Meeting Minutes







July 19, 2022 (NEW)

Heart of Georgia Beekeepers Association Meeting Minutes

July 19, 2022

The meeting was held at the Argene Claxton Canning Plant, 1701 Houston Lake Road, Perry and was called to order at 7:00 pm.

President Jonathan Hayes welcome members and visitors, there were 26 in attendance.

The meeting was replaced with a Swap Meet and club meal provided by the club. Thank you to all those that worked hard to arrange this event. The club members has a great opportunity to build friendships and share the beekeeping experiences.

The next meeting date will be August 16, 2022 at 7:00 pm at the Argene Claxton Canning Plant , 1701 Houston Lake Rd, Perry GA. There will be a mentoring session to ask and answer question 30 minutes prior to the meeting at 6:30pm. Member and non-member are encouraged to attend.

Marie Moore , Co-Secretary



June 21, 2022

Heart of Georgia Beekeepers Minutes

June 21, 2022

Argene Claxton Canning Plant

Perry, GA

President Jonathan Hayes called the meeting to order at 7:00 PM. He welcomed the members as well as guests and recognized the new beekeepers. Emily Heath, treasurer, stated that as of June 1, 2022, the balance was $3,575.80.

Announcements: Jonathan informed those present that our July 19th meeting will be our annual Swap Meet and cook out. Bring any extra or unneeded bee related items to sell or swap with others. HOGBA will provide grilled hamburgers and hot dogs, chips and drinks (water and tea). Members are asked to bring a dessert to share.

Jonathan also reminded the members that he was not going to be president next year. He discussed the president’s duties and asked members to consider stepping up to lead the club next year.

There was no new business.

Program: Honey Harvest and Extraction by Jonathan Hayes. Jonathan presented a PowerPoint and discussion covering items such as when to take frames of honey, how much to take, how to transport the honey frames to the extraction location, the decapping process, and finally extraction. He had the equipment and as he discussed a process, he demonstrated with the equipment. This was very helpful to those attending. Those in attendance were able to examine the equipment and ask questions.

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 8:25 PM.

Respectfully submitted by Emily Heath in the absence of Marie Moore.



May 17, 2022

Heart of Georgia Beekeepers Association Meeting Minutes


May 17, 2022


The meeting was held at the Argene Claxton Canning Plant, 1701 Houston Lake Road, Perry and was called to order at 7:00 pm.


President Jonathan Hayes welcome members and visitors, there were 39 in attendance.


Treasurer’s Report was read by Emily Heath Treasurer. The current balance is $3495.80. She gave details of receipts and expenditure. A motion was made by Steven McCrary to approve the report, seconded by Nick Jett. The vote was unanimous in favor.


Announcements:

There will be a Last Chance Beekeeping 101 class held here at the Argene Claxton Canning Plant location on June 14, 2022 from 8:30am till 4pm. This class will be instructed by Anita Curry and Emily Heath. See Emily Heath for

details.

There will be a Swap Meet during the July monthly meeting. This could be a great opportunity the show and sell your bee products as well as any extra equipment you might have. Whether you are a buyer or a seller, this will be fun time for all.

Jonathan Hayes spoke briefly about the leadership in the HOGBA club for the 2023 coming year. He will be unavailable to hold the position. We need to be thinking and preparing NOW. See Jonathan Hayes, Anita Curry or Emily Heath if you are interested or have any question.


Activity: Jonathan Hayes lead a very informative discussion on Varroa Mites. He explained what they are, how quickly they can increase in population, and how they can destroy a Honey Bee colony if not addressed. He explained in detail the 3 methods commonly used to text for Varroa Mites (alcohol wash, sugar shake and sticky board/sugar), the importance of locating the queen (to protect her) and the need to testing the bees found in the brood chamber. Determining mite load and possible treatment available concluded the session. Jonathan took

question from the membership.


Speaker: A video demonstration Varroa Mite testing was played as a follow up to

the material presented my Jonathan Hayes.


Next meeting date will be June 21, 2022 at 7pm @ the Argene Claxton Canning

Plant, 1701 Houston Lake Road, Perry


Meeting was adjourned at 8:00 pm.


