Your Mid-Columbia Beekeeper’s Association Volume II, Issue 1 Meeting this Tuesday, January 10, 2010, at the Sportspage, in downtown Kennewick. Click here for map and directions. Meet and greet at 6, meeting starts at 7pm. Visitors welcome Club Officers MCBA INFORMATION President The Mid-Columbia Beekeeper’s Association is your local chapter of the David White Washington State Beekeeper’s Association. The MCBA covers a large firstname.lastname@example.org area of S.W. Washington state. Our 509.948.5216 mission includes: Beginning beekeeping Sharing of tips and techniques Vice President/Publicist Public education and awareness Swarm retrieval Chris Kilmer email@example.com We meet the second Tuesday of every month, at the Sportspage, 6 509.544.9523 South Cascade Street, in Kennewick. 6pm social, meeting 509.302.8385 begins at 7. Visitors welcome! Secretary MEMBERSHIP DUES Jan Single…………$ Janolinyk@yahoo.com Family…………$ Participation in MCBA firworks stand results in automatic dues paid for that year. WEBSITE http://midcolumbiabeekeepersassociation. webs.com/ THE MID-COLUMBIA BEEKEEPER’S ASSOCIATION volume II, issue I December 8, 2009 meeting. I wasn’t able to attend the previous meeting. However, RoseMarie and Larry were gracious enough to take “accurate” notes. Thanks to you both! Mid-Columbia Bee Keepers Monthly Meeting 12-08-2009 Members and guests: 17 Meeting site: Sports Bar in Kennewick Guests from Pendelton: Dean and Kathy Unruh firstname.lastname@example.org, 541-966-8422 Their son is interested in becoming a beekeeper. Matt and Brian attended the Beekeepers Conference at Seaside, WA. They both commented on the hurricane they endured. Matt brought some observations: -Bee loss is on a two year cycle. If a bee keeper has a 10% loss that is fairly normal, but expect greater losses this year, some are experiencing that already. -Nukes are an excellent way to prepare for the next year. One keeper set them into cold storage. Matt will give it a try. -Matt plans on attending the Orlando Beekeepers Conference. -He is frustrated with the universities research; they are overlapping and results are disappointing. -Use of commercial chemicals advocated for mite problems has had poor results. Matt is advocating a more natural way with essential oils, making your own patties. -Cumofos is not working. -Discussion and proposal that one solution to bee loss/collapse is to bring in a German strain which may help preserve our bee population. No consensus on this proposal. -California almond growers think there is a surplus of bees but that is not the case. -Many commercial bee keepers state that honey is a by-product of their business, pollination is primary. -Pesticides are a major problem, a contaminant. Brian brought conference observations . -Matt is area representative for the SE sector. -There is a new Bee Club in Yakima, Brian is involved. -He too, urged us to watch for chemical contaminants and reminded us that they are a major problem. -Buy a queen from a beekeeper that manages his hives like you want to or do. -August, a western Apiary conference is scheduled for Eugene/Salem area. Large beekeeper population in Oregon, larger than Washington, which is one of the reasons for conferences being held in OR. -Urged us to attend conventions. Much can be learned at the meetings and in the halls afterward. Discussion of where to purchase or obtain bees, equipment, etc. Several suggestions presented. -Manlake is an excellent source for such equipment. Group purchase may ease cost of shipping. -Suggestions that buying used equipment not always safe. New is better. Matt likes the plastic. Dave mentioned that swarms are an excellent source of increasing your bee hive population. -There are good personal contacts on the MCBK web-site, present your questions and get assistance. -Dave mentioned our diversity, newbies, veterans, and commercial beekeepers. Perry brought us a web-site for making your own essential oil patty's and other aides. Some discussion on sting therapy. White elephant Christmas exchange proved fun and rewarding. Chocolates and wine, did they go to the same home? Next year's event to be better planned and location allow food from the outside. Rosemarie Ennen read a Christmas poem. Next meeting: January 12, 2010 same place. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year BEE RELATED WEBSITES New Website Bees-on-the-Net. This person does sell honey and hive products. However, there is a lot The MCBA has a new website. of information here, print and It’s located here: video, on beginning beekeeping, http://midcolumbiabeekeepe swarms, etc. Check it out! rsassociation.webs.com/ http://www.bees-on-the- net.com/ Let me know what you think! We hope to have it shortened to MCBA.org, but until then, we’re making progress. If anyone knows how to make the site easier to find on a Mid-Columbia Hive News search engine, please let me know. I’m very interested in I have a few dead bees on the front of each hive every so often. someone being able to Jolene reports she saw some of Google “Kennewick and her girls flying with snow on the Swarms”, or “Tri-cities ground. beekeeping”, etc. and have the website pop right up. Do your bees have enough stores? The books say winter kills are due more to starvation than the cold. How do you Almond Pollination check, and what to do about it? Come to the January meeting and Matthew is gearing up for find out! California almond pollination, due to begin very soon. Good luck, Matt! MCBA BEEKEEPER OF THE MONTH Our January Beekeeper of the month is Jolene Chambers. “I am proud to say I am a Tri-City native. I have spent all but seven years in this area. I attended Pasco High School until my junior year when I transferred to Mt. Rainier HS in Des Moines, WA. my senior year in 1966. After school I moved to Fayetteville, NC for a year, married a GI and moved to Michigan for six years then returned to the Tri-Cities area about 1973. I have two sons that I am very proud of, Perry Steadman, who is my mentor. Poor guy trying to teach this ol' gal the ropes! Shawn Steadman, my youngest and a joy in my life. I first got interested in bees when Perry was 11 or 12. He built an observation hive and put it in his bedroom window. I could hardly wait for him to go to school so I could sit on the floor and observe the bees. I would watch them for hours. It seemed to me to be very relaxing. Mothers Day, 2009, Perry bought me my first hive! Okay, now what? We are three generation of beekeepers now. Myself, son Perry and my granddaughter, Shandy. We have a great time working our hives together. Perry recently moved his, Shandy's and a swarm hive we retrieved at Columbia Center Mall early summer 2009 to my back yard (now we have four). Not true. We just lost a hive and are down to three. Hopefully I will be starting another hive of all shallows this Spring. Perry has just completed building me the boxes! My first year of beekeeping has been quite an experience. I was fortunate enough to be able to harvest honey twice. My first extraction was three gallons (July 18th). My second extraction was only 1 3/4 gal on Aug. 5th. Not bad for the first year and one hive! I love my girls and by the way, my queen is Myrtle! I am looking forward to Spring 2010 so I can get back out there with my girls. Winter has been pretty boring without being able to watch them do their thing. I have a long way to go and hopefully with all your help and a great mentor, perhaps I might make it yet!” Jolene attends every meeting, and always has a smile. Her enthusiasm for beekeeping makes her a great asset to our new club. Check out the great hive stand! See you at the meeting!
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