MAY 16st, 2013


The monthly meeting of the Tri-State Beekeepers Association was called to order at 7:00 pm on MAY 16th, 2013 at the OGLEBAY GOOD Zoo.  The meeting was attended by 23 members.

The Business Meeting was opened by President Steve Roth who welcomed all guests and new members.

Steve reminded board members that yearly dues are $10.00 per household, $6.00 of which goes to the WV Beekeepers Association.  A lifetime membership to the WV Beekeepers Association is $60.

John Welty gave the Treasurers Report.  John noted that there has been a lot of checking account activity since our last meeting.   Most all expenses were balanced by related income.  Expenses for the month included $150 to WV Beekeepers Association for memberships, $3,100 to the Cabel/Wayne County Beekeepers for the Queen Rearing Program, $148 for the purchase of 15 bee veils to be used by the club, and $1,300 for the purchase of 13 bee packages. Income for the period included: $1,300 for the purchase of the bee packages, $3,100 income plus an additional $75 donation from the Cable/Wayne County Beekeepers for the Queen Rearing class, and $300 in Membership dues income.  Our current cash balance in checking account is $1,222.59.  We currently have 36 paying members and 4 life members.

Steve reported that the Queen Rearing Program was very successful. The class was held on May 11th with 31 participants. 7 of who were Club Members, and 8 women!! (WE KNOW WHO ACTUALLY DOES THE WORK!!!)  Thanks to Gabe Blatt, Dan O’Hanlon and Joe Kovaleski for a great presentation and for graciously donating $75.00 of their proceeds back to our club!  THANKS!! Hopefully the expertise learned at the class will allow our club to use harvested  ”locally grown” Queens!  Participants from the class are encouraged to order their Queen from any of the above mentioned presenters as soon as possible.

Discussion followed as to the successful installation of bee packages and the “productivity” of this year’s caged Queens. The consensus was that most of the packaged queens were small and a bit frail looking. All agreed to watch production and report back.

Steve mentioned that we will be planning to hold another Novice Program next year in the mid-March to end of April 2014 time frame.  If any members know of anyone who may be interested, please encourage their participation in the program. We do have club brochures available to distribute.

We are in the process of updating our web site.  If anyone has informational links that would be useful to be linked to our website, please let Steve know and we can add them to our page.  Eventually we would like to be linked to journals, suppliers, bee sources, and apiary registration sites.

Our friend, Paul Poling, suggested that it would helpful to conduct an ongoing bee survey.  We would like our members to survey information on 1-3 of their current hives. This survey will be ongoing year after year and the information collected can prove to be very beneficial to our group. Copies of the survey are available at the meeting, or on line at our website.

The following is our Club Fall Schedule

            August 15th-  Bethlehem Community Park annual Tri State Beekeeper picnic

            September 12th-  Physician to be announced Topic: Bee Sting Allergy

            October 17th-  Bob Hooker speaking on pheromones

            November 21st -  John Grafton will be speaking on how to Autopsy a dead colony.

We are working with Penny Miller to arrange a February meeting with an open meeting format.

We are also working to develop a one day seminar in the fall presented by John Grafton and Dr. Jim Tew.  Date and topic to be announced.

Steve noted that the observation hive project is back on track and we will be installing a colony in the existing hive body until the zoo undergoes accreditation review.  Following that, we will proceed with revisions to include the feral colony, observation hive, and a hive places outside of the window in the barn.

As a reminder, members are asked to keep track of any presentation, display, or talk you give.  Also, any State meeting that you attend. We will again apply for the Association of the Year Award and that information is used in determining the winner.

With the conclusion of the Business part of our meeting, member John Clark next gave an interesting ,and informative presentation on Top Bar Hive Beekeeping.  John brought one of his self-made top-bar hives for demonstration purposes.  He feels that the top bar method of beekeeping has its advantages over the traditional Langstroth box method.  Although it is not as practical for liquid honey production, it is useful for comb honey if the Beekeeper so chooses.  Mostly, John feels that the top bar hive serves as  a clean, natural, low maintenance method to propagate bees for splits.

Following John’s  discussion, he answered numerous questions from the club. Following the presentation many members remained for snacks and discussion and finally departed at 9:00pm.