Queen's Castle Beekeepers Assoc.
08 April 2015
OJ and Lucy received a call
yesterday from Joel R McCrory of Pensacola, FL who has a farm in
the DeFuniak Springs area. He asked if our club members might be
interested in farming their bees on his land. He plants approx.
10 acres in vegetables. His grandson who is 28 would watch over
the hives but knows nothing about beekeeping. He doesn't want the
honey and is open to discussing compensation for the hives. He
is on Hwy 331 about 1 mile north of HWY 90. His phone # :
850-455-2193. You can contact him directly if you are
Just a heads up the this is for
our FL members only as it is illegal to transport bees across
31 March 2015
Hello fellow beekeepers,
Attached are the minutes for the 3/28/2015 meeting of the QCBA.
We had very informative presentations and discussions about swarms
and trap outs.
For those that missed it and those who wish to revisit info on the
links is included in the minutes.
At our next meeting on 4/25/2105, OJ Blount will discuss what we
should be planting for our bees, when and how. I will publish a
list of the plants to be discussed in the e-mail I send out a week
before the meeting. Any information that you have on plants is
welcome. He will also provide information for beginning
Thanks you for your interest,
23 March 2015
Hello fellow beekeepers,
Don't forget that the March meeting for QCBA is this Saturday 3/28
@ 9:30. This meeting's main topic will be swarms and swarm
capture. Please bring a side dish. Meat and drinks provided.
04 March 2015
Hello fellow beekeepers,
To all of you who attended the meeting on Sat, 2/28 - thanks for
coming. It was a great time.
To all of you who weren't there - you missed an informative
The minutes for both the executive committee and members meetings
will be posted on the QCBA website soon. Link to website is
The next meeting is on Saturday
March 28 @ 9:30. Hope to see you there.
We will view a video of a swarm
capture flowed by discussion of swarms and then an open
discussion. For some YouTube videos on swarm removal check out
I will send a reminder e-mail
with the meeting's agenda closer to the meeting's date and include
the lunch menu.
As always, if you wish to be
remove from our e-mail list just let me know.
23 February 2015
Don't forget that this
Saturday, Feb 28th, is our monthly
meeting. Meeting starts @9:30.
Also, we will have 3 speakers.
Don Sobczak from Knoxville, TN will be talking about bee
Neranza Blount will be putting a
hot wax coating over a photo. Her specialty is encaustics.
Paul Watson, of Forest, MS will
show a video of swarm catching.
Looking forward to seeing you
06 February 2015
My name is Karen Brock. I
was elected the secretary for the QCBA @ the January meeting.
I wanted to touch base with all
of you and let you know a few things.
We elected new officers @ the January meeting. Here are your new
Gary Barrow - president
OJ Blount - vice-president
Karen Brock - secretary
Lucy Blount - treasurer
Our next meeting will be Saturday morning, 2/28 @
9:30. We will have 3 speakers.
Don Sobczak from Knoxville, TN will be talking about bee
inspections. Neranza Blount will be putting a hot wax coating over
a photo. Her specialty is encaustics. Paul Watson, of Forest, MS
will show a video of swarm catching. His bio is attached.
As always we are looking for
input from members as to the topics that they would like to be
discussed at meetings. Please send any requests to me via e-mail.
Attached you will find a link to
QCBA website. Please visit for information about the
association, educational notes and links to videos and minutes of
I have also attached a link to
the Alabama Beekeepers Association. There is an application form
for membership, educational notes and links to many other sites.
Back issues of newsletters are available to all.
If you wish to be removed from
this list just let me know.
Looking forward to seeing you on
22 July 2013
Hope you are excited about our club's meeting
OJ and Lucy have some great ideas to share with everyone, from ways
to protect our hives to ways of producing better gardens for our
bees to pollinate. The fellowship we have as a group always answers
many questions everyone has. And you
should never leave without an answer to your bee question or a
follow up phone call promise from one of us when we get the answer.
Remember we are training beekeepers to be
successful and that beekeeper is
What a wonderful time at the EXPO, we all learned much about how to
present our surplus to possible customers. Much to talk about. And
now as the summer wines down there are steps we need to take to
prepare a successful winter also.
Come with ideas to share, questions and be
sure to bring some sort of cover dish if you wish to stay for the
trip to the bee yard afterwards. Lucy and OJ will have the
meat to go with what we bring to share. It should be another great
time of improving our craft.
See You There,
18 June 2013
Hey everybody, hope you are
having a wonderful June working with your bees. I know Harold and
Erica Barnes have been very busy with the Expo and all the details
involved with that. For the rest of us I want to update you on
where we are at and what we still need to make the Expo a success
for our club.
