Minutes for May 9, 2017

The Richmond Beekeepers Association

Minutes for Date: May 9th, 2017

Meeting held in Kinsmen Pavilion at Richmond Nature Park, 7:30 pm

There were 61 people in attendance.

Meeting called to order at 7:32 pm.

  1. Opening Remarks and Introduction by Fiona Gold
    1. There were 4 “Newbees” in attendance.
  1. Motion to approve minutes from April 11th, 2017 meeting
    1. Motion to approve April 11th 2017 minutes made by Amanda Goodman Lee, seconded by Blair Trenholme
    2. Carried
  2. Treasurer’s Report
    1. RBA account currently at $13,404.34
  3. Liberian beekeepers
    1. Unfortunately the Liberian beekeepers were denied Visas to enter Canada. The May 9th 2017 speaker was changed to allergy specialist Dr. Kanani.
  4. President’s Lost and Found
    1. There is a portable tea mug that was left behind. Contact Fiona Gold to collect.
  5. Thanks
    1. Thanks to Allen Garr and Leslie Williams for contributions to the newsletter, and to Ian Cavén for putting the newsletter together and sending it out. If any member is not receiving the newsletter please contact Ian. Thanks to Shaidah Karim for picking up the bee gym for the raffle.
  6. May Iotron run
    1. The last day to drop off equipment for the May Iotron run is Thursday May 11th, 2017 at 2pm.
  7. Website update
    1. Ian Cavén gave an update regarding the website. There is still a lot of work to be done. Work will continue over summer.
  8. Reminder last meeting for summer
    1. May 9th 2017 is the last RBA meeting for the summer. Meetings resume September 12th, 2017. Bees and Beers meetings will continue throughout the summer, and are a good way to stay in touch, and discuss beekeeping issues through the season. Shaidah will be sending out updates throughout the summer.
  9. Seed Exchange
    1. Interest was gauged from the RBA for a bee friendly tree grafting workshop in the fall. There was some interest.
    2. Blair Trenholme grows hops and offered it to the group should anyone need any.
  10. Booking honey extractor
    1. The RBA owns an electric honey extractor. It’s stored at Miriam’s house near BCIT in Burnaby. Miriam can be contacted by phone or email to book the extractor and arrange a time to pick it up. A $10 deposit is required to borrow the extractor. Miriam will provide instructions on how to use the extractor upon pickup.
    2. Hugh Mawby offered the use of his 2 frame hand crank extractor. Anyone wishing to borrow Hugh’s extractor can connect with him through the online group discussion.
    3. The club also has an older electric extractor that no longer works. If anyone has the skills necessary to convert the extractor to hand crank please contact Fiona Gold.
  11. Red Eagle website
    1. The Red Eagle TBH website will be shutting down this year. If there is anyone interested in taking over the running of this site please contact someone on the executive.
  12. Upcoming Events:
    1. May 29th Day of the Honeybee – Gus Santen offered to take Allen Garr’s demo hive to Trout Lake Market. Anyone interested in volunteering was asked to see Fiona Gold at the coffee break. There is also a Day of the honeybee on 27th in burnaby. Volunteers are also needed. Anyone interested in volunteering was asked to speak with Fiona at the break.
    2. June 17th Field day – The Surrey Bee club will be putting on the summer Field Day at Vinoscenti Winery in Cloverdale. This event is potluck, so members are asked to bring food to share. Details can be found on the RBA website. This year’s theme is Bee Art.
    3. September 9th – Randy Oliver will be speaking at the Snohomish Bee Club, just north of Seattle. Anyone interested in putting together a car pool from Vancouver to attend this event please contact Shaidah Karim.
    4. October 14-15th Kirk Webster workshop – The topic will be Making the Varroa mite your ally. The first day will be talks, and the second day will be interactive demonstration.
    5. October 27-29th – 2017 BCHPA semi-annual meeting will be held in Kelowna. Friday will be a Business day, Saturday will be speakers, with workshops on Sunday. Randy Oliver will be one of the guest speakers.
  1. Presentation: Allergy specialist Dr. Amin Kanani – Topic: Beestings
  2. Coffee Break & Raffle
  3. Beekeeping Questions Coach’s Corner
    1. RBA members broke out into smaller groups for coach’s corner with Eric Crosby, Steve Bailey, Julia Common, and Amanda Goodman Lee.
  1. Motion to Adjourn: 9:45pm… Carried
  2. Next Meeting: Tuesday, September 12th 2017

Minutes for April 11, 2017

Minutes for Date: Apr 11th, 2017

Meeting held in Kinsmen Pavilion at Richmond Nature Park, 7:30 pm

There were 70 people in attendance.

