January 2015 Minutes

January 15, 2015
County Office Building

WELCOME Carol Carter opened the meeting and Lynn introduced speaker Gary Cross. Gary is the new crops field agent with Granville and Person County Cooperative Extension. He graduated from Southern Illinois University and has held many jobs from selling seed and teaching high school agriculture classes to directing the University of Nebraska’s Foundation Seed Program. He asked to speak to beekeepers about his need to know where the honeybees are. Lynn has provided him with a link to the Google Drive map of 2015 members (created after the November meeting to help members know where fellow beekeepers and potential helpers are). Since regulations leave gaps, this could be the beginning of development of “best practices” for communication between beekeepers and farmers.

GARY CROSS: You are ahead of the game in Person County because you are trying to be proactive. And, by the way, thanks for a great exhibit at the State Fair! My grandfather was a beekeeper who harvested a dark honey in the fall. Getting a handle on pesticide issues is tough, he said, because it includes seed treatments which are applied before the farmers purchase seed (and which farmers need to maintain their yields) as well as lawn and garden and turf products, such as Sevin dust … that may be sitting on your own garage shelves. The law now requires that all seeking licenses to apply restricted-use pesticides participate in training that includes 30-minutes just about honeybees and other pollinators. Not only must licensees complete this course every three years, they must also participate in continuing education annually. It takes several years and millions of dollars to bring pesticides to market … and at least that long for the education of users, Cross said. Palmer amaranth (pigweed) Roundup resistance, resulting from monoculture farming and over-applications attempting control, is a painful example of one pesticide generating the need for more pesticides. The watchword for farmers and beekeepers is communication, he said. Beekeepers need to let their farming neighbors (within 2-3 miles) know about their beekeeping operations so farmers can let them know when they are spraying. The USDA Farm Service Agency has a map of every farm in the County, he said, and offered to help facilitate communications. One problem with getting a handle on pesticides is their multiple names and branding. “Cruiser” is the seed treatment used on soybean, corn and wheat, with plantings in mid- to late fall, and April, May and June. Beekeepers may benefit most from learning when crops are blooming. Soybeans, for instance, bloom in July, or 3-4 weeks after planting. Most farmers are using pyrethroids. Carol said she gave a jar of honey to each of her farmer-neighbors, and asked them to consider spraying in the early morning or at dusk when honeybees are unlikely to be foraging. Cross cautioned that some residues could be persistent and harmful to honeybees more than a few days after application.

NEW OFFICERS. Carol reported that the new Executive Committee met on January 7 and introduced new VP Whitney Barnes, Amanda and Lynn who continue in their jobs as Treasurer and Secretary, and herself as Co-President with Mary Deitz, who was unable to attend tonight.

MINUTES. November meeting minutes were approved as distributed by e-mail and December minutes were approved as read.

FINANCIAL REPORT. Amanda reported a balance at the beginning of December of $3547.78, with income of $959 and expenses of $135, leaving a bank balance of $4371.78 and a petty cash balance of $50 for an ending balance of $4421.78.

ANNOUNCEMENTS. Carol announced that Dr. John Ambrose had died after a short battle with cancer and referred PCBA members to details on PCBA Facebook site and to the News and Observer obituary of Jan.14. She noted that Dr. Ambrose was pivotal in organizing and implementing NC’s Master Beekeeper program, and raising funds and opening the Bee Exhibit at the NC Zoo, and had been elected to serve as the 2015 President of NCSBA. With regard to making a memorial gift, Amanda noted that compared with previous years, PCBA’s finances are excellent and she will compile a report on budget expenditures last year to be presented to PCBA after the executive committee meets again on January 21 to help committees propose budgets for 2015.

ACTION: PCBA agreed to donate $500 to the NC Apiary Research Fund in Dr. Ambrose’s memory, and to consider making an additional donation to the fund later this year. The Executive Committee proposes to begin all future meetings with the program, followed by business session, to enable speakers who may have traveled some distance, to leave earlier. The goal is to streamline business so that we conclude, including hive talk, by 8:30 PM for refreshments and social time so the building can be cleared by shortly after 9 PM. Some members noted that when bee school classes overlap with member meetings, the room is too crowded, the night gets too long, etc, and others thought it’s helpful to have prospective new PCBA members observe our business meeting.

