February 2016 Meeting

On February 2nd at the monthly meeting we will discuss the letter from President Schaffer and what we want to do as a club heading forward. Charles then will present on 6 years of research in honeybee mating biology. So if you want to bounce your ideas for the club off your fellow members and the club leadership or you are raising queens and want to understand the process better than come to our February meeting!

Also we will be renewing memberships at the February meeting so bring cash or check for the renewal fee. Remember that as a club member you get entered into the nuc drawing in September and also get to borrow the club equipment for your own apiary.

7:00 – 7:30 January’s President Letter and Q&A by Charles E. Schaffer
As mentioned in the Jan 2016 President Letter we will be talking about the club and what we want to be doing going forward.
7:30 – 8:00 Tea Time
8:00 – 9:00 Mating Biology of Honey Bees by Charles E. Schaffer
This presentation will not be a “how to” but an understanding of what happens in the entire process of honey bee mating. If you are raising queens or have a desire to do so this information may be helpful in managing your queen mating.

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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Letter to the Membership

President Schaffer’s letter to the general club membership is posted here: Jan 2016 President Letter.

In summary:

  • Complete list of club officers, board members and committee chairs
  • Thanks to the outgoing officers
  • Reminder to bring money to renew your membership for 2016 if you haven’t already
  • Request for the membership to provide input on what we can do to help you as club members.
  • Nuc Drawing for club members at the September meeting. You get tickets by coming to the regular meetings (next one on Feb 2nd).
  • Request to think about what you need this year (woodenware, bees, etc.) If you want woodenware express your desire as we may not be having an order this year if there is not enough interest.
  • The first part February meeting is to talk about this letter. Robert Clark will begin the beginner’s series in March. The second half will be the mating biology of bees.

 

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January 2016 Board Meeting

Happy New Year. Just a reminder that January 5th at 7pm will be just a board meeting at Meadowbrook. The first regular meeting will be on February 2nd at 7pm.

The agenda for the board meeting will focus on the empty club positions, changing the annual general meeting to earlier in the year and expanding our pool of presenters using different technological means.

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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December 2015 Meeting

On December 1st at the monthly meeting we will hold our annual meeting for the club where we will elect next year’s officers and board members. This is a big deal as it will set the course of the club for next year so please come and nominate yourself to one of the very important roles.

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 2015 Meeting

On November 3rd at the monthly meeting we will have our final beginners’ session for the year and be able to sample honey from all over Western Washington. We also will be holding our annual club garage sale for all the members to trade or sell their equipment to each other.

7:00 – 7:45 Beginners’ Session: Overwintering and Final Year Q&A by Robert Clark
The weather has turned with chilly rainstorms appearing almost consistently. So the bees are clustering up ready to weather out another winter. Hopefully they got enough stores to get through!
7:45 – 8:00 Tea Time and Honey Tasting
Bring a small jar of your honey, label the hive location and your best guess as to the hive’s forage. Fruit, baked goods or other treats are all welcome.
8:00 – 9:00 Annual Beekeeper’s Garage Sale
Bring all that extra beekeeping stuff that has been gathering wax moths over the years. Time to turn it into some cash so you can get your very own new shiny beekeeping equipment or perhaps trade it for that queen catcher that you stepped on while catching that swarm.

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 2015 Meeting

On October 6th at the monthly meeting we will be discussing how our beekeeping year went. Nathan Rausch will be moderating while all the beekeepers can talk about what went well (or not so well) and what new things they have learned this year.

7:00 – 7:30 Beginners’ Session: October Activities by Robert Clark
What should we be doing during the month of October? The bees are ready for their winter huddles so what can we do to make sure they make it.
7:30 – 8:00 Tea Time
8:00 – 9:00 This Year’s Beekeeping Review with Nathan Rausch

We will be discussing what went well, what experiments failed and what we learned over this year as a club. This should be great for new and old beekeepers alike.

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 Meeting and Auction

On September 1st at the monthly meeting we will be holding a silent auction for the club nucs. They will be graded at the apiary before the meeting and if you win you get to take one of the 9 nucs home. Just remember to return the nuc box for next year’s apiary program.

