Cheatham County Beekeepers
November 09, 2013 Agenda
Ashland City Library
Those in attendance of today’s meeting (21) - Robin Johnson, Chris Robbins, David Hanson, Johnie Bell, Herb Nelson, Thomas Moore, Gene Brown, Jeff Moore, Joyce Carter, Paul Carter, P J Moore, Diana Senechal, Roger Senechal, Lisa Peterson, Kenneth Moore, Carrie Nelson, Brad Patterson, Cynthia Wilee, Junior Morrow, Becky Harris, Chris Williams.
Meeting was held in the smaller room. Meeting was called to order by Robin. Diana was thanked for calling and letting everyone know about the meeting.
She told of an extractor on Craig’s list for $275 ½ hp motor 52 inch tank, in Gallatin.
New people were recognized, Honeybee (Native American name) from Alabama, Brad Patterson and Cindy Wilee from Davidson County.
Newbees names were added to the mailing list.
Financial report from Becky
Ending balance last month 817.40 a deposit for 44.00 for a balance of 861.46 still have to pay for the coffee maker and the coffee cups.
Recipe Book, the master gardeners are interested and UT is interested but they have certain things they can’t do because of their being UT. When they books sell it would be a fund raiser for the club. Bring in recipes you’d like to have in the cookbook to the Christmas meeting.
Christmas party, Chris Robbins agreed to purchase and prepare the meat for the Christmas party, chicken, BBQ, prime rib. Paul is providing coffee, Diana is bringing Sweet Tea, Becky is bringing Un-sweet tea, and Johnie is providing the paper goods. Someone volunteered to bring buns for the BBQ. Several volunteered to bring desserts. Members need to bring sides and fruit
Group to set-up the room at 9:30 are Paul, Becky, Robin, Johnie. Paul will get the table clothes.
If you would like to play Dirty Santa, bring a gift that is valued at $10 or less
Donation to the Library, minimum of $100, Robin has a box she made for this.
Membership of TBA, Becky read what the benefits to being a member are. We need at least 7 TBA members to be an affiliated club with the state and be eligible to vote and be a part of the programs. Individual is $10 and family is $22. If anyone is interested see Becky for a membership form.
The biggest benefit to the club is being able to be a part of the Hive Grant program. The state will provide 2 hives and the club purchases 1 hive thru the state, typically $150 or less. 10 frame deep equipment this year.
Last year the state gave clubs $200 to the clubs that did the short course that is required for the hive grant.
Community education we need to do more of this.
One member asked about extracting honey. Was such a small amount that they were told the best thing was to either return it to the bees or use crush and strain. Usually honey is harvested in June or July.
Roger asked if anyone got any Golden Rod Honey this year, there was tons of flowers but haven’t heard of anyone getting honey this fall. Golden Rod Honey is bitter.
Someone asked about the population of bees in this area, they has read articles about the decline of the bees and was wondering if it was affecting this area. Something is killing our bees. Paul said he lost 2 Nucs he got from Kelley’s this year, the one he got from Mississippi did fine. Roger asked if anyone else’s queens had shut down laying. Jeff lost 2 hives this summer, the first time ever. Chris said the main talk is that the cause is insecticides. Chris says doesn’t listen to a lot of the talk that hybrid seeds are the problem. We are the problem, it is the over use of chemicals by the home owners, they are of the mentality of if a little is good more is better.
What do I do if my bees don’t have enough stores? Chris W said he was going to put dry sugar on the top of his inner covers. Roger suggested using bee candy or fondant. Chris W said he wasn’t going to go into his hives till spring. Chris R said he feeds his anytime the weather warms up. Becky suggested talking a spray bottle and lightly misting the dry sugar to prevent the bees from removing it. Also the condensation will soak into the sugar. Moisture is what kills the bees or causes chalk brood. Anytime the temp is 65 degrees.
What do you do if there is an ice storm? Nothing they are in a cluster and will take care of themselves. They will spend all their resources to save the queen. Once you get the entrance reducer in forget them till March. Johnie had someone open one of his hives last winter. Jeff said that if you get a week or 2 of sub zero weather, they could starve even though there is honey 2 frames over.
Is there a bug or disease that will take the bees appetite away?
A request was made that we hear about the 2 places that produce bees at our December Meeting.
Chris has a contact that was $75 or $78 a package.
Jeffs contact is Mississippi Nucs
Is it worth it to buy nucs instead of buying packages. The general option is yes.
