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.

 

2017-05-25 May COBA Meeting

The May COBA Meeting will be 7:00-9:00 PM Thursday May 25, 2017.

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

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

Topics

Ken Davis will be speaking about the use of Essential Oils in beekeeping. He’ll also be giving an overview of the Apivox Auditor, which uses an old technique to monitor colony status, but implemented with current technology.
As usual, guests and/or new members are welcome!

Please bring a snack to share.

Members are invited to bring a bee-related item for the door prize drawing.
COBA Meetings are normally scheduled for the evening of the 4th Thursday in each month.

The June 22nd meeting will be a Panel Discussion/Q&A session.

2017-04-27 APRIL COBA MEETING

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

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

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

Topics

Bob Martin will be speaking about Pollen Collection, Storing, and Marketing.  Bob is coming all the way from Claremore OK to speak with us, so come and make him welcome!

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

Please bring a snack to share.

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

2017-03-23 MARCH COBA MEETING

The March COBA Meeting will be 7:00-9:00 PM Thursday March 23, 2017, as we return to the newly remodeled Will Rogers Gardens Exhibition Center (WRGEC).

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

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

Rick Schantz will be speaking about Swarm Prevention. Since swarms have already begun in the central Oklahoma area, this is a very timely topic.
As usual, guests and/or new members are welcome!

Please bring a snack to share.

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

2017-02-23 February COBA Meeting

The February COBA Meeting will be 7:00-9:00 PM Thursday February 23, 2017 at Will Rogers Senior Center, 3501 Pat Murphy Dr, Oklahoma City, OK 73112

MAP to Senior Center: https://goo.gl/maps/N8NDA7TEZKs

Topics

Request to Membership:
. How many pounds of honey did you harvest in 2016? The COBA total, and the totals for the other clubs, will be in the next OSBA newsletter.

Greg Hannaford (2010 OSBA Beekeeper of the Year) will be speaking about the Real Story of Almond Pollination. He will be talking about the mass migration to California by the beekeeping industry and all the preparation and pitfalls before and while out there in California.
As usual, guests and/or new members are welcome!

Please bring a snack to share.

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

NOTES:

March 23, 2017 meeting is scheduled to return to Will Rogers Gardens Exhibition Center.
MAP to Gardens Exhibition Center: https://goo.gl/maps/HBqExtaeeNp

2017-01-26 January COBA Meeting – Officer Election – Emergency Feeding

The January COBA Meeting will be 7:00-9:00 PM Thursday January 26, 2017 at Will Rogers Gardens Exhibition Center, 3501 Pat Murphy Dr, Oklahoma City, OK 73112

MAP to Senior Center: https://goo.gl/maps/N8NDA7TEZKs

January meeting always includes election of the new year’s COBA officers (President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer) and 1 member of the Executive Board

Please let election Chairman Kenneth Kelley know if you’re interested in running for office!

Topics

  • Election of 2017 Officers
    Declared Candidates:
    President: Rick Schantz, Rick Hall
    Vice President: Tonya Wells
    Secretary: John Sharpley (incumbent)
    Treasurer: Jay Silver (incumbent)

Election of 2017-2019 Executive Board Member (3 year term)
. Caroline Baker’s term is ending

Discussion of effects of warm weather, wellness inspections, and strategies fo emergency feeding.

Requests to Membership:
. What do you want us to do in 2017?
. What topics do you wish to see covered in 2017?
. Who is interested in presenting those topics (or others)?

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

Please bring a snack to share.

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

NOTES:
February 23, 2017 meeting will continue at Will Rogers Senior Center.
MAP to Senior Center: https://goo.gl/maps/N8NDA7TEZKs

March 23, 2017 meeting is scheduled to return to Will Rogers Gardens Exhibition Center.
MAP to Gardens Exhibition Center: https://goo.gl/maps/HBqExtaeeNp

2016-11 REMINDER: There is NO NOVEMBER COBA Meeting

We never have a November meeting, because it would be on Thanksgiving Day (4th Thursday).

The next COBA event is the COBA Christmas party on 12/16 (dues-paid members only) at the Will Rogers Senior Center.

The next regular COBA meeting is the January meeting on 01/26/2017 at the Will Rogers Senior Center.

We will elect 2017 officers at the January meeting.  Kenneth Kelley is gathering nominations for President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer.

COBA Membership is on a calendar-year basis, so it will be time to pay dues at the January meeting. (Unless you’ve already paid for 2017.)  Dues are currently $15 per household.

Dues may be paid online using PayPal “Send Money” to COBATreasurer@gmail.com (even if you don’t have a PayPal account). Please include full contact information (name(s), address, phone, email). PayPal “send money” allows for the information to be included with the payment.

You may also pay dues using the “2017 COBA Application for Membership and/or Beekeeping Class” available in multiple formats in the “Files” page of this website. The form and payment may be mailed to the address indicated, or presented at a regular COBA meeting.

You may email questions to COBATreasurer@gmail.com

2016-10-28 COBA October Meeting on FRIDAY & 2016-10-29 OSBA Fall Meeting on SATURDAY

Both meetings will be held at the Will Rogers Senior Center, 3501 Pat Murphy Dr, Oklahoma City, OK 73112

MAP to Senior Center: https://goo.gl/maps/N8NDA7TEZKs

The primary speaker at both the COBA meeting and the OSBA meeting will be internationally known beekeeper Michael Bush, author of The Practical Beekeeper, http://bushfarms.com/bees.htm.

For the COBA meeting on FRIDAY October 28:

• Meeting 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

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

• Please bring a snack to share.

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

For the OSBA FALL MEETING on SATURDAY October 29:

• Registration will begin at 8:30 AM, rather than previously announced 8:00 AM.

• Meeting 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

• Please bring a dish for the Pot Luck Lunch.

• Attendees are invited to donate items to the auction, which is a major contributor to the OSBA annual budget.