Gary, Vickie, OJ, Lucy and I
worked out the layout of the booth for our shelves and tables.
For our sign we will use either the one OJ has coming or the one I
paint for us, either one will be a good attractor for the crowd to
come our way.
We still need "goodie items" to
be donated place in the one or two baskets we raffle off to help
pay the club back for the cost of the booth. The costs has taken
our account down to about only $25 left so we need to work on
making the baskets attractive and full so folks will want to pay a
$1.00 for the ticket to get a chance to win. With all our
schedules we will most likely finish the basket or baskets during
our set up on Thursday the 27th. Let's all bring something that
will make it very desirable and lots of people will buy a ticket.
Set up will be the 27th and we
are meeting at OJs at
8:00 to load up trucks and
trailers to haul the tables and shelves to the EXPO. We do not
need everyone, but we need some of yawl to volunteer and be there
for this movement and then those that can be there for tear down
also on Sunday at 5:00pm. I have to be in Montgomery on Thursday
for a doctor's appointment but still planning on helping with the
move to the EXPO.
We need you to bring your honey,
wax, lip balm and other bee related items to sell and make
yourself some money from your bees. This will be the biggest
opportunity for the year to have people see your wares. You get
great exposure and it is a great opportunity to talk to people
about our precious bees.
Susan Carter is bringing the hand
extractor for us to demonstrate how we get honey from the bees.
Susan you can drop that by either Thursday or Friday morning
before the doors open for the public to start walking in? Just
let me or Vickie know when you will be able to bring that by, so
we can meet you outside and help to bring that in. I will bring
the strainers and stuff to do the recapping.
We need everyone to come and
enjoy the EXPO but also to come and help to man our booth for a
short time or as long as you like. We could also use some help
doing the extraction demonstrations. We will be doing two
Thursday and Friday and I think one on Sunday. Please let me know
when you think you can come and support the booth even for just an
hour or two will help.
It is all going to be a blast and
last year I learned even more about our bees while having the
opportunity to talk about them. We might even make it on TV again
like we did last year. It was great press for our club and we got
several phone calls after the show was over. A couple of people
came later and joined the club as the result of the EXPO to. So
come on and let the fun begin.
We will also have Dana and Karuna
to show their essential oils to the public also as part of our
booth. And I heard something from Lucy about some beautifully
painted jars also. So it is all going to be something great for
all our members.
Please email me or Gary and
Vickie so we know what you are going to bring or drop off for us
to take. My home phone is
334-376-9824. I will be out of town this weekend, but still
checking my email.
I am sure I am missing something
I am suppose to tell you more, but just ask if something comes to
Serving Mankind with our
07 January 2013
Hello everyone, It seems like
it has been a long time since we last met. Hope ya'll all had a
wonderful Thanksgiving, Christmas and got through the new year.
It is time to get busy with our bee equipment, so that we will
be ready for the swarm season beginning in early March for most
of us. Just a reminder that we will be meeting on the last
Saturday this month, which is the 26th at 10:00. Our lunches
has been so good, thanks for everyone bringing just a little
something to add to the spread. OJ will be running the meeting
this month because of a conflict in my personal calendar, so I
will see ya'll on February 23d. We need you there to pick our
new officers or to confirm the old ones we have.
I wanted to forward this email from Dr. Tew to all of ya'll
because it is the Bee Symposium that is at Auburn University.
It is such a wonderful opportunity to learn so many things from
some of our country's and state's authorities in beekeeping. I
want to draw your attention to the per-registration deadline of
January 21st. The cost for the symposium and lunch is only
$20.00 before that date and afterwards it is $30.00. The $10.00
you save will come in handy with gas to get there. There will
be special classes just for the beginning beekeepers throughout
the day. So there is something for everyone. And if you want
to go but don't want to go alone, please let me or the Blounts
know and we can work out a ride for you with someone else that
is going. There should be 300 or more beekeepers there for this
gathering. It is so good!
If you use the link below and a credit card you can do all the
registration online to save a stamp and writing a check. Or
print out the registration and mail it in.
I want to let you know that Elmer Herman with Millie Bee Supply
with be coming to our club meeting in March. He will be bring
packaged bees (5 frames with comb and bees) for you if you order
them soon. Most packages have to be ordered ahead of time so
that he can make sure he has enough set aside for you too. His
phone numbers are
(334)596-7099. I am not sure of this year's cost of the
package, but just ask him when you call.
