Meeting Agenda

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HCBA Meeting on October 15, 2020

Hardin County Kentucky Beekeepers Association Please join us for an in-person and virtual meeting!  Members may choose to meet via computer, phone, or in person.  In person social distancing and masks are required.

Location is at the Hardin County Extension Office at 111 Opportunity Way, Elizabethtown, KY 42701.

You may also join the video teleconference via Google Meet.


  1. Welcome members back
  2. Introduction of current Board Members
  3. Financial Report
  4. Committee Reports
  5. New Business
    • Recommendation and vote to forgo dues for 2020
    • Recommendation and vote to suspend elections until February
    • Ask for any volunteers/nominations for the new board
    • Notification of delayed audit. Audit will be done by end of 2020
    • Reduce meeting times to end not later than 8:00 PM
      • When potluck is served, potluck to begin at 6:30 and will be consumed while meeting is in process
    • Website improvements and updates; better interface with Facebook
    • Will start Workshops on Saturdays to cover topics not conducive to a 30-minute class
    • Working to establish a Swarm catching call list with more web information and set of rules – looking for volunteers
    • Hives at extension office
    • Working with 4H for an approved education/mentoring tract
    • Intend to continue the Mentoring program in some manner – details in the works
    • Discussion on gift David Shockey
  6. Open Discussion
  7. Adjourn

April Meeting and Beekeeping Mentoring

Hardin County Kentucky Beekeepers AssociationDue to the health concerns related to the coronavirus and posted restrictions on meetings and etc., we will not be holding the Hardin County Beekeeper Association’s monthly meeting in April. Hopefully we can get started back in May.

As for the beekeeping mentoring sessions, I will be allowing folks to just schedule a time that is convenient for them to come by. Since there are packages that have been purchased and will be delivered, I’ll provide a time and etc. for those who will need to pick up packages as well as time for those who will need to install packages.

Until the situation calms down, I’ll try to send out regular weekly beekeeping emails and include any good to know info.

The honey bees are not included in any restricted activities, quarantine or shutdown and will be caring on with their activities with or without us. SO if anyone has any beekeeping issues, please do not hesitate to call, text or email for assistance.

Hope to bee meeting with everyone again in the very near future.

Stay safe and stay healthy,

David Shockey, President
Hardin County Beekeepers Association

February 2020 Meeting Agenda

Hardin County Kentucky Beekeepers AssociationHardin County Beekeepers Association Meeting

February 13, 2020

Welcome to both members and guest.

Attendance Last Meeting: __________

Reading of the Minutes of the previous meeting by the Secretary:

Financial Report presented by the Treasurer:

Old Business:

  1. Time to renew memberships
  2. HCBA March 28th Bee School & KSBA Spring Meeting
  3. Hats and Shirts
  4. To bee or not to bee a 501(c) 3 organization?
  • Needs approval of the membership.
  • Need review and approval of new constitution and by-laws to be compliant.

New Business:

  1. We have a request for assistance from John Hardin High Ag Department.
  2. KSBA Local Association Presidents Meeting February 22nd
  3. Local Association Bee Schools—go to KSBA website
  4. Remembering and praying for one of our loyal members.

Beekeeping Notes for February:

  1. Spring is just around the corner — critical time between now and mid-March.
  2. Used Candy Boards and old or non-consumable honey – good bee feed
  3. First Hive Inspections: When you conduct your first inspection, be very careful not to harm the queen. There will not be any new queens available until April.
  4. Strong hives will have 8 to 10 frames of bees and the queen will be laying.
  • Options are to either add a super or rotate hive bodies depending on the hive configuration.
  1. Average hives will have 6 to 7 frames of bees and the queen will be laying.
  • Option is to keep feeding and allow another couple of weeks for the hive to get stronger before doing anything else.
  1. Weak hives will have 5 or less frames of bees and the queen may or may not be laying.
  • Options are to reduce this hive to a Nuc or pinch out the queen and combine the bees with an average hive.
  1. Some hives may have lost their queen or she is no long a viable laying queen.

If the queen is not laying or if the hive has lost its queen, a decision will need to be made to possibly combine the hive with an average or strong hive.