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Executive Meeting (January 2021)

January 11 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Attending: Cindy P, Bill F, Carolyn H, Simon L, Kazlyn B, Don L, Werner G
Not Present: Nicole S

  • Bill began the meeting @ 7:06pm
  • Beginners corner appears popular from survey and should continue.
  • Bill presented other responses from the survey.
  • We could start at 6:30 with beginners and then continue into the main meeting at 7 in Zoom.
    • Potentially difficult to tailor the beginner session to the right experience level.
    • Don suggests we start with an “Introducing to beekeeping” presentation for January’s meeting and move to more complex topics as the season progresses.
  • There are people we haven’t heard from for 6+ months. 67 responses to survey so far.
  • Can we keep the small groups going as well? (was asked several times.)
    • Small groups can decide when they will have meetings. This may provide opportunity for people that miss the main meeting (or their local meeting) to join a different small group meeting at a different time.
    • 8-12 people was the typical small group size.
  • About 30 people have paid their membership so far this year.
    • Those who don’t have a PayPal account can pay by credit card on the PayPal site. Just find the “Pay by credit card” link after being directed to PayPal site.
    • If there are problems paying online, try a different browser, ensure cookies are enabled, restart and retry, etc.
  • This week’s meeting:
    • New Beekeeper’s corner at 6:30
    • Update on Iotron trip. Rescheduled to 1st of March. In newsletter and add to calendar on website.
    • Iotron – 2 levels of radiation available. 10 and 15kgy. Suggesting we use higher dose due to EFB outbreak on mainland. Extra cost.
      • Motion to move to higher dose level. 6 in favour, 1 abstain. Approved.
      • Encourage members from up island to participate (without CRBA subsidy.) Use a waitlist to ensure all CRBA members that want a spot get one.
      • New rules on how things should be packaged.
      • Cost is $7.50 per box at new radiation level (raw Iotron cost.)
      • Cost is same no matter size (medium, deep, nuc.)
    • Stan and Cheryl about packages? Pat Peach and Werner also will be asked to present a bit of information.
    • Open mic questions.
    • Should everyone have the ability to talk (be presenters?) Yes, try it this month.
      • Carolyn will direct questions in chat to the appropriate member to respond.
    • Hive Autopsy. What to look for if your hive is dead (in addition to Larry’s usual “what to do”?)
  • When is the AGM? Discuss next exec meeting.
  • Rolling carts for Iotron? Need to have wheels in the middle. Approx $40. Don to proceed.
  • Werner will have a new post on the website indicating those that will have bees for sale soon.
  • B-line email list will be re-constituted with new membership list in April.
  • Carolyn will re-new disposal contract with Hartland (and have a quick note in the meeting.)
  • Meeting adjourned 8:36pm.


January 11
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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