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President's Corner

The end of the year is drawing near and I find myself wondering how severe the winter will bee. November was a tough month - lots of cold early! The occasional warm day has allowed the bees a cleansing flight and a chance to do some house cleaning. I am still seeing drones, so I hope this winter will be mild.

I have read over the survey we collected last meeting and will bring the results to the Board Meeting on December 30th. We, as the board, will look at the suggestions and see what we can do to get the club's wishes turned into a reality. Please feel free to volunteer to move our club forward in the new year.

The Christmas Dinner will be held on December 15th at the conference room. Snacks at 6 and dinner will served at 6:30 pm. Please bring a dessert to share! A gift exchange will be held and plenty of time for visiting! This will be a great event for members! Thank you Kathy Summers for coordinating the dinner and for all the hard work you have done during the year making sure we have snacks and beverages for our meetings.

Kim Flottum, our Vice President, has put together a great speaker list for the upcoming year. Please visit our calendar page for the new listing. Thanks to Kim's connections, we will be enjoying hours of instruction on keeping bees alive and what to do with other products from our hives. Thank you Kim!

I would also like to take this opportunity to thank our treasurer, Paul Kosmos, for his endless number crunching and keeping me in spending line. Paul is currently working on revamping insurance and moving us closer to 501C3 status. Paul - a HUGE THANK YOU!!!!

And of course I couldn't forget Tracy Alarcon, our editor of the newsletter! Thank you for all those last minute blasts from me to the club members!  :) I'm not going to mention anything about being the computer guy... but thank you!

With all these remarks made, I would also like to thank the members, too. Without all your enthusiasm and participation, we as a club wouldn't be where we are today! So here's to an exciting New Year!

The 2015 Beginner's Class times are posted on the webpage and calendar. Please send in your registration to Paul Kosmos, our treasurer. This coming year we will have "The Next Class" for beekeepers getting their first year behind them and getting their overwintered hive ready for those first spring flowers! Please check the webpage for times and costs for this new class! You asked and the board responded with this!

The grant from Ohio EPA (that club member, Michele Colopy -Pollinator Stewardship Council has been colaborating with MCBA and OSBA) has been awarded and I look forward to the club working with land owners to develope land for pollinators like our honey bees. Diversified forage is so important and this opportunity will be far reaching. More information on how the club will participate and you can volunteer will be explained at the Christmas Dinner and in upcoming meetings/newsletters.

I wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a peaceful holiday season.

See you at the meeting!

Peggy Garnes,

Committee Announcements

Executive Board Meeting - December 30, 2014 6pm at Root Lunch Room


Honey Harvest Results

As requested, the 2014 Annual Honey Harvest Analysis results have been posted to the harvest logs page.

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Mentor list

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Picture of the month

Welcome break on Dec 15!

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]

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