Meeting called to order at 7:39 pm.

  1. Welcome : Opening Remarks and Introduction by Fiona Gold
    1. There were 4 “New bees” attending.
    2. Leslie Williams was welcomed back from her stay in Hawaii.
    3. Members were encouraged to buy raffle tickets.
  1. Approval of March minutes
    1. Motion to approve March 14 2017 minutes by Jeff Lee. Seconded by Steve Bailey.
    2. Carried.
  2. Treasurer’s Report
    1. We currently have $13,426.14 in the account.
  3. Kudos:
    1. Thanks to Allen Garr for his article on sugar – under the new Bee political column.

    2. Thanks to Shaidah, Barbara, and Christina for coordinating to sew the new patch on the BCHPA quilt.

    3. Thanks also to Stephanie who wrote a piece on swarms to update content for the new website.

  4. Website update

    1. Ian Cavén gave an update on the website. Information from the old website has been transferred to the new site, but it’s not live yet. More updates are needed, and work is ongoing.

  5. Iotron update

    1. In the February run the RBA put through 182 honey supers, 153 frames/covers/bases, 8 nucs, and 7 super equivalents.

    2. In the March run we put through 209 supers, 203 frames/covers/bases, 1 nuc, 9 super equivalents.

    3. Interest was gauged from the RBA for another iotron run. Darlene will put out an email to see how much interest there is from other clubs.

    4. It’s recommended to club members to put honey comb frames into a rubbermaid bin to avoid crushing.

  6. Liberians visit update

    1. Eric Crosby gave an update on the visiting Liberian beekeepers. The visit will be pushed back to the first or second week of May because of the weather here in Vancouver.

    2. If there are any members who have a larger number of colonies, and is interested in having the Liberians come to do some queen rearing, please contact Eric Crosby.

  7. Kirk Webster update

    1. Eric Crosby gave an update of Kirk Webster’s visit. His workshop is scheduled for October 15th and 16th. The topic will be Making the Varroa mite your ally. There will be two talks, one in the morning and one in the afternoon. The second day will be a more intimate workshop on making nucs, and may be split into two groups depending on how many people want to attend.

  8. How does the swarm call list work?

    1. Eric Crosby will be sending out an email to RBA members. Those interested in being on the swarm list can reply to Eric’s email with the information he requests.
    2. RBA discussed etiquette surrounding swarms, possession, and entering private property. It’s recommended to members to ask the caller to take a photo and text it for confirmation that it is a honey bee swarm.
  9. Seed exchange – how does it work?

    1. Winston discussed how the seed exchange will work. He was available at the back of the meeting with envelopes and labels. Members are welcome to continue to bring in unneeded seeds to trade/donate to other members.

  10. Bees and Beers

    1. This month’s meeting will be held on Tuesday April 25, 2017 at the Firefighters Public House in Burnaby.

    2. Stephanie Imhoff informed the RBA that there will also be a Bees and Beers held on the North shore on April 20th from 6-8:30pm at Jack’s on Lonsdale.

  11. Bee Loss Debrief

    1. RBA broke down into small groups to discuss bee losses.

  1. Coffee & Raffle

  1. Presenter: Introduced by Leslie WilliamsLori Weidenhammer Victory Gardens for Bees

  1. Motion to Adjourn: 9:35pm… Carried
  2. Next Meeting: May 9, 2017

Minutes for March 14, 2017

The Richmond Beekeepers Association

Minutes for Date: Mar 14th, 2017

Meeting held in Kinsmen Pavilion at Richmond Nature Park, 7:30 pm

There were 60 people in attendance.

