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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.


2019-02-28 COBA February Meeting

Posted for the Secretary:

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, February 28, 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:

Vice President Tom hall will be our speaker. The topic will be permacomb bee foundation.

President Rick Schantz will finish up the discussion talking about other different types of foundation.

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!

Last chance to sign up for the March 2/9 Beginning Beekeeping Class!

2019-1-24 meeting minutes

The meeting was called to order by Rick Schantz at 7pm. We started the meeting with the election of the new officers. The results of the election is as follows.

President: Rick Schantz

Vice President: Tom Hall

Treasurer: John Bowman

Secretary: Dawn Schantz/ Jay Slilver

Executive Board member 2019-2021- John Bowman

All the officers were voted in unanimously. After we did elections we had a business meeting.

New Business:

The state spring conference will be held on 3/22 at the Garfield county fair grounds in Enid ; NWOBA to host it. There will be more information on the state website.

We will do a review of bylaws and will modify and/or make and changes to them as necessary.

The topic has been brought up to have to elected officers to hold their office for more than one year and was voted down.

We will do an audit of there books and the topic was brought up of filling a 501-c with our tax return.

Old business:

We are still working on a mentor list so if you would like to mentor new beekeepers or you need a mentor get with one of the club officers and we can add your name to the list.

we will be installing a nuc this spring at will rogers gardens as our first shadowing experience of the year.

The business meeting was closed and we took our break.

After the break we had our presentation and the topic was checking your hives in winter/ freezing weather. We went over feeding and checking methods of your hives for Oklahoma weather.

The meeting was over at 9 pm.

2018-10-19 COBA October Meeting on FRIDAY

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:

FRIDAY, October 19, 2018
Setup will begin by 6:30 PM
Meeting 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM.
We will not cleanup because the OSBA will use the same setup Saturday.
Assistance with setup is appreciated.

Our speaker will be the speaker for OSBA’s Saturday meeting:
Tanya Phillips of Austin TX.
A sideline beekeeper of 150 hives, teacher and author of several books that include
– Beekeeping in Guatemala
– Beekeeping in Ireland
– Beekeeping in China (in progress)
She has also written a book Beginning Beekeeping which she will have for sale.

Her Friday night COBA meeting topic will be:
“HIVE MANAGEMENT USING BEE BIOLOGY”

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!

MORE NOTES:

COBA’s Friday meeting will be followed by the Fall OSBA meeting on Saturday:

OSBA Meeting information:

Tanya Phillips Saturday OSBA meeting topics will be
“MAKING MONEY AS A SMALL SCALE BEEKEEPER” and
“HOMEMADE PRODUCTS FROM THE HIVE”.

Saturday’s session begins at 8:30am with doors opening for registration at 8am.

Lunch can be paid for at the registration desk. Several options will be available from Jason’s deli. Cost will be approx 10 dollars.

2018-9-27

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

we opened with a business meeting.

Old business:

Mentoring list; We are taking names to make a revised list. Anyone wanting to be a mentor may contact one of the officers to have their name added to the new list.

New business:

We had an executive officer meeting and discussed a couple of things.

  1. we voted on changing the type of group from buy/sell to a discussion group. It was passed with all in favor.
  2. General liability insurance. We have decided yes on getting it and are getting  quotes to get the best price.

Announcements:

October 19th is a Friday and that will be our next meeting.

October 20th will be the state fall meeting. It will be a sack lunch no pot luck this year.  You can pay your dues and be a member of the state association.

We asked for some people to help set up for the meeting and help tear down after its over.  Jay Silver and Caroline Baker volunteered to do so.

The doors open at 8 for the meeting the line will be long so plan accordingly. The meeting begins at 9am.

We will be at will rogers gardens on Saturday for a shadowing opportunity. We will be doing a fall mite treatment. Anyone who wants to come out is welcome.

The business meeting was adjourned at 7:45.

Our speaker for the night was Rick Schantz. The topic was fall hive management. He went over some different fall hive managing techniques  and ways to help get your hives ready for winter.

2018/08/23 COBA August 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, August 23, 2018
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:

Marla Sweaney, Registered Professional Sanitarian, representing the
Health Department. She will be sharing some Health Department rules and regulations, as well as Oklahoma Tax Commission rules and regulations.

There will also be a presentation regarding how to prepare colonies for fall in Oklahoma.

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!

2018/07/26 COBA July Meeting

WHERE/WHEN:
Will Rogers Gardens Exhibition Center, 3400 NW 36th St, Oklahoma City, OK 73112. Thursday, July 26, 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM.

SW Corner of NW 36th and Grand.  No access from Grand.  Enter from either driveway on 36th.
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MAIN  SPEAKER:
Greg Hannaford from Tulsa/NEOBA, will be speaking about late summer issues such as Varroa Mites and Parasitic Mite Syndrome (PMS), feeding, and common misconceptions about queens this time of year.
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HONEY TASTING:
Bring some honey from this year’s crop for everyone to sample.

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!

2018-07-07 Mentoring Opportunity – Saturday 07/07 at 2 PM

We will have another “COBA Mentor” event this Saturday at Will Rogers Gardens Exhibition Center, 3400 NW 36th St, Oklahoma City, OK 73112. Saturday, July 7 at 2:00 PM.
 
Northwest parking lot. We’ll enter the gate near the big trash bin. Bring your preferred protective gear.
 
We will be MOVING a hive into the location, and, after a few minutes, inspecting it. This is an opportunity to see how to move a hive. It will be in double deeps, but isn’t full strength.
 
The colony there before swarmed itself into oblivion. If there’s anything left, we’ll demonstrate how to do a masking spray merge of two colonies
 
The new colony will be in double deeps, but isn’t full strength. We’ll see brood at all stages, and maybe the queen. Last time we got to see several new adults emerging from their cells.
 
Pertinent Q&A will occur during the inspection, and general Q&A can be continued after the inspection is complete.
 
October 2017 and February/March 2018 Students are especially invited, but others are welcome too.
POST SESSION UPDATE:
We had a nice turnout of 5 today, and were there about 2 hours.

We demonstrated how to configure a hive for moving, and moved one into the yard. We inspected the colony we were expecting to replace, and it was doing so much better that we decided to leave it in place.

We moved the new colony onto an empty stand. We demonstrated how to trigger reorientation.

During inspection, the beekeepers got to see capped honey, nectar, queen cups, eggs, larvae from 1 day and older, capped brood, emerging brood, and the queen. We saw 1 hive beetle, and evidence of varroa mites.

After the inspection, we chatted a while about whatever topics the beekeepers desired.

We’ll let you know when the next session is held.