February 9, 2011


Meeting called to order at 7:30pm

Prior to the business meeting, Nancy Adamson, a Tech graduate student studying non-apis pollinators in the Mid-Atlantic States under Dr. Fell, gave us a summary of her research to gather baseline data on the activity of these “other” pollinators in SW Virginia.

During the business meeting:

(1) Glenn Buss announced the planned speakers and their topics for the spring 2011 meetings:

a. March – Catching and Hiving Swarms

b. April – open (no speaker yet)

c. May – Dr. Rick Fell

d. June – Keith Tignor, VA State Apiarist, speaking on harvesting and marketing strategies

(2) Jerry Borger reported that the Jan. 29 session of the Basic Beekeeping Course was presented to 48 “very enthusiastic” attendees, a larger group than either of the previous two years.

(3) Clem von Claparede (Education & Outreach Committee) rose to plead the need for the club to foster greater public awareness of the need to save bee swarms, to provide clear and concise information to area schools, media outlets and exterminators, giving contact phone numbers so that swarm locations can be given (via thehive) to interested club members. Clem intends to spearhead this project and would appreciate ideas and advice from interested club members.

(4) A motion was passed to grant Bryan Rice, who has provided the club with a free storage unit for our equipment in the Christiansburg area, complimentary (i.e.dues-free) membership for as long as he continues this valuable service.

The next meeting will be held Wednesday, March 9, 2011 at 7:30.

Submitted by C. Robinson, Rec’g Sec’y