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Queen's Castle Beekeepers Assoc.

1st Minutes, Queen’s Castle Beekeepers Assoc.

                             January 25, 2014

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

 

   It is time for the club’s membership dues to be collected.  Cost remains a great deal, only $10 per person or $15 per family.

   Officers for this year were elected as follows:  President – Lucy Blount, Vice President – OJ Blount, Secretary – Keith Robinson (Tabled since Keith was not there), Treasurer – Donna Blair (Tabled since Donna as not there), Photographer/Historian – Sharon Campbell Baglivo.  Treasure’s report given by Lucy; we have $275.92 in the bank.  Vicky read the minutes from November 30, 2013.

Jimmy Winters said that Robert Ardary, the President of the new South Alabama Beekeepers Association (SABA), had resigned and Roger Bemis was now the new President of that Association.  Jimmy and Roger have been working on the following:

·         The Agriculture director in Baldwin County and Escambia counties said if you are a new beekeeper, it might be possible for you to get a grant of about $180 to assist you with your first hive.  Jimmy and Roger are planning on attending the Baldwin County Extension meeting on February 3d at Robertsdale Fire House. 

·         Ken, from the Escambia Extension office in Brewton, said there might be some financial assistance available for our annual Kid’s Day.  It would depend on how the request is worded on the application.  Ken also requested that OJ bring an observation hive to their county’s Kid’s Day.

   The next  SABA meeting will be on Feb. 15th at 10:00am at the Blount’s pecan orchard.  The plan is to have a fish fry and everyone bring a dish to help with lunch.  Jimmy will inform the members if a Bee Supplier will be with them that day.

   There were discussions about the advantages of buying nucs as to buying package bees.  The biggest advantage to nucs is that ˝ of your new hive is already established with comb and brood. This puts you weeks ahead of buying just the packaged bees.

   Chuck Simon from the Covington County Extension Office emailed Lucy about the UF/IFAS Panhandle Agriculture Extension Team in Florida is offering a Beekeeping Short Course in February and March along with a bee yard field day.  The classes will be offered via interactive video conferencing at Extension Offices across the Panhandle.  Mr. Simon wanted to know if the QCBA would be interested in having the class offered at his office in Andalusia.  Registration for all five classes is $25 per person, or $40 per family.  The fee covers course materials and refreshments.  Deadline is Feb. 17th.   Lucy passed out the information to those present and would email it to others.  QCBA must get back with Chuck ASAP.

   Gary said he has been advertising around Andalusia about “Honeybee Rescue, Swarm Removal”.  If any of the club members were interested in collecting swarms, to give him their phone number and address, and he would let them know if he got any calls of swarms near where they lived.

   OJ gave away one of his bee hive boxes as a door prize for attending our meeting and Vicky as the lucky winner (this time).

   After a delicious meal, the club went outside to observe OJ’s top bar hives and the bottom metal trays.

 

Present at our meeting was Lucy and OJ Blount, Keith Robinson, Sharon Campbell Baglivo, Gary Barrow, Vicky Barrow, Jimmie Winters, Dirk Price, Joe Blount, Karuna McAlister, Don Helton and Austin Gibbs, Chris Walden, Lauren Reuther and others.

 

Members present were: OJ and Lucy Blount, Vicky and Gary Barrow, Sharon Campbell Baglivo,

Jimmy Winters, Joe Blount, Karuna McAlister, Don Helton and Austin Gibbs, Dirk Price, Chris

Walden and Lauren Reuther and others.

 

 

 

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