2021-02-25 COBA February Meeting

Forward from Tom Hall – 2021 COBA President:

This Thursday, February 25 from 7-9pm we will have our monthly COBA meeting at Will Rogers Gardens at 3400 NW 36th Oklahoma City.

The meeting is open to all, your forehead temperature will be taken at the door. masks will be required, and seating will be wiped down with disinfectant and spaced for social distancing.

I will have a presentation directed at those wanting to order bees and discuss the pros and cons of package bees verse buying a nuc of bees and what you can do in preparation before receiving your bees.

If you have an established hive I will discuss some things you can do coming out of winter.

For those not able to join us we plan to broadcast the meeting on Facebook live on the COBA FB group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/CentralOkBeekeepersAssoc

2020-04-23 COBA April Meeting (on FB Live ONLY)

Jay Silver forwarding FB post by Rick Schantz

Looks like a great beekeeping day. Tonight is our video presentation on getting your bees and installing them in your hives. Also a couple of other ways to get bees. I will be the speaker at the presentation. John Bowman will be putting it on Facebook live.
Hope everyone can tune in tonight at 7:00 pm on this COBA Facebook.
Happy beekeeping

Jay Silver additions:

With our usual meeting place closed due to the Coronavirus measures, the meeting will be online only on the COBA FB group.

COBA Facebook Group is at:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/CentralOkBeekeepersAssoc/

Just click on John Bowman’s FB Live video post.

It appears some of the restrictions are going to be easing. However, we are considering other measures for future meetings, if we cannot meet in person.

2019-07-25 COBA JULY MEETING

WHERE:

Will Rogers Gardens Exhibition Center
3400 NW 36th St
Oklahoma City, OK 73112

SW Corner of NW 36th and Grand. No access from Grand. Enter from either driveway on 36th.

Map: https://goo.gl/maps/6PYq6X3Zdhr

WHEN:

Thursday, July 25, 2019
Setup will begin by 6:30 PM
Meeting 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM.
Cleanup and out by 9:30 PM.
Assistance with setup and cleanup is appreciated.

TOPICS:

Honey Tasting: Bring your honey and enjoy sharing in tasting other beekeepers’ honey. (You can sell some if you like.)

Tom Hall will give a demonstration of extracting a couple of frames. He’ll also present a couple of methods of uncapping your frames.

Rick Schantz will give video presentation of larger extracting methods.

NOTES:

Please bring a snack to share with others. COBA provides beverages, but other items are brought by those attending.

Members are invited to bring a bee-related item for the door prize drawing.

Guests are always welcome at regular monthly COBA meetings!

2019-06-27 COBA June Meeting

WHERE:

Will Rogers Gardens Exhibition Center
3400 NW 36th St
Oklahoma City, OK 73112

SW Corner of NW 36th and Grand. No access from Grand. Enter from either driveway on 36th.

Map: https://goo.gl/maps/6PYq6X3Zdhr

WHEN:

Thursday, June 27, 2019
Setup will begin by 6:30 PM
Meeting 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM.
Cleanup and out by 9:30 PM.
Assistance with setup and cleanup is appreciated.

TOPICS:

How to increase honey production.

What kinds of things you should be doing with your hive this time of year.

NOTES:

Please bring a snack to share with others. COBA provides beverages, but other items are brought by those attending.

Members are invited to bring a bee-related item for the door prize drawing.

Guests are always welcome at regular monthly COBA meetings!

2019-05-23 COBA MAY MEETING

WHERE:

Will Rogers Gardens Exhibition Center
3400 NW 36th St
Oklahoma City, OK 73112

SW Corner of NW 36th and Grand. No access from Grand. Enter from either driveway on 36th.

Map: https://goo.gl/maps/6PYq6X3Zdhr

WHEN:

Thursday, May 23, 2019
Setup will begin by 6:30 PM
Meeting 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM.
Cleanup and out by 9:30 PM.
Assistance with setup and cleanup is appreciated.

TOPICS:

Jay Silver will present information from the NEOBA Big Bee Buzz. The annual BBB is the premier Beekeeping Conference in Oklahoma.

A panel of “seasoned” beekeepers will handle open Q&A.

NOTES:

Please bring a snack to share with others. COBA provides beverages, but other items are brought by those attending.

Members are invited to bring a bee-related item for the door prize drawing.

Guests are always welcome at regular monthly COBA meetings!

2019-05-19 – Hive Inspection, Nuc Install, and Mentoring Opportunity

DATE and TIME: Sunday 5/19, 2:00 PM to whenever you run out of questions.

LOCATION: Will Rogers Gardens, 3400 NW 36th St, Oklahoma City, OK 73112

Meet in the 36th street parking lot, NW of the building. We’ll go in through the small iron gate behind the dumpster.

If you have protective gear, please bring it. We’ll only have very limited loaner gear available.

AGENDA: John Bowman will be installing a nuc into his hive.

We will then inspect a double-deep from which we pulled 2 splits last week. We will do an alcohol-wash Varroa mite count. If mite counts indicate that treatment is needed, we will treat with Oxalic Acid administered via a vaporizer.

Q&A as long as needed.

2019-04-27 – Hive Inspection and Mentoring Opportunity

Hive Inspection and Mentoring Opportunity – 2019 COBA Students AND OTHERS
DATE and TIME: Saturday 4/27, 2:00 PM to whenever you run out of questions.
LOCATION: Will Rogers Gardens, 3400 NW 36th St, Oklahoma City, OK 73112
Meet in the 36th street parking lot, NW of the building. We’ll go in through the small iron gate behind the dumpster.
If you have protective gear, please bring it. We’ll only have very limited loaner gear available.

2019-04-15 and 2019-04-17 Hive Inspection Opportunities

2019 COBA STUDENTS:

Because of schedule and weather issues, we haven’t yet gotten you into a hive. This is very unusual, and we’re sorry.

We are planning 2 opportunities this week, in the evening.

Monday 6:00 PM and Wednesday 6:00 PM at Will Rogers Gardens. (Same location you took the class.)

Meet in the 36th street parking lot, NW of the building. We’ll go in through the small iron gate behind the dumpster.

If you have protective gear, please bring it. We’ll only have very limited loaner gear available.

We’ll start at 6:00 PM, inspect a hive, then answer questions until you’re tired of it.

We WILL be having more opportunities on the weekends, but wanted to make something available ASAP.

2019-02-28 meeting minutes

The meeting was called to order at 7pm by our president Rick Schantz.

Business meeting called to order at 7:06

No new business to discuss.

old business: the executive officer meeting to discuss the bylaws and liability insurance for the club was postponed and will take place before the next meeting.

Announcements:

*Beekeeping etc. will be having an advanced queen rearing class April 5th & 6th. The class costs $80.00. You can now go on their website as it has been fixed or call or go in to sign up for it.

*The state beekeepers spring meeting will be help art the Garfield co. fairgrounds in Enid this year. It will be March 23rd from 8:30-5. Ken Davis will be one of the speakers. There will be plenty of venders and other speakers. The swill have BBQ for lunch and the cost for that will be around $6 per person.

*NEOBA will host the big bee buzz on March 30th in Tulsa. The cost is around $45. This is one of the biggest bee events in the United States and very much worth the cost to check it out. The will have something in the way of a ;lunch that will be included in the cost to get in.

Our topic for tonights discussion was frame foundation. Tom Hall our Vice President spoke about permacomb and the benefits he has found using it. If anyone wants to try and use these type of frames he has urged you to contact him and he can help with the ordering process. After the break Rick Schantz our president finished up our meeting talking about all the other types of frames that are available to use and the benefits and disadvantages he has found when using each type.