Marie Moore , Co-Secretary


April 19, 2022

Heart of Georgia Beekeepers Association Meeting Minutes

April 19, 2022

The meeting was held at the Argene Claxton Canning Plant, 1701 Houston Lake Road, Perry and was called to order at 7:02 pm.

President Jonathan Hayes welcome members and visitors, there were 43 in attendance.

Treasurer’s Report was read by Emily Heath Treasurer. The current balance is $3694.35. She gave details of receipts and expenditure. Emily stated that the Beekeeping 101 class brought in $320.

Announcements:

The Beekeeping 101 class held on March 19, 2022 was a great success thanks to all the member volunteers.

Nuc sales: 58 nucs have been sold which will make the shipping free. More nucs are available for purchase. Delivery will be April 24, 2022 at Jonathan Haye’s house. Emails have already been sent out with pick up instructions. Nucs must be paid for at pick up, of payment was not already make.

Activity:

Anita Curry gave an instructional talk on how to install a caged queen into a queen less colony. Those in attendance asked questions and gained a better understanding of the procedure, the importance of positioning the cage correctly, as well as feeding the colony during the queen acceptance period.

Video: Hive Inspection by Bobby Chaisson (Georgia Bee Removal). Material cover during the video: equipment needed, how to light a smoker, duration between inspection, pest (varroa, small hive beetles) and picking your hive location. This video was very informative. Bobby Chaisson demonstrated a complete hive inspection. He talked about what to look for and how to solve common problem. This information was especially help as Nucs will be delivered in a few days.

Next meeting date will be May 17, 2022 at 7pm @ the Argene Claxton Canning Plant, 1701 Houston Lake Road, Perry

Meeting was adjourned at 8:30 pm.

Marie Moore , Co-Secretary



March 15, 2022

Heart of Georgia Beekeepers Association Meeting Minutes

March 15, 2022

The meeting was held at the Argene Claxton Canning Plant, 1701 Houston Lake Road, Perry and was called to order at 7:00 pm.

President Jonathan Hayes welcome members and visitors, there were 41 in attendance.

Treasurer’s Report was read by Emily Heath Treasurer. The current balance is $3614.09. She gave details of receipts and expenditure. Emily stated that 34 people signed up for the Beekeeping 101 class and the class is full.

Announcements:

Beekeeping 101 workshop will be held on March 19, 2022 from 9am to 3:30pm, the cost will be $20 per person which must be pain in advance to hold each spot. The workshop (will be held at the Argene Claxton Canning Plant with hive inspection to take place at the Golden Bee Apiary (Hawkinsville Ga).

Nuc orders are currently being taken. Stan’s Pure Honey will provide the Nuc’s. A club ticket must be purchased for $5 before the nuc can be ordered which will be $150. Delivery and pick up information will be sent out in an email.

Activity:

Jonathan Hayes spoke about marking queens with the uses of a paint pen. The color of the paint indicates the year the queen hatched.

Jonathan also demonstrated how to install a nuc of bees, and what you can expect to find with in the nucs and on the frames. Many questions where ask in preparation for nucs delivery in April. Very helpful and informative.

Kathy Shelton and Emily Heath gave a great presentation on bee friendly plants. They touched on what bees are looking for when foraging, how to pick native plant and the importance of planting in clusters. Kathy stressed the importance of understanding the dangers of the insecticide (neonicotinoid) on the honey bee population. Many questions were asked and answered by those in attendance. Informational handouts were available.

Next meeting date will be April 19, 2022 at 7pm @ the Argene Claxton Canning Plant, 1701 Houston Lake Road, Perry

Meeting was adjourned at 8:02 pm.

Marie Moore , Co-Secretary





February 15, 2022

Heart of Georgia Beekeepers Association Meeting Minutes

February 15, 2022


The meeting was held at the Argene Claxton Canning Plant, Houston Lake Road, Perry, GA and was called to order at 7:01 pm by Jonathan Hayes, president.


Jonathan welcomed members and visitors and reviewed the announcements.


Old Business:

  • We have currently sold 31 nucs, we need to sell 19 more to get free delivery.

  • Beekeeping 101 is March 19th, only 14 spots left.