Looking forward to seeing all of you very soon, hopefully at the
Training Beekeepers to
29 November 2012
I wanted to let all of you know that
the club is going to the "Plow Days" in Jay, Florida Saturday and we
ask that you join us there. This will be an open air display of
honey and beekeeping education for the public. We need your help to
set up and to tear down our display out of our new club trailer. It
looks really great when it is set up. We can do more in less space
with the trailer. If you have not seen it yet then you should come
just for that. We can use your help throughout the day to man the
booth also. We decided to support this last Saturday at our club
meeting. Gary Barrow brought it to our attention. Hope you can
come and have a great day with other club folks. And you can enjoy
the "Plow Days" activities as well.
There will be room in our
booth to sell any bee related items you wish to bring. Candles,
Wax, Pollen, Photos, Cream Honey, and of course Honey, but you can
also bring anything else you want to sell or show off to the
public. We expect a lot of people there to walk by our booth.
Should be a good day for our club.
And a reminder that our next
club meeting will be the last Saturday in Janruary and we will have
a work day at the Blounts with lots of fellowship on the 8th of
December. It will be work and a holiday meal together.
Hope you can make it to one or
both of these events,
Directions to "Plow Days": Go South on Hwy 29 from Flomington, thru
Century, Florida. Just South of Century take a Left on Hwy 4 and
you will be going east to Jay. Go through Jay on Hwy 4 and about
2.2 miles from the east side of Jay you will turn right on Hwy 399,
which is Country Mill Rd. You will go about another 2.2 miles South
on Country Mill road and you will see "Plow Days" on the right side
of the road. The address is 4463 Country Mill Road.
We will be meeting there about 8:00am to set up, not sure of the
tear down time, sometime in the afternoon.
07 September 2012
Also for all those that are near Mckenzie we will be
at the Sweet Home Baptist Church Saturday tomorrow talking about our
precious bees and selling honey. It is for the Kenny Seales Fund
Rasier to bennifit a special home for families of cancer patients.
We will be there all morning and mid afternoon so come on by. There
is a run/walk for the fundrasier that starts at 8:30, but we will
not be running. If you can come on by and visit us there. If coming
from the south watch as you approach mile marker 47 there is a
railroad crossing just past it. You want to make a left just before
the crossing and you will see the church dead ahead about a 1/4 of a
Bees are more valuable than gold to our worlds food supply,
19 August 2012
Hope all is going well with you,
your families and your bees,
On the 8th of September we will
be having a smaller booth (16x8) to sell our honey and talk about
bees and our club to the people of McKenzie and Butler County
area. It is a one day bennefit called, Kenny Seales 5k Run Walk.
There will be a run, small concert, several kinds of booths to
include food booths and several things for the kids too. It is to
raise money for a place that families stay when their loved ones
are undergoing cancer treatment. We will have to be there at
7:00am to set up because everything starts at 8:30. It will not
be near as many people there as was at the Andalusia EXPO, but you
never know what something like this could mean to our club. So if
you want to show up and show your honey be there at 7:00 and help
OJ, Lucy and I set up. OJ now has a nice trailer to haul all our
display equipment, so it will be much easier to be ready for
opportunities like these in our future. the place is not hard to
find, and will provide a map later. It is at Sweet Home Baptist
Church just south of McKenzie proper.
Hope you can join us with this
effort or swing by to see what is going on with a bennefit like
this for others in need.
Anyway, A wonderful opportunity
for the club, bees and honey,
18 August 2012
I should have sent this to all of you so much sooner
than today. My only excuse is it got buried in the inbox and I
procrastinated getting to our club's business until now. It is going
to be a very good meeting Saturday and I hope so many of you will
attend. I believe that what we are going to cover is just in time
for most of us to save as many bees as possible during this year's
swarming season which is almost on top of us. Hope to see you
I hope to have the newest yearly calendar there to pass out. It will
be a tool for you to use in managing your bees this year.
Your new Secretary,
04 July 2012
Hope you are all enjoying Independence Day!!!
We had a wonderful time at Kid's Day last Saturday! We had about 32
in attendance and everyone seemed to really enjoy it. We had no big
problems, no one got stung or hurt in any other way and we had
plenty of good food and fellowship. We met two new members and
several others who are beekeeper-wanna-bees. A great big thank you
to all who helped and to all who came. We learned several
things not to do next year and a few things to do differently. I
think the honey extraction was the hit of the day...thank you so
much Kip and Susan for bringing your extractor!
Lucy called the other night to tell me some big news.......... the
team from Rossman Apiaries is going to have a booth right next to
ours at the expo!!! So that means that if anyone needs any
equipment, be sure to call Rossman and they will bring it with them
and you can avoid freight charges!!! You can order on-line at
www.GAbees.com or call at 1-800-333-7677 or fax to (229) 985-0209.
OJ and Lucy will also have some tickets for our members to purchase
for the expo...she will let everyone know when they are ready.
See you at our July meeting!