2018-03-22

2018-03-22

The March meeting of COBA was called to order at 7:00pm. We started with the blessing and pledge of allegiance. We had announcements followed by a short business meeting then the presentation.

The meeting started with some announcements:

1). Osu Okc plant sale will be April 4th from 7:00-5:30. Held at the teaching green houses.

2).Garden festival in the park will be May 19th from 9:00-4:00. Held at will rogers gardens conservatory. Applications are available upon request.

3).urban mission 3737 N. Portland April 28th from 9:00-1:00

Business meeting called to order at 7:10pm

  • Old business-

1).OSBA needs nominations for officers. Ideas for speakers. We voted to have the fall conference catered.

2).We are still working out the details on the new shadowing mentor program.

3). A sign up sheet will be available at the nest meeting for the existing mentor program. So anyone who wants to be a mentor can sign up and anyone looking for a mentor can find one close to them.

4). The decision made at the spring conference was to leave the booth at the state fair ran by OSBA.

5). OSBA voted and decided there will be no honey sales at the booth at the state fair this year.

6). Dawn Schantz will bring a hive to will rogers gardens for the new shadow/mentoring program.

  • New business

1). COBA has been invited as a club to do the winne the poo event at the myriad  gardens event. The event will be held June 8th-!7th. We will take a COBA banner for the table. Any honey sold has to be in bears. Health department will require all people to individually turn in their status ( Hobbyist or Bottling company) so proper fees can be assessed individually. All people selling honey must have state sales tax certificate made readily available.  A 15% fee on all sales will be required.

2). Anyone wanting a t-shirt can go to lettering express in okc they have our logo on file and can make any t-shirt $6-$12  (long sleeve short sleeve or tank) or hoodie in any number or color you would like. Just tell them you are a COBA member.

3). We may have found someone who can host the extractor for the north west side of town.

The business meeting was called to a close at 7:30pm

Presentation is on making splits:

 

There are many ways to split your hives.

 

  • Buying nucs
  • Buying packages
  • Stove top or stack splits
  • Two box splits
  • And more than a dozen more ways

One of the most important key aspects of making splits is queens. Are you going to graft your own queen? Are you going to buy a bread queen? Are you going to buy queen cells? Are you going to use swarm cells you find upon inspection of one of your other hives? You need to do some research into what might be the best option for you when it comes to queens because what works for one wont necessarily work for another person.

In Oklahoma when splitting hives you need to consider the size of the hive you are splitting because in Oklahoma generally you will not make very much honey if any if you split the hive to much. So you need to think about what might be more important to you honey or more hives.

Another thing to look at is disease. If you had a hive that died and you are starting a new hive to replace that hive you need to determine what the previous hive died from. You need to do some research some about different diseases and take the necessary precautions to prevent the spread of what ever it was.

You will need at least 2 frames of brood lots of bees and a frame or two of honey to make a split. Always when splitting a hive you need to feed them for at least the first two weeks until the can get established. If you are using cells in Oklahoma you need to check the weather to make sure we will have sunny weather so the new queen can take her mating flight. Check the new split about once a week to make sure they are getting established and make the necessary measures to make sure they survive.

2018-03-22 MARCH COBA MEETING

The March COBA Meeting will be 7:00-9:00 PM Thursday March 22, 2018.
Setup will start by 6:30 PM.
Cleanup must be complete by 9:30 PM.
We appreciate assistance with setup and cleanup.

We hope to see you all there!

LOCATION:

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

Map for WRGEC: https://goo.gl/maps/bSmBAvbuuEN2

TOPICS:

Short business meeting

“Splitting Colonies” presented by President Rick Schantz

Door prize drawing

NOTES:

As usual, guests and/or new members are welcome!

Please bring a snack to share with others during the break/social portion of the evening. This has NOT been well supported lately. COBA provides beverages.

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

DUES:

It is time to pay 2018 membership dues, if you haven’t already. October 2017 Students, February 2018 Students, and already enrolled March 2018 Students are “dues paid”.

COBA 2018 Membership Dues ($15 per household) are payable in the following ways:

Via PayPal “Send Money” to:
COBATreasurer@gmail.com
Please include name, phone, address, email address so we know to whom the dues should be applied.