  • Spring Conference February 19th - Macon, GA


New Business:

  • Emily shared that you can pay your dues through GBA online.


Program: Jonathan Hayes began the program with a smoker demonstration and shared ways to use the smoker including safety. Participants went outside for a hands-on experience. Jonathan Hayes conducted a smoker competition. Rick Moore judged and named Colby first place and Bill second place. Jonathan Hayes gave a presentation about the winter cluster and answered questions from those in attendance.

Jonathan Hayes recognized Jesse McCurdy’s 90th birthday this Thursday. Mr. Jesse’s words of wisdom were to create a saving for all you will spend on bees.


Jonathan announced the next meeting will be March 15, 2022.


The meeting was adjourned at 8: 05 pm.


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Amanda Hayes, Secretary





January 18, 2022

Heart of Georgia Beekeepers Association Meeting Minutes

January 18, 2022


The meeting was held at the Argene Claxton Canning Plant, 1701 Houston Lake Road, Perry and was called to order at 7:04 pm.


President Jonathan Hayes welcome members and visitors, there were 20 in attendance.


Treasurer’s Report was read by Emily Heath Treasurer. The current balance is $2996.46. She gave details of receipts and expenditure. There was a motion made by Marie Moore to approve the report, seconded by Anita Curry. The vote was unanimous in favor.


Announcements:

Beekeeping 101 workshop will be held on March 19, 2022 from 9am to 3:30pm, the cost will be $20 per person which must be pain in advance to hold each spot. The workshop (will be held at the Argene Claxton Canning Plant with hive inspection to take place at the Golden Bee Apiary (Hawkinsville Ga). There will be a limit of 40 participants. Fliers were handed out. Club member are encouraged to volunteer to ensure a successful workshop.

Nuc orders are currently being taken. Stan’s Pure Honey will provide the Nuc’s. A club ticket must be purchased for $5 before the nuc can be ordered. All Nuc’s must be paid for by March 1st. Stan’s Pure Honey provides good quality bees in a five frame nuc box for $150 per nuc.

GBA Spring Meeting will be held February 18-19 in Macon Ga. Now is the time register and plan your day at the meeting. Great speakers and vendors will be present.


New Business - President Jonathan Hayes made a proposal to change by-law 4.4 regarding how the monthly meeting would be followed. He suggested that the Monthly Meeting Minutes and Treasures Report be read quarterly which would allow more time during the meeting to cover educational materials and answer questions. Monthly Meeting Minutes will be available in-line for review. Concern about not reading the Treasure Report monthly was stated. Continuing the monthly practice is being considered, Anita Curry will review the By-law 4.4.


Activity: Jonathan Hayes spoke about the life cycle of the honey bee, the 3 types of honey bee (queen, drone, worker) and the four stages each go though. He also spoke about feeding with a sugar-boards and gave instruction on how to DIY one. A sugar-board was made during the meeting and raffled off. Nik Jett won the board.


Jonathan Hayes open discussion concerning the future of the club and how to grow membership.

Parades-float, fliers, bee costume, going to neighboring town

Volunteers going to organization

Improving Web Page, Google search possibilities

Yard signs, business cards and banner for the fence at new meeting location


Jonathan Hayes presented Hazel McCurdy with a plaque and a cake for her many years of service to the club as Secretary.

  • Next meeting date will be February 15, 2022 at 7pm @ the Argene Claxton Canning Plant, 1701 Houston Lake Road, Perry


  • Meeting was adjourned at 8:16pm.


Marie Moore, Secretary




December 21, 2021

Heart of Georgia Beekeepers Association Meeting Minutes

December 21, 2021

The meeting was held at the Fairbridge Inn Express, 200 Valley Rd and was called to order at 7:00 pm.


The Pledge of Allegiance was recited by all present.


President Anita Curry welcomed all members and visitors, there were 20 guests in attendance.


The December meeting minutes were read by Marie Moore (Secretary). A motion was made by Jonathan Hayes to approve the minutes as read, seconded by Nick Jet. The vote was unanimous in favor.


Treasurer Emily Heath read the Treasurer’s Report. The current balance is $3049.73. She reviewed the receipts and expenditures for the month. Treasurer spoked about the 2021 audit completed by Amanda Hayes. The report stated that the audit for 2021 looked good and matched the financials.


