November 13, 2012

Tuesday November 13 /2012
Kinsmen Pavilion at Richmond Nature Park, 7:00 PM (start time adjusted for extra discussion)

There were 44 people (including 1 ‘new bees’) present.
The president, Brian Campbell, welcomed everyone and called the meeting to order at 7:05 pm

  • Eva Hoffman made a motion to adopt the October 9 /2012 minutes and it was seconded by Jeff Lee
  • Announcements
    • Candle making Workshop:
      1. The annual candle making workshop will be held at the “Red Barn” at Terra Nova Park this year (this is the same location as the June field day) end of New Westminster Hwy in Richmond.
      2. People will have opportunity to make either dipped candles or use the various club molds for making candles.
      3. Members will be charged $5.00 per pound for their candles on the way out.
    • December meeting:
      1. The next meeting will be our annual “Christmas party”.  Members are asked to bring a plate of  holiday goodies to share and enjoy informal mingling.
      2. We will also be having the draw for the unique “Bee Mobile”, handcrafted by the Lees.  The draw is open to all who have paid up their membership for 2013.
      3. Membership may be paid right up until the start of the draw.
  • Old Business
    • Jeff Lee gave us a report on the BCHPA conference held in Kamploops on Nov 9-11.
      1. the BCHPA (BC Honey Producers Association)  is our provincial association and is made up 75% of small hobbyists and small producers.
      2. Many governance issues were discussed,  including a review of making the ‘Certified Producer Program’ more effective
      3. RBA members were well represented in a number of ways
      4. Annual Honey contest winners from the club
        1. Lianne and Trevor  Shyry won FIRST place for Golden and Amber Honey, Third for wax category  and also the People’s Choice award and the overall Premier Honey Exibitor Award
        2. Jeff and Amanda Lee won second in both Amber and Golden Honey
      5. Wayne Neidig was elected as President of the BCHPA
      6. Jeff  Lee will represent Metro Vancouver as regional representative.
      7. Gerry McKee will continue on as rep for Canadian Honey council
      8. Julia Common presented one of the workshop’s on “Hives for Humanity”, we are hoping to have her give a similar presentation to the club sometime in the new year.
      9. For more detailed information see the report that Jeff Lee has made available.
  • New Business
    • Discussion Regarding possible name change.
      1. Hugh Mawbry moderated a lively discussion with lots of opinions on this topic.
      2. After the general discussion Brian Campbell made a motion ,“The RBA change to a new name”.  The motion was seconded by Jeff Lee.
      3. Members were given a chance to speak to the motion and then a vote was taken by a show of hands.
      4. VOTE RESULT : 11 FOR  / 24 AGAINST  the motion. The name will NOT be changed.
  • Break and Door prize draws
  • After the break Brian Campbell gave a talk on Drones.  He called them  ‘the misunderstood and underappreciated’ members of the hive…(like many males!).  He discussed their life cycle with a power point presentation and explained how they actually do give us information on the health of the hive.
  • Meeting adjourned at 9:05 pm
  • Next meeting: December 11th at 7:00 pm.

October 9, 2012

Tuesday October 9, 2012
Kinsmen Pavilion at Richmond Nature Park, 7:30 PM

There were 53 people (including 2 ‘new bees’) present.
The president, Brian Campbell, welcomed everyone and called the meeting to order at 7:35 pm

  • Ric Erikson made a motion to adopt the September 11 minutes and it was seconded by Jeff Lee
  • Paul Smedley gave a short report on the Western Apiculture Society Conference that he attended in Seattle on Oct 4-6.  He outlined some information on the Queen Bee cooperative in New Mexico from one of the sessions he attended as well as some other interesting highlights.  The 2013 conference will be held in Santa Fe, New Mexico and is highly recommended.
  • Eric Crosby gave a short synopsis of a talk he attended at the Langley Bee Club by Werner Gysi
    • Werner, originally from Switzerland, is a bee keeper from the Enderby area.
    • His talk focused on natural techniques he uses to keep his hives mite free.
    • Eric suggested it would be worthwhile to have Werner do a presentation for the RBA as well.
    • Eric also gave a short overview on a conversation he had with Kirk Webster regarding treatment free management techniques.
  • Brian outlined the question on whether the club should become an Incorporated Non Profit Society?
    • There would be nominal costs and a number of benefits to doing this.
    • This would also give the opportunity for a possible name change?  Changing the name to something more inclusive for all in the lower mainland (Metro Vancouver Bee Club, or Greater Vancouver Bee Club) was suggested.
    • Some discussion ensued and members wanted reasons why this would be beneficial.  Brian pointed out that we have more recognition as a Society and as the club becomes larger we need better organization and legitimacy.
    • A full report on what is involved to become a Society and whether or not to take this step will be the topic of the November meeting.  All members are encouraged to attend and a vote will be taken at the November Meeting.
  • A motion was made by Robert Mitten to start the November meeting at 7:00 pm as there will be much to discuss.  The motion was seconded by Jeff Lee and approved by all.
  • Members were reminded about the BC Honey Producers Conference which will be taking place in Kamloops  between November 8-10.
  • 2013 membership dues can now be paid.  Members were reminded about the Bee Mobile that will be raffled at the December meeting for all those who are paid up for 2013 in advance!
  • The candle making date has been set for December 1 and will be discussed at the November meeting.
  • We had a lively draw with a number of extra prizes being given away…including a beautiful banner, bee cosmetic products and even complimentary tickets to the home show.
  • After coffee break we had speaker Amanda van Haga.  Amanda presented us with the latest facts about the impacts of  Nosema ceranae on honey bee health and also discussed various treatments.
  • Meeting was adjourned at 9:15 pm
  • Next meeting November 13, note 7:00 pm start!