December meeting is election of officer.
Robin wants to step down as President
Jeff wants to step down as Vice-President
Diana wants to step down as Secretary
Becky will continue on as Treasurer
Chris R accepted a nomination as president.
Robin J accepted a nomination as vice president if no one else will
David H accepted a nomination as Secretary.
Diana S will make the phone calls to members each month.
It was asked what are the responsiblities of each position, no one had a copy with them. So a copy is being provided here.
Draft Guidelines for Club Officers
1. Sets Agenda for each meeting - sends in advance to VP (who will include the main topics in an email reminding members about upcoming meeting) and sends also to Secretary
2. Guides meeting discussions; solicits thoughts/opinions of members at meetings
3. Keeps tabs on membership list/dues payment status
4. Coordinates presentations for meetings; transfers all written presentation materials to web site (as available)
5. Establishes a committee to coordinates Cheatham County Fair booth - serves as primary contact with fair staff; arranges volunteers for set-up, take-down, accepting entries, works booth during fair; arranges for judge; arranges for volunteer passes
6. Arranges for meeting location for December (luncheon)
7. Answers questions/is our contact from the public and other beekeeping groups
8. Is, along with Treasurer, a signer of checks and also receives from Treasurer a monthly bank statement
9. Initiate and coordinate special projects (this year included soap demo/lesson, coordinate bee inspector training, and TSU ag farm initiative)
10. Develop a plan of activity/presentations for the club for a year in advance – create a road map for the group for the coming year
1. Works with Treasurer to keep membership list updated
2. Sends out meeting reminder a week before
3. Coordinates meeting snacks
4. Takes care of Name Tags
5. Serves as President's assistant and may serve as Understudy to President
6. Serves as Chair or recruits somebody to serve as Chair of the Cheatham County Fair Bee Booth
1. Reserves meeting room at library
2. Takes notes at meeting (so easy since President has been printing agenda ahead of time)
3. Types minutes of meeting
4. Posts minutes on our web site (may need to delegate this)
5. When urgent notices are emailed (e.g. meeting cancelled or moved to another site) PHONES members who don't have email
1. Records income and payments
2. Balances checking account and forwards copy of monthly bank statement to President
3. Reports income, disbursements, cash, account balance at each meeting
4. Deposits monies received
5. Makes necessary purchases (e.g. beetle blasters for re-sale to members)
Other Volunteer Duties
1. Webmaster or assistant – post information on club website, including minutes, news, etc. Becky Harris has volunteered to watch the site and edit out inappropriate postings/comments (infrequent)
2. Pick up meeting room key at Library the day before meeting
3. Make coffee and bring supplies (coffeepot, cups, napkins, coffee, cream, sugar)
4. Purchase snacks when members have donated money for same
5. Make sure meeting room is left EXACTLY as per diagram near coffee pot and kitchen is clean and tidy
NOTE: Those wanting to volunteer and those elected as officers should commit to attending meetings and to the time needed outside of meetings to complete their responsibilities listed above.
We would like to go from blog to website. Robin had taken a look at Clarksville/Montgomery County Beekeepers web site and it would be doable for this group. Several said they thought we had a website, the site we have is a blog site with very few having access, we need a regular website where anyone in the group can post a message.
Becky invited any that wanted to, to join the WWW.MCBCA.COM site.
Kevin Eggers has built the club a website, somebody needs to go to his house and be taught what we need to do. Chris R said for Robin to come by his place someday and they would drive over there.
Chris R said we have a face book site, that he had friended it. It is a site that we think Stephen P started that didn’t take off. The last post was in 2010.
We need at least 7 TBA members to be affiliated with the state. Becky has the forms and you can fill them out and return them to Becky.
1. Third Tuesday Event: In February or March Chris Robbins and John Ferrell will be conducting a beginner beekeepers course, in Murfreesboro.
2. Master Beekeepers course conducted by John of Elk Valley Beekeepers April 3-5. If your interested in the TAEP moneys then you have to be a master beekeeper.
Roger spoke up and said the name was misleading, it was a beginners course not a masters course.
Chris spoke about the requirements of the TAEP funds. The funds come from the tobacco buyout funds that TN got.
Small farm expo July 17, 2014 will be focused on Honey production and honey extraction.
Junior and Chris invited everyone to come on by the TSU farm on River Road, the gates open 7:30-5:30.
We will have the current list of members to pass out at the December meeting.