October 13, 2011

MINUTES: NRVBA MEETING OCTOBER 2011

19 members present.

Minutes from the September meeting were approved with the amendment to the announcement of the Radford “So you want to be a beekeeper” session: time should be 2 PM instead of 1 PM.

Reports and announcements

President reported a need for officer nominations, especially for president. Also need active members for committees.

Treasurer reported $3475.36 available balance.

New Business

Jack Price’s email re bee package purchase: Tim Holt of Mount Airy, NC, can put together packages of three pounds of bees plus a queen for $59. Do we want to order packages again next year? Yes. Jack and Mark Chorba will investigate.

Sam Price: there are full bee suits with fencer-style helmets, leather/cotton gloves, hive tool, brush all for $79, no shipping/handling.

Mark Chorba spoke about the Virginia Tech Bug Fest on Saturday (Oct. 15). There will be a big tent for a beekeeping demo. Mark will be there and he’d like help. Lasts from 10 AM to 4 PM.

Mark also spoke about the Master Beekeeper program that Dr. Rick Fell is setting up. He will give it to NRVBA members for free. There will be three levels: beginner, intermediate, master. Details need to be set but are members present interested? Yes; need to work out a time to start. It will be through the VCE just like the other Master classes.

Presentation

Dave Knight and Richard Reid gave presentations on extractions they’ve done this past year.

NEXT MEETING: NOVEMBER 10 AT 7 PM