Mississippi Valley Beekeepers Association
The October 28, 2014 meeting was called to order by President Guy Spoonmore at 7:35PM at the Farm Bureau/Illinois Extension Service office in Quincy, IL. There were 28 members and guests present.
There were no corrections or additions to the August minutes. The club picnic was held in September with no formal meeting. Dale reported $907.77 as the Treasury balance after payment of picnic expenses and meeting room rent paid to Guy.
Comments from the picnic were great weather, god food and good company.
Recent activities – Dale had a display at Farm & Home in September as part of 4H/FFA day. Bruce has some new hives that will he will donate for our 4H/FFA mentor program. Tina and Joel will help Diane with the MVBA website – if you have not been to the website lately, please do so. We need good input to dress the website up and bring it up to other club websites.
Guy has purchased T-shirts for the club – they are $15.00 each, and a variety of sizes are available.
The date for the combined November-December meeting have not yet been set. Possible dates are Nov 18, Dec 2nd, or Dec 9. Guy will check on what dates we can get the meeting room. The President and Vice President will bring the ham and turkey, everything else is potluck – bring items for the silent auction.
There was discussion about the use of the club extractor. There is an apparent need for a better understanding of the time allowed for a beekeeper to use the extractor. Guy received a donation of new hives and a 2-frame extractor from a new beekeeper who encountered medical problems and is not able to continue with bees.
Bernie did the evening presentation on winter feeding using Ziploc plastic bags- his recipe is 5 lbs of sugar and 9 oz of water. Dale uses 4 lbs of sugar + 1 lb of bee protein supplement + 9 oz high fructose corn syrup. When you fill the baggie, make sure that you put in a couple of small boards (3/4” x ¾” x 3-4”) to keep the baggie from collapsing on the bees. The baggie is put on top of the frames, so you need a 2” spacer on top of the brood boxes.
Bernie said that there will not be a spring meeting in Missouri.
The Illinois State Beekeepers Assn meeting will be Saturday Nov 8 in Springfield at the
State Fairgrounds Ag Building. Registration starts at 8:00 AM.
Dale is still working on our group hosting the Illinois Queen Initiative spring training – probably late March or early April.
Meeting was adjourned at 8:50 PM.
Dale Hill, MVBA Secretary