Our president, Keith Robinson, talked about
the State Beekeepers Convention that was held a few weeks earlier, in
Montgomery, Alabama. He told us about some of the classes that were offered,
and the topics that were discussed. Also, one of the benefits of going to the
convention is that you receive a book of names, addresses and phone numbers of
the beekeepers in Alabama.
He also encouraged us to register our hives
with the state. The cost to join the Alabama’s Beekeepers Association is $10
and you get the “The Stinger” magazine each month.
Several of our members won door prizes at
Keith brought back extra copies of beekeeper
supply catalogs to give out. He also talked about what each catalog had,
although no one has Mr. OJ’s top and bottom hives.
Mrs. Lucy showed us a picture that someone
at the Convention had given her. It was painted by “The Bee Lady”. We decided
to save it to put in our new Club House.
We now have 24 members, and Dana Thrower ask
all the members to let her know, if they want any changes made to their
individual posters. She will get everything together, and Keith will do the art
work. She is also putting together information for beginner beekeepers.
It was also suggested we have a more
detailed calendar schedule for each month.
Keith said that Willis Cobb, the person he
gave several swarms of bees to this year, uses a king of microscopic glass in
his bottom tray, instead of lime. He’s to find out the name of it for us.
Some of the other topics discussed were:
what to do if foul brew is found in our hives; how to get rid of mites; the
difference between caucasian bees and I Italian bees; different plants we can
plant for the bees t have all year long (partridge peas, chinese honeysuckle,
may haws and open face camellias, among others)
Possibly, someone from the state level (NRCS)
will be here in January or February 2012. They will let us know if there is
anyway, financially, they can help us in our beekeeping.
Millie Bee will also be coming back, with
his five frame nucs for sale.
If we have a Kid’s Day next year, it will be
in March or April.
McKenzie has asked us to set up a booth at
their next Arts and Crafts market, which will be on November 10, 2012 at the
McKenzie High School.
We will have our regular beekeeping meeting
on November 24, 2012 and we are planning a “Club House Work Day” on December 8,
Mrs. Lucy gave the treasury report. We have
$480.69 in our account.
Keith gave the blessing, and everyone
enjoyed a delicious meal.
We the3n went outside to take the honey and
comb from Top Bar Hives, but after removing one super and blowing the bees out,
we realized the weather was too cool.
Those present were: Keith Robinson, OJ and
Lucy Blount, Joe Blount, Nell Davis, Sara Winters, Tamarra Winters and her boys
Brandon an Tre, John Kilmer, Claude Nall, Caymond Hodge, Dana Thrower and son
Ozy, Sharon Campbell, and Vick and Gary Barrow.