COBA General Meeting - February 16, 2011
Rountable Discussion: How I 'grew' my hives
by Mel Swords
Download and view Mels powerpoint presentation
in .pdf file format.
Committee & Board Reports
Report on Bee School
– Barry Conrad
Last year we offered one school and ended up with two. This year, we started with two, and now have three, with a total of 160 people learning to become Ohio Beekeepers!
Our instructors this year include: John Gesner, Joe and Sue Daly, Carmen Conrad, Keith Rodgers, Barb Bl, Bill Barrows, John George, Abby Scott, Mark Knight
- Gail Walter
Our monthly newsletter, the Beekeepers Buzz
will be on Web on first day of each month. There will be a link to it from our home page and you should receive an email, once it is posted, to the newsletter.
Newsletter articles are due 10 days before first of the next month. Thus the March articles are due by Saturday, February 19. Please send your article to firstname.lastname@example.org
-- Barry Conrad
+ 3000 Received from Bee School
+ 580 Received from member dues
- 200 Donated to Haiti project
- 100 Wooster Tour bus deposit
- 179.99 Bought Quick Books for our Treasurer
Paid for Bee Breakfast room rental, May 14 -150
- 100 Paid for audit
= 11532 Total
Wooster Bus Trip
-- Sue Valentine Cooper
Bus space is still
Meet, in the morning at the depot at 6:30 am. (More information
Bus will leave Wooster one half hour after end of all events
-- Mark Knight
We have lots of books, videos, and presentations available for you to borrow.
-- Mike Hatter
Meet Hannah Sommerlot, and Mark Sexton, two of our scholarship winners, Sierra Robison was not present. Also introduced
Dominick, our 2010 scholarship winner.
Remember that we have a plant swap, in May, at the Bee Breakfast. We are looking at Bee 'friendly' plants for a bee garden, to be created, adjacent to our BeeYard.
With the larger # of meetings, we are looking for a larger space, if you know of a place let us know (email@example.com
2011 4-H Beekeeping Essay Contest
-- Barbara Bloetscher
The Foundation for the Preservation of Honey Bees, Inc. is once again sponsoring an Essay Contest open to active 4-H Club members. Topic for 2011 is "U.S. Honey: A Taste for Every Preference." Completed essays must be received in the State 4-H Office no later than 5:00 pm, February 24, 2011 for essay review and selection. The top selected Ohio 4-H Essay will be submitted to the national contest. Electronic submissions may be sent to Lisa Jinks, firstname.lastname@example.org
Please contact Lisa for more information.
For contest rules see the Honey Bee Preservation
[pdf] Web site.
Franklin County Farm Bureau
-- Bill Johnson
Join now to help farmers and beekeepers in Franklin County. The Farm Bureau held a contest to select a new flavor for ice cream. Our own Barry Conrad won with his suggestion of a Honey-Caramel ice cream. Look for his picture on the cartons.
-- Dana Stahlman
for January (she missed the January meeting)
See home page
West COBA Announcement
On March 24, West COBA will feature, – Larry Connor as a speaker. He will be discussing "The Biology of Colony Maintenance." There will also be a raffle & doorprizes. For more information check the COBA Calendar
Evelyn Van Til & Woody Drake
Woody Drake and Evelyn Van Til of the Brothers Drake Meadery presented Meadmaking 101 -- How to make mead.
Woody presented the topic, showed materials needed and discussed the history of mead in a droll, very amusing manner.
He explained the four types of Mead:
traditional: made with honey, water & yeast
melomel: made with the addition of fruit
metheglin: made with herbs and spices
combination or creative mead: made with a combination of the above.
He also discussed the necessity of using local and using quality ingredients. He explained the equipment needed and the possible additives that could be used to enhance the mead. Finally after the initial discussion, a random audience member was selected and chosen to help Woody to make a gallon of Mead, right at the meeting. See pictures below of Ellen Banks, helping Woody with the Mead-making process.
The COBA audience members appreciated both the lesson and the entertainment.
Ellen Banks beginning the Mead-making process
Ellen Banks getting ALL the honey
The Mead-maker, Ellen Banks with her gallon of Mead, in the making
Meeting adjourned at approximately 9:00 pm.