Shoalhaven Beekeeping Association Committee Meeting Date: 19th October 2021 Place: Zoom Apologies: Chris, Kerry, Robbie Meeting opened at: 5:00pm Present: Andrew, Ken, Sue, John, Judy, Kylie, Dino, Brian Minutes from Previous Meeting Accepted Business Arising from Previous Minutes Almanac, do we pursue it further? Club hive supplies yet to be purchased
Correspondence In – Australasian Beekeeper Magazine Correspondence Out – Nil
Membership Report ABA has 178 recorded as members for the Shoalhaven beekeepers. Currently 32 have lapsed. Our records have a further 7 not or no longer recorded on the ABA site. ABA has 2 members recorded twice, similar name, same other details 8 Associates, 3 financial and 5 recorded on the ABA site as 'outstanding'. 135 Financial Members plus 3 Associate Members. 32 members yet to pay 5 associates yet to pay
President’s Report I have reached out to the Nowra Show society and the Pony Club with expressions of interest in relocating the club meeting place and bee hive location to either venue. The Nowra show society informed me that it is the council that governs the use of the show ground. I have emailed the council but have not received any further correspondence. I have had correspondence with the president of the pony club, who was very open to the idea of the SBA being located on the pony club grounds. I have since handed the correspondence over to John who has been working through options. I would like to hand over the presidency to John.
Treasurer’s Report The club funds currently stand at $15,919.77
Apiary Report Visited hives 29/9/2021 Inspected 3 hives. Cleared grass from around all hives. Hives 4&5 - strong activity and lotsa bees. A few SHB. Still needing tidying overall but getting better. Took 4 frames of honey across the two hives to create space though I wasn’t of the opinion they were about to swarm. Hive 3 Evidence of chalkbrood again. This lot requeened from brood I offered from hive#4. I thought we had got rid of chalkbrood through this repositioning hive with queen with healthier habit. But spring has proved me wrong once more. Other than that they are healthy. Not many SHB. Not overcrowded at all. Indeed not as much honey as I thought there might be. Robbie observed hives 1&2 being very active but ran out of time and wind had got very high. I’d like a flow enthusiast with me to look at hive 1 on next trip. The club should have 5-6 kilos of honey I’d say from the 4 frames. Will confirm amount when it’s all in bucket. It’s presently draining in. Club member Julie Sankey assisted with extraction. The flow hive roof is to be replaced by Ken Stevenson. Andrew supplied 10 sheets of wax foundation to Robbie Collins The club currently has 1 x 8 frame flow hive 2 x 8 frame Langstroth 2 x 10 frame Langstroth The additional club equipment has not yet been purchased. Ken and Andrew to purchase and hand over to Robbie.
Agenda Items • Club Honey – 88 jars stored at Andrew’s residence • Judy would like to transfer Media Officer role to Kylie • Andrew would like to transfer President role to John • Andrew commenced looking at alternate locations for the club to meet and house the bees o Nowra Show ground – liaising with council o PonyClub(Illarooroad)–CorrespondencehandedovertoJohnMacdonald • Nowra Show – February – we have been requested to email the committee to confirm that we would like a stall in the pavilion • Almanac – the committee voted to continue with the creation of an almanac with the possibility of making it a marketable product. • Club mission statement needs to be finalising • Kylie proposed a club only chat area on Facebook. Link will be sent through for review by the committee. General business • Beekeeper Magazine to be available to borrow at monthly information nights, members to record issue borrowed and name Meeting Closed 5:40pm:5