Sunday, March 9, 2014

March 2014 Meeting Notes

March 8, 2014

The meeting was called to order at 9:30 am by President Chris Robbins.

As this meeting is also our Beginners Beekeeper Class/Workshop, there were many newcomers in attendance. Chris took a few minutes to explain a little about the club and welcome those attending for the first time.

A Treasurer’s report was given by Becky Harris.  She reported we had a beginning balance of $838.46. $137.00 was collected in dues this past month. Expenditures were $107.00, which left us with a balance of $868.46 at months end. Upon completion of this report, a motion was made and seconded to accept the report as given. The motion passed on a voice vote with no objections.

Chris then displayed a sample hat and shirt with a Cheatham County Beekeepers logo. All present thought they looked good. The cost for the hats is $10.00 and the shirts would be $14.00 - $16.00 depending on the size ordered.

Chris reported that he and Becky attended a meeting of the TN Beekeepers Association last month. We are now officially an affiliate club of the Association as a number of our members have also joined the TN Beekeepers Association. This has allowed us to receive three Hive Grants for new Beekeepers. Chris then read the Conditions of Eligibility for a hive grant recipient.

This was the end of our short business meeting as we had a large number in attendance (77) and the Beginners Beekeeping Course was the main event of the day.

After a short break to re-arrange the room, Roger Senechal gave a presentation titled “ 10 Things I Wish I Knew as a Rookie Beekeeper”.

Upon completion of Roger’s presentation the groups split up and two workshops were given. The first workshop was “Assembling Woodenware and Set up of a Hive”. This workshop was led by Junior Morrow. The second workshop was  “Beekeeping Vocabulary and Terminology”, led by Chris Robbins.  Half the group attended each workshop, and then rotated to the other one upon completion.  Many members were also present to answer questions of those attending the workshops.

It was exciting to see so many newcomers interested in Beekeeping, and all were welcomed to attend our next meeting, which will be held on April 12, 2014 at 9:30 am.

Respectfully Submitted,

David K. Hanson


Sunday, February 9, 2014

February 2014 Meeting Notess

FEBRUARY 8, 2014

The meeting was called to order at 9:30 am by President Chris Robbins. Several members were absent due to the inclement weather. There were a total of 15 attendees. Present were Chris Robbins, Junior Morrow, Thomas Moore, Jeff Moore, Morgan Turpin, Stephen Penick, Gene Brown, David Hanson, Cynthia Wilee, Carrie Nelson, Chris Lockert, Becky Harris, Adam Townes, Beth Thompson and Grant Cote.

Chris Robbins informed all of the recent passing of long time member Herb Nelson. Paul Carter sent a floral arrangement in the name of the Cheatham County Beekeepers club to the funeral home. Chris announced that anyone that would like to donate toward the cost of the flowers should give their donation to Becky Harris. He also made a motion that the club re-imburse Paul for any out of pocket cost not covered by donations. The motion was seconded and passed unanimously.

Becky Harris gave a Treasurers Report for the month of January 2014. Ending balance for the month was $838.46. A motion was made, seconded and passed unanimously to accept the Treasurers report as presented.

Becky provided us with a sample copy of a Hive Grant contract to review. We will be giving away three Hive Grant awards (through the TN Beekeepers Association) to new beekeepers at our March meeting.  There are several stipulations that go along with receiving one of these grants. It was suggested that the awardees should sign a “contract” listing out the conditions of the awrd. After review, all members present thought the sample was satisfactory and would meet our needs.

Chris announced that he would be sending out an e-mail listing contact information for several sources of packages and nucs this spring. It was also noted that this information would be posted on our website and blog.

Chris and Becky will be attending a TN Beekeepers Association meeting this afternoon in Lebanon and hope to have information to share with us at a later date from the meeting.

We will be holding a Beginners Beekeeping Class on March 8th at the Cheatham County Library. There will be a short business meeting from 9:30 – 10:00 am, and the class will then run from 10:00 am to Noon. It was decided that topics to be covered will include: Assembly of Woodenware, setup of a hive, beekeeping vocabulary, installing bees in a hive, site selection, Integrated Pest Management, feeding options and to do lists for different times of the year.
During the Open Discussion period of the meeting there were several topics covered.:

If you are on the mailing list of any of the Beekeeping Supply companies such as Kelly’s or Brushy Mountain you should have already or soon should be getting your catalogue in the mail. It was noted that all orders over $200.00 (except for jars) from Kelly’s, get free shipping.

Stephen noted that on a recent warm day he noticed his bees feeding on sap running down the side of a sugar maple tree.

