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Queen's Castle Beekeepers Assoc.


2d Year, 1st Minutes for the Queen’s Castle Beekeepers Assoc.

   Jan. 28, 2012

     21980 U. S. Hwy 29, Andalusia, AL  36420, 334-222-0751/376-9824

    Old or Ongoing Business

Reminder to everyone to bring some of their own honey to display at our club meetings. 

OJ continues to work to improve our outside meeting area.  If the weather permits we will start meeting outside next month, if not we will meet inside.    

    New Business:


   The members present elected new officers for the upcoming year.  Keith Robinson was elected president, OJ remains the vice-president, Donna Blair was elected as secretary and Lucy Blount was elected as treasurer. 


   The new dues for the club is $10.00 for an individual and $15 for a family no matter how many in the family wants to be a part of the club. 

  The club now has hats that are a wonderful way to tell others about what we do.  The Blounts are selling them at cost for only $11.00 each. 

   One of our newest members wanted a beekeeper’s calendar to help beekeepers plan out their year in required tasks to help our wonderful honeybees.  So Keith will research it and get something in the hands of the club at the next meeting. 


   In the future we plan to have different members become skilled in teaching classes to new beekeepers.  This will give them good information to start in grounded techniques while others can move on to other more advanced teaching.


   Now is when you can be doing everything you can to have success next year.  You can be building your Queen’s Castle hives to put your swarms in when they appear.  You can be planting many different flowers and bushes that will increase food sources for our bees.


   It was a great meeting of fellowship and training.  Several new people joined the club and the pot-luck lunch was wonderful too.


   Afterwards most of the officers were transition jobs, while OJ took the club up to his hives to show everyone a new technique.  He placed brood boxes on top of the boxes that survived the winter with queen excluders in between the two.  This is to give the new brood boxes a head start when the bees start to swarm.  The workers could draw out some of the comb and even fill with some honey.   During the next meeting we will take these boxes off and store until there is a swarm.  The brood boxes will be stored where they are protected from insects until they are needed.


   In attendance today was: Lucy and OJ Blount, Joel Blount, Keith Robinson, Jason Piland, Robert Thrower and his daughter Caymond Hodge, Gary and Vick Barrow with their brother Carlton Barrow, William and Carol Cross, Jane and Joseph Spicciari, and Ken and Sue Holman.


Donna Blair, Secretary














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