President's Message September 11, 2016

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As Always, Hello to All, 

Summer is slowly departing from us, but the bees are hard at work in the fall flowers to gather honey and pollen in preparation for the winter.  Knotweed, goldenrod, aster, ironweed, and wingstem are all in full bloom and the weather has cooperated to allow plenty of foraging.  As a club we can now look back on a successful set of speakers culminating with the open hive demonstration featuring Wade Stiltner, the Chief Apiary Inspector for West Virginia.  As always, Wade was most entertaining.  Down to basics, but very informative.  We also experienced an enjoyable evening with the summer picnic.  It is always fun to sit and visit as we grow together as a group. 

We are now set for an equally productive fall series.  We start on Thursday, September 15 with Matthew McKinney from WVU’s Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources & Design.  Matt has recently completed his doctoral degree with an emphasis on pollination.  He will be speaking to us about current trends in pollination and pollinators.  The October 20 meeting finds us hosting Perry Arlia from the Washington County Beekeepers in Pennsylvania.  Perry is a long time beekeeper and an excellent speaker.  He will be describing fall and winter honey bee management. 

This year we will be deviating from our traditional show-and-tell meeting in November to allow Steve Conlon of Thistle Dew Farm to talk about the aspects of commercial beekeeping.  Steve is our only local link to the real business of beekeeping and has many years of experience and knowledge to share.  We are most happy to have Steve back, for he and his wife Ellie have been long time friends of our club and have stood out in fostering beekeeping in the area. 

As always, we will not be meeting in December, but will resume in January with the show-and-tell format. 

We continue to move forward in the preparations for the West Virginia Beekeepers Association Spring Conference at Oglebay.  Work is being done by Kathy Bone to produce a display commemorating the 100th birthday of the West Virginia Beekeepers Association.  The program has been finalized with commitments from all speakers including our own local Krishna Urval, MD who will speak about Sting Allergies.  You may recall that he gave the talk to our club a few years ago, and at that time I vowed to have him back.  I promise that he will hold your undivided attention.

There is still time to register for the Fall Conference at Jackson’s Mill September 23-24.  The keynote speaker is Dr. Clarence Collison.  He is a monthly contributor to the Bee Culture magazine and the author of several books.  He is an excellent speaker and could be the source of much information for you.  Please consider attending.  The registration form can be found at the WV Beekeepers website, wvbeekeepers.org.  Please consider attending. 

And so with that we continue to move forward as a group of beekeepers gradually gaining experience and striving to broaden our understanding of the fabulous honey bee.  Now go out and be good stewards of that bee!!

Steve