September 20, 2018

TRI-STATE BEEKEEPERS ASSOCIATION

The meeting was called to order at the new starting time of 6:30 pm with 34 members attending.  New attendees were recognized and welcomed. 

Those winning awards at the WVBA Fall conference held in Fairmont on August 24-25 were recognized.  Member Shayne Loy won a third place ribbon in the honey competition and also passed the Apprentice level testing in the Master Beekeeping program.  John Welty won the first place prize in the photography competition as was inducted as a Master Beekeeper in WV. Congratulations to both of you.  We are very proud.

Members were asked to participate in the honey competition at the Ohio County Fair at Oglebayfest, October 5-7.  Honey will be judged in two categories with all but the dark honey in one and the dark honey in a separate category.  Entries must consist of 2 – 1 pound GLASS jars submitted from 12:00 – 5:30 pm on Friday, October 5.  Judging will follow and all are invited to watch the process.  Prizes of $50 will be awarded for first place with $25 to second and a ribbon for third place.

We received a report from member Wayne Shook regarding the bee club at the Belmont Correctional Facility.  The two hives have been placed in the facilities apiary and much interest has been generated. Wayne stated that they are unable to receive cash contributions, but a list of needed items is being developed to allow us to make donations.

Upcoming events were then outlined to include:

October 18 – Bob Hooker speaking on splits and nucs as sponsored by the OSBA

November 15 – Mark Bedillion of Bedillion Farms speaking on his techniques in beekeeping

The presentation for this evening was given by Paul Poling, owner of Mountain State Honey Company.  Paul now has over 2100 colonies and participates in pollination in California and states along the eastern seaboard.  He spoke on the commercial aspect of beekeeping and answered several questions regarding his management practices. 

The program was followed by a social in which the new beekeepers availed themselves to an assortment of advice from the more experienced members and an array of snacks.  The meeting was then adjourned at 9:00 pm.