October 8, 2013

Minutes for Tuesday, October 8, 2013
Meeting held in Kinsmen Pavilion at Richmond Nature Park, 7:30 PM

There were 54 people present.
The president, Brian Campbell, welcomed everyone and called the meeting to order at 7:35 pm

  1. Welcome : Opening Remarks and Introduction

    • Brian welcomed the participants and gave opening remarks.
  2. Motion

    • to approve minutes of the May meeting
    • motion made by Eva Hoffman, seconded by Hugo Palle
    • Carried
  3. Treasurer’s Report

    • Funds in account at the end of August:            $5623.83
    • there will be $400. Coming out of the account shortly to cover the cheque to the “Sharing Farm (re: workshops)
    • We have 107 members paid up until the end of 2013.
    • there are already 22 members sign up for 2014
  4. Candle Making workshop

    • VP Lianne Shyry reminded everyone about the upcoming Candle Making Workshop  and  Potluck to be held from 1 till 3 on November 30 at the Red Barn at Terra Nova park in Richmond.  A sign up sheet was circulated to get volunteers to help especially with set  and clean up.  There will be more specific information on costs and details next month.
  5. BCHPA Conference

    • Jeff Lee, Metro Vancouver representative to the BCHPA, encouraged club members to attend the Hive and Thrive conference being held in Kelowna from Oct 24- 26th
    • The business meeting will include some very important issues.  There will undoubtedly be strong debate and discussion about  reopening the border to allow packages and queens from US
    • Many excellent speakers are lined up for the educational day on SUNDAY
    • Members  may enter their honey in the Honey Contest. (ed note:  last year, 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners were all members of the RBA!!)
  6. Newbees

    • Three newbees introduced themselves to the club.
  7. Raffle

    • Draws were made with members winning a honey jars, frame reinforcers, hive tools etc.
  8. (Post Break) Presentation –  John Gibeau

    • John spoke about the many different aspects of bees that his company is involved with.  These included:
    • Pollination (main commercial source of income)
    • Honey  & numerous  other bee products (propolis, pollen, royal jelly etc.) Film Industry,  School programs  & and his store.
    • He also spoke about his involvement  in  the “World Bee Project”.  It is a non-profit organization he has set up to help farmers in developing countries create viable village economies around bee keeping.
    • He gave information about the October 12 Apitherapy Conference that his store has organized.
  9. Motion:  to Adjourn 9:15……Carried
  10. Next Meeting : Tuesday, November 12, 2013