2022-09-22 September COBA Meeting

Forwarded (in part) from Rick Schantz FB post

Will Rogers Senior Center, 3501 Pat Murphy Dr, Oklahoma City, OK 73112

7:00pm to 9:00 pm.

We are meeting at the senior center in the park off of Pat Murphy Dr.

This months meeting will cover varroa mite tolerances in your hives. How to check for them. And some old, and new mite treatments that you might not be aware of. Also when should you through in the towel on growing a late season swarm, and what can be done with it. 

Due to a schedule mixup we will be meeting at the Will Rogers senior center off of Pat Murphy Drive by the tennis courts and gymnasium in the park.

Click the link for a map. https://goo.gl/maps/Qy5yHx8rvg2gfvqv8

2022-08-25 August COBA Meeting

Forwarded from President Tom Hall’s FB post:

MEETING ANNOUNCEMENT!

This Thursday, Aug 25 at 7:00-9:00 PM we will have our monthly COBA meeting. The meeting will be held at Will Rogers Gardens 3400 NW 36th. The meeting is free and open to all to attend in person. We do not plan to broadcast the meeting.

At this meeting we will not have our monthly beekeeping TOPIC but will have an evening for everyone to mingle, chat and talk bees with one another.

We will take some time to answer any beekeeping questions you may have, troubleshoot a problem or help anyone that hasn’t started beekeeping yet but wants some direction on how to get into the hobby.
If you have made honey this year bring it with you and we will have our annual honey tasting and vote on the best honey. For the honey sampling it is best if you put your honey in a squeeze type bottle for less mess and ease of sampling. If you know the source of the nectar your honey was made from or the general area it came from put a label on it so we can relate to the source or location. You can bring small bottles of honey to swap with one another if you desire.

COBA will provide drinks, plates and utensils and attendees may bring snacks to share at break.

Drawing: We will have a table for you to place bee related items on for a ticket drawing. Items for the drawing table could be magazines, plants, decorations, bee equipment or any other items you may want to part with.

We hope to see you there.

COBA President Tom Hall

2022-07-28 July COBA Meeting

MEETING ANNOUNCEMENT!

Reposted from President Tom Hall’s FB announcement:

This Thursday, July 28 at 7:00-9:00 PM we will have our monthly COBA meeting. The meeting will be held at Will Rogers Gardens 3400 NW 36th. The meeting is free and open to all to attend but we do not plan to broadcast the meeting.

At this meeting Jay Silver and I will be presenting on mite testing, the different ways to treat for mites, hive ventilation and robbing.

We plan to have to time to answer any beekeeping questions or challenges you might have.

We hope to see you there.

COBA President

COBA will provide drinks and attendees may bring snacks to share at break.

Drawing: We will have the table for you to place bee related gifts on for the ticket drawing.

2022-06-23 June COBA Meeting

Repost from President Tom Hall’s FB announcment:

MEETING ANNOUNCEMENT!

This Thursday, June 23 at 7:00-9:00 PM we will have our monthly COBA meeting. The meeting will be held at Will Rogers Gardens 3400 NW 36th. The meeting is free and open to all to attend but we do not plan to broadcast the meeting.

At this meeting Rick Schantz and I will be presenting on heat exhaustion, ways to beat the heat, harvesting, extracting and processing wax.

We will make time to answer your questions that you might have about your hives.

We hope to see you there.

COBA President

COBA will provide drinks and attendees may bring snacks to share at break.

Drawing: We will have the table for you to place bee related gifts on for the ticket drawing.

2022-05-26 May COBA Meeting

Repost from Tom Hall’s FB post:

MEETING ANNOUNCEMENT!

This Thursday, May 26 at 7:00-9:00 PM we will have our monthly COBA meeting. The meeting will be held at Will Rogers Gardens 3400 NW 36th. The meeting is free and open to all to attend but we do not plan to broadcast the meeting.

At this meeting Rick Schantz will be presenting on supering your hives for the nectar flow and what mite treatments you can use with or without honey supers on.

If you recently got your hive and just starting out and have questions we will try to answer them and provide help.

We hope to see you there.

COBA will provide drinks and attendees may bring snacks to share at break.

Drawing: We will have the table for you to place bee related gifts on for the ticket drawing.

2022-03-24 March COBA Meeting

Forwarded from Tom Hall’s FB Post:

MEETING ANNOUNCEMENT!
This Thursday, March 24 at 7:00-9:00 PM we will have our monthly COBA meeting. The meeting will be held at Will Rogers Gardens 3400 NW 36th. The meeting is free and open to all to attend.

We have a lot to cover this meeting. We will be having the business meeting that was originally planned for the January meeting but postponed due to COVID concerns and weather conditions did not permit meeting in February either. The business meeting will include election of officers and we appreciate your support and vote. Steve Davis is the nominating committee and will be posting about the nomination of officers.

In addition to the business meeting, Justin Scott will be presenting on harvesting pollen and products his family makes from beeswax. I plan to cover a few things you may need to be doing with your bees at this time of year and answer any beekeeping questions you may have.

We hope to see you there!

COBA PresidentCOVID Precautions: Will Rogers does not have any COVID restrictions at this time. We should have plenty of seating and if you want a table to yourself for social distancing feel free to do so and mask wearing is optional and they are not provided.

Break snacks: COBA will be providing drinks and you are welcome to bring and snacks to share.

Drawing: We will have the table for you to place bee related gifts on for the ticket drawing.

