Apple Grove Beekeepers Association
Slade called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m.
Present: Approximately 18 members were present. We had Mike Stanley’s family present and they joined the club. They are 2nd year beekeepers!
Treasurer’s report was presented by John Beers:
Bank Statement balance 9/30/2019: $1,570.90
Checks outstanding: $18.00
Checkbook balance: $1,552.90
Paypal Balance 9/30/2019: $357.85
There are 17 copies of the Beekeeping Basics and 15 copies of the Field Guide to Honey Bees.
Dogwood Baptist Church is having a Fall Festival on October 19, 2019 from 10:00 - 2:00. Durwood Willis and Chip Carpenter have volunteered to participate on behalf of the club. Brunswick Stew will be for sale. Come on out to support the 4H kids!
State Fair - Chip Carpenter said he talked with 1 person who was interested in the Beginners Beekeeping Class who was moving to the area. Flyers were created to promote the club and were distributed at this event.
Beginner Beekeeping Class - we are planning to hold a 3 day class (3 Mondays) and then 1 field day during the latter part of February and early March.
T-shirts that were ordered and not picked up or paid for are now for sale to anyone. Shirts with logos are $15.53 and embroidered shirts are $18.00.
GUEST SPEAKER: Aaron Evans - State Inspector
Topic: Year in Review
Aaron spoke to us about the beehive distribution program for 2019. He said all of the recipients will be inspected.
Aaron inspects in numerous counties which includes Buckingham, Cumberland, Orange and Louisa to name a few. Inspections of logs and lumber, nurseries, hemp crops, apple crops, tobacco and honey bees are examples of the types of inspections he performs. He also does pest surveys which include beetles, and gypsy moths.
We would call on Aaron if we are selling drawn wax/comb, selling bees, suspect disease like American Foul Brood &/or European Foul Brood or moving bees out of Virginia. He talked about how to identify AFB and EFB, test kits and when to call a veterinarian who would have to prescribe Terramycin. He also showed us a slideshow during his presentation. Aaron encouraged us to do mite counts and for us to DO SOMETHING for mite prevention! This presentation was very helpful and informative!
The meeting was adjourned at 8:30 p.m.
Minutes Submitted By:
Linda Carpenter, Secretary