Category: Meeting Notes


Unfortunately due to concerns of COVID-19 and the safety of our members and community the MAY GGLBA meeting will be cancelled. Hopefully our meeting in JUNE can happen as scheduled.


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Meeting Notes – May 14th 2019

The 2019 GGLBA Annual Field Day and Potluck lunch event has been scheduled and announced.

Saturday July 13th the club will host this spectacular hands on and in the field event at the Mercer County Sportsman Association located at 7052 State Rte. 703, Celina, Ohio 45822

The field day event will commence around 1pm. Please bring your PPE or Beekeepers jacket or veil as this will be a hands on in the bees experience. The event should wrap up around 5pm or so.

All attendees are asked to bring a dish to share for the potluck lunch.


Guest speaker Alex Zomcheck from Miami University in Oxford was our guest speaker. Alex presented a wonderful lifetime of knowledge and experiences to the membership. We thank Alex for his time and welcome him to speak again at our club.

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Meeting Notes – April 9th 2019

A club poll was conducted factoring everyone present at the meeting in regards to bee colonies alive in the Fall versus colonies overwintering and surviving. Our club only experienced a 25% loss as apposed to upwards of 80% statewide in Ohio. This is a wonderful success for our club!

Guest OSBA speaker Jamie Walters president of Black Swamp Beekeepers Association in Defiance Ohio presented an excellent segment to our club about Hobbyist Queen Rearing. This information will greatly assist in keeping  vibrant and productive bee colonies to those of us that don’t have large apiaries.

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Meeting Notes – March 12th, 2019

March 12th, 2019

We had a great turn out at the March meeting with over 50 people in attendance.   Image may contain: one or more people, people sitting, table and indoor

The first half of the meeting was used to go over old business.  Here are some highlights from that:

  • Some locally raised Nucs are still available.  5 frame deeps = $170  ,     5 frame mediums = $130 .  Contact us for more information.
  • The club Co-op now has Pollen Substitute for sale for $4/lb as well as fondant and pollen patties.  This is a great way for small beekeepers to get there supplies for bulk pricing.  
  • Lets Congratulate club member Lynn Moeller for winning with her Grizzly Bear Pie at the Tri County Beekeepers Spring Workshop.  To see a copy of her winning recipe click here.
  • The Mead Class is coming up on March 16th from 1-4pm.  There are still 2 spots available so contact us if you want to attend.


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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Meeting Notes – February 12th, 2019

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:

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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Meeting Notes – January 8th, 2019

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: 

  • Renewing your GGLBA membership – forms can be printed and mailed with your money to treasurer Rich McNaughton or can be brought to the next meeting.
  • Consider also joining OSBA.                 
  • Beginner Beekeeping class is quickly approaching – February 9th.  Sign up now to secure your spot as space is limited.
  • Honey Judging Class – held in Columbus March 8 and 9th.  Contact Ohio State Beekeepers if interested.
  • Mead Making class to be held  in March by club member Ty Shelby.
  • Other Beekeeping  Classes to attend:  Indiana Bee School – February 23, 2019                                                                                                                                                Tricounty Beekeepers Association Workshop – March 1 and 2, 2019

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Meeting Notes – December 11th, 2018

2018 December Meeting Notes – by Mike Doseck

December 11 was the final meeting of the year with the members bringing in holiday treats.  Our speaker was Dwight Wells and we used the Honey Bee Health Coalition booklet, purchased through OSBA by the Club, as a text for the evening.

OSBA offered the workshop “Build a Better Bee Club” in Columbus on December 8 and six members attended the workshop.  With sessions available for specific officers and some general club building sessions, it was the consensus of everyone that it was of great interest and benefit to the club.  It was an early morning 1 1/2 hour trip but we held our quarterly Board meeting on the way.  A member rented a van but he forgot to add heat to the contract making it a rather chilly trip.  On a side note, we added fluid to the radiator and had more than enough heat to thaw us out on the return home.

Our new officers will be taking their positions in January.  The new officers will be; Mark Beougher – President, Allen Heindel – Vice President, Jeana Fisher – Secretary, and Richard McNaughton – Treasurer.

GGLBA will be hosting our 5th Annual Beginning Beekeeping Class on February 9th.  The class will be held in Celina at the Richardson Bretz Memorial Building on Fayette Street.  The cost of the class is $50 and includes the hardbound book “Honey Bee Biology” by Dewey Caron, memberships to GGLBA and OSBA, handout and door prizes. This is well over a $100 value!  Again, visit our NEW website under events and go to the interactive calendar for registration information.

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Meeting Notes December 11, 2018


Resources Discussed at this meeting

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