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.
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
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
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
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
Donna Blair, Secretary