ACTION: Carol suggested that we work towards very short business meetings in February and March, on bee school nights.

ACTION: Lynn circulated a refreshment sign-up sheet to discover interest in offering refreshments. (Consider it leadership development, she said, as we get to know each other better.) She also asked individuals who signed up to take home paper supplies from “the tub” that’s been stored at the County Office Building because otherwise refreshment-providers don’t know what paper supplies need to be purchased. Remaining supplies will be used for the bee school field day. This eliminates the need for storage at the County Office Building.

ACTION: Noting that (a) even those committees that are fairly well taken care of for this year year need “trainees” who can pick up responsibilities next year, and (b) those who served on the State Fair Commmittee, for instance, really enjoyed getting to know each other last year, Carol passed around commmittee sign up sheets. Whitney also noted that signing up to help doesn’t have to mean lots of meetings, it could just mean being available for one or two Community Outreach efforts, for instance.

ACTION: The following members are taking these committee responsibilities, and new committee members are welcomed! All PCBA members are encouraged to sign up for committees and specify with which projects/events you can help.

BUILDING & FACILITIES–Cecil White, Calvin Hester, Amanda Blanks FUNDRAISING–Mack and Amanda Blanks, Kathryn Barnes and Mary Dietz
STATE FAIR–Kim Buchanan, Larry Barnes, Kathryn Barnes , Calvin Hester and Carol Carter
FACEBOOK–Kim Buchanan, Carol Carter, Whitney Barnes WEBSITE–Todd Walker, Inge Kautzmann, Whitney Barnes
BEE SCHOOL–Inge Kautzmann, Todd Walker, Mary Florence, Cecil White
COMMUNITY OUTREACH–Michele Warren, Ben Brodfuehrer, Jim Hayward, Calvin Hester, Amanda Blanks. Whitney Barnes will facilitate until a chairperson is elected.
REFRESHMENTS–January 15–Amanda Blanks, February 19–Cecil White, March 19–Jim Hayward, April 16–Tom and Linda Savage, May 21–Bob Brauer, June 18–Eddie Burton, July 16–Michele Mosco Warren, August 20–Mary Florence, September 17–______, October 15–Lynn Wilson, November 19–_______ and December 18 will be the Holiday Potluck. (E-mail wilsonls@esinc.net if you would like to offer refreshments for the September or November meetings.)

ACTION: Carol asked committee members to take a picture and submit a short report to Lynn for sharing with local media and/or Club achievement records when they complete events. ACTION: Whitney Barnes is the Executive Committee liaison to the Community Outreach committee and requests for speakers may be given to her until a chairperson is appointed.

ACTION: Mack suggested that one PCBA program be another “training of trainers” event with members asked to make short presentations to get some practice.

ACTION: Inge (Todd offered) will get 4-H contact info to Whitney Barnes so she can renew efforts to get a 4-H’er signed up to become a beekeeper. (Todd has just received some donated equipment that could be used by 4-H’er. Also a Boy Scout has signed up for bee school and, though beekeeper merit badge is no longer offered, working as a beekeeper can also help a scout earn another badge.)

ACTION: Cecil shared that Debbie Harrelson’s husband, Clyde, Jr., has died and the PCBA Secretary will send a sympathy card, while PCBA members thoughts and prayers are requested for Debbie.

ACTION: Please consider attending NCSBA meeting in Monroe on February 5-7. Lynn would like someone to attend Lewis Cauble’s class on Google Drive maps and take up responsibility for improving our map.

ACTION: A $25 cash gift with thank you card will be provided to each speaker and Whitney is authorized to offer additional support on a case-by-case basis for those traveling long distances. Dinners for speakers will be discontinued because current executive committee members are not available to meet them and this amount could cover a purchased supper.

HIVE TALK. Jamie reported a few cold-struck bees revived in sunshine and others were amazed that some bees have been out recently… probably for cleaning flights… recently even though temps were still below 50 degrees. Calvin Boyd reported that one of his hives had been torn up probably by bear.

ATTENDANCE. 22 members

Lynn S. Wilson

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