2022-01-27 COBA January Meeting – CANCELED

From COBA President Tom Hall:

ATTENTION!!Due to covid concerns we are canceling tomorrow’s COBA meeting. We have many members sick and it’s better to be on the safe side and not meet. Let’s hope that February brings us better conditions for a meeting. January was going to be a business meeting and election of officers and we will defer it to the February 24 meeting. Please pass the word to others that we are canceling the meeting. Thank you for your understanding. COBA President Tom Hall.

2021-08-26 COBA August Meeting

Forwarding message posted to Facebook by COBA President Tom Hall:

COBA MEETING THIS WEEK.

This Thursday, August 26 at 7:00 PM we will have our monthly COBA meeting at Will Rogers Gardens at 3400 NW 36th Oklahoma City. The meeting is free and open to all. We welcome you to join us! If this is your first COBA meeting please try to catch up with me and introduce yourself and in turn I’d like to introduce you to the crowd and you just might meet a fellow beekeeper that lives nearby.

At our July meeting we started a back to normal meeting. I’d like to point out to our new members something we used to do before covid canceled our in person meetings and placed restrictions on it thereafter that we are continuing at this meeting. Before covid shut things down we used to have a potluck style snack table to snack on during the break. Attendees can bring some simple items like cookies, cakes, chips and other simple items or to share with others. COBA will supply the drinks, paper plates and utensils.

Another thing we used to do was have a table of items for a ticket drawing. These items are brought by members to give away. Some suggested items you can bring for the drawing table are starts of plants, seeds, crafts, beekeeping equipment, tools and accessories, books, magazines or excessive fruits and vegetables from your garden. COBA will pass out tickets for the drawing. You are not required to bring any giveaway items or potluck snacks it’s up to you.

TOPICS We will be talking about some of the tasks that you may need to be considering soon in the bee yard, like when to count your losses and combine hives, downsizing and late summer feeding options. I’d like to have some time for questions regarding our recent past topics like mite testing and treatment for anyone that might have had any problems getting this accomplished we will try to answer you questions on this very important task.

HONEY SAMPLING An after harvest tradition we have had at past meetings was to bring in your honey for taste testing by all interested. If you would like to participate bring your honey in a squeeze bottle with your name and source of nectar if known. We will have one or two people in charge of dispensing the honey from the squeeze bottle to your clean spoon to minimize contact. Spoons will be provided by COBA. You do not have to bring honey to participate in sampling.

COVID restrictions- Will Rogers requires that you wear a mask when you enter the building and leave our meeting room to go to the restroom. Once you are in our meeting room its up to us what we want to do. Please follow their request.

COBA has decided that wearing a mask is optional in our meeting room and we will wipe down the tables and have plenty of seating if you want to social distance or set together, Its up to you. Please be kind to the Will Rogers staff at the entrance as they have had to deal with a lot of COVID requirements over the last year.

2021-07-22 COBA July Meeting

Forwarding message posted to Facebook by COBA President Tom Hall:

COBA MEETING THIS WEEK.

This Thursday, July 22 at 7:00 PM we will have our monthly COBA meeting at Will Rogers Gardens at 3400 NW 36th Oklahoma City. The meeting is free and open to all. We welcome you to join us!

BACK TO NORMAL I’d like to point out to our new members something we used to do before covid canceled our in person meetings and placed restrictions on it thereafter that we are restarting at this meeting. Before covid shut things down we used to have a potluck style snack table to snack on during the break. Attendees can bring some simple items like cookies, cakes, chips and other simple items or to share with others. COBA will supply the drinks, paper plates and utensils. Another thing we used to do was have a table of items for a ticket drawing. These items are brought by members to give away. Some suggested items you can bring for the drawing table are starts of plants, seeds, crafts, beekeeping equipment, tools and accessories, books, magazines or excessive fruits and vegetables from your garden. COBA will pass out tickets for the drawing. You are not required to bring any giveaway items or potluck snacks it’s up to you.

TOPICS We will be discussing mite testing and some treatment options along with some tips to consider when placing your hives on some of the mono crops that are starting to bloom. For those not able to join us and if conditions permit, we will broadcast the meeting via Facebook live. No promises on the Facebook live as we have had problems in the past getting Facebook live up and going. Due to the added tasking and complications of the Facebook live this will be our last meeting to broadcast via Facebook live as our meeting attendance is slowly getting back to normal.

COVID restrictions- Will Rogers requires that you wear a mask when you enter the building and leave our meeting room to go to the restroom. Once you are in our meeting room its up to us what we want to do. Please follow their request. COBA has decided that wearing a mask is optional in our meeting room and we will wipe down the tables and have plenty of seating if you want to social distance or set together, Its up to you. Please be kind to the Will Rogers staff at the entrance as they have had to deal with a lot of COVID requirements over the last year.

2021-05-27 COBA May Meeting – CANCELLED!

NOTICE- MEETING CANCELLED Due to the bad weather coming this evening we have decided to cancel the COBA meetings tonight. We schedule the room 18 months in advance so the meeting will not be rescheduled and we will meet next in June. Please pass the word to others. I know some that are at their first year mark in beekeeping were looking forward to attending and seeing the presentation tonight on adding honey supers. We are working on some information to share via Facebook live this evening and answer questions you might have in regards to supering your hives. We will plan to do this at 7:00 this evening so have your questions ready. Facebook live can be sketchy to get going at times so if it doesn’t work this evening we may try something else like posting your questions on COBA Facebook or whatever plan B we come up with. Right now is the time to be adding supers and we want to make sure that anyone who has questions get them answered and not miss this valuable opportunity.