FIFTY MEMBERS & GUESTS attended the July 12th meeting and good fellowship was had by all. The Minutes & Treasurer’s Report were approved. Billy Black, James Black, Jason & Billy Branham, David Lee Boggs, Dennis Clyde Maynard, Martha Nix &Chad Simmons joined as a new members. Hobart Hundley, Sr., Daniel Lucas, Sherman Smith, Andy & Yolanda Williamson renewed their memberships. THANKS TO EACH & EVERY ONE OF YOU!
We elected officers for the next 2 years: Gabe Blatt, President, Wade Stiltner, Vice President, Dan O’Hanlon, Treasurer & Newsletter Editor, Kathy Taylor, Secretary & Mike Smith, Webmaster. Dan thanked Kathy & Mike for helping him with agreeing to their positions. The club has grown from 27 to almost 80 members & it was a lot for one person to do. Mike has done a terrific job upgrading the webpage. BEE SURE to visit & take a look!
Gabe reported on HAS in Tennessee & mentioned EAS was coming up in Boone, NC along with the WVBA Fall Meeting September 24-25 at Jackson’s Mill. Dr. Nancy Ostergard will be the speaker from Penn State. Wade will be teaching at the Honey Festival in Parkersburg in August. Dan gave a report on the new Beekeeper Immunity Bill & Wade answered questions about the new regulations.
We held the annual honey harvest at Gary Strickland’s place again & helped several members extract their honey [THANKS, GARY!!!].
Wade & Gabe led a discussion about how much honey people got this year — better than last year was the consensus. And we discussed treatments for mites which should be done after the honey supers are off and as soon as the weather cools down a little.
After the break, Gabe talked about “Summer Management” and showed a video from Dr. Keith Delaplane from Georgia. New members were introduced, including several from Sandy Hook, KY, and they were welcomed with a round of applause.
The next meeting will help you figure out how to get your bees ready for this winter.