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July Beekeepers Meeting "Picnic"

posted Jun 19, 2018, 3:05 PM by Mary Phillips

The "meeting" for July is a potluck picnic at Wakanda Park in Menomonie, WI. on July 9, 2018 starting at 6:00 PM. We have a spot reserved across the street from the ball fields. See the map pin below.
Hot dogs, brats with buns will be provided. Bring a dish to share and your own plate and silverware and drinks.
Hope to see you all on Monday.

Wakanda Park

June Beekeeping Meeting

posted Jun 10, 2018, 8:51 AM by Mary Phillips

Dunn County Beekeepers Association

Menomonie Alliance Church Room 116

502 21st St N, Menomonie, WI 54751

Meeting Agenda for June 11, 2018 7 p.m.

 

Meeting called to order at _____  p.m.

Roll call –     ____  attendees

Secretary Report –

Treasurer Report –

 

Old Business

 

  1. T-Shirt orders – Price is $8 for sizes through XL.  For XXL or XXXL, add another $2 for each X beyond one X.  A sample of color and sizes will be available.  Contact Mary B. if cannot attend meeting to place order.  All orders are needed at or before June meeting.

  2. Dunn County Fair booth volunteer schedule sign-up.

  3. Nominating committee report – Treasurer/President elections in October.

  4. SOP on ‘hospitality’ – Jenny G.

New Business

 

  1. NRCS presentation on programs available for pollinator efforts and more.

Meeting adjourned at _____ p.m.

 

Open discussion - Hive updates from group

 

Upcoming events:

WHPA summer meeting July 14th at Redgranite

Dunn County Fair – July 26 – 29, 2018

Tour honey processing center on August 12.  Meet at 1 p.m. at 51119 7th St., Osseo,

             near Northwood Brew Pub on West side of town.

August 13 – next meeting date.

 

Please send requested agenda topics to Jenny at jmgwis@wwt.net.

 

What to do this month

            Watch for congestion and give more space to prevent swarming

            Put honey supers on

            Watch for small hive beetle and moths

            Check for mites at least once a month

            Cinnamon keeps ants away

            Provide water source near hives

May Beekeeping Meeting

posted Apr 26, 2018, 7:51 AM by Mary Phillips   [ updated May 7, 2018, 8:36 AM ]

Dunn County Beekeepers Association

Menomonie Alliance Church Room 116

502 21st St N, Menomonie, WI 54751

Agenda May 14, 2018 7 p.m.

 

Meeting called to order at ______  p.m.

Roll call –   ___  attendees

Secretary Report

Treasurer Report

            Year to date report of actual vs budgeted.

 

Old Business

  1. Visit honey processing center in Osseo – August 12.   Address is 13301  7th St., Osseo.

  2. Thank you to Jim Burritt for April presentation

 

New Business

  1. Condolences to Jean S. on passing of her husband Gene on Feb 12.

  2. T-Shirt orders – Price is $8 for sizes through XL.  For XXL or XXXL, add another $2 for each X beyond one X.  A sample of color and sizes will be available. Contact Mary B. if cannot attend meeting to place order. Will take orders at June meeting also.

  3. Dunn County Fair booth volunteer schedule sign-up.

  4. Review of bylaws – nominating committee to find candidates for President and Treasurer for October election.

  5. SOP on ‘hospitality’ – Jenny

  6. Hive reports / package / NUC installs

    1. Mite checks

    2. Feeding

    3. Ventilation

    4. Preventing swarm discussion – splitting techniques

  7. Reminder that August meeting is back to second Monday, August 13

  8. Roster to those not at April meeting.

Meeting adjourned at _____ p.m.

Pollinator Friendly Habitat group to meet following meeting.

Open discussion - Hive updates from group

Upcoming events:

WHPA summer meeting July 14th at Redgranite

Dunn County Fair – July 26 – 29, 2018

Please send requested agenda topics to Jenny at jmgwis@wwt.net.

 

What to do this month

            Feed bees until they don’t take syrup

            Watch for congestion and give more space to prevent swarming

            Get honey supers ready

            Prepare for splitting

April Beekeeping Meeting

posted Mar 12, 2018, 8:23 PM by Mary Phillips

The April meeting for the Dunn County Beekeepers will be on April 9th, at 7 p.m. in room 110 of Jarvis Hall Science Wing on the UW-Stout campus.

Jim Burritt will present research on honey bee health titled, "The Honey Bee Pathosphere". He will provide an overview on the infectious diseases of honey bees and a follow-up to a talk given one year earlier pertaining to bee research at UW-Stout. The talk from one year ago can be found at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RoSi5v9rtWo

Jarvis Hall Science Wing is #16 has seating for 167 and parking lot #18 should be a fitting location to park. General parking spaces in lots 18, 24, and 29 will not be ticketed between 4 p.m. and 2 a.m.

UW-Stout's honey bee research articles can be viewed without charge at: http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0167752 and http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0108486

March Beekeeping Meeting

posted Mar 2, 2018, 6:20 PM by Mary Phillips   [ updated Mar 10, 2018, 5:58 PM ]

Dunn County Beekeepers Association

Menomonie Alliance Church Room 116

Agenda March 12, 2018 7 P.M.

