April 2011 Meeting Minutes

OLD BUSINESS

Previous Meeting Minutes
Approval requested for last month’s meeting minutes, Mac Blanks motioned to pass and Tom Savage seconded.  All approved, motion passed.

Banner
The club is deciding whether or not to spend funds for a new banner. Calvin Hester said he had the original one and would drop it off to Todd Walker. The banner will be brought to the next meeting for a final decision

State Fair Booth
Discussion regarding ideas for the booth will be tabled until next month’s meeting.

MEETING TOPICS/GUEST SPEAKER

Testing For Nosema
Our guest speaker, Glenn Hackney of the NC Beneficial Insects Lab gave a hands-on demonstration of Nosema detection. Some members brought a sampling of their own bees for inspection. Glenn demonstrated the process for preparing a sample for testing and everyone had the opportunity to view the prepared slides under the microscopes.

BEEYARD NEWS AND OBSERVATIONS

Swarm Discussions
Mary Deitz and Calvin Hester checked on John Tillets bees, Mary has caught 6 swarms and Todd Walker has caught 2.

Meredith mentioned that she needs brood for her bees and Calvin Boyd offered to help with that.

Package For Sale
Mr. Eugene Berryhill has a package that he wants to sell for $80. Todd said he would put the word out on the list serve.

REFRESHMENTS
Thanks again to Cecil White for keeping us fed by bringing the refreshments.

NEXT MEETING
The next meeting will be held on Thursday, May 19, 2011 at 7pm. State Fair booth topics will be discussed and the guest speaker (David Langham) will be doing a demonstration on candle making.

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