Meeting Minutes

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.


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


Hazel McCurdy, Secretary