January 2014 meeting notes

January’s meeting was a busy one!

AvitalsA fantastic presentation was given by Lesli Sagan, of Avital’s Apiaries, on running a small business based on bee products.  She shared ups, downs, and things to keep in mind, while trying not to inspire too many of us to become her competitors.  Lesli’s handout is available here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1gOf1lkmoGO5hh8Tvts25I5hGn3BfM8bKOy8A0AOr2HI.

A brief presentation was given by Ellie Andrews, on the results of last year’s winter loss survey (71 respondents).  Now we can prove statistically that beekeepers who checked and treated for Varroa mites had a greater percentage of their hives survive last winter.  If you have any suggestions for revising the survey or want to see more results from last year, please email me at eleanor.snow@gmail.com.

Elections were held.
President: Shelley Stuart 
First VP: Peter Loring Borst
Second VP: Lesli Sagan
Treasurer: Marjorie Pryse (mpryse1@twcny.rr.com).  You can send her checks for $10 for your yearly dues (more information is on the website, http://flbeeclub.com/). 
Secretary: Ellie Andrews

Dues were collected.
Many thanks to everyone who updated their membership for this year.  An annual family membership (September 1 through August 31) costs $10.  Members have access to club equipment, may vote in elections, and may purchase nucs through the club in the spring.  To join the FLBC, mail a check made out to Finger Lakes Beekeepers and mail it to Marjorie Pryse (her address and other information is on the website (http://flbeeclub.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=category&layout=blog&id=37&Itemid=54).

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