An announcement was made to order your nucs for this coming spring. They will be purchased from Stan’s Pure Honey. The price per nuc will be $155, ($150.00 covers the price of the nuc and $5.00 as a fund raiser for the club).


New Business was discussed:

  1. Announcement of the 2022 Officers/Directors

President: Jonathan Hayes

Vice President: Jonathan Brown

Treasurer: Emily Heath

Secretary: Marie Moore

Members at Large: Joe Santiago, John Keys

Anita Curry will serve as a past president

  1. A Beekeeping 101 class was discussed by Jonathan Hayes. He spoke about the need to help and education potential beekeepers. This class will be a club event and needs members to participate. No date set.

  2. The 2022 HOGBA President Jonathan Hayes spoke about his ideas to increase membership in the upcoming year, a possible honey house and general store at the new meeting location. All membership ideas are welcome.

  3. Anita Curry was presented a plaque for the Jesse McCurdy Beekeeper of the Year 2021.

  4. Anita Curry was presented a plaque for HOGBA President 2021, the plaque was made by Jonathan Hayes.


Jesse McCurdy spoke about mentoring the new beekeepers. He stated that first and second year beekeepers have enough knowledge to help new beekeepers. He also commented about checking the weights of your hives weekly and feed if needed.

Last, Jesse stressed getting your equipment ready for the new season.


Anita announced the next meeting date of January 18, 2022 @ the Argene Claxton Canning Plant, 1701 Houston Lake Road, Perry.


A motion was made to adjourn the meeting by Cory Leinberger, and seconded by Doug Romans. The vote was unanimous in favor.


The meeting was adjourned at 7:36pm. Christmas social to follow.

Marie Moore, Secretary




November 16, 2021

Heart of Georgia Beekeepers Association Meeting Minutes

November 16, 2021


The meeting was held at the Fairbridge Inn Express, Valley Rd Perry and was called to order at 7:03 pm by Anita Curry president.


The Pledge of Allegiance was recited by all present.


Anita welcomed members and visitors


The October meeting minutes were read by Glen Christopher

A motion to approve the minutes as read was made by Jonathan Hayes and was seconded by Shannon Wagner. The vote was unanimous in favor.


Treasurer, Emily Heath, read the Treasurer’s Report.

The current balance is $3154.62. She gave details of receipts and expenditures. John Keys made a motion to approve the report

seconded by Doug Romans. The vote was unanimous in favor.

* Emily then announced that an audit of the Treasure account has just been completed, a written report will be presented at the next meeting.


Anita then reviewed the announcements.


Old Business: Anita mentioned the need to remove by-law Section 5.3 completely.

This by-law once removed will allow a member to serve as president indefinitely. After discussing the matter, a motion was made by Anita Curry to remove the by-law, seconded by John Keys. Vote was unanimous in favor.


* Former president Jonathan Hayes has agreed to hold the position of president in 2022.


New Business: There was no new business to discuss.


Program: Jonathan Hayes gave a very informative presentation on “Wax Rendering”. He discussed how Honey Bees product wax and how he (using a turkey fryer) renders his wax cleanly and ready for use. Jonathan answered question asked by the membership.

Jesse’s McCurdy spoke about the importance of mentoring new beekeepers. He gave an update on Hazel and thanked those who offered a helping hand.


Anita announced the next meeting will be December 21, 7pm at The Fairbridge Inn Express.


There was a motion to adjourn the meeting by Doug Romans, seconded by Sharron Wagner


The meeting was adjourned at 8:21 pm.


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Marie Moore (acting Secretary)

October 19, 2021

Heart of Georgia Beekeepers Association Meeting Minutes

October 19, 2021


The meeting was held at the Fairbridge Inn Express, 200 Valley Road, Perry, and was called to order at 7:00 pm by Club President, Anita Curry. The Pledge of Allegiance was recited by all present.


Anita welcomed members and visitors


Rick Moore then read the minutes from the September meeting. A motion

was made by Cory Leinberger to approve the minutes as read; seconded by

John Keys. Vote was unanimous in favor.