 

Meeting called to order at ____ .

Roll call –   ___  attendees

Secretary Report

Treasurer Report

 

Old Business

  1. Organization topic – Dunn County fair booth entry fee

 

New Business

  1. Mite check method – Alcohol wash Dave W.

  2. Mite check treatment - Oxalic Acid vaporizing Dave W.

  3. Installation of a NUC – Tom P.

  4. Visit of Honey processing facility in Osseo

  5. Presentation by Chad Alberg on bears and fencing

 

Meeting adjourned at _____ p.m.

 

Pollinator Friendly Habitat group to meet following meeting.

 

Open discussion - Hive updates from group

 

Upcoming events:

  1. March 17th - NW WHPA District meeting in Knapp at 10 a.m.; Pot luck; Matt LaForge guest speaker; items for Queen Auction fund raising.

  2. April 9th - meeting is at U.W. Stout to hear Jim Burritt speak on latest research. Room 110 Jarvis Hall, Science Wing at 7 p.m. Invite sent to many clubs.

 

Please send requested agenda topics to Jenny at jmgwis@wwt.net.

 

If you have a ‘show and tell’ item, bring to the meeting. Frames of unusual nature or left over from a dead out are welcome.

 

What to do this month

Get feeder containers and sugar ready to feed new bees and overwintered bees

Get pollen patty for protein source to feed with syrup

Order bees if you haven’t already

Clean out dead outs when you can get to them

Subscribe to Bee Culture and/or American Bee Journal

Review WI Honey Bee pest treatment options and understand when to use or not to use

https://datcp.wi.gov/Documents/TreatmentOptions.pdf

Read up on Varroa – Honey Bee Health has a great site with many videos:

Honey Bee Health Coalition Tools for Varroa Management

February Beekeeping Meeting

posted Feb 9, 2018, 5:57 PM by Mary Phillips

Dunn County Beekeepers Association

Menomonie Alliance Church Room 116

Agenda Feb 12, 2018      7 P.M.

 

Meeting called to order at ______.

Roll call –   ____ attendees

Secretary’s Report – please review minutes on the club website    dunncountybeekeepers.org

Treasurer Report –   Note:  Club dues of $5 were due in January.

Old Business

  1. Organization topic – Dunn County fair booth entry fee – update from Steve F.

  2. SOP on Club hive – Willie M.

  3. Bylaws – re-write with input from Dane County and NW District; please review prior to meeting.

New Business

1.      Workshop summary

  • Number of registrations / co-guests

  • Number of club members

  • Comments from group

2.  Bee supplier handout – was part of workshop package; copies at meeting. Please look for separate email regarding orders from Black River Apiaries.

3.  Mite check methods – demonstrations – should check packages

  • Powder sugar roll – Jenny G.

  • Alcohol wash – Dave W.

    4.  Small hive beetle – why troublesome? How to trap?

  1. Installing a package – Jenny G. and Volunteer

  2. Feeding in Spring – bring your feeders and share how you use them

  3. Record keeping – volunteers

  4. Daytona Organic high oleic sunflower seeds to share with those present – Jenny G.

  5. Hints for beekeepers – Jenny – sent with agenda; any questions?

 

Meeting adjourned at  _____

Hive updates from group

 

Next month

Varroa mite control methods – club members share methods they use

  • Drone removal methods

  • Break in brood cycle

    • Splits

    • Re-queening

  • Treatment methods

    Demonstrate NUC installation

     

    Coming up:    March 18th is NW WHPA District meeting in Knapp – potluck, auction of donated items to support Queen program.

                March club meeting presenter – Chad Alberg, Bear in Wisconsin, fencing guidelines

    April club meeting at Stout with Jim Burritt

    August meeting will be on first Monday August 6 rather than August 13

    What to do in February and March – see ‘Calendar for Keeping Bees’ on web site

                Find a bee supplier and order bees

    Check bees – enough honey/candy? Be prepared to feed.

    Get equipment ready – order/assemble/paint or clean up used equipment

                Catch up on reading / research; Join a club; Subscribe to a magazine        

January Beekeeping Meeting

posted Jan 1, 2018, 9:23 AM by Mary Phillips   [ updated Jan 1, 2018, 9:23 AM ]

Dunn County Beekeepers Association

Menomonie Alliance Church Room 116

Agenda for 1/8/2018

7 p.m.

