Queen's Castle Beekeepers Assoc.
Minutes, Queen’s Castle Beekeepers Assoc.
January 25, 2014
21980 U. S. Hwy 29, Andalusia, AL 36420,
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
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
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.