COBA General Meeting - June 16, 2011
Topic: Roundtables and Questions and Answers for Beekeepers
Tour taken of the Franklin Park Conservatory Apiary and Pollinators' Garden. The relationship of COBA with FPC was explained by Dana.
**** A Partial list of the plants in the Conservatory pollinator's garden is provided below
Queen Rearing Class is still available for anyone interested. See information on the Web Site
. Class will be held during month of July (10 classes).
Suggestions for the Beekeeper of the Year award can be made by Club members. Please suggest possible nominees to Dana Stahlman or Mike Hatter or Bill Tolliver. The beekeeper of the year award is presented at the fall banquet. Mike is the chairperson of the Fall Banquet, and Bill is on the banquet committee. The requirement is a contribution over several years to COBA (officers are not eligible for this award).
This month, President Stahlman awarded two awards. The first was to John Carmony, who, unusually, was not at the meeting. John is our Grandfather in the Bee Yard. Although a second year beekeeper, he has made many contributions to COBA, including equipment and helping to put together hives. He is grandfather of one of our scholarship winners, Sierra Robison.
Congratulations to both our President Award Months this month!!!
Beekeeper of the month is also awarded to Dan Wampler, pictured below. Dan has made many contributions to COBA. He is co-chairman of the education committee, and has been quite busy this year with these responsibilities. He has made many contributions to both Fun in the Bee Yard and Masters in the Bee Yard. He and his wife Mary and chairpersons of the COBA picnic in July.
Dana Stahlman made an announcement about the reinstatement of COBA's tax exempt status. The Board is working on making sure that COBA's tax exempt status will be reinstated. Please see the Board Minutes for June 2011 posted on the COBA Web site.
President Dana Stahlman introducing Vice President Terry Eddy and explaining that he has turned over all his responsibilities for meeting speakers and arrangement to Terry.
Terry Eddy will also be in charge of the bee dollar auction in September.
telling us about the upcoming July, August and September meetings.
July - COBA Annual Picnic
August - COBA Scholarship Winner Presentations & COBA Outreach to Haiti Presentations
September - Joint meeting with ECOBA, to hear Kim Flottum of Bee Culture magazine.
See COBA Calendar
Dan Wampler made an announcement about the picnic. Dan asked for volunteers to help with food and set up. Dan and Mary request an approximate numbers of family members coming. The picnic will be held on July 3, 1:00 to 5:00 pm, at Barry and Carmen Conrad's farm on Wright Road in Canal Winchester
Members are reminded to pay membership dues and keep email addresses current. An email reminder will be sent to members regarding both dues and the July picnic. Membership dues are due in January and run for a calendar year.
See our COBA Calendar
Mark Knight made an announcement that he is in charge of the COBA library, which has about 30 volumes in it. Please contact Mark to check out books. If members have any suggestions as to volumes which should be in the library, please give these ideas to Mark. Mark's email address: email@example.com
Lithopolis Honey Festival
: Upcoming September 10, 2011 (always second Saturday in September). Mike Hatter indicated that COBA will have a booth at the Lithopolis Honey Festival in the children's area, including an observation hive. Mike will have a sign up sheet at the August meeting. Please contact Mike at firstname.lastname@example.org
if you are interested in volunteering.
Ohio State Fair and the Franklin County Fair
: Rod Pritchard
announced that COBA will need volunteers for the Ohio State Fair and the Franklin County Fair. He is soliciting volunteers from COBA for the COBA booths at these events. Please contact Rod at: RPritchard@coaaa.org
know if you are interested.
: Our youth scholarship winners will present at the August meeting.
: Instead of meeting on the third Wednesday as usual, COBA will hold a joint meeting with EAST COBA, for the first time, on Thursday, September 15. Kim Flottum
, editor of Bee Culture Magazine
and author of The Backyard Beekeeper
, will be the featured speaker. The location for the meeting is Jacksontown United Methodist Church
. This is on the third Thursday, September 15 2011. More information will be made available closer to the meeting.
Program - Roundtable Discussions
Franklin Park Conservatory Pollinator's Garden
**** Partial list of plants found in the Franklin Park Conservatory pollinator's garden (for consideration in our BeeYard garden):
Scabiosa, sedum, liatris, Shasta daisy, coneflower (Echinacea), aesclepias (butterfly weed), echinops, tradescantia,l physostegia (false dragonhead); coreopsis, fountain grass, geranium macrorrhizum, Joe Pye Weed, oregano, heuchera (coral bells), yarrow, penstemon, foxglove (digitalis), helianthus, hyssop, solidago (goldenrod), lespedeza, asters
Discussing Capturing Swarms and also What to do about Varroa Mites
General Beekeeping Questions
Meeting adjourned at approximately 9:00 pm.