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Regular ACBA Meeting

September 8, 2022

Hello Beekeepers!

Our regular monthly meeting will be held September 8 at 7 PM. The agenda is attached. As always we'll have pizza and snacks to share beginning at 6:30 PM for those who would like to arrive a bit earlier and spend some time chatting with others. Please consider bringing some snacks or drinks to share! Also, please donate a door prize for the raffle - it is always nice to take home a surprise.

If you have pollinator plants to donate to the Keep Ashe Beautiful campaign, please bring them. If you need any plastic planter containers, let us know as Helen and Randy have some to share. I will have 10 used supers (10 frame) that were donated last spring if you're looking for some more hardware (limit 2 per beekeeper) You'll need to torch'em and repaint them.

See you tonight!

Wayne Pitts

ACBA President

FYI, open the below downloadable agenda...

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ACBA will be at Christmas in July in West Jefferson July 2, 2022

ACBA will be at Christmas in July in West Jefferson

July 2, 2022

Hello to all,

It's official! Our application for the Christmas in July Festival was accepted on Friday.

WE NEED MORE VOLUNTEERS!

We need at least three people per two-hour shift. More is even better. Set up and clean-up are critically important slots. If you are not available to help, please stop by to say hello at the booth and refer others. We will be in Booth 52 and our load-in time is at 6AM at First Citizens Bank. Essentially, we need to unload, move our vehicles, and set up our booth as quickly as possible to allow other vendors to also set up (unloading time is 15 minutes).

Shift:

Volunteers

6AM-8AM, Set-up - Raven Crews

8AM-10AM - Ken Jenkins

10AM to Noon - Linda Katsoudas, Deborah and Craig Weinstein

Noon to 2PM - Louise Rascoe

2PM to 4PM - Jeff and Shirley Vestal

4PM-6PM, Clean-up - Raven Crews

Rovers (help at non-specific times) - Matt Rumfelt

Main objectives:

1. Educate the public about honeybees and beekeeping

2. Recruit new interest in the ACBA

3. Fundraise for the ACBA (t-shirt sales)

4. Create economic opportunities for beekeepers

Materials:

- Posters, handouts, etc. (Raven Crews)

- Cooler with Water & Ice (Wayne & Kim Pitts)

- Educational posters and demonstration hive (Jim Rash)

- T-shirts (Raven Crews)

- Honey and other products? So far, we do not have any. If you have something to sell, speak up.

- We will not have an observation hive – too stressful on the bees for a 10 hour outing in the summer heat. Feel free to refer learners to the Honey Hole to see Charlie and Shelley's hive.

This will be an important event for the ACBA - please help!

Best,

Wayne Pitts

ACBA President

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Regular Membership Meeting

July 14, 2022

Hello ACBA,

We will have the regular monthly meeting of the Ashe County Beekeepers Association Thursday, July 14 at 7PM at the Agricultural Extension Office (134 Government Cir #202, Jefferson, NC 28640) - that's TOMORROW! Please come! James Wilkes will be discussing "Single Brood Box Systems" which should stimulate lots of conversation and innovative ideas about how to manage your bees. We'll also be sharing details about upcoming events and seeking input from you regarding what bee activities interest you most.

lease see the draft agenda and the ACBA Interest Form attached.

Please consider bringing a door prize for the drawing and we always welcome snack contributions. Pizza will be available at 6:30PM!

We'll see you there!

Wayne Pitts

ACBA President

Information from Helen Baldwin:

Some of you graciously volunteered earlier in the year to bring snacks to a meeting or two. If anyone is still game, we’d love to let you help out!

Randy and I will pick up pizzas, but here are the other things we need:

Bottled water - no clue how much, but @ 30 bottles will hopefully be enough.

Paper products - plates, plastic utensils, napkins

Cookies, chopped fruit/platter, whatever

If you would like to bring something, please contact Helen Baldwin so we’ll know what else we need to pick up.

If you can help out this time, thank you!!! If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask.

Hope to see you Thursday!

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Environmental Field Day

September 13, 2022

A message from Jessica Hodgson regarding the 2022 Environmental Field Day...

Please respond back to this email if you are able to be a presenter.