Other items noted were the emergence of a new pest on the east coast. It is a small fly that lays its eggs in bees and turns them into “Zombie” bees. This pest had only been seen on the West Coast until this recent discovery. This led into a discussion on the proper and improper use of herbicides and pesticides.

Chris noted that there was a webinar held yesterday on “pollinators” and he would attempt to e-mail all of the members the link to get the archived edition of this webinar. He also noted that for those that need to register or re-register their apiary with the State of TN, the on-line link does not work. You must sill register using a paper form.

Last items discussed were different methods used to calm your bees when working them, and that fact there will be a hive splitting workshop at the TSU Farm on River Rd in Ashland City April 15th. The workshop is from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm. Cost is $10,00 and includes lunch.

Next meeting will be March 8, 2014 at 9:30 am.

Respectfully submitted by: David Hanson, Secretary

This is a copy of the hive grant terms that were passed around

2014 CCBA Hive Grant Program

The Cheatham County Beekeeping Association (CCBA), in conjunction with Tennessee Beekeepers Association (TBA), endeavors to grant a number of beginning beekeeper starter kits, to encourage other in the craft of beekeeping who previously had not been involved.

Each participant (grantee) must understand and agree to the following terms.

1. Each beekeeper kit consists of one screened bottom board, one deep hive body, ten frames with foundation, one inner cover, one telescopic outer cover, one hat and veil, one pair gloves, one beginning beekeeping book, one hive tool, one smoker and one entrance feeder.

2. The grantee must retain membership with both the CCBA and TBA for a period of no less than two (2) consecutive years prior to being given the grant kit.

3. The grantee is required to enroll in and complete a beginning beekeeper course with CCBA, agrees to purchase bees, set up the hive and install the bees, and accepts educational and instructional assistance from an assigned mentor as necessary. All subsequent hardware, woodenware, and foundation not originally provided in the grant package must be purchased by the grantee.

4. The grantee agrees to return to CCBA 50% of the surplus honey harvested from the grant hive for the first two (2) years. The grantee may choose to buy back their own 50% surplus honey from the club at the current wholesale rate of $ .25 per oz, or to turn in 50% of their honey packaged and labeled with weight and location, which will be sold for the club by a designated member. All honey will remain the property of the grantee after April 2016.

5. Failure to comply with this contract will result in the removal of the grant hive with the contained bees from the grantee’s possession so that the grant hive may then be reassigned to a new grantee.

6. It is the responsibilities of the new beekeeper to register their hives with the State Apiarist and provide their apiary number to the club secretary.

7. The grant period is for 2 years.  This grant is completed in April of 2016

8. Upon completion of all grant requirements the hive shall become the property of the grantee.

1. It will be the responsibility of the new beekeeper to work toward the health and well being of the new grant hive / honeybee colony.
2. All physical work is the responsibility of the new beekeeper.
3. All additional monetary costs of honeybees, feed, hardware, additional
woodenware and medication will be assumed by the new beekeeper.
4. The new beekeeper will be responsible for his or her own education about honeybee biology and ecology.

If you understand and agree to the above information and terms, please
sign below.

                             New Beekeeper (Hive Grant Recipient)


CCBA dues paid thru _____________          

TBA dues paid thru _____________

Apiary Registration # _____________

Assigned Mentor __________________________        
Mentors TBA dues paid thru _____________ , _______________

Amount of honey returned to the club 1st year ____________

Amount of honey returned to the club 2nd year ____________

Saturday, February 1, 2014

If You Are Still Looking to Buy Bees, You're in Luck -- if you Act FAST!

It's almost getting too late to order bees; seeing no posts on the blog about sources of bees, I decided to do some investigating myself.

The Wilson County Beekeepers [they meet in Lebanon, TN] is sending someone to pick up three pound packages from Wilbanks in GA; they will be available for pickup at the Fairgrounds in Lebanon.  And they are happy to pick up bees for anyone belonging to the Cheatham Beekeepers.

Below is all the info you need.  DON'T HESITATE!!
Bee suppliers are already having to turn people away!!


  • Bees for Sale from Wilbanks Bees
  • WCBA members Hayes Wilson 931-445-3730 and Bobby Carter 931-239-4000 will be bringing back 3 pound packages at the end of March/early April.  $85.00 per package.  Call either gentleman for address to send your deposit/payment.
    - Jim Murff is taking orders for 5-frame nucs from Dudars…cost will be $125
The next Wilson County Beekeepers meeting is scheduled for February 3—Mike Haney will be doing a presentation on Raising Queens.
Meet at 7:00 PM in the Ward Agriculture Center on the Wilson County Fairgrounds in Lebanon, Tennessee.  940 East Baddour Parkway, Lebanon, TN 37087