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President's Corner

April is here and the temps are warm!!! Crocus and daffodils are blooming and spring has sprung.

The bees are flying and those that survived are off to a great start. Pollen is coming in from the maples and life is good.

Our beginner classes have wrapped up and we have a whole new group to mentor - please check the webpage for the mentor list. Volunteer some time to the new bees, too - we all have been in their bee suits with the same questions.

This month Dr. Larry Conner will be speaking on Sustainable Apiaries. Come hear the talk you missed at Tri-County Meeting! Books will be available for purchase, too.

For the members who lost hives, please confirm your replacement bees - either packages or nucs. Queen Right Colonies still have package bees available as I write this.

FEED YOUR BEES IF THEY ARE LOW ON STORES! Many members are experiencing die-offs from starvation.... please check your hives today!


April Field Day.... tentatively scheduled for April 25th 12noon to 2 pm (weather permitting) Keep watching the webpage....splitting overwintered hive and putting a bee tree in a box!


Earth Day (April 18th at Buffalo Creek Retreat)is coming up and club member Kim Barkfelt will need a helper at the MCBA table. Please contact me if you can help and I will let Kim know she won't be alone! Times will be 10am to 4pm.

The Executive Board has given the Directors specific tasks (see below) and want the club members to call or email for volunteering opportunities. This is a great way to give back and get involved in the club. We have grown so much and now we want you the members to be more involved with the work load. This will be an exciting year for MCBA!

Hive Tracks is ready to go... please watch the newsletter - Tracy will be launching it soon. Members are encouraged to participate.

.. Anyone with announcements, please email them to Tracy to be put in the newsletters.


Divelbiss Award 2015 Nominations Open At each annual conference, the Eastern Apicultural Society presents the Charles and Evelyn Divelbiss Education Award. This award is presented to that person or couple who has—over a period of years—reached out to the non-beekeeping public to explain the value of honey bees in our lives. The nominee does not need to be from your own state or province. You may wish to announce this request for nominations at beekeeping meetings and in their newsletters. Feel free to contact officers of state and local organizations to request their suggestions for possible candidates and letters of support. The nomination process is easy. Write a letter outlining how the candidate has reached the general public over the years. Groups, such as 4-H clubs, Scouting organizations, school groups, community organizations, Lions Clubs, and garden clubs, as well as media interviews and exhibits at county and state fairs, qualify as non-beekeeping public. Although the main criteria is edification of the general public, the letter may also include activities that teach Short Courses and other instructional work toward educating beekeepers and prospective beekeepers. The nominee does not need to be a member of EAS (but the Society would be delighted if the recipient would join). The deadline for submissions is April 15, 2015. Nominations and letters of support should be emailed to [email protected]

See you at the meeting...

Peggy Garnes,
President

Committee Announcements

Executive Board Meeting - April 8, 2015 6pm at Root Lunch Room

Directors:

Adam Stearns  : Bee Yard

Ken Hazzard  : Mentoring/Membership

Michele Colopy : Meeting Room Set Up/Tear Down


Please contact your club directors and volunteer to assistance them. This is a great way to get involved with the club and give back where you can. Call or email today for details...

Announcements

First-time users

Welcome to the Medina County Beekeepers Association's website. We hope you enjoy your time here and can find what you want about bees and beekeeping.
If you just want to read the site, please surf around and see what you can find. If you want to help build the site or add comments... read more

Swarm list

It's nearly swarm season. If you want to add your name to the club's swarm list and maybe get some free bees, log in and add your name to the list.

(If you do not yet have an account to edit this site, please email our webmaster.)

Mentor list

MCBA has a strong mentoring tradition. In the past, we let everyone know who was willing to serve as a mentor only via our club roster. In order to help new beekeepers find us, we are experimenting with an online mentor list. If you are interested in serving as a member, just add yourself to the list.

(If you do not yet have an account to edit this site, please email our webmaster.)

Become a member

Interested in joining the club? Come to a meeting and see what we're about. If you like what you see, we will help you get signed up. read more

     

Picture of the month

Joys of Spring! Four boxes like this... have to watch!

Topics of Interest

  • MCBA - the Club - Club contacts, officers, become a member, talk about meetings, upcoming events and other things specific to the club
  • Bee diseases & parasites - for discussion of varroa, tracheal mites, Foulbrood and all the other things that can kill your bees.
  • Classifieds - Buy, sell, trade or talk about beekeeping equipment - what works, what doesn't and why.
  • Getting started with bees - questions for and by new beekeepers. Where should I put my hives? What do I really need? How hard is it?
  • Urban beekeeping - articles and experiences with beekeeping near people
  • Blessings of the Bees - some prayers, poems and other evidence of the spiritual connection between bees and mankind.
  • Bee Still Encounters - Bee Encounters of the Closest Kind by Medina Beekeepers
  • Resources and links - hundreds more links of questionable value
  • Photo albums - Look here for photos of Medina Beekeepers
  • Bait Hives Why not try to attract a swarm in your good, clean, unused equipment?
  • Growing Degree Days Want to know what's in bloom or about to? Looking to make varietal honey? One way to tell is by Growing Degree Days.

MCBA Contacts

President: Peggy Garnes 6045 Lance Rd Medina, OH 44256
330-723-6265 [email protected]

Vice President: Kim Flottum 7011 Spieth Rd Medina OH, 44256
330-722-2021 [email protected]

Secretary: Molly White 1737 Halls Carriage Path Westlake, OH 44145
440-899-8624 [email protected]

Treasurer: Paul Kosmos 6386 State Road Sharon Township OH, 44281
330-239-1379 [email protected]

What's New on the website

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