Meeting called to order at 7:39 pm.

  1. Welcome : Opening Remarks and Introduction by Fiona Gold
    1. Introduction of “New bees”. 6 Newbees introduced.
    2. Members were encouraged to buy raffle tickets.
  2. Motion to approve minutes from Feb. 14, 2017 meeting
    1. Motion to approve Feb 14th, 2017 minutes made by Jeff Lee, seconded by Blair Trenholme.
    2. Carried.
  3. Treasurer’s Report
    1. Currently $13170.66 in the RBA account. The total will be $12820.00 after the Don Studinski workshop costs are paid out.
  1. Iotron March run
    1. A second Iotron run is scheduled in March. Drop off dates are Monday, March 27 to through Thursday March 30, 2017.
    2. Details reagarding preparation, dropoff, and payment can be found at: https://richmondbeekeepersca.wordpress.com/club-activities/iotron/
  2. Bee Political Column in newsletter
    1. Fiona Gold introduced the Bee Political column for the newsletter.
    1. Members were encouraged to speak to Fiona at the break regarding interest in writing for the new Bee Political column for the newsletter. If any member is interested in participating, please contact Fiona Gold.
  1. Membership payment reminder
    1. Members were reminded to pay their 2017 dues if they haven’t done so yet.
  2. Club emails
    1. Members were asked if anyone is not receiving RBA emails. Everyone present is receiving emails. Any paid RBA members not receiving club emails is asked to get in touch with Ian Caven.
  3. Seed Exchange
    1. Winston Wong discussed starting a seed swap at upcoming meetings.
    2. A Langley bee club member present at the meeting offered that they had done a seed swap, and it was very successful.
  4. Compliance Act Officer, PIPA, membership lists, consents
    1. Ian Caven discussed PIPA, and privacy regarding membership lists. Going forward Ian Caven is the RBA compliance officer for the club.
    1. Going forward membership signup will include a consent form to collect and store personal information. Changes are being made to further increase privacy of personal information.
  1. Website Update new hosting platform, logo
    1. The new website is nearly ready. We’re in the process of moving our hosting over to a new service.
    2. The new logo will be in use soon on the new website
  2. Reports:
    1. Tim Monaghan Donald Studinski, BCIT
      1. 53 people attended the workshop, 59% of which were from outside of the RBA. The workshop was a success, and all of Don’s books were sold.
      2. A $5800 budget was approved for the event. With expenses coming out to $3629.94, and a revenue of $3202.30, the end cost to the club was $427.64.
    2. Jeff Lee BCHPA Semi Annual in Kamloops
      1. BCHPA Semi Annual sold out, and a big success.
      2. Michael Palmer gave a great presentation about running an apiary that creates resources rather than using up resources. Mike discussed mixing Amitraz at home. Jeff stressed that this is not legal in Canada, and can be dangerous for health. Members are cautioned against doing this.
      3. Large 2016/17 winter losses were discussed. Jeff encouraged members to visit their hives as soon as weather permits to prevent further losses as hives use up remaining resources rapidly rearing new brood.
  3. Suspected Nosema in New Zealand packages
    1. Jeff Lee discussed New Zealand packages arriving with fecal staining, and higher than normal numbers of dead bees. There has been concern about Nosema, but multiple samples from different colonies have been sent to Paul van Westendorp for testing, and results show no sign of Nosema. Some members suggested part of the problem may be the Giant Willow Aphid in New Zealand. They secrete a honeydew that the bees love to collect, but the sugars are not fully digestible by bees, and can cause problems if the bees can’t get out for regular cleansing flights.
    2. Julia Common recommended a free app by the Alberta government called Bee Health, as well as the Canadian Association of Professional Apiculturists manual on Bee Diseases.
    3. Jeff discussed what to look for, and encouraged club members to send samples to Paul van Westendorp for testing if Nosema is suspected.
  4. Coffee Break & Raffle
  5. Presentations
    1. Steve Sandve – Swarming
    2. Phil Laflamme – Queen Grafting
    3. Julia Common – Splitting
    4. Justin Student & Laura Zazzara – Natural Queen Rearing
  6. Motion to Adjourn: 9:50pm… Carried
  7. Next Meeting: Tuesday, April 11th 2017

Minutes for February 14, 2017

Minutes for: February 14th, 2017

Meeting held in Kinsmen Pavilion at Richmond Nature Park, 7:30 pm

There were 55 people in attendance.