Via check and snail mail to:
COBA, 5030 N May Ave, Suite 264, Oklahoma City, OK 73112

Via cash or check at regular COBA meetings.

(Posted by Jay Silver at Secretary Dawn Schantz’ request.)

2018-03-16 Class Schedule Update

The March 2018 class is almost full, with only 8 seats remaining.  Due to poor enrollment the last two years, there will be no Fall class in 2018.

The 2019 Winter classes have been scheduled.

Currently scheduled classes:
March 24 & 31, 2018 (Maximum 30 students) 8 seats remaining (as of 3/16)
January 19 & 26, 2019 (Maximum 30 students)
March 2 & 9, 2019 (Maximum 30 students)

2018-01-25 JANUARY COBA MEETING

The January COBA Meeting will be 7:00-9:00 PM Thursday January 25, 2018.
Setup will start by 6:30 PM.
Cleanup must be complete by 9:30 PM.
We appreciate assistance with setup and cleanup.

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

Map for WRGEC: https://goo.gl/maps/bSmBAvbuuEN2

TOPICS:

It is time to pay 2018 membership dues, if you haven’t already.

Election of 2018 COBA Officers (Must be 2018 “dues paid” member to vote. See note below.)
DECLARED CANDIDATES:
President: Rick Schantz, Caroline Baker
Vice President: Forest Chapman, John Bowman
Secretary: John Sharpley (incumbent), Dawn Schantz
Treasurer: TJ Norman

Membership Approval of 2018-2020 Executive Board Member (selected by outgoing President Rick Hall)
2016-2018 – Penny George
2017-2019 – Steve Davis
2018-2020 – ?

“Winter Feeding and Colony Management” presented by outgoing President Rick Hall

As usual, guests and/or new members are welcome!

Please bring a snack to share with others during the break/social portion of the evening. This has NOT been well supported lately. COBA provides beverages.

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

NOTE: It is time to pay 2018 membership dues, if you haven’t already. October 2017 Students and already enrolled February/March 2018 Students are “dues paid”.

COBA 2018 Membership Dues ($15 per household) are payable in the following ways:

Via PayPal “Send Money” to:
COBATreasurer@gmail.com
Please include name, phone, address, email address so we know to whom the dues should be applied.

Via check and snail mail to:
COBA, 5030 N May Ave, Suite 264, Oklahoma City, OK 73112

Via cash or check at regular COBA meetings.

You must be a dues paid member to vote for officers.

2018-01-01 – COBA 2018 Membership Dues

COBA 2018 Membership Dues  ($15 per household per calendar year) are payable in the following ways:

Via PayPal “Send Money” to:
COBATreasurer@gmail.com
Please include enough information that we know to whom the dues should be applied.

Via check and snail mail to:
COBA, 5030 N May Ave, Suite 264, Oklahoma City, OK 73112

Via cash or check at regular COBA meetings.
Meetings are usually 7:00 PM on 4th Thursday of the month at
Will Rogers Gardens Exhibition Center, 3400 NW 36th St, Oklahoma City OK, 73112
The next COBA meeting will be January 25, and will include election of 2018 COBA Officers. You must be a dues paid member to vote for officers.

October 2017 Students and already enrolled February/March 2018 Students are “dues paid”.

2017-12-21 DECEMBER COBA CHRISTMAS PARTY

The December COBA Meeting is really the COBA Christmas Party, and will be 7:00-9:00 PM Thursday December 21, 2017. Setup will begin at 6:00 PM.

This is the only COBA meeting NOT open to the public. It is for dues-paid COBA members only.

Please bring a snack to share with others. COBA provides beverages.

COBA buys very nice door prizes for the Christmas Party. However, members are still invited to bring a bee-related item for the door prize drawing.

LOCATION:

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

Map for WRGEC: https://goo.gl/maps/bSmBAvbuuEN2

TOPICS:

The Christmas Party is really a social occassion, and there are no topics scheduled.

FUTURE EVENTS:

The January meeting will include election of officers for 2018. All positions (President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer) are needed, since none of the incumbents will be running for their current positions.

