Welcome to the home page of the Tri-State Beekeepers Association. We are a group of hobbyists in Ohio, Marshall, and Belmont counties who are dedicated to promoting beekeeping. We meet monthly and host local and state speakers in an attempt to educate beginners and foster camaraderie among more seasoned members. The meetings are always casual and supportive, drawing on the knowledge of veteran members in an exchange of techniques and know-how. We foster novice beekeepers through a mentor program, pairing an experienced member with a newbee.
We support a speakers bureau with individuals enthusiastic about presenting programs on bees and beekeeping for private and civic groups. The Tri-State Beekeepers Association welcomes all interested individuals to contact us for an informative and memorable experience.
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TRI-STATE BEEKEEPERS ASSOCIATION
MINUTES OF MONTHLY MEETING
November 21, 2013
The monthly meeting of the Tri-State Beekeepers Association was called to order at 7:00 pm on NOVEMBER 21, 2013 at the OGLEBAY GOOD ZOO. The meeting was attended by 20 members.
The Business Meeting was opened by President Steve Roth who welcomed all guests and new members.
The initial topic discussed was the late fall/spring agenda for 2014 meetings. Penny Miller, Director of the Good Zoo, has graciously opened the facilities for a February 20, 2014 meeting. This meeting is important as we will inform members of vendors who will have spring packages and nucs, allowing us to order early to insure delivery. We will also develop a list of perspective participants in the spring novice program scheduled for March 18 through April 22. Dues for 2014 will be accepted at the meeting. Steve reminded members that yearly dues are $15.00 per household, $6.00 of which goes to the WV Beekeepers Association. A lifetime membership to the WV Beekeepers Association is $60. As weather may be a factor, members were informed that if the weather is questionable, we will follow the schedule for Wheeling Park High School. If the school is open on February 20, we will hold the meeting. If the school is closed due to inclement weather, the bee club meeting will be cancelled.
Members were then asked for suggestions of topics for the coming year to be presented at the monthly meetings. Several voiced a desire to return to the basics of beekeeping, hearing talks regarding seasonal management in advance of the respective season, allowing appropriate preparation. In an attempt to fulfill the request, our member Rick Johnston has agreed to speak on LATE WINTER AND EARLY SPRING MANAGEMENT at the February meeting. Member Paul Bradshaw will follow in March, offering SUCCESSFUL BEEKEEPING TIPS. The March and April meetings will be developed along similar instructional lines. Steve pointed out that the third Thursday of April falls in Holy Week and the Easter services. As a result, the program will be postponed until the following Thursday, April 24.
Major changes in the website have been carried out by our member Ralph Seward. The Information/Links section have been greatly expanded to include almost all sources of information needed by members including sites to register apiaries, local, state, and national sites, informational, research, and educational sites, and sources of catalogues, journals, and bee suppliers. The revisions have taken much work to organize and install, and with that, the website is a production of which we call all be proud. Heartfelt thanks to Ralph!!! Steve confessed that he is behind slightly in updating the site and promised that revisions will be made shortly. All were reminded to follow the site for pertinent club information.
Steve informed the members that the State inspector for this region, Joyce Frey, has resigned to seek other employment, and the head State inspector, Paul Poling will retire in February 2014. Both have been longtime friends of the club and both will be sadly missed by all of us. To date, a replacement inspector for our region has not yet been named.
Members interested in selling honey or honey products such as wax, retrieving swarms or removal of colonies from buildings were asked to register with Steve to be placed on a call list. The club receives numerous calls throughout the year from people seeking bee products or colony removal and we would like to have names of individuals who can provided such products and services.
For the benefit of any members who missed the original presentation on Sting Allergy by Chris Urval, MD, a demonstration of Epi pens was given. Dr. Urval, speaking about the potential severity of reactions, strongly suggested that all beekeepers have a pen when working with the bees. Members were informed that the primary physician will write the prescription upon request. Members were also informed of the potentially high cost if insurance policies do not cover the item. A pen has been obtained for club functions.
Members were reminded of the HONEY BEE EXPO 2014, sponsored by the WVU Extension Services and The Mid-Ohio Valley Beekeepers’ Association will be held at the WVU campus in Parkersburg on Saturday, January 18, 2014. The program runs from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Early registration is $20.00 per person if received before January 3 and $25.00 at the door. For information, members can call (304) 375-4919 or go to www.angelfire.com/nb/movba.
No other items were offered from the floor and the business meeting was followed by a presentation from John Grafton. John graduated from the Ohio State University then joined the Ohio Department of Agriculture retiring in 2008 after spending 32 years with the apiary inspection program. He started keeping bees in 1964 with a 4-H project and has had bees ever since. Two of the awards John has received are the Ohio State Beekeepers Association’s Ohio Beekeeper of the year award and the Exceptional Service Award presented by the Apiary Inspectors of America. John has held various offices in OSBA and is a past president of the organization. He recently worked with Jim Tew to develop a series of videos for the beginning beekeeper that may be viewed on the OSBA web site. John and his wife Katie reside near Bloomingdale, OH in Jefferson County with their children Amanda and Clinton nearby.
John’s presentation was entitled HOW TO AUTOPSEY A DEAD COLONY. He started with a description of common causes of death of the colony including malnutrition, diseases, parasites, chemical poisoning, environmental stress, and poor management on the part of the beekeeper. He then examined how each possible cause would manifest itself when examining the hive. He also stressed that early recognition is imperative in saving the hive from death and underscored the need to be vigilant. Members were left with a greater appreciation of their responsibilities as a beekeeper in tending the hives.
Following his presentation a social followed and we finally departed at 9:30 p.m.
|West Virginia Beekeepers Association|
Fall 2013 Newsletter
WV Beekeepers Association
Beekeeper of the Year Criteria
Bee Informed National Management Survey
Honey Show Rules
Jackson's Mill Camp
The West Virginia Beekeepers Association Fall 2013 Newsletter is now available on the WVBA web site. You can get to it by clicking on link: 2013 Fall Newsletter.
Please feel free to inform other club members about the Fall meeting due dates, particularly those awaiting the printed version of the newsletter.
We hope you enjoy this issue and have a chance to submit your registration for the fall meeting at Jackson's Mill State 4-H Camp.
Have a beeutiful day!
WVBA Newsletter Editor