Agent Debbie Roos will talk about the importance of floral diversity to honey bee health and provide tips on how to increase diversity and maximize benefits to honey bees. Debbie will share her top plants for bees and give a virtual tour of her popular demonstration pollinator garden in Pittsboro, NC that features over 220 unique species, 85% of them native to North Carolina. She will also share resources she has developed for farmers and gardeners interested in enhancing pollinator habitat that can be found on her website at www.carolinapollinatorgarden.org.

Bio:

Since 1999 Debbie Roos has been an Agriculture Agent for the Chatham County Center of North Carolina Cooperative Extension where she is responsible for programming in the areas of commercial vegetable production, organic production, pollinator conservation, alternative agricultural enterprises, forestry, and beekeeping. Debbie delivers educational programming to growers through regular workshops and her award-winning Growing Small Farms website (www.growingsmallfarms.org). Debbie is passionate about pollinator conservation and has planted demonstration habitats and developed resources to teach others about the importance of bees and other pollinators to our agriculture ecosystem. 

 

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2019 Holiday Party

Please come and enjoy the Orange County Beekeepers Association social event on Thursday the 12th starting at 7PM at our usual meeting place, the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Hillsborough.  
 
This year we’re trying something new with a Silent Auction to benefit the NC State Apiculture Program.  You’ll find some very nice items offered.  If you have something to contribute to the auction, please bring it!
 
Please bring an hors d’oeuvre to share.  Beverages will be provided by the club.
 
Please contact me if you have any questions.
 
Celeste Mayer
919-971-1005
2020 OCBA President
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2019 Orange County Beekeepers Association State Fair Booth

2019 OCBA Fair Exhibit

Results of almost 30 contributors working together

Designers

Thank you to everyone who contributed to the design and building of a beautiful 2019 OCBA State Fair Booth!

Larry Arnold • Ryan Chamberlain • Karen Lauterbach • Dick Lyon • Celeste Mayer • Jessica Mjelde • Loren Pease • Mark Powers • Frank Recker• John Rintoul • Vickie Robertson • Kent Robertson • Dawn Rogers • Lisa Vogel • Cynthia Woodsong

Contributors

Thank you also to everyone who contributed honey and more to the booth display.

Kevin Bickford (frame of honey) • Ryan Chamberlain (extra light and amber honey and Color photo) • Diana Denz (light honey) • Carrie Donley (black and white photo, lip balms, soap) • Liz Gokay–Duffy (painted hive) • Virginia Holmes (mead; dry, sweet, and fruit) • Loren Pease (painting) • Elizabeth Pratson (lip balm) • Ian Rasmussen (cut comb and chunk comb honey) • Vickie and Kent Robertson (dark amber honey, flower photos) • Dawn Rogers (beeswax model, candles, creams, soaps, gift package, and jewelry) • Amy Singleton (frame of honey) • Cynthia Speed (candle, novelty items, foods cooked with honey) • Walter Starks (extra light and amber honey, 50 pounds of honey) • Tim Struttmann (dark amber honey) • Lisa Vogel (dark amber honey and flavored creamed honey) • John Wallace (creamed honey, quilt, and beeswax block) • Cynthia Woodsong (decorative item and Blackwood Farm 20lb bottle of honey) 

Interested in helping out next year? Let us know…..

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Orange County Bee School 2020 Open for Enrollment

Are you interested in beekeeping but don’t know where to begin? Are you a beekeeper who is interested in improving your beekeeping skills? Whatever your level of interest, Orange County Beekeepers Association’s Bee School is here for you!

Classes start January of 2020.

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Voting New Officers in November

According to our by-laws, we need to vote for our new officers at our November Meeting. We need to elect a President, a Vice-President and a new Director.

Following are the descriptions for President and Vice-President.  Remember this club is run solely by member’s volunteering.

SECTION 1:  PRESIDENT:  The President shall preside at all meetings of the Chapter using regular
parliamentary usage and Robert’s Rules of Order.  This officer shall appoint such special committees as
is deemed necessary, fill vacancies on any office, and perform such other duties as the Chapter may
direct.  The President will be authorized to make deposits and disburse all monies, should the Treasurer
be unable to perform those duties.  The President shall be an active member of the NCSBA.
SECTION 2:  VICE-PRESIDENT:  It shall be the duty of the Vice President to perform those duties of
the President in his or her absence, or upon the President’s request.  If the Vice President is unable to
perform this duty in the absence of the President, then the Vice President may appoint any member to
act in his or her stead.
The Vice-President, with the assistance of the Directors will make the necessary arrangement for
programs and secure speakers for same.  When directed by the Chapter, he/she will secure a meeting
place and make necessary arrangements for the regular meetings.
The Vice President shall be an active member of the NCSBA.

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