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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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]: