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Queen's Castle Beekeepers Assoc.


2nd Year, 2nd Minutes for the Queen’s Castle Beekeepers Assoc.

February 25, 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 put on our display shelf. 


OJ and Lucy continue to work hard to improve our meeting area. We will begin having meetings outside as

weather permits. And we will most likely be visiting the bees as weather permits, so bring four protection.

New Business

Keith called the meeting to order and Jimmie Winters opened with prayer. Minutes of the Jan. 28, 2012 meeting were read

and approved. 


Keith talked about ways we could correspond with other members to encourage them to come to our

meetings.  Lucy and I will e-mail or call as many as we can, Keith could send out a form letter, and everyone

else could contact those you know and encourage them to come. 


Lucy gave the treasury report and it was approved. Club members need to let the officers know of any ways we can use our money

to better our club. Members agreed to purchase printer ink for the secretary to use in printing the monthly minutes and other club business.


Keith mentioned a possible web site for our club. He is going to investigate this further and will have more news on this later. 


Keith asked for ideas on classes we could present and gave some suggestions ...Building a Beehive, Pests of Bees and how to

control them, Why become a beekeeper?, Using beestings to relieve ~,arthritis. Please be thinking on this subject and let us know

what kind of class you would like to have.


Those that attended the Auburn Bee Symposium on Feb. 4, 2012 gave a short report on the things they learned.

We were sure proud that the attendance was over 400 people who were interested in bees!


We also discussed queen rearing, which was a class that was taught at Auburn. We decided that it was a lot to do

to follow the techniques taught at Auburn. A much better and more natural plan would be to just

let the bees be bees and do it themselves. We just have to be sure to catch those swarms!


We discussed having a "Kids Day" in June ??? We asked one of our members, Hunter Gatschet to

help in demonstrating how he takes care of bees to other children who might attend.


OJ thought we should have a "Senior Citizens Day' also, maybe in May, and invite senior citizens to

come see all his and Lucy's flowers. .


We adjourned to a delicious lunch and afterward went out to help OJ move some frames and bees

from an old hive into a new hive body.


There were 16 in attendance:  Keith Robinson, OJ and Lucy Blount, Sharon Campbell, Jason Piland,

Griffin and Hunter Gatschet, Gary and Vicky Barrow, Don Helton, Jimmie and Sarah Winters, and

visitors Steve and Sabra Burns and Miles McKathryn.















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