Treasurer, Emily Heath, read her Treasurer’s Report. Emily reported that

the current checking account balance is $2,783.12. She gave details of

receipts and expenditures. Nik Jett made a motion to approve the report;

seconded by Jonathan Hayes. Vote was unanimous in favor.


Anita then reviewed the announcements.


There was no Old Business to discuss.


In New Business, Anita mentioned that there was a need to change Bylaw

Section 5.3. She said that this section requires a member who serves as

president vacate the position for the number of years served in the

position. She explained that since we were having problems getting

someone to volunteer for President for 2022, that we amend the By-Laws

by removing Section 5.3 completely. This would allow a member to serve

as president indefinitely. Anita also said that Bylaw change proposal would

have to be announced to the membership 10 days prior to the meeting in

which the vote will occur and that she would be sending an email

accordingly.


Emily Heath then gave a talk about her “Hive Gadgets” and highlighted a

host of helpful hive parts and additions. She discussed measurements for

several requiring cutting and assembly and shared photos of her gadgets

installed on her personal hives and how each is beneficial. She then took

questions and other suggestions from the members.


The annual Silent Auction then commenced with members being given 15

minutes to review the items and jot down last-minute bids. Emily Heath

collected the bid sheets and announced winners.


Anita announced the next meeting date will be November 16 @ 7pm at

Fairbridge Express with Jonathan Hayes as the speaker, talking about his

wax rendering method.


There was then a motion to adjourn by Jonathan Hayes; seconded by Nik

Jett. The meeting was adjourned at 8:10pm.


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Anita Curry, President

September 21, 2021

Heart of Georgia Beekeepers Association Meeting Minutes

September 21, 2021


The meeting was held the Fairbridge Inn Express on Valley Drive in Perry. It was called to order at 7pm by Anita Curry, President.


The Pledge of Allegiance was recited by all present.


Anita welcomed members and visitors in attendance.


The August meeting minutes were read by Secretary Hazel McCurdy. A motion was made by Jonathan Hayes to approve the minutes as read; seconded by Steve McCrary. Vote was unanimous in favor.


The Treasurer’s Report was given by Emily Heath. She reported that the current checking account balance is $3,401.47. She reviewed receipts and expenditures. A motion was made by Corey Leinberger to accept the report, seconded by Jonathan Hayes. Vote was unanimous in favor.


Anita then reviewed the announcements.


There was no old or new business to discuss.


The members then enjoyed the annual Swap Meet!


Jesse McCurdy then reminded everyone to check their colonies for honey stores and if the hive felt light, feed the bees some sugar syrup.


Anita announced the next meeting date will be October 19, 2021, 7pm at the Fairbridge Inn. Emily Heath will be talking about her “Hive Gadgets” plus we will have a fundraising silent auction.


A motion was then made by Jesse McCurdy to adjourn; seconded by Steve Moore. The vote was unanimous in favor. The meeting was adjourned at 8:10pm.


Hazel McCurdy, Secretary

August 17, 2021

Heart of Georgia Beekeepers Association Meeting Minutes

August 17, 2021


The meeting was held at the Fairbridge Inn Express in Perry and on Zoom.

It was called to order at 7:00 pm by Anita Curry, President.

The Pledge of Allegiance was recited by all members.

Anita welcomed members and visitors.

Secretary Hazel McCurdy read the July meeting minutes. A motion to accept the minutes as read was made by Doug Romans; seconded by Steve McCrary. Vote was unanimous in favor.

Emily Heath gave her Treasurer’s Report. She said the ending July checking account balance is $3,835.47. A motion was made by Jonathan Hayes to accept the report; seconded by Doug Romans. Vote was unanimous in favor.

Anita then reviewed the announcements, specifically reminding everyone about the upcoming Georgia Beekeepers Association Conference in Gainesville.

There was no old business or new business to discuss

The program featured Dr. Jamie Ellis, via Zoom, who spoke about “Abiotic Stressors”. He reviewed a number of stressors that we need to be aware of some resources that are available to learn more about management of those stressors. He then took questions from the membership. He also shared his contact information as well as demonstrated how to navigate the University of Florida Bee Lab website to access a wealth of information.

Anita then announced that the next meeting date is September 21, 2021, at 7pm, which will be our Annual Swap Meet.

A motion by Jonathan Hayes was made to adjourn the meeting; seconded by Emily Heath. The meeting was adjourned at 8:20pm.


Hazel McCurdy, Secretary



July 20, 2021

Heart of Georgia Beekeepers Association Meeting Minutes

July 20, 2021


The meeting was held at the Fairbridge Express Inn in Perry and was called to order at 7:02pm by Anita Curry, president


The Pledge of Allegiance was recited by all present.


Anita welcomed members and visitors in attendance.


Secretary Hazel McCurdy read the June meeting minutes. A motion was made by Marie Moore to approve the minutes as read; seconded by Jonathan Hayes. Vote was unanimous in favor to approve.


Emily Heath gave her Treasurer’s Report. She said that the current balance of the Club’s checking account is $4,287.30. Jonathan Hayes made a motion to approve the report as read; seconded by Steve McCrary. Vote was unanimous in favor to approve.


Anita reviewed the announcements, particularly pointing out that the membership should begin thinking about who the next president will be. Anita said for any member willing to assume that position or other Board availabilities to contact her or another current director.


There was no old business to discuss.


There was no new business to discuss.


The program speaker, Bob Binnie, then gave his presentation on “A Year In the Apiary Beginning Now”. He discussed the tasks that we should be doing to prepare our bees for winter, what to expect in next spring and summer. He also discussed the various treatments for varroa and emphasized the importance of treatment and feeding the bees.


Jesse McCurdy then spoke briefly on some past experiences that he and Bob Binnie had.


Anita then announced the next meeting date of August 17 at 7pm, when Dr. Jamie Ellis would be speaking on “Abiotic Stressors in the Hive”. She also reminded everyone about the Mentoring Team providing an opportunity for new beekeepers to get needed answers to their beekeeping problems. This will begin at 6:30pm on the 17th.


A motion to adjourn was then made by Emily Heath; seconded by Jonathan Hayes. The meeting was adjourned at 8:20pm.





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Hazel McCurdy, Secretary



June 15, 2021

Heart of Georgia Beekeepers Association

June 15, 2021 Meeting Minutes

The meeting was held at the Fairbridge Inn Express in Perry and was calledto order by Anita Curry, president, at 7:02pm

The Pledge of Allegiance was recited by all members

Anita welcomed members and asked for recognition of any visitors

The May meeting minutes were read by Vice-President, Glen Christopher. A motion was made by Marcus Wagner to approve the minutes as read; seconded by John Keys. Vote was unanimous in favor.

Emily Heath, Treasurer, gave her report. She said that the Club’s current balance is $4832.30. She detailed income & expenditures.

Anita then reviewed the announcements.

There was no old business to discuss

In new business, Anita said that Brutz English, the chairperson for the Honey Show at the Georgia National Fair, had contacted her regarding sponsorship for that event. Anita said the Board agreed to contribute $300 for the sponsorship fund.

The program was then presented by Nik Jett in which he talked about the "The Comb Assistant”. The “Comb Assistant” is a sectioned hive frame insertion designed to encourage the bees to draw comb in the sections and fill it with honey so as to provide the beekeeper with individual cuts of capped honeycomb. Nik’s partner, Jonathan Brown, could not attend the meeting but was certainly instrumental in the design. Nik answered questions from the members

Jesse McCurdy then addressed the group and answered questions.

Anita announced the next meeting date of July 20 in which Bob Binnie, owner of Blue Ridge Honey Co., would be speaking.


Anita called for a motion to adjourn which was made by Emily Heath; seconded by Jonathan Hayes. Vote was unanimous in favor. Adjourned at

8:08 pm

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Hazel McCurdy, Secretary



May 18, 2021

Heart of Georgia Beekeepers Association Meeting Minutes

May 18, 2021

The meeting was held at the Fairbridge Inn Express in Perry. President Anita Curry called to order at 7:02 pm.

Everyone recited the Pledge of Allegiance

Anita welcomed members and visitors

The April meeting minutes were read by Glen Christopher. A motion was made by Doug Romans to approve the minutes as read; seconded by Jonathan Hayes. Vote was unanimous in favor.

Treasurer Emily Heath read the Treasurer’s Report. She reported that the Club’s account balance is currently $4969.30. She detailed all income and expenditures. A motion was made by Cory Leinberger to accept the report as read; seconded by Glen Christopher. Vote was unanimous in favor.

Anita then reviewed the announcements, specifically that Zoom meeting participation would be suspended until such time that it may be necessary to reinstate it. Any guest speakers currently scheduled for Zoom talks would continue.

There was no Old Business

There was no New Business

The Program speakers were Registered Nurse, Steven Heath and Attorney, Ryan English. Steven Heath spoke about Apiary Safety, specifically how to respond and treat bee stings, spider bites, & snake bites. He offered some very helpful information so that we can understand reactions to these issues in our apiaries. He answered questions from the members.

Ryan English then talked about apiary liability issues that we face as beekeepers. He basically said that Georgia does not have any laws that would indicate liability for us keeping bees. He elaborated on several situations that may arise, however, we still could not be held liable for others’ reactions to stings. Ryan also answered questions from the members.

Anita the announced that the next meeting date is June 15 @ 7pm when Nik Jett and Jonathan Brown would talk about and demonstrate their “Comb Assistant” creation.

A motion was made by Emily Heath to adjourn the meeting; seconded by Jonathan Hayes. Vote was unanimous in favor. The meeting was adjourned at 8:17 pm.

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Hazel McCurdy, Secretary




April 20, 2021

Heart of Georgia Beekeepers Association

Monthly Meeting Minutes

April 20, 2021

The meeting was held at the Life Church in Perry and was called to order at 7:02 pm by Anita Curry, President.

The Pledge of Allegiance was recited by all members.

Anita then welcomed members and visitors, in person and on Zoom.

Secretary Hazel McCurdy read the March meeting minutes. A motion was made by Glen Christopher to approve the minutes as read; seconded by Steve McCrary; vote was unanimous in favor.

Emily Heath gave Treasurer’s Report in which she said that the Club’s checking account balance is currently $3,834.30. A motion was made by Jonathan Hayes to approve the report; seconded by Marie Moore; vote was unanimous in favor.

Anita reviewed some announcements, in particular, the Young Harris/UGA Beekeeping Institute is offering a Beekeeping Certification class on May 13 & 14. She provided the website info for all interested.

There was no old business

There was no new business

Peter Helfrich-Chairperson of Bee City USA-Decatur, GA was the guest speaker. He talked about Mason Bees. His talk was very informative on the different varieties of mason bees and how to identify them. He gave comparisons between mason bees & honey bees. He welcomed all questions and gave very detailed answers.

Jesse McCurdy then commented on checking our hives for varroa and how much honey should be left in the hives for winter.

Anita then announced the next meeting date of May 18, when we will talk about Apiary Safety/Liability with a local nurse and a local attorney.

A motion was made by Rick Moore to adjourn; seconded by Steve McCrary; vote was unanimous in favor. The meeting was adjourned at 8:30pm.

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Hazel McCurdy, Secretary​​ Date



March 16, 2021

Heart of Georgia Beekeepers Association

Monthly Meeting Minutes

March 16, 2021

The meeting was held at the Fairbridge Express Inn in Perry and on Zoom. It was called to order by Anita Curry, President, at 7:02 p.m.

The Pledge of Allegiance was then recited by all in attendance.

Anita welcomed all members, in person and on Zoom, and visitors.

The February meeting minutes were ready by Emily Heath. A motion was made by Jonathan Hayes to accept the minutes as read; seconded by Joe Santiago. Vote was unanimous in favor.

The Treasure’s report was then given by Emily Heath. She reported that the Club account has $3,886.30. A motion was made by Cory Leinberger to accept the report; seconded by Jonathan Hayes. Vote was unanimous in favor.

Anita read the Club’s mission statement and discussed the announcements, focusing on the nuc pickup date of April 17 at 11:00am. Also announced is the new meeting place beginning in April. The Life Church, 100 Todd Rd. in Perry,has agreed to allow the Club meetings to be held in the Youth Center of the Church free of charge.

There was no Old Business to discuss.

There was no New Business to discuss.

Anita then introduced the meeting speaker, Rick Moore, who talked about building a bee vacuum. Rick demonstrated how the vacuum was built and the various materials used then answered questions from the members.

Anita asked Jesse McCurdy for any last comments.

Anita announced the next meeting date of April 20 at 7:00 at Life Church with speaker Peter Helfrich speaking about Native Bees/Mason Bees.

There was a motion made by Emily Heath to adjourn; seconded by Jonathan Hayes. Vote was unanimous in favor. The meeting was adjourned at 7:56 p.m.



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Hazel McCurdy, Secretary



February 16, 2021

Heart of Georgia Beekeepers Meeting Minutes

February 16, 2021


The meeting was called to order at 8:02pm by Anita Curry, president.


The Pledge of Allegiance was then recited by everyone


Anita welcomed all members and visitors who attended in person and on Zoom.


Anita announced that we are celebrating Jesse McCurdy’s 89th birthday tonight by enjoying singing the birthday song, eating cupcakes, and drinks.


The January meeting minutes were read by Hazel McCurdy. Jonathan Hayes made a motion to accept the minutes as read; seconded by Emily Heath. Vote was unanimous in favor.


The Treasurer’s report was given by Emily Heath. She reported that the January ending balance was $4,410.93.


Anita read the Club’s Mission Statement then reviewed the announcement board.


There was no old business to discuss


In New Business Anita asked if everyone was familiar with Dr. Samuel Ramsey and the research that he has done and is doing on varroa. She then showed a short video which gave everyone a brief overview his remarkable discovery that has changed the way other researchers tackle fighting the mite. Anita then said that the Board had met and agreed that the Club should make a monetary contribution to Dr. Ramsey’s research foundation. The Board is asking the members to help determine a suitable amount. After some discussion, Jonathan Hayes made a motion to contribute $500 to Dr. Ramsey’s foundation; Kathy Shelton seconded. The vote was unanimous in favor of the contribution amount.


Jonathan Nixon, Lead Apiary Inspector, for the Georgia Department of Agriculture then spoke about the responsibilities that his office has. He explained the differences in a few diseases that may be present in honey bee hives and how inspectors handle abatement of those diseases. He also talked about the different crops that honey bees pollinate in Georgia. He answered quite a few questions from the members.


Anita announced that the next meeting date is March 16 and Rick Moore would be our guest speaker discussing how to build a very simple bee vacuum.


The meeting was adjourned at 8:10pm



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Hazel McCurdy, Secretary



January 19, 2021

Heart of Georgia Beekeepers Mtg. Minutes

January 19, 2021


The meeting was called to order by Anita Curry, President, at 7:00pm.


The Pledge of Allegiance was recited by all members present.


Anita welcomed everyone in attendance, both in person and on Zoom. She introduced herself and all of the Board of Directors.


Glen Christopher, Vice President, then read the minutes of the December, 2020 meeting. Anita called for any discussion or amendments to the minutes, which there were none. Steve McCrary made a motion to approve the minutes as read, seconded by Marie Moore. Vote by the membership was unanimous in favor.


Emily Heath gave the Treasurer’s Report. She reported that the December beginning balance was $4,971.60; expenditures were $691.67; receipts totaled $30; December ending balance $4,324.93. Anita called for a motion to accept the Treasurer’s Report; motion made by Glen Christopher; seconded by Cory Leinberger; vote was unanimous in favor.

Anita reviewed the announcements and commented that we would have a book or article highlighted each month. She reminded everyone about nuc sales. Also, she mentioned the formation of 2 committees; Programs and Community Outreach, explaining each, and asked for volunteers to chair each and 2 additional members on each. Marie Moore volunteered to chair the Programs Committee.

There was no old business or new business to discuss

The planned program was “Swarm Management & Splits” presented by Jesse McCurdy and Anita. Jesse demonstrated his horizontal hive versatility and discussed how it can be used to manage a growing colony or for splitting one. He then had a question and answer time.

Anita announced the next meeting date will be February 16 with Jonathan Nixon, the Lead Apiary Inspector for the Georgia Dept. of Agriculture, speaking.

A motion was then made to adjourn; seconded by everyone. The meeting was adjourned at 8:10pm.

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Hazel McCurdy, Secretary