As for the meeting we get to learn about mead making for all that excess honey (or honey that didn’t get completely cured) from our very own Bob Combs.

6:00 – 7:00 Hands On Apiary Lessons by Bob Combs and Charles Schaffer
Not a true lesson but Bob will be performing winter preparation inspections for selling the nucs.
7:00 – 7:30 Beginners’ Session: September Activities by Robert Clark
What should we be doing during the month of September?

Remember the silent auction will be happening at this time, so take some time to head back and bid for your wintering nuc.

7:30 – 8:00 Tea Time
8:00 – 9:00 Mead Making, yet another fun facet of beekeeping. with Bob Combs

We will be learning on what it takes to make a home batch of mead with all that excess honey you have lying around..

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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Sign-ups for Festivals

Because we still have slots to fill, and because some of us have leaky memories, we’re posting the sign-ups for the two festivals. The red OPEN represents time slots for which we have NO VOLUNTEER (for obvious reasons, please fill these first if you can). The orange OPEN represents time slots for which we have a lone volunteer (which makes multiple visitors or bathroom breaks difficult). If you are able to fill any of these time slots or have more HONEY we can sell (we are short of what we sold last year), please comment below and/or contact Anne Mahoney at amahoney603@gmail.com or  425-395-6048.

Festival at Mt. Si

FRIDAY 8/7
4pm-6pm Kris Buzzard
 OPEN
6pm-8pm David & Kerstin Springgay
Saturday 8/8
9am – 11am Bill Manganro
  OPEN
11am – 1pm Steve Goodron
  OPEN
1pm – 3pm Melody, plus 2
3pm – 5pm   OPEN
  OPEN
5pm – 8pm Andy
  OPEN
SUNDAY 8/9
9am – 11am Melody, plus 2
Floyd Hall
11am – 1pm Charles Schaffer
Kate
1pm – 3pm Steve Foisie &
Kate & Robert
3pm – 5pm Kate &
Robert

Railroad Days

FRIDAY 8/14
4pm-6pm   OPEN
  OPEN
6pm-8pm Anne & David K
SATURDAY 8/15
9am – 11am Anne
  OPEN
11am – 1pm Tia & Anothony
1pm – 3pm Roger Ledbetter
  OPEN
3pm – 5pm Tyson
  OPEN
5pm – 8pm Anne
  OPEN
Sunday 8/16
9am – 11am Anne
Jerri Johnson
11am – 1pm Bob Combs
Ken Reid
1pm – 3pm Floyd Hall
  OPEN
3pm – 5pm Anne
Debbie Wedcha

 

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August 2015 Meeting

As beekeepers we love our floral sources, especially those wonderful noxious weeds like blackberry and knotweed. However those are both deemed as noxious weeds and fall under the control of the Washington State Noxious Weed Control Board. Join us as we talk with Alison Halpern from the Board about what they do and how they work with beekeepers and how we can work together. So join us on August 4th at the Meadowbrook Interpretive Center.

Also if you are donating honey to the club’s annual honey sales to raise money for more speakers than bring that to the meeting as well.

Also a reminder that Charles Schaffer and Bob Combs will be giving a hands on Apiary lesson at 6pm, weather permitting.

6:00 – 7:00 Hands On Apiary Lessons by Bob Combs and Charles Schaffer
Fix a hive when a virgin queen fails to mate or return and also how to make a split with a queen and multiple bees from different hives in the same yard. This will be the last apiary lesson of the year.
7:00 – 7:30 Beginners’ Session: Fall and Winter Preparations by Robert Clark
Never too soon to start thinking about fall and winter with assessing the queen, the stores, the weather and much more.
7:30 – 8:00 Tea Time
8:00 – 9:00 Discussion with the Washington State Noxious Weed Control Board. with Alison Halpern

We will be talking about the mission of the board and how they accomplish it. Included is what the board needs to do with regard to the beekeepers and how we can help them to both fulfill their mission and preserve the health of all bees.

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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July 2015 Meeting update

A previous post forgot to mention that we’ll be having Danny Najera as our visiting speaker at 8 o’clock tomorrow at the meeting. He’ll be discussing: Navigating the Varroa mite problems. Biology, detection, treatment.

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