I hope you all are well! I am seeking volunteers to help with our Environmental Field Day for 5th grade students on Tuesday, September 13th with a rain date of Wednesday, September 14th. The kids have such a fun time with this field day, and we hope you can come out and make this a fun day for them. We have been unable to host a field day for the past two years because of Covid, and we are so excited to get this up and going again.

A field day will be held at the New River State Park, Wagoner Access from 9:00- 2:00 a.m., we would recommend you come early to set up any tables or props that you will need (tables are not provided). We will be there at 8:00 a.m. There will be 10 stations total and students will be with you for 20 minute intervals and then they will change stations. Lunch will be provided, and will include a variety of subs, chips, and desserts. I will need two test questions and answers from each presenter/station, having 20 questions total as students will take a test on all materials that they learned.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask.

Jessica Hodgson

New River SWCD

Office Administrator/Environmental Educator

336-246-8875 ext 111

jhodgson@ashecountygov.com

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Regular Membership Meeting

June 9, 2022

Open/read the below downloadable file from Wayne Pitts with details about the June 9th meeting…

Also, information from Helen Baldwin:

Greetings to all!

Hard to believe it’s already time for the June meeting; seems we were just enjoying the first ACBA picnic in May :)

Some of you graciously volunteered earlier in the year to bring snacks to a meeting or two. If anyone is still game, we’d love to let you help out!

Randy and I will pick up pizzas, but here are the other things we need:

Bottled water - no clue how much, but @ 30 bottles will hopefully be enough.

Paper products - plates, plastic utensils, napkins

Cookies, chopped fruit/platter, whatever

If you would like to bring something, please contact me so we’ll know what others can bring and/or what else we need to pick up.

I think that’s it, but if not, or if we need more of something, Food Lion’s close!

If you can help out this time, thank you!!! If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask.

Hope to see you Thursday!

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Regular Membership Meeting

May 12, 2022

Fellow Beekeepers and Honeybee Enthusiasts!

Due to early voting, our regular meeting location is unavailable this month. Instead, the Ashe County Beekeepers Association's May meeting will be from 7-9PM at the

West Jefferson Municipal Park, located at 201 S Church, West Jefferson, NC 28694 (Behind the Ashe County Public Library).

We are planning a cookout/shared food event and everyone can participate! The ACBA will purchase charcoal, hamburgers/hotdogs, and buns. The officers and board members have divided paper products, condiments, and fixings for the hamburgers and hotdogs.

What do we need from you?? Please bring an item below based on the first letter of your last name:

• Savory side dish (last name starts with the letter A through F)

• Soft drinks or water (last name starts with the letter G through N)

• Fruit or Dessert (last name starts with the letter O through Z)

Of course, if your last name starts with a different letter than your prize-winning signature dish, bring whatever you like! Please click here to RSVP and confirm what you'll bring.

We'll need some setup volunteers and grill hands. The officers will be on-site by 6PM to begin setting up and to get the food started. Please arrive early and help out! Be sure to bring a lawn chair because we're expecting a good turnout!

Please respond to this email as soon as possible to let me know your thoughts.

Email: Wayne:

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ACBA Regular Meeting Agenda

April 14, 2022

● Call to Order, Wayne Pitts, President

● Recognition of visitors and those we haven’t seen for a while

• Present name and where you live.

● Availability of Minutes – see website

● Treasurer Report: David Tanner, Treasurer

• ●Reminder: 2022 dues

Old business:

● Cluster mentoring program

● Review of the website (on-going)

● NCSBA Golden Achievement Program for Chapters

● Christmas in July & other outreach events

● Write in: _______________________________________________

New business:

● Jonny Parsons – update by Helen Baldwin

● Swarm capture response team

● Earth Day - Western Youth Network Afterschool Program

● Revolutionary Hives – Bucket Bee Raft

● Voluntary hive placement – a few opportunities

● Equipment donation – assembled/unassembled hardware, etc.

● 2022 NCSBA Summer Conference - July 28-30, Hickory, NC

● Write in: _______________________________________________

Break: Grab a snack and Drawing for Door Prizes

Special Report: Presentation on swarms by Randy Baldwin

Ashe Beekeeping Calendar:

● Overview of what to expect in your hives in April-May

● Q&A period

● Upcoming field events

● Master Beekeeper Program – upcoming certification test 4/18

Adjournment

● May 12 meeting – Picnic Shelter behind the Library

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