2017-10-27 OCTOBER COBA MEETING (ON FRIDAY)

The October COBA Meeting will be 7:00-9:00 PM FRIDAY October 27, 2017.

Our October meeting always moves to Friday, and will be followed by the Oklahoma State Beekeepers (OSBA) Fall Meeting at the same site all day Saturday, October 28th.

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

Map for WRGEC: https://goo.gl/maps/bSmBAvbuuEN2

NOTE: The NW 36th St bridge over I-44 is OPEN again.

TOPICS:

The main topic will be presented by Steven Coy, a second-generation commercial beekeeper and Russian queen breeder (among other things).
 
His topic for the evening will be “What Puts the Buzz in Coy Bee Company”.
 
Mr Coy will also be the primary speaker for the OSBA Fall Meeting Saturday 10/28. Saturday morning his topic is “Commercial Beekeeping with Russian Bees”. Saturday afternoon his topic is “An Overview of the Russian Honeybee Breeders Association”. Please see the OSBA website (okbees.org) for more information about Mr Coy and the Saturday meeting.

As usual, guests and/or new members are welcome!

Please bring a snack to share with others during the break/social portion of the evening. This has NOT been well supported lately. COBA provides beverages.

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

FUTURE EVENTS:

There is never a November meeting (because it would fall on Thanksgiving).

The December meeting is open only to dues-paid COBA members, and is really a Christmas Party (with lots of good door prizes). It will be held on Thursday, December 21, at 7:00 PM.

The January meeting will include election of officers for 2018. All positions (President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer) are needed, since none of the incumbents will be running for their current positions.

2017-09-28 September COBA Meeting (and Honey Tasting!)

The September COBA Meeting will be 7:00-9:00 PM Thursday September 28, 2017.

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

Map for WRGEC: https://goo.gl/maps/bSmBAvbuuEN2

NOTE: The NW 36th St bridge over I-44 is CLOSED through the Autumn of 2017. You can NOT exit northbound I-44 at 36th and go west to the park. Grand Blvd is open, and you can approach the park from the west.

TOPICS:

Pests and Diseases” presented by Rick Schantz.  As the bee’s population drops in preparation for winter, Small Hive Beetles, Varroa mites, and Wax Moths will take advantage of the weaker colony, if they can.  Don’t let them get yours!

During the break we’ll have a HONEY TASTING, so BRING SOME OF YOUR HONEY!

As usual, guests and/or new members are welcome!

Please bring a snack to share with others during the break/social portion of the evening.  This has NOT been well supported lately.  COBA provides beverages.

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

The October meeting will be on FRIDAY October 27th. Our October meeting always moves to Friday, and will be followed by the Oklahoma State Beekeepers (OSBA) Fall Meeting at the same site all day Saturday, October 28th. The speaker at both events will be Steven Coy. Please see the OSBA website (okbees.org) for more information.

FUTURE EVENTS:

There is never a November meeting (because it would fall on Thanksgiving).

The December meeting is open only to dues-paid COBA members, and is really a Christmas Party (with lots of good door prizes). It will be held on Thursday, December 21, at 7:00 PM. (Yes, I know that’s the 3rd Thursday. Would you rather have had it between Christmas and New Year’s?)

2017-07-27 July COBA Meeting

The July COBA Meeting will be 7:00-9:00 PM Thursday July 27, 2017.

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

Map for WRGEC: https://goo.gl/maps/bSmBAvbuuEN2

NOTE: The NW 36th St bridge over I-44 is CLOSED through the Autumn of 2017. You can NOT exit northbound I-44 at 36th and go west to the park. Grand Blvd is open, and you can approach the park from the west.

Topics:

“Honey Harvest and Marketing” presented by Tonya and Brianna Wells

As usual, guests and/or new members are welcome!

Please bring a snack to share with others during the social portion of the evening.  COBA provides beverages.

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

The August 24 meeting topic will be “Surviving Winter” (Winter Preparation), presented by Ted Stephens

COBA Meetings are normally scheduled for the evening of the 4th Thursday in each month.