Meeting called to order at 7:40 pm.

  1. Welcome : Opening Remarks and Introduction by Fiona Gold

    • Introduction of new executive, and thanks for taking an active role in the RBA. All members are encouraged to contribute.

  1. Approval of January 10th, 2017 Minutes

    • Motion to approve January 2017 minutes by Jeff Lee, seconded by Miriam Soet

    • Carried

  1. Treasurer’s Report

    • Funds in account to date $13,027.00

    • Miriam discussed proposed 2017 budget

    • Motion to approve 2017 budget by Blair Trenholme, seconded by Ian Rockeby

    • Carried

  1. Speaker/Presentation changes: March and April

    • Lori Weidenhammer (Victory Gardens for Bees) will speak at April 11th 2017 meeting

    • March 14th, 2017 will be Queen Grafting, Rearing, Swarming, Splitting

  1. Iotron

    • Darlene Scribilo discussed change of dates for February Iotron run

    • Drop off dates for the first run are Tuesday, February 14 through Thursday, Feb 16, 2017

    • A second run will happen Monday, March 27 to through Thursday March 30, 2017

    • Details regarding equipment preparation and payment can be found at: https://richmondbeekeepersca.wordpress.com/club-activities/iotron/

  1. Don Studinski Workshop

    • Tim Monaghan discussed attendance and the change of location for the Don Studinski workshop. The new location is BCIT. Details can be found on the RBA website

    • Workshop is being held on Saturday Feb. 25th 8:30 – 4:30. The cost to $55 for RBA members, $60 for non RBA members

  1. BCHPA Semi-Annual

    • Jeff Lee discussed the BCHPA Semi-Annual Conference being held in Kamloops on March 10th – 11th. Conference will feature speakers Mike Palmer and Jeff Wilson, among others, and attendees are encouraged to book ahead to secure accommodations

    • Cost is $75 for BCHPA members, and $115 for non members

    • 2017 Annual BCHPA AGM will be held in Kelowna

  1. Liberian Beekeepers

    • Eric Crosby discussed the 2 Liberian beekeepers who will be visiting BC for 5 weeks in spring to learn queen rearing and making nucs/splits

    • Eric is looking for donations for their organization. With a donation Eric could demonstrate splitting with donor’s hive

    • Liberian guests will be speaking at RBA meeting in May 2017.

  1. Bees and Beers

    • Shaidah Karim is coordinating

    • Bees and Beers meeting is held every fourth Tuesday of the month

    • February 28th meeting will be held at Craft Beer Market in Olympic village

  1. Introduction of “New Bees”

    • 1 “New Bee” introduced

  1. Recognition of old executive – Fiona

    • Gifts were distributed to previous executive. Thanks for all your hard work!

  1. Coffee Break & Raffle

  1. Presentations

    • Jeff Lee, Amanda Goodman -Lee – Highlights of North American Beekeepers Conference in Galveston, Texas

    • Marta Guarna – Queen Bee Survival

  1. Motion to Adjourn: 9:44pm… Carried

  1. Next Meeting: Tuesday, March 14th 2017

Minutes for January 10, 2017

Minutes for: January 10, 2017

Meeting held in Kinsmen Pavilion at Richmond Nature Park, 7:30 pm

There were 57 people in attendance.

Meeting called to order at 7:39 pm.

