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March 12th, 2019
We had a great turn out at the March meeting with over 50 people in attendance.
The first half of the meeting was used to go over old business. Here are some highlights from that:
In the second half of our meeting we welcomed our President, Mark Beougher, to speak about swarm trapping. He covered not only why to catch swarms, challenges to doing so, and the dynamics of swarms but also showed club members how to build a good swarm trap, set it, and move the bees to your hives. So get your swarm traps ready to go now as mid -April is coming fast!
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A couple brave club members will be hosting a beginner mead making class for members March 16th. For more information or to see if there is still room please either contact Ty Shelby @ 419-236-3743 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
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First off the meeting started off with a remembrance of one of our regular patrons, Jerry Ingram. A Memorial Service will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 16, 2019, at the Lighthouse Fellowship Church 817 N. Sugar St. Celina, Ohio, with Rev. Tony Richmond officiating.
Friends may call an hour before services Saturday at the Church. Memorial contributions may be made to Jane Wiley-Ingram to assist with funeral expenses. Friends may share condolences on-line at
Next the club welcomed our newest members and briefly updated the group on how well the beginning beekeeper class went. Around 28 people went through the class and now have the basic knowledge needed to start in on their own beekeeping adventures! Great job to all the officers and club members that helped facilitate the event and special thanks to Dwight Wells for doing most of the instructing.
If anyone still has interest in Honey Bee Biology book by Dewey Caron there are still a few available at a great price of $35.50. This is a great resource for both beginner and experienced beekeepers. Contact Mike Doseck for more information.
There will be an up and coming Mead Making Class on March 16th. See Ty Shelby at the next meeting to see if there is any room available.
There is also an OSBA honey judging class March 8-9 in Columbus. Click this link for more details: www.ohiostatebeekeepers.org/classes
And for anyone in need of nucs this year there will be a limited number available locally. If interested see Rich McNaughton at the next meeting. Deposits will be $70.
After all this business we were lucky enough to hear from Tony Rekeweg of Rekeweg Honey Company. He is a commercial beekeeper from Indiana with around 600 hives. He not only talked a little about his operation and the trials of moving hives cross country, but then gave an informative talk about wax rendering.
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Our first meeting of the new year went smoothly and was well attended. The club was welcomed by our new officers, Mark Beougher (president) and Rich McNaughton (treasurer), and returning officers Jeana Fisher (Secretary), Allen Heindel (vice president), and Mike Doseck (past president).
Unfortunately the speaker had to cancel, though that left the club ample time for questions and covering other business. We started the meeting with a presentation by Beth Keuneke, the Saint Mary’s Librarian. Beth discussed resources the library had that may be useful for club members including accessing a plethora of physical library books and many databases of electronic information. After Beth’s presentation the current board members presented the library with a donation of a few more beekeeping related books. Head to the Saint Mary’s library if you would like to see the new additions!
Other topics discussed at the meeting included:
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