We are back! We are back!! Kinda… With the help of the Ohio State Beekeepers Association, of which we are an affiliate member, we are able to provide a virtual meeting and presentation on Thursday, September 17 at the usual 6:30 pm time. We will begin with a few brief comments regarding club items, and then receive a real time presentation from our longtime friend Bob Hooker. Bob is always very entertaining and will be speaking on the very timely topic of over wintering colonies. Once OSBA has the program codes I will forward them to you so that you can actively participate. If the program goes well, we will try to arrange subsequent Zoom presentations on our own.
While not meeting in person, I see this as a start that will lead to the eventual resumption of monthly meetings at the Good Zoo. Please plan to attend and to participate as we return our club to normal life. Once I have more information I will be in touch.
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The meeting was called to order in the classroom of the Good
Zoo with 32 members attending. There were no new attendees to welcome.
Members were reminded that dues for 2020 will be collected
at the February 20 meeting, remaining the same at $15/year for a regular
membership, but increasing to $90 for a lifetime membership.
Details regarding the December 10 visit to the Belmont
Correctional Facility were outlined. We
will be meeting in the main lobby of the facility at 9:00 am with the program
starting at 9:15 and lasting until 10:30.
Anyone interested in attending must contact Steve by Friday, November 29
to be included.
Information for the novice program was given and
registration will open on the website on January 1. Dates will be finalized once arrangements for
the delivery of bees have been confirmed.
We will again be obtaining bees from Bedillion Farms. Packages will be $135 plus $4 if you want the
queen marked. They will be available on
March 31. Nucs will be $165 and
available between mid-May and early June, depending on the weather. Orders must be placed with Steve by January
Member Wayne Shook showcased sample hive bodies that were
painted by inmates at the prison. As
voted on at the October meeting, as a club we will purchase equipment to
construct and decorate one hive for the Wilson Lodge courtyard and two for the
Good Zoo display in appreciation for the use of the meeting room at the Zoo.
Upcoming seminars were described with members informed of
the Honey Bee Expo in Parkersburg
on January 25, 2020 and the WVBA Spring Conference in Elkins on March
20-21. Details were be forwarded when
Member Mary Mowrer has assumed responsibility for
refreshments at the monthly meetings and circulated a sign-up sheet for members
to volunteer to bring items to specific meetings. Many thanks to Mary and Ed for taking on this
Upcoming speakers for the 2020 meetings were revealed. Our own Bob Hooker will be speaking on Nutrition
of the Colony at the February 20 meeting and Wade Stiltner will present at the
March 19 meeting, speaking on the Identification and Management of Diseases and
Parasites. Members were reminded of our
policy in case of inclement weather. If Wheeling Park High School
is cancelled or has early dismissal, we will cancel the meeting. Members were advised to watch the website and
their email if in doubt.
The speaker for the evening was Mark Bedillion outlining his
management practices, suggestions for successful survival of the colony and
giving us some insight to the pollination business. Members were able to walk away with much
Following a short social the program was concluded at 9:00
The meeting was called to order in the classroom of the Good
Zoo with 35 members attending. New attendees were recognized and welcomed.
Members were informed that President Steve Roth would like to
delegate some of the roles that he had assumed over the years. A request was made for someone to be
responsible for setting up the room for the meetings and Chris Druschel volunteered
to take on the role. In a similar way, Mary
and Ed Mowrer agreed to be responsible for refreshments at the meetings. A request was made for someone to arrange the
open hive demonstration in May, to manage the extractor loan system, or to
assist in developing topics for meetings.
No one stepped up to volunteer.
However, several more topics were suggested for future
meetings including short videos submitted by members on how to light a smoker,
how to examine a hive, feeding techniques, and a description of any homemade
devices. Members requested programs to cover basic management topics such as
disease and parasite identification and treatment. Also it was requested that a suggestion box
be placed in the meeting room for additional topics to be identified.
A letter was read from the WV Extension Service detailing
the 4-H Youth Development program and a request for assistance. Members voted to send a $100 contribution to
the program and Treasurer John Welty was directed to issue the check.
Members were informed of the generosity being extended to us
by Oglebay Park through the Good Zoo. We are given monthly access to the meeting
room at no charge. To rent the room it
would cost $200 per night. We have used
the site for the past 10 years on an average of 8-10 times per year and have
never been charged. In recognition of
the friendship extended to us, it was suggested that the Tri-State Beekeepers
fund and maintain two hives in the newly developed natural plantings area of
the Good Zoo and also to place a garden hive in the courtyard of the Wilson
Lodge. Members agreed to fund the
project and the President was directed to approach the inmates of the Belmont
Correctional Facility to assist in fabricating formal hives. The project is now slated to begin early in
An invitation has been extended to club members to attend a
recognition event at the Belmont Correctional Facility on December 10 at
9:15. We have been approved for 10-12
guests and more details will be available at the November meeting.
The program for the evening was presented by Attorney Paul
McKay on the liability of beekeepers in a variety of situations. Members were surprised by the details in
liability and appropriate beekeeping techniques to minimize exposure to
litigation. A social followed his
presentation and the program was adjourned at 9:00 pm.