  1. Welcome : Opening Remarks and Introduction by Tim Monaghan
  1. Motion
    • to approve minutes of the November meeting
    • If there are no correction minutes will be approved
    • Approved
  1. Amendment to the November minutes
    • There was an error on the November minutes with regards to the logo voting. Due to the majority of members choosing 1 single logo we have decided do not do a revote as stated in the November minutes.
    • Corrections Approved?
    • Approved
  1. New Bees Introduced
    • 4 in attendance
  1. Treasurer’s Report
    • Income statement was distributed to members
    • Membership is up 54%!!!
    • We had an income of $5077.59 from the BCHPA conference
    • Total Members equity is $13643.36
  1. Motion
    • Move that we amend the 2016 budget presented by the Treasurer to add the $1,000 budget approved in 2016 for the website as an accrual to the 2016 budget.
    • Made by Hugh Mawby, seconded by Eric Crosby
    • Motion approved.
  1. President’s Report for 2016
    • Successes included the following:
      • Hosting BCHPA to bring in extra funds for the club
      • Name Tags
      • An awesome Christmas party, best one yet for those of you that missed it!
      • Great speakers all season
      • RBA logo is in final design stages
      • Expansion of monthly newsletter to provide more useful information to members
      • Membership up to 155 members in 2016.
    • Semi-Successes
      • The website is almost done, in the final stage.
    • Failures
      • No candle making workshop in 2016
  1. Iotron
    • Darlene spoke about our 2017 iotron run. We will be doing run on feb 6-9 (drop off) with a pickup on the following Monday. And a run on March 27-30, with a pickup on the following Monday. Info on iotron and the process is on our club website.
  1. Purchase Suggestions for 2017
    • Motion: For RBA to Purchase a Laptop (Acer Computer at Best Buy is on sale for $500, includes all software)
      • Motion approved.
      • All in favor, motion approved.
    • Motion: To bring in Kirk Webster for a 2 day seminar on Oct 14-15, held at the PNE grounds as we did with Michael Bush.
      • Eric Crosby moved that we go ahead with the planning of this event, Steve Bayley seconded it.
      • Motion: To bring Don Studinsky to Vancouver, similar to what we did with Michael Bush, date would be Feb 18 or 25th, estimated cost is $5800, for which we would sell tickets to cover.
      • All in Favor raise their hands
      • Motion approved.
  1. 2017 President’s Award: Tim awarded Mike Munro and Steve Bailey with Life Memberships for their commitment to the club and it’s member, their willingness to help with anything and everything, and for always bringing us donuts. Thank you guys!
  2. Elections: Hosted by Hugh Mawby
  • Nomination for Presidency:
    • First Nominee is Fiona Gold
    • 3 calls were made for other nominations
    • With no other nominations Fiona Gold will be our new President.
  • Nomination for Vice President:
    • First Nominee is Eric Crosby
    • 3 calls were made for other nominations
    • With no other nominations Eric Crosby will be our new Vice President.
  • Nomination for Secretary:
    • First Nominee is Christina Faminoff
    • 3 calls were made for other nominations
    • With no other nominations Christina Faminoff will be our new Secretary.
  • Nomination for Treasurer:
    • First Nominee is Miriam Soet
    • 3 calls were made for other nominations
    • With no other nominations Miriam Soet will remain as Treasurer.
  • Nomination for Members at Large:
    • First Nominee is Lesley Williams
    • Second Nominee is Shaidah Karim
    • Third Nominee is Winston Wong
    • 3 calls were made for other nominations
    • With no other nominations Lesley Williams, Shaidah Karim and Winston Wong will be our new members at large
  • Nomination for Communications manager:
    • First Nominee is Ian Cavén
    • 3 calls were made for other nominations
    • With no other nominations Ian Cavén will be our new Communications Manager.
  • Congratulations to our NEW EXECUTIVE!!! Thank you for volunteering your time to keep our club running at full tilt!
  1. Coffee Break & Raffle
  2. Presentation: Panel speaking with
    • Thomas Schmitz
    • Derek Lawrence
    • Eric Crosby
    • Steve Bayley
    • Questions were moderated by Allen Garr. The theme was Winter/Spring management
  1. Motion to Adjourn: 9:45… Carried
  2. Next Meeting: Tuesday, February 14,2016

.

