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Monthly Meeting Notes - January 18, 2022

Apple Grove Beekeepers Association

Meeting Minutes


Slade called the meeting to order at 7:05 p.m.

Members Present (7) - Returning Guests Present (3)

Slade welcomed members and our returning guests to the meeting.

Jeff Maurer presented the Treasurer’s Report:

John Beers closed out the bank account at Blue Ridge Bank and had the check sent to Jeff. All of the money is now with United Bank (previously known as Essex Bank).

UNITED BANK ACCOUNT - As of December 31, 2021

Checking Account Balance: $2,460.92

Cash on Hand - $112.41

Jeff has paid the insurance bill which is a requirement of the church and he has renewed the McAfee Anti-virus, and the website name. He has also purchased stamps. Pending expense is the WIX Website renewal and the church annual donation for usage of our meeting room.

Jeff said that he received the Honey proceeds check in the amount of $752.34 thanks to Dennis Conrad’s efforts working the Honey booth at the State Fair. THANK YOU DENNIS!

Linda read an email received from Bruce Hamon asking whether local clubs were interested in having a multi-club event with Dewey Caron as the presenter/speaker and whether the club could help financially. Our attendance at this meeting was low due to the weather, however, we discussed that Linda will respond to his email to let Bruce know that we are a small club and our help financially would be minimal. Perhaps on a more individual basis with an admission fee would be more appropriate for those in our club who had interest in attending. This anticipated event would be around the June time frame.

The question was raised as to whether Karen Hart has been able to do anything with the FaceBook accounts. Slade said she has worked on the public site, but is still having problems with the private one. He did not understand it enough as to why that was the case.

We talked about the Beginning Beekeeping class and through the discussion, decided on the dates of March 14, 21 and 28 from 7 to 9 if the church would allow us to use the room. Then, weather permitting, we would have the 4th class around the hive at Doug Anderson’s Apiary or the Louisa High School Apiary as a backup. Linda will reach out to Pastor Bernie to check on the availability of the church meeting room.

Slade Hart mentioned that he has not talked with anyone regarding the Solar Project. Chip Carpenter mentioned that he had sent an email to Julia Armstrong, Project Development Associate but has not heard back from her yet.

Our meeting topic was Spring is coming, are you ready? Our discussion included finding out whether we would be raising bees or do we want honey production. We talked about getting supers ready, and the benefit of having drawn comb. And for those that want to raise more bees, create space for splits. We spent time for Q&A regarding various topics, i.e. assembling hive bodies, buying equipment/bees and what is necessary, emergency feeding, and polypropylene structured hives vs. wood.

Meeting was adjourned at 8:25 p.m.

Minutes Submitted By:

Linda Carpenter


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