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Queen's Castle Beekeepers Assoc.


First Minuets for the Queen Castle Beekeepers Association

1980 U. S. Hwy 29, Andalusia, AL 36420, 334-222-0751/376-9824

  The first official meeting of the Queen Castle Beekeepers Association took place on August 28th, 2010 at 10:00am. The group had been meeting for about six months to learn from the expertise of Mr. OJ Blount. Most of the group consists of new beekeepers or want to be beekeepers, with some experienced beekeepers joining to aide in the learning process. The group decided that it was time to have more structure to the meetings and to form an association to be better linked to the state and national beekeepers.

The name was chosen because of the influence that OJ Blount has had on the group. The name of the hive he has developed over the last 50 years is the Queen Castle so we named our group in his honor. Twelve people were present at the first meeting with one joining that could not stay for the meeting. Four others came later in the afternoon with two interested in joining.

First order of business was to elect a president, vice president and secretary/treasurer. After the nomination and voting process was over, Lucy Evans was elected our president, OJ Blount was elected as vice president, and Keith Robinson was elected secretary/treasurer. Sharon Campbell volunteered to be the associationís photographer and the group was happy that she wanted to do this for us. Keith Robinson was elected to represent the association at the state convention.

A copy of the Walker Countyís Constitution/By-Laws was passed out and discussed. The member dues of $15 were agreed upon and would be good until January 1st, 2012. And that if a husband and wife both wanted to be members this first year they would both pay. Next year (2012) we would look at one price for both the husband and the wife after we are a little larger. Both are always welcomed at our meetings but only the paid member could vote on association business. There was some concerns about the Good Neighbor Policy in Article VIII. Doc Bullard suggested that we see what the state requirements are and then consider what we should put in the By-Laws. Keith Robinson will look into this and bring back the results to the association. Also we agreed that we should meet on time and start at 10:00am. The next hour and a half will be for association business, a structured class that benefits the new beekeeper. Candace Thomason suggested that at least part of the class be devoted to what we need to do now (this time of the year) to make our beekeeping successful.  Doc Bullard suggested that we look into special speakers, like Jerry Hayes and Doug Corbin from Florida and Randy Hamann from Alabama. Doc Bullard and Shelby Johnson also talked about mite control. When the official meeting is over the group will adjourned for lunch. For those that want to stay, the afternoon will be hands on type training. The Constitution/By-Laws will be looked at again next month to bring the group to an agreement.


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