May 14, 2020 Meeting Agenda

May 14, 2020 Meeting:  Jim Hill, NRVBA Treasurer will present: 

Queen Rearing, Slightly Simplified.  

Jim Hill is originally from the DC area and lived in Alaska for 30 years after being assigned there as an Air Force F-4 pilot.  Jim is a retired aviator with experience in the Air Force (F-4), Army (fixed wing and helicopters, long story) and a number of civilian flying jobs.  He intercepted Russian jets off the coast of Alaska and later, after the fall of the Soviet Union, flew some of the first air ambulance flights to bring critically ill patients from the Russian Far East to U. S. hospitals for treatment.  Jim retired from the military in 2005 and moved to Virginia where his mother lived on the farm in Pilot that he, and his wife, Marilyn, now own.  

Jim’s maternal grandfather was a beekeeper in Dungannon, in Scott County, VA.  When he was growing up in Alexandria, VA they always had a big jar of his honey in the house.  That planted a seed, so to speak.  After resettling here, he had the space and the time available to take up beekeeping.  Having seen a newspaper notice about the NRVBA, he took the Beginner Beekeeping Course in 2007 and has had bees since then.

The topic of Jim’s presentation is Queen Rearing, Slightly Simplified.  He will give a brief overview of the “classic” Doolittle queen rearing method

(grafting).  He will follow by showing how he raised queens last year in a slightly simpler way.  The main points Jim will convey are that queen rearing does not have to be complicated, grafting is easy and the whole process is a satisfying and fun way to make your beekeeping more sustainable.   

Please join us on Thursday, May 14, 2020 at 6:30 pm on Zoom.  A meeting invitation, with connection information, will be sent to members prior to the meeting.    

Meeting Agenda -Business:

▪   Treasurer’s report

-What you should be doing with your bees

– Featured Presentation: Jim Hill

-Emory B. Altizer, NRVBA President

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