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ACBA May 11 2020 Meeting Minutes

Anderson County Beekeepers
Meeting Minutes
May 11, 2020
Video Conferencing Via Zoom
Members in Attendance: 16
Meeting was held by Keith Raines, President
Please remember if you want state membership, you will need to join through their website
www.scstatebeekeepers.org
Our 2020 Beekeeping Course has been delayed due to the COVID-19 restrictions. The class
will be continued, dates are yet to be determined.
Upcoming Events:
SC Beekeepers Association Summer Conference is still set for
July 23, 24, 25 8am-5pm, Anderson Civic Center
Discussion with Q & A:
How To Take Honey Off:
Products to use-Honey Robber, Honey Bandit, Bee Quick, Bee Go (with use of a fume board)
Equipment you may need:
Hot knife/serrated kitchen knife/uncapping scratcher or roller
Honey bucket with honey gate
Refractometer (optional)- Only take capped honey that was on the hive without feeding or
treating
Let honey sit in bucket, at least over night before putting into jars.
Safety while getting swarms should be first and foremost!
CLUB EXTRACTOR: Contact Renae to schedule. Keep it clean!
May Beekeeping Calendar
• Feed and keep check on food stores for new hives
• Add supers as needed
• Keep an eye out for swarms and hive beetles
• Attend bee meetings, via video conference if need be
• Experienced beekeepers, help new beekeepers!
Next meeting will be June 8, 2020
Facebook: Anderson County Beekeepers Association of SC
Website: www.andersonbeekeepers.org
email: acbaofsc@gmail.com
Respectfully Submitted by Renae Ausburn, Secretary

ACBA April 13 2020 Meeting Minutes

Anderson County Beekeepers
Meeting Minutes
April 13, 2020
Video Conferencing Via Zoom
Members in Attendance: 13
Meeting was held by Keith Raines, President
Please remember if you want state membership, you will need to join through their website
www.scstatebeekeepers.org
Our 2020 Beekeeping Course has been delayed due to the COVID-19 restrictions. The class
will be continued, dates are yet to be determined.
Upcoming Events:
SC Beekeepers Association Summer Conference is still set for
July 23, 24, 25 8am-5pm, Anderson Civic Center
Discussion with Q & A:
Best way to reach high swarms?
Use of a telescoping extension pole with 5 gallon bucket attached is used by many with
good results. It’s not worth the risk of injury to attempt collecting swarms at unrealistic heights.
Has the nectar flow started?
Not in full force yet, blackberry has started to bloom. Tulip Poplar has not yet. Many
have already added supers with good results.
How high should you mount swarm traps?
8-10 ft., but remember safety first!
Check your bee yard daily for swarms.
If you collect swarms and have a weak hive, it may be beneficial to combine those. 1 Strong
hive is better than 2 weak hives.
April Beekeeping Calendar
• Feed and keep check on food stores for new hives
• Add supers when needed
• Keep an eye out for swarms
• Attend bee meetings, via video conference if need be
• Experienced beekeepers, help new beekeepers!
Next meeting will be April 13, 2020
Facebook: Anderson County Beekeepers Association of SC
Website: www.andersonbeekeepers.org
email: acbaