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Hello to All,

The Spring Conference is now thankfully behind us.  For those of you who attended, I think you must admit that it was wonderful.  Speakers were dynamic, entertaining, and gracious to us.  For those of you who helped, I am eternally grateful for without you we could have never have produced such a successful event.  For those of you who missed it…to bad, so sad!

But wait!!  There is more!!!  Let’s start with the May 18 club meeting.  The program is from the Challenger Learning Center at Wheeling Jesuit University and is an e-lab teleconference titled "BEE AMAZED".  John Welty tells me that this is a high tech presentation that WJU has been working on and promises to entertain us with it.  In addition we will show our film Beekeeping in the Mountains...a Centennial Celebration that we made for the Conference.

Next on the line-up is the joint meeting with four clubs in eastern Ohio hosting Kristen Traynor, the author of Two Million Blossoms, Discovering the Medicinal Benefits of Honey.  The venue will be the Scio United Methodist Church in Scio, Ohio.  Easy access from Rt 151 in Scio.  The topic Kirsten will be addressing will be the management system used in Germany.  They operate commercial apiaries of 200-500 colonies and average 4% annual loss and have management techniques that are applicable to even small backyard beekeepers.  The meeting will begin at 7 PM, Thursday, May 25. 

To round out the spring series, we will have our open hive demonstration on Saturday, June 10 at 1:00 pm at the Good Zoo building.  We will demonstrate honey extraction inside, and then move out to the hives to demonstrate how to evaluate a hive at one station and to examine the diseases and predators at the other site.  We will conclude with a social.  The open hive day has always proven to be very helpful to both experienced and novice beekeepers.

We’ll start the fall series off with the annual picnic held at the Community Park in Bethlehem, WEDNESDAY, August 16 at 6:00 pm.  The September 21 meeting will find the return of our friend John Grafton speaking on swarms and swarm removal, with Bob Hooker speaking to us at the October 19 meeting to demonstrate the Ohio State Beekeepers Association Apiary Diagnostic Kit.  The November 16 meeting will again host John Grafton who will speak on splits and nuc production.  Finally, somewhere in the works is the production of a program of the next step up in beekeeping expertise, moving beyond what is taught in the novice classes.  I think that you can see that continued participation in the club functions will enhance your skills as a beekeeper, so plan to attend the meetings.  I look forward to seeing all of you there.