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:

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: and

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


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

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

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

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 ]


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


Pollinator Friendly Habitat Meeting Oct. 9, 2017

posted Oct 17, 2017, 6:59 PM by Mary Phillips


Agenda for October 9, 2017

Meeting room 116

6 p.m.

Menomonie Alliance Church


  1. Call meeting to order

  2. Attendance

  3. Introductions – new people?

  4. Officer position – chair needed while Jenny is club president

  5. Pollinator plot updates

  6. Seeds to share – Wild Blue Indigo; Tillage Radish (Daikon)

  7. Other items

  8. Meeting adjourned


Submitted by Jenny Gruber

Organizational Documents

posted Sep 30, 2017, 7:26 PM by Mary Phillips

Below are two documents attached to read / review, print off, and bring to the October 8th meeting at 7 p.m. at the Menomonie Alliance church. There is a lot of information to review and decisions to be made.

We look forward to the meeting and tasting of honey!

October Beekeepers Meeting

posted Sep 14, 2017, 12:32 PM by Mary Phillips   [ updated Sep 30, 2017, 7:29 PM ]

The Dunn County Beekeepers will be meeting on Monday, Oct. 9th, 2017 at 7p.m. in room 116 at the Menomonie Alliance Church, 502 21st St N, Menomonie, WI 54751. (3 blocks north of the Hospital on 21st St.). Highlights will be honey tasting.

1.  Call meeting to order / welcome - President, Jenny Gruber

2.  Attendance – 1 minute

            New members?

3.  Secretary report – Pat Wilson – 2 minutes

4.  Treasurer report – Mary Buschman – 2 minutes


Old business – mark your calendars – Jenny - 3 minutes

  1. Fair dates 2018 – last weekend in July, Thursday July 26 to Sunday July 29, 2018 with setup Wednesday July 25.

  2. Workshop date is February 3, 2018

  3. Club extractor

    1. First is housed by Duane Manor – has it been returned?

    2. Second is housed by Mary and Dave Phillips

    3. Addresses on web site under “Equipment”

  4. Liability Insurance – Propose to post-pone to New Business

New Business

  1. Organization topics – see document - Jenny to lead discussion – 20 minutes

    1. Roster proposal from Mary B. and Mary P.

    2. Workshop – need confirmation of who is lead for each area

    3. Club hive SOP – Willie and others to create

  2. Winterizing presentations from two club members - 5 minutes each

    1. Tom Prescott

    2. Dave Wolske

  3. Candy board samples / recipes – 3 minutes each

    1. Dave Wolske

    2. Jenny Gruber

      4.  WHPA convention

a.  Nov 2-4 in Eau Claire; visit for agenda /speakers /registration form

b.  Support for Wisconsin Honey Queen program – Dave Wolske – 5 minutes

5.   Sunflower pollen collection effort - Jenny 1 minute

a.  Sample to see

b.  Sunflower Daytona seeds to be given out at February club meeting attendees

6.  Adjourn meeting

Tasks for beekeepers

  1. Find good source for sugar

  2. Feed your bees

  3. Get candy board and winterizing materials together

  4. Clean up supers

Remaining time is to sample honey, check honey moisture content and share stories

  1. Honey samples – bring sample of honey to taste and / or test moisture content

  2. Honey moisture content – Klaus will bring refractometer and sample spoons

  3. Bee stories

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