February 9, 2016

Minutes for Tuesday, February 9, 2016
Meeting held in Kinsmen Pavilion at Richmond Nature Park, 7:30 PM

There were 81 people in attendance.
Meeting called to order at 7:40 pm.

  1. Welcome : Opening Remarks and Introduction by our new President Tim Monaghan
  2. Motion
    • Tim moved to approve minutes of the January meeting
    • motion made by Steve Bailey, seconded by Hilary Prince
    • Carried
  3. Treasurer’s Report
    • Funds in account at the end of month $8218.98
    • RBA 2016 budget reviewed by Miriam Soet, proposed honey house teaching project.
  4. Motion
    • Miriam tabled motion to move RBA accounts from Coast Capital Savings to Vancity Savings (as they are more in line with our values)
    • Approved by Hugh Mawby and seconded by Allen Garr.
  5. RBA Particiaption on the BCHPA AGM
    • Tim discussed the possible involvement of the RBA at the BCHPA AGM at Pacific Gateway Hotel in October. Advantages include: waived fees for all volunteers, a % of the earnings will go directly to the RBA, as the Courtney Club generated 8-9k for their club last year. Possible speakers include Tom Seeley & Olympic Wilderness Apiary. Bob Fisher expressed his support of this and how good it would be for the club.
    • Motion proposed by Tim that the RBA provides volunteer help for the BCHPA AGM.
    • Approved by Hugh, seconded by Sal.
    • Passed
    • Jeff Lee will take the news to the BCHPA
  6. BCHPA Semi-Annual Conference
    • Jeff Lee discussed the upcoming BCHPA semi annual meeting in Kamloops, where they will be reviewing a new constitution. Tours of bee breeding facilities, Patricia Wolfleg will review National Bee survey. Stephan Stengaciu might speak. Also on the table for education is: Small hive beetle, nuc checks to Alberta, Africanized bees and snakes.   There may be a possibility of live streaming which they will be looking into.
  7. Iotron
    • Darlene reviewed the iotron run coming up. Info is on the RBA website, preferred payment is via e-transfer.
  8. Turning of the thrown….
    • Tim recognized Amanda Goodman Lee for her service as President of the RBA over the past 2 years. She received a gift and flowers on behalf of the RBA membership. Thank you Amanda!
  9. Coffee Break & Raffle
  10. Presentation: Stephan Stengauciu
    • Stephan is an Apitherapist from Romania; he spoke about the medicinal products from the hive.
  11. Motion to Adjourn: 9:50 Carried
  12. Next Meeting: Tuesday, March 8, 2016