November 8, 2016

Minutes for: November 8, 2016

Meeting Start time: 7:30pm

Total # of people in Attendance: 47

  1. Welcome : Opening Remarks and Introduction
    Tim welcomed the participants and 4 ‘newbees’ were introduced.
  2. Motion
    -motion to approve October minutes will be held over until next meeting as it needs amending.
  3. Treasurer’s Report
    Funds in account as of today’s meeting           $9062.31.
  4. BCHP
    1. Tim gave a number of reflections on the conference
      1. attendance was down 30% from last year translating to about 20%   less in revenues
      2. expenses were also more than expected (Eventbrite fee, Facebook advertising , hotel costs higher in lower mainland etc.)
      3. net for club will be closer to $5000 rather than earlier projections
    2. Jeff Lee thanked the RBA for the excellent job in hosting the conference
      1. Accolades to organization and success of conference.
      2. Special thanks and presentations were made to Tim Monoghan, Fiona Gold, Christina Faminoff , and Terry Frounfelker
      3. Jeff also mentioned he has extra books by speaker/author Larry Conner on sale
      4. He also has 4 extra refractometers from Kerry Clarke for sale
  5. March 10/11 , Semi Annual BCHPA in Kamloops
    Jeff Lee encouraged members to consider going to this conference.
  6. Bees and Beers
    1. Scott Meixner and Shaidah Karim will take over the organization for this event.
      1. Future get togethers will be held at Dublin Crossing Pub (near Cambie Line sky train Marine station on 4th Tuesday of each month.
  7. Ian Rokeby
    Has used beekeeping equipment for sale, please contact   ‘ian.rokeby@gmail.com’ if interested
  8. Candle making Workshop
    Tim requested volunteers to organize and lead but since no one available, this activity will be skipped over this year.
  9. Raffle
    Draws were made with members cups, frames, book and other assorted items.
  10. (post Break) Speaker Presentation – Jacqueline Freeman
    Author of the book ‘Song of Increase’ gave an excellent talk. She focused on listening to the wisdom of honey bees for kinder and more intuitive bee keeping and a better world!
  11. Meeting adjourned at 9:20
  12. Next Meeting : Tuesday December 13, 2016 – Christmas party!

October 11, 2016

Minutes for: October 11, 2016

Meeting held in Kinsmen Pavilion at Richmond Nature Park, 7:30 pm
There were 53 people in attendance.
Meeting called to order at 7:34 pm.

  1. Welcome : Opening Remarks and Introduction by Tim Monaghan
  • Quick discussion and reminder of the BCHPA AGM this coming weekend
  • 2 “Newbees” were introduced
  • Speakers tonight will be Julia Common and Axel Krause
  1. Minutes
  • to approve minutes of the September meeting and that no corrections are to be made.
  • No corrections
  • Carried
  1. Treasurer’s Report
  • Funds in account at the end of month…$4512.38
  • There is still a $4000 loan to the BCHPA for AGM arrangements.
  • Total in the account including the loan is $8512.38
  1. Membership
  • To date we have the largest membership ever, at 154 members!!!
  1. Website
  • The RBA website is coming along very well, it’s edited and once the AGM is over we will be able to focus more attention on getting it up and going.
  • Tonight there is a logo vote. There are a number of logos on the wall around the room, please put the tab you received when you came in on the logo that you like the most.
  • Logo: One logo was overwhelming selected by club members (circle logo with flower/bee image design).  The team will pursue costs for purchase of image and creation of final logo design
  1. Conference and Worshop Update
  • Jeff Lee gave a brief rundown of the speakers at the AGM on both the Saturday and the Sunday. He also mentioned the huge benefit this AGM has to the RBA, in that we can raise up to $10,000 for the club.
  • Fiona spoke on the volunteer schedule and the positions held. She also reviewed the Bee hive demo and the different hives that will be on display during the AGM.
  • A big thank you to Christina FAMINOFF for helping to organize the  brochure for the bchpa, all her help is very much appreciated
  1. Coffee Break & Raffle
  2. Presentation: Julia Common and Axel Krause
  • Presentation on climate change and the effect it has on honeybee management.
  1. Motion to Adjourn: 9:31pm Carried
  2. Next Meeting: Tuesday, Nov 8, 2016