March 2014 Meeting Summary

March 2014 Club Meeting:

After several useful moments of informal discussion among attendees, club President Bill Hiss prompted members to introduce themselves to provide everyone an opportunity to get to know each other.  During the introductions, club member Dan Carrey shared an excellent treat of two year old cut comb honey.  Dan even provided spoons!  Thanks Dan!

Vice President Pete Schlax briefly described the changes made to the Androscoggin beekeepers club website as follow up to the agreed upon proposal to make these changes at the February 2014 meeting.  The site is now running as a WordPress site.

Pete noted that the website now contains a calendar that indicates days for club meetings, open hive meetings (not scheduled yet) and recommended hive management activities.  If you have things you’d like to see added to the calendar, please contact the website manager at:

Club treasurer Charlie Armstrong was unable to attend for professional reasons.  In Charlie’s stead, Club President Bill Hiss noted that club dues have been priced to allow us to provide our speakers with a small honorarium for presenting  along with a modest contribution to travel expenses.  [I’d also like to add that dues pay for domain registration and web hosting for the club site.  — Pete].

Attendance for March 2014:

Attendance was 12 people including our speaker.  Not bad for a meeting rescheduled on such short notice.  We’ve been slowly trending upwards and, given then new faces in attendance at this meeting and the fact that other members were not able to attend, are looking to enter the 15-20 range.  That would be terrific and would move us into a range with sufficient critical mass to sustain the club.

March 2014 Speaker Presentation:

The March 2014 ABC meeting presentation was given by EAS master beekeeper Chris Rogers of Backwoods Bee Farm in Windham, Maine.  Brian confidently provided an excellent and practical talk on what club members should be thinking about in terms of spring hive management in southern Maine.

For those unable to attend, here are some great tips Chris gave us.  Where appropriate, I’ve added some estimated dates [Brackets]:

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March 2014 Meeting with Chris Rogers Rescheduled

Chris Rogers’ presentation “Spring Hive Management” has been rescheduled.

Chris has graciously agreed to reschedule his presentation to the club. We realize that the new time might not be convenient for everyone, but with the arrival of Spring today our window for meeting with Chris before his attention turns to his own bees is closing.
This rescheduled meeting will be held Wednesday, March 26 in Room 116 of Edward Little High School in Auburn.  Club business will be conducted from 6:30 PM to 7:00 PM followed by the presentation Spring Hive Management” from 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM.

Hope to see you all there!

March 12, 2014 Meeting Cancellation

March 2014 Meeting Cancellation Due to Predicted Snow Storm

Because of the predicted snow storm, we must cancel the Androscoggin Beekeepers Club (ABC) meeting originally scheduled for Wednesday, March 12. Anticipated levels of snowfall vary, but because some to the higher estimates (up to 12″) are worrying and because some of our club members travel to the meeting directly from work, we think the responsible choice here is to cancel tomorrow’s meeting. We are working with Chris Rogers to see whether we can reschedule. We all love our bees, but it’s important that no one gets hurt traveling to or from a meeting.

If we can entice Chris to give it another go, I’ll send out information about the new time. Any announcements regarding meeting changes will also be posted on the club website.

With the onset of warmer days, remember it’s a good time to check your bee’s food stores and make sure that they have enough to carry them through until the dandelion blooms.