Meeting called to order at  ______

Roll call – Please sign in on sign-in sheet on table as you enter the room; _____ attendees

Secretary’s Report – Please read minutes online at club Web site dunncountybeekeeper.org

Treasurer’s Report

Old Business

  1. Organization topic – Dunn County fair booth entry fee – update from Steve

  2. Agenda sharing with other clubs – Polk/Burnett, EC/Chippewa Falls, St. Croix -  SOP sent with agenda; please review prior to meeting - Jenny

  3. Workshop discussion – February 3, 2018 - updates / questions / finalize

    1. Registration flyer – final is on web site

    2. Advertising update – Shannon

    3. Course materials update  – Tom

      1. Round Robin sessions – Confirm leads - Jenny

        1. Ordering Equipment – Charlie

        2. Assembling Hive components – Duane

        3. Dressing for success – Noah / Nathan

        4. Non Traditional Beekeeping – George, Dan, Jerry

        5. More than honey in a hive –

        6. Pollinator planting -

    4. Attendee materials –

      1. Work book – printing status - Tom

      2. Paper back – ‘First Lessons in Bee Keeping’ was ordered and received

      3. Hive tool – ordered and received

    5. Lunch / break menu – Kathy

    6. Vendor catalogs - Veronica has vendor catalogs for workshop

    7. Presentation materials – items club has for events – who has them? bring to workshop

    8. Room Set up – Friday at 4 pm at church

      1. Willie get keys, check on ice machine and PA

      2. Projector – Jenny - LCIP.

    9. Other items?

New Business

Organizational Topics

  1. Bylaws – sent with agenda, please review prior to the meeting - Jenny

  2. Honey Extractor Rental and Usage Agreement – sent with agenda; please review prior to meeting - Jenny

  3. Financial update regarding honey sticks for Dunn County Fair Booth – Jenny

  4. SOP on Club hive – Willie

  5. SOP – ordering bees through the club – Mary B.

     

    Workshop topic - Work shop club mentor/work shop attendee pairing – Jenny

Hive updates – go around the room

Please give agenda topics for next months meeting to Jenny

Meeting adjourned at _______

December Beekeepers Holiday Party

posted Nov 14, 2017, 9:47 AM by Mary Phillips

The Dunn County Beekeepers Holiday Party will be at the Stout Ale House in Menomonie on December 11th at 6:30 p.m. More details to follow...

Pollinator Friendly Habitat Meeting Nov. 13, 2017

posted Nov 11, 2017, 6:17 PM by Mary Phillips   [ updated Nov 11, 2017, 6:19 PM ]

POLLINATOR FRIENDLY HABITAT WORKING GROUP

November 13, 2017

Meeting room 116

6 p.m.

Menomonie Alliance Church

 

Looking for ideas for what we want to put on a brochure or bookmark that will be used to handout at our beekeeping workshop and fair booth.

November Beekeepers Meeting

posted Oct 25, 2017, 8:04 AM by Mary Phillips

Dunn County Beekeepers Association

Menomonie Alliance Church Room 116

Agenda for 11/13/2017

7 p.m.

Call meeting to order - 1 minute

Roll call – Please sign in on sign-in sheet at the table as you enter the room

Secretary’s Report – Please read minutes on line - 1 minute for corrections / additions

Treasurer Report – Mary B. – 2 minutes

Old Business

  1. Club Extractor housed by Duane has been returned – Thanks!

  2. Organization topics - Member Services

    1. Roster and email list – Mary B. and Mary P. - 3 minutes

  3. Organization topic – Liability insurance / Non-profit status – 3 minutes for any updates

  4. WHPA Convention Queen Auction support - 1 minute

    1. Dave W. – items purchased by club to donate to auction

    2. Sarah - scarves

    3. Jenny – Clothes pin dress and decorator honey comb plate

New Business

  1. Organization Topics

    1. Financial: Nancy W. & Jenny – draft budget – review excel worksheet via TV – 25 minutes

  2. Pollinator Friendly Habitat sub-group update – Mary L. (co-chair) – 3 minutes

  3. Workshop discussion – February 3, 2018

    1. Registration flyer – need final document – Tom and Dave W. – 2 minutes

      1. Fee?

    2. Advertising person – binder available on what was done in 2017 – 2 minutes

    3. Course materials – slide show, props – Tom and Dave W.

      1. Round Robin sessions – 7 minutes

    4. Attendee materials – 5 minutes

      1. Workbook – printing

      2. Paperback book – First Lessons in Bee Keeping

      3. Other items?

    5. Lunch / break menu – Kathy W. – 5 minutes

    6. Vendor catalogs - Veronica – 2 minutes

    7. Presentation materials – items club has for events – who has them? Bring to workshop

    8. Room set up – logistics, keys, sound system, tables, etc. – Willie – 1 minute

    9. Other items?

  4. Club exchanging of agendas with other area clubs – Polk/Burnett, St. Croix, Chippewa/Eau Claire - Jenny – 2 minutes

  5. Christmas/News Year’s Holiday party proposal – Willie – 3 minutes

Next Month’s agenda topics – give topics to Jenny

 



Old Business Continued…
SOP Review
  1. Bee ordering and pickup/delivery of package bees through club – Mary B.

  2. Use of club equipment – extractor – please read document sent w/agenda

      1. Tag / label as club equipment

      2. Other equipment?

        1. Uncapping tank (base with honey gate, tub without bottom, strainer grate, crossbar, cover)

        2. Hot uncapping knife

        3. Strainer (primary and secondary screens)

  3. Benefits of Membership document - please read file sent with agenda - Veronica

     

Meeting adjourn

Beekeeper stories / questions

 


Tasks for beekeepers:


How to store wood ware and wax for the winter – volunteers


Feed bees


Ready candy boards and winterizing materials


Clean up supers and store properly

 


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