December 2 Meeting – Annual Meeting, Honey Tasting, Elections

7:00-8:00 Annual Meeting Part 1

  • State of the club
  • Volunteer recognition
  • Results of member satisfaction survey
  • Member comments
  • 2015 committees
8:00-8:20 Teatime and Honey Tasting

  • If you have honey, bring a sample. The diversity of flavors even among our local honeys is amazing.
8:20-9:00 Annual Meeting Part 2: Election of 2015 Officers and Trustees

  • Think about who you’d like to nominate to steer the club in 2015. And don’t be shy about nominating yourself!

Meetings are 7:00-9:00 pm on the first Tuesday of each month at Meadowbrook Interpretive Center (directions to Meadowbrook) and are open to the public.

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November 4 Meeting – Lessons Learned & Annual Swap Meet

7:00-7:30 Beginners Session: Show & Tell, or Just Tell (Robert Clark)
What improvements to beekeeping gear have you made or discovered this year? What good experiences did y0u have, what mistakes are you are willing to admit to? 2-3 minutes each. Robert will start off with a demo of his own.

Click here for the beginners’ hive calendar.

7:30-8:00 Tea and Announcements
8:00-9:00 Annual Beekeepers Swap Meet and Garage Sale
Bring surplus (clean) gear to swap or sell, and set up a table. This was a hit last year! Great opportunity for bargains and to learn about new equipment.

Meetings are 7:00-9:00 pm on the first Tuesday of each month at Meadowbrook Interpretive Center (directions to Meadowbrook) and are open to the public.

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October 7 Board Meeting

The SVB board will meet from 9 to 10 pm after the 10/7 club meeting. Board meetings are open to SVB members. Attached are:

(1) Agenda for tomorrow night’s (10/6/14) board meeting:
Board Agenda Oct_7_14

(2) Minutes from the June 2014 board meeting:
SVB MINUTES _Jun14

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Beekeepers Workshop – Michael Bush in Olympia 10/25

Olympia Beekeepers is hosting a beekeeping workshop with Michael Bush, author of The Practical Beekeeper, leading proponent of successful treatment-free beekeeping, and a giant source of information on biologically based beekeeping.
(http://www.bushfarms.com/bees.htm)

Saturday, October 25, 9:00 am-5:00 pm.

Space is still available. Details below. Highly recommended!

Oly-Beekeepers-Workshop

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October 7 Meeting – Honey, American Foulbrood Revisited

7:00-7:30 Beginners Session: Honey (Robert Clark)
Packaging, selling, judging, wax & candles; other hive products

Each month, Robert presents topics based on an annual, local beekeeping management calendar, with emphasis on basic principles of how honeybees respond to beekeepers’ actions. Click here for the beginners’ hive calendar.

7:30-8:00 Tea and Announcements
8:00-9:00 American Foulbrood – The Old Nemesis Revisited (Michael Burgett, Professor Emeritus of Entomology, Oregon State University)

With the advent of honey bee mites in recent years, the subject of American and European Foulbrood has received far less attention. This has serious ramifications for beekeeping at large. Dr. Burgett will discuss the bacterial ‘plagues’ of beekeeping, weaving in some background on beehive architectures and his non-chemical philosophy of beekeeping for the 21st century.

Michael Burgett has long conducted research on regional honey bees through OSU’s Agricultural Experiment Station. He was the first researcher to warn about the dangers of parasitic mites to wild U.S. honeybee colonies. Although technically retired, he still teaches his very popular course “Far Side Entomology” at OSU, and for the past decade he has studied bees and beekeeping in northern Thailand. Should be a lively evening.

Meetings are 7:00-9:00 pm on the first Tuesday of each month at Meadowbrook Interpretive Center (directions to Meadowbrook) and are open to the public.

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September 2 Meeting – Fall & Winter Management

7:00-7:30 Beginners Session: Fall & Winter Management (Robert Clark)
Equipment, location, honey & pollen stores, ventilation & moisture.

Each month, Robert presents topics based on an annual, local beekeeping management calendar, with emphasis on basic principles of how honeybees respond to beekeepers’ actions. Click here for the beginners’ hive calendar.

7:30-8:00 Tea and Announcements
8:00-9:00 Main Topic: Overwintering
(Panel & Discussion: Charles Schaffer, Nathan Rausch, Patti Loesche, Bob Combs)

Panel members have overwintered hives with reasonable success and will present their experiences with what has and has not worked. This overview will kick off a discussion about your own experiences and questions about overwintering.

Meetings are 7:00-9:00 pm on the first Tuesday of each month at Meadowbrook Interpretive Center (directions to Meadowbrook) and are open to the public.

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August 5 Meeting – Preparing for Winter; Taking Stock

7:00-7:30 Beginners Session: Fall & Winter Preparations, Feeding, Preliminary Preparation of Hive for Wintering (Robert Clark)

Long-time beekeeper Robert Clark presents topics based on an annual, local beekeeping management calendar, with emphasis on basic principles of how honeybees respond to beekeepers’ actions. Click here for the beginners’ hive calendar.

7:30-8:00 Tea and Announcements
8:00-9:00 Panel Discussion: Taking Stock of the Season, or, Beekeepers’ Mistakes

It’s hot August, but the days are getting shorter and the beekeeping season is beginning to wind down. What have you learned? How are you preparing for next season? Richard Taylor once wrote, “beekeepers are like comets. They burn brightly for awhile, then disappear from view. To be a long-time beekeeper you need more than the enthusiasm with which you plunged into the craft.”

Bring your questions, stories, and most importantly your rueful experiences from this season to our panel as you take stock, prepare for winter and think about the season to come.

Meetings are 7:00-9:00 pm on the first Tuesday of each month at Meadowbrook Interpretive Center (directions to Meadowbrook) and are open to the public.

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Kate McWiggins

Here is contact information for Kate McWiggins, who gave a presentation on apitherapy last Tuesday. Kate lives about 10 miles south of Issaquah on Tiger Mountain.

Kate@HealingBees.com
425-369-8287

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July 1 Meeting – Honey Production, Apitherapy

7:00-7:30 Beginners Session, Q&A: Honey Production: Harvesting & Extracting (Robert Clark)
Long-time beekeeper Robert Clark presents topics based on an annual, local beekeeping management calendar, with emphasis on basic principles of how honeybees respond to beekeepers’ actions. Click here for the beginners’ hive calendar.
7:30-8:00 Tea and Announcements
8:00-9:00 Introduction to Apitherapy (Kate McWiggins)
Kate is a board member of the American Apitherapy Society and an apitherapist who lives in Issaquah. She will explain uses and applications for products of the hive, including honey, propolis, wax, pollen, royal jelly, and bee venom.

Meetings are 7:00-9:00 pm on the first Tuesday of each month at Meadowbrook Interpretive Center (directions to Meadowbrook) and are open to the public.

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Human Bee In – Volunteers Needed

We desperately need volunteers for this! The club has been handed the gift of a well-promoted PR opportunity and we should capitalize. Event is at the Whole Foods in Redmond. We need people to run a meet-and-greet booth. Contact me bob@combshouse.com for details

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