Randy Jackson, President, called the meeting to order.
Secretary Report: The minutes from every meeting appear on the clubs website: www.valleybees.org
Treasurers Report: Michele is continuing to search for someone to audit the clubs bank accounts. Membership dues are due in May.
Mentoring Program: Branson McKay, Committee Chair, reported that the mentoring program is in good shape. Branson asked for students that have not met their mentors to please see him after the meeting.
Wooden Ware Workshop: Doug Koch, Wooden Ware Committee Chair, announced that he brought missing supplies to the meeting. If you are missing equipment that you ordered see Doug after the meeting.
Beginner Bee Classes: In John Lewis’s absence Randy Jackson reported that the bee classes were completed. The Field Day is scheduled for Saturday, April 13, 2013 at John Lewis’s Apiary in Winchester.
Bee Packages: Randy Jackson reported that the package supplier has promised queens on Thursday or Friday to replace the queens in the packages that came with dead queens. If a student’s queen came dead on arrival then they need to contact Randy. Any queens left over after distribution to students will be distributed to club members who purchased packages with dead queens.
*Packages purchased do not come with a guarantee with the supplier or with the bee club.
If no queens are available from the supplier, the club will take care of the students by:
1. Reimbursing them for the package or
2. Help them make a split later in the season.
If no queens are available by Saturday then the students should combine hives.
Rusty Foltz has accepted the position of working with Macintosh Farms to build their apiary. Rusty is planning a trip to Brushy Mountain in PA to pick up bee packages. If you are interested in purchasing packages from Brushy Mountain, contact Rusty to make arrangements for him to pick them up. Club member is responsible for ordering their own packages. Contact Rusty if you want him to pick your package up.
Rusty also suggested that if club members need bee supplies that another local bee supply company is: Virginia Beekeeping Supply, in Warrenton, VA. Located at 101 W. Marshall Street, Remington, VA 22734. Owner: Jerry Headley Phone: 540-905-5563, www.virginiabeesupply.com .
BONS Website: Jim reported that the form to renew club membership is on the website. Club members requested that a list of people who collect swarms be added to the website. The website meeting that was cancelled will be rescheduled in the future.
Nucs to Sell Committee: Randy Jackson announced that he would like to develop another club committee. The committee is Nucs to Sell Committee. Doug Koch agreed to chair this new club committee. Several club members signed up for the committee to assist Doug improve our club’s ability to provide nucs to the new students and club members. Doug Morris suggested that we talk to Prince Williams to see how they run their program.
Club Nominating Committee: Ron Clevenger is the nominating committee for new club officers for the upcoming BONS year. If you are interested in becoming a club officer, please contact Ron.
Blandy Farm Event- May 11- May 12, 2013- A sign-up sheet was passed around for club members to volunteer to attend this event. Club members are asked to bring bee related items to sell at the BONS Club tent. Blandy will take 10% cut of items sold in the Spring.
BONS Club Discount: Charlie Brown has secured a discount from 84 Lumber in Front Royal for 1” x 4” x 8’ – 1” x 12” x 8’ lumber. The discount is 5% off. Any questions contact Charlie Brown.
May Club Program: Rusty Foltz, Vice President, announced that he has scheduled an accountant to come and talk to club members about write offs in relation to a beekeeping business.
Club Program: The club program this month was open discussion in regard to producing nucs, how to make splits and small hive beetle.
The meeting was adjourned.
Minutes Respectfully Submitted by Brenda Brown, BONS Club Secretary