Monthly Meeting Notes - June 15, 2021
Apple Grove Beekeepers Association
John Beers called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m. - (In person meeting)
We had 13 members present and 1 new attendee who we need to add to the email list.
John Beers presented the Treasurer’s Report:
Checkbook Balance - $2,259.67
Cash - $362.01
There are 11 copies of the Beekeeping Basics and 18 copies of the Field Guide to Honey Bees. There has been no activity to speak of except $5.00 interest.
John announced once again that we need new members to take on officer positions. John is the Treasurer and in 6 months he will not be able to continue his role due to surgeries that are scheduled. John said the President and Secretary would like to let their positions go as well. We are not taking dues at this time in an effort to build up membership.
Mary was in attendance and she is a brand new beekeeper. She said that Dennis has been helping her a lot. Rick and Sarah Daily came to some meetings last year and were with us again tonight. They are 3rd year beekeepers.
Slade has been in touch with the Solar Panel representative (Energex USA). He was told we would have access to 6 to 8 acres where we can plant clover, buckwheat, have a many hives a we can manage and a shed. This area will be fenced outside of the solar area. Slade said they want to promote beekeeping on this property and that at the Louisa AgFair, it would be advertised with our honey.
It was mentioned again that we would need 1 person to manage this apiary. Doug Anderson said it is a great opportunity for hands on and that we could have the various hives (nucs, Landsworth, top bars, etc.) there. Doug said that the Huguenot club designates the Saturday following their monthly meeting, as Apiary day at the apiary the club has. It is a great place to have classes and offer hands on.
We would need to have a waiver created due to liability. We need to have use of electricity and a maintenance free area (gravel). We need jackets, veils, additional boxes.
Slade mentioned that Louisa High School has a very nice Apiary. They are actually in the process of building an outdoor observation hive. The students in the Ag classes are building the boxes for the hives and the art students are decorating them. There is quite a bit of involvement from the students at the school.
There was no speaker for this meeting. We opened the rest of the meeting up for questions and open topics. We talked about the timing to take honey, what if the honey isn’t capped, summer splits and when to do them, this year’s honey flow and the tulip poplars were unbelievable this year along with the Black Locust and Magnolia’s, and what likes to eat our honeybees such as dragon flies and purple martin’s. And, two sayings were brought up….A swarm in June is a Silver Spoon, A swarm in July is not worth a fly.
John suggested that our FaceBook Page be made Public. Currently our FaceBook page is private which is for members only. However, the rules have changed with FaceBook and you can’t add members.
Minutes Submitted By:
Linda Carpenter, Secretary