Thursday, January 31, 2013

ECWBA Newsletter Jan 27, 2013

1.  Some of the meeting dates and places for early 2013 have been scheduled in already.  Here’s what developed so far:  
  • Saturday, February 9, 2013, Fond du Lac Public Library (Eugene McLane Room), 32 Sheboygan St., Fond du Lac, WI, 9:30 to 11:00 am.  Craig Petros, one of the state apiary inspectors, will be the guest speaker.  Matt LaForge, the new Dadant branch manager will also be attending our meeting.
  • Saturday, March 9, 2013, Ripon Public Library, 9:30 to 11:00 am.
  • May and/or June, 2013 (another field day???)
  • July and September meetings to be determined.
2.  The election for the offices of vice-president and treasurer that should have been held in January has been postponed.  So, at the March, 2013, meeting, the offices of vice-president and treasurer will be up for election.  The positions are currently held by Denise Palkovich as Vice President and George Weigel as Treasurer.  Both, Denise and George, have done a great job as ECWBA officers for their past two year terms.  Here’s an opportunity to become directly involved with the ECWBA.  Please consider running for either of these offices -- a little “electoral competition” would be great to see.  If you have any questions about the election or about becoming an officer, please contact Jeff Champeau by phone or e-mail.
3.  Andy Krueger, along with her committee, has been doing a great job establishing a beginners’ beekeeping class.  This class is intended for anyone interested in getting started with honey bees and will focus on fundamental beekeeping skills. 
This class will meet for four Thursday nights:
February 7, February 21, March 7 and March 21
Class time is 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm
Class will meet at the James P. Coughlin Center, 625 East County Road Y, Oshkosh, WI 54901.  Tuition is $50.00 which includes an information packet, a book, and a one year membership in ECWBA.  A secondary participant may attend with the primary participant for an extra $25.00, but does not include the information packet, et al. For information and registration, contact Andy at 920-379-9840.
4.  The new year also brings with it membership renewal time.  The membership dues will remain $15.00 for a one year membership.  One membership entitles the member(s) to receive the newsletter, to vote on officer elections and organizational business issues, and to hold a position as an officer.  A membership may include more than one person (e.g. husband/wife, parent/child, etc.), but only one newsletter will be sent out and only one vote may be cast per membership.
Beekeeping Notes:
Secure an order of package bees or nucs for spring delivery.  It’s best to order early to assure that you’ll be able to get bees. Now is a good time to plan and purchase equipment for 2013.  This gives you plenty of time to assemble and paint any new hive components.
Best of Beekeeping, Jeff Champeau

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