April 11, 2019 Minutes
30 people attended. Potluck theme was sandwiches.
Association President, David Shockey, called the meeting to order at 7:07 pm. He welcomed Chris Renfrow, KSBA President to the association.
No guest speaker or program for this meeting.
Summary of minutes from March 14, 2019 meeting was sent out via email.
Phyllis Lonneman reported $880. Treasurer was given $1205 during the meeting from the bee seminar.
Please remit your 2019 membership dues if not done so already, email was sent out as a reminder.
KSBA business – KSBA will have two booths at the State Fair this year to generate more income and introduce more people to beekeeping. They are still working on the statewide mentoring program that will standardize practices and assist in the criteria for distribution of funds from the state. Still working on more fidelity and guidance for the certified honey program. Rick LeMarr is rebuilding the antiquated KSBA website to make it more practical and user friendly.
Beekeeping Mentoring Program (closed - ongoing) – the mentorship program still have slots open but only in the afternoon session, 1pm – 4pm; please contact David Shockey if you are interested
Facebook (closed – ongoing) – Ritchie is the lead for facebook and will update as necessary
Plant Fair – we would need volunteers for the upcoming Plant Fair, May 18, 2019 at the new extension office site; we will sign up at the next meeting for volunteers
Lots of options for queens are available within Kentucky; nucs, packages are available but selling out fast. Don’t purchase scrawny looking queen bees; probably have not mated.
Swarms are starting to happen; several calls already so get those swarm traps up. A good time for bees to swarm is after an extended period of rain.
Good rule of thumb is to take out your boards (corrugated plastic) from the bottom of your screened bottom board on derby day.
Lots of pollen and nectar but still continue to provide sugar water. If the bees are not drinking the sugar water, need to figure out what’s wrong. Bees will not take any pollen substitute, as there is enough pollen in the area.
Having a frame that’s full of pollen is just as bad as having a frame full of honey in the brood chamber.
Pot Luck – Madison Henry stated that next meeting’s pot luck theme will be your favorite dish
Meeting Adjourned: 8:04 pm