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General Meeting (March 2018)

March 8 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

The Capital Regional Beekeepers Association (CRBA) meets on the second Thursday of every month.

This meeting usually starts with a beginner’s corner 30 minutes before the regular club proceedings start around 7pm.


  • 6:30pm – New Beekeeper Corner (lower meeting room) – Barry D
    • Setting up your hive
  • 6:30pm – Intermediate beekeepers’ discussion (upper hall) – Bob L
  • 7:00pm – Main meeting (upper hall)
    • Annual General Meeting – Bill F
    • Minutes – Nairn H
      • Reports for 2017
      • Approval of minutes from 2017 AGM
      • Election of Membership Secretary
      • Election of Second Vice President
      • Election of First Vice President
      • Approval of financial report for 2017
      • Approval of budget for 2018
      • Approval of motion to increase the annual membership fee effective Jan 2019
      • Introduction of current Executive and Committee Chairs
      • Close of AGM
  • 7:45pm – Club business
    • What’s in bloom – Nairn H
    • What beekeepers are doing in March – Larry L
    • Volunteers needed
    • Just so you know – All
  • 8:00pm – Small group introductions
    • Discussion – Assessing dead-outs?
  • 8:30pm – Social: Coffee, tea and treats
  • 9:00pm – Close


President Bill Fosdick opened the March meeting. He reminded everyone that they must have a current membership to vote at the AGM.

He then asked Barry Denluck to present information about the BCHPA 2018 AGM and conference to be held in Victoria this October and hosted by the CRBA. The meeting will be held at the Union Club with rooms available for attendees at the Magnolia Hotel. Events will take place Friday through Sunday with the trade show running all days. Twenty or more volunteers will be needed to help with organizing the event. Barry thanked Jeff Lee and Dan Mawson from the BCHPA for their help.

Bill announced that Barry would be stepping down from the position of 1st Vice-President of the CRBA and thanked him for all his work, presenting him with a bottle of Tugwell Creek mead. After Barry’s departure for the BCHPA semi annual meeting, the CRBA AGM was held.

2018 Annual General Meeting

The minutes of the 2017 AGM meeting were presented. There were no comments. The minutes were accepted unanimously.

President Bill Fosdick’s report discussed the New Beekeepers’ Corner presentations, contents of the monthly meetings and some of the things that were accomplished in 2017, for example the start up of small geographical groups and the website setup. Motion to accept the report was made by Michelle Murray, seconded by Brad Alexander and was carried unanimously.

Treasurer Rupert Rode presented the 2017 financial report. There were 194 paid members with an income of $9,428 and expenses of $8,743. The club has net assets of $18,383. Motion to accept the financial report was made by Kate Fraser, seconded by Don Lambert and passed unanimously.

The proposed budget for 2018 was presented. Motion to accept the 2018 budget was made by Brad Alexander, seconded by Tara Beninger and passed unanimously. Rupert thanked Kim Miles and Evan Machin for their help with the financial report.

A question was raised concerning the budget for the BCHPA conference. The President answered that a budget would be put together by the conference committee. There will be no cost the CRBA but possible revenue. A question about volunteers attending the conference was answered that the volunteers would be required to pay the entrance fee.

Alanya Smith is stepping down from the membership position. She was thanked by the President for her work over the years.

The President proposed that effective January 1, 2019 the annual membership fee be raised to $32.00. A motion to raise the fee was made Michelle Bray, seconded by Bob Lucy and passed with one opposed.

Nominations for vacant executive positions were called for:
Membership Secretary – Kimberly Bowman – carried
2nd Vice President – Carolyn Hissen – carried
1st Vice President – no nomination – vacant

Following a call for further questions or comments of which there were none, the AGM was adjourned.

Duly recorded by Nairn Hollott

Following the closure of the AGM, Bill announced that

  1. help is needed to maintain the observation hive at Francis King Park,
  2. a Coordinator is needed for the Swarm Committee
  3. asked for people to act as seconds to the Executive members and
  4. the Iotron trip takes place April 12th but not many people have signed up. More are needed to
    reduce the cost.

Bill then thanked Larry Lindahl and Nairn Hollott for their work on behalf of the club and presented each of them with a bottle of mead.

Larry Lindahl amused the club with one of his stories and then went through what beekeeping to do this month. He also told the club there was a 3 frame extractor for sale.

Bill Fosdick said there would be a “what happened to this dead hive?” field day the following Saturday. A list of what to look for in a dead out was handed out the meeting broke into groups for discussion.

After the discussions the meeting adjourned, followed by a social.


March 8
6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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