Queen's Castle Beekeepers Assoc.
Minutes for the Queen’s Castle Beekeepers Assoc.
January 31, 2015
21980 U. S. Hwy 29, Andalusia, AL 36420, 334-222-0751/376-9824
Mrs. Lucy Blount, our President, welcomed everyone,
then led in prayer.
Everyone introduced themselves.
Vicky Barrow read the minutes of the November 2014
Mrs. Lucy gave the treasurer's report. We have
Dues are still $10 per person and $15 per family per
There was no old business.
Under new business:
The topic of whether to keep our QCBA website,
or to have a newer website created; and did we want
up a Club Facebook page, was discussed. The
motion was made and approved to keep our QCBA website for $14.99 a
and Randy Shaffer would look into creating a Facebook
account for our club.
Gary Barrow passed out papers announcing The Annual
Tree Sale by the Covington County
Forestry Center. The sale will be February 4th, 5th,
and 6th from 3 till 5, at the USDA Agriculture
Service Center in Andalusia. They will have a variety
of trees for sale for only a dollar a piece. A
lot of the trees listed are good trees to have for
Mrs. lucy passed out the 2015 monthly calendars.
These list the things that need to be done to
take care of our honeybees. This month we are to be
checking our equipment, feeding the bees
and ordering bees. Mr.
OJ said Millie Bee Supply Company had five frame nucs
for $125. You
can call Millie Bee and they will send you a copy of
their bee supply price list.
There will be a NEBA workshop at the Pensacola State
College in Milton, Florida on Saturday,
February 14, 2015. Mrs. Lucy passed out registration
forms to anyone that was interested in
going, since the pre-register date for the fee to be
sent in is, Saturday, February 7, 2015.
Election of officers were as follows:
President. Gary Barrow
Vice-President, OJ Blount
Secretary, Karen Brock
Assistant Secretary, Vicky Barrow
Treasurer, Lucy Blount
(Mrs. Lucy will look into taking Keith Robinson's
name off the signature card at the bank, since
he has moved; and Gary Barrow's name will have to be
added, as a backup person).
Photographer/Historian, Sharon Campbell
Assistant Photographer/ Web Master, Randy Shaffer
Election of the Board of Directors:
(Karuna McAlister will be contacted about removing
her name from the BOD, since she has moved).
The Officers and the Board of Directors decided to
meet 30 minutes before each regular
meeting, to discuss any business or plan of events.
Karen Brock asked "What exactly does the Board of
Jimmie Winters explained that his understanding was,
that the Board discussed
improve the club association, club meetings and the club
bylaws; and then made the
recommendations and suggestions to the club. The
Board was not a governing body but a suggesting body.
It was decided that the club would plan
on events and activities coming up, on a monthly basis
of trying to plan a whole year in advance. Mrs. Lucy said we
would be having three
speakers for our February 28th meeting. Mr.
OJ's daughter, Neranza and her husband
Don, would be here and would each give a program.
Paul Watson from Mississippi,
the author of MAKING HONEY THE OLD FASHION WAY, will
also be here.
The following topics were discussed: Concerning
events for the year,
John Kilmer suggested having a Family Day instead of
a Kid's Day.
This will be looked in to.
Jimmie Winters is to check with the Escambia
Extension Officer, Ken Kelley, to see what kid's
events they will be having that we might help with;
and any way they might help us with any
events we might have. He is also to check on possibly
getting help for first time beekeepers.
Mr. Terry Pickard said he'd checked into a program
where the State Department of Ag and
Industry in Montgomery (he talked with a Mr. John
McMillan) would help pay for a new
This will have to be looked into more fully.
Ways to be more involved with the Alabama State
Beekeeper's Association and them more
with us were discussed. We might possible try having them list our
events and our
their monthly letter, The Stinger. We will also do better in letting
know of any
statewide events coming up concerning the Alabama Beekeeper's
Gail Anthony asked if anyone could help her get the
bees out of a tree
in her yard. Ways were
discussed on how to do this, and Jimmie Winters will
check this out.
Mr. OJ discussed the variety of plants and trees that
bloomed all year long, and how important
it was to have something blooming all the time for
the honeybees. You can plant pine
trees behind the the bee boxes, then when the old
queen swarms, she will not have
far to go, to find a place to land. That way you can
easily get the swarm into a box.
When the pine trees begin to grow taller, just cut
off the tops to a height you can reach.
You can also put old frames into an old hive, and set
this hive out of sight and away from your
other hives. You might possible get a hive of bees
this way. Mr. OJ has gone to the
schools and taken an observation hive. Each grade of
students would come by,
look at the hive; then he would talk about the bees
and answer any questions they would have.
Mr. OJ's goal is to get $1000 worth of honey off of
each of his hives.
There was talk about children's bee clothing and
protective bee clothing for people who were
allergic to bee stings. There is supposed to be a
three layer material used in some bee suits that
you cannot not get stung in. You can also wear
leather gloves that the honeybee cannot sting
After the blessing, everyone enjoyed a delicious meal
and soup, side dishes and some
Members went outside, following the meal, to check Mr. OJ's hives
and lime trays.
Those present were: OJ& Lucy Blount, Randy Shaffer,
Jimmie & Sara Winters, John Kilmer,
Sharon Campbell, Joe Blount, Randy Inman, Terry
Pickard, Karen Brock, Dan Schellenberger,
Angela and Gail Anthony and Gary & Vicky Barrow.
Our next meeting will be February 28, 2015