MISSISSIPPI VALLEY BEEKEEPERS ASSOCIATION
JANUARY, 2017 MINUTES
The Meeting was called to order at 7:05 by President Dale Hill. A brief discussion about everyone’s
bees and winter survival was shared. An emphasis put on cleansing flights and the importance of not
feeding too much pollen supplements until warmer weather as the bees cannot get out to relieve
themselves. This can cause a potential and often disastrous Nosema disease within the hives. Some
members have already lost hives due to what appeared to them as starve-out even though stores were
nearby. Others questioned how the bees could “just” die.
Minutes seem to be reaching members via e-mail with no changes necessary at this time. They can also
be viewed on our website mvbees.com, under the Buzzness tab at the top of the page. If anyone needs
corrections made to their e-mail addresses, please let me know.
Treasury Report was given by Debi Love with last month’s Balance of $1,547.64. Adding Dues of
$208.00 given in November and a Deposit of $97.00 from the Silent Auction leaving the Balance to
date at $1,852.64. The Treasurer’s Report was approved.
Dale announced that the Beginning Beekeepers Class will be held on Saturday, February 18th, 2016 at
the Farm Bureau Building on S. 36th St. It is planned for those teaching various parts of the class will
meet the week prior to the class to have a plan of order. Russ Adkins was asked to have a segment on
diseases, Leroy Rossmiller on first year in beekeeping, Paul Woodworth on swarms, Guy Spoonmore
(the new Bernie) on the overall subject of Beekeeping and Tina McClelland on Plants & Pollination.
Members are doing their best to post the printed flyers for the up-coming class at various businesses
and contacts made to media publications to advertise.
Dale spoke with the President of the Peoria Beekeepers Club and was told that their most recent class
had 110 people attend their class!
Farm & Home Supply will be hosting their annual Old Timers on February 24, 25 & 26. Several
MVBA Members have partaken in this event in past years, so for any available members wanting to
help out, please contact Dale and let him know the days and times you are available.
Along with the Member Attendance list, a sign up sheet for ordering package bees was also passed
around for those who want to order new packages this spring. The price is thought to be somewhere
near $125-$130.00. As soon as Dale hears from the suppliers, he will let everyone know when they
should be expected to arrive for pick-up. Payments made at the time of pickup.
Dale has already put into motion reservations for hotel space and possible speaker line-ups for the Il
State Spring Meeting that Mississippi Valley Beekeepers Assn. will host here in Quincy, IL. The date is
set for June 10th, 2017. Steve Chard (Dept. of Ag), Robert Self (Honey Bee Coalition), Larry Conner,
Joe Graham (ABJ editor) are to name a few we will welcome.
The cost of registration for the IL Spring Meeting has not yet been determined. However, Dale would
like to have registrations in at least 2 weeks prior to event so as to have orders in to the Caterer for
those wanting lunch.
We are the host club so help from members is needed in various areas including but not limited to
registration, door prizes, hotel rooms for speakers etc. Please offer if you are able!
With a more dreadful, however necessary topic; Dale is passing on the latest information on the use of
Terramycin to treat European foul brood (EFB). The Dept. of Ag has noted increasing incidence of this
dreaded disease in our area and in counties up and down the river. EFB is often spread from used
equipment that bargain seekers purchase. Talk of lye baths, torching, disposing foundation and
sometimes completely destroying equipment were all discussed for prevention of spreading to nearby
hives or apiaries. It will now be required to have a prescription from a veterinarian to use Terramycin.
MSBA Spring 2017 Learning Session- A Day with Dr. Jay Evans will be on Saturday, March 4th, 2017
from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm at the Stoney Creek Hotel & Conference Center in Columbia MO
Registration for this event goes until February 15th and Space is limited.
Northeastern Mo. Beekeepers Assn. Is hosting a Pollinator Day on March 11th, 2017 at the Macon High
School Cafeteria in Macon, MO from 8:00am to 4:00pm
MVBA Class for Beginning Beekeepers will be Saturday, February 18, 2017 from 8:30 to 4:30 with
registration beginning at 8:00 am at the Adams Co. Farm Bureau in Quincy, IL
Dr. Dale Hill, President of MVBA and ISBA has compiled a very informative presentation, Midwest
Plants for Honey Bees and will present it to a Master Gardeners group in Branson, Mo. in the near
future. He will also present for another group in the Southern Appalachia area.
On the table: topics for future meetings and guest speakers, such as Jody Markel a local veterinarian.
Invasive and toxic plants to bees & honey and more.
Meeting Adjourned at 8:40 pm.
Next Meeting is February 28th, 2017
Tina McClelland, MVBA Secretary