November 2015 Minutes

November 19, 2015
County Office-Auditorium

WELCOME.  Mary Dietz welcomed the group and reported that she and Randall had enjoyed their volunteer honey bee educator time at the Person County Ag Day on Nov. 6.   They used an activity that Randall designed to encourage interaction with children.   Whitney and Larry Barnes, Lynn Wilson and Mac and Amanda Blanks plan to help with PCBA booth at the Savages’ Country Christmas event on Nov. 21. 

FINANCIAL REPORT.    Amanda Blanks prepared the attached report, dated November 19, 2015 and showing an ending balance of $4970.50, but no oral report was requested.

ELECTION OF OFFICERS–Amanda Blanks and Whitney Barnes have agreed to continue to serve in the offices of Treasurer and Vice President.  Todd Walker and Jamie Latimer agreed to serve as President and Secretary.  Jamie noted that he hoped to attend at least 80 percent of meetings and requests back-up support from membership.   This group was elected to serve in 2016.

STATE FAIR.   Todd Walker and Kim Buchanan noted State Fair ribbon and display items are located in the back of the auditorium for members’ review.   Kim distributed leftover Seedles to members.

WEBSITE HOST.  Our website is currently hosted free of charge through UNC, but has lots of limitations so Todd moved that PCBA work with a website hosting company at a cost of about $60 per year.   PCBA approved this change and expenditure.  Marek McKenna offered to help with website design and maintenance.

FUNDRAISER-HONEY RAFFLE. Lynn Wilson won the honey raffle and shared the prize with those present who had offered refreshments at PCBA meetings this year.

FRENCH PRODUCTS OF THE HIVE. Jim Hayward and Steve Long have just returned from Paris and Jim shared products of the hive, like royal jelly, that he discovered in a bee-products store.

STARRLIGHT MEAD MAKING AND TASTING!  Whitney Barnes introduced Becky and Ben Starr, owners of Starrlight Meadery in Pittsboro.   Ben shared his passions for mead-making and recipe trials while Becky provided everyone with sips of seven different Starrlight meads … including prize-winners like their Semi-Sweet Traditional and Apple Spice meads … and a just-right-for-Thanksgiving Cranberry-Orange Mead.   Ben stepped us through the chemistry of mead-making describing how just three ingredients (honey, water and yeast) ferment to produce mead.   He made a gallon of mead on the spot, using a recipe inspired by imagining the meads of long ago.    Impressive for local beekeepers, their company purchased 4.1 tons of honey from NC Beekeepers last year and produced 12,000 bottles of mead … 19 different recipes.   It takes about 3 pounds of honey to make one gallon of mead.   Visit their website at or better yet visit the meadery at Chatham Mills.

ATTENDANCE.   30 members and guests signed in.   78 current members includes 4 life members and 35 members who also joined NCSBA through PCBA.  35 members have renewed for 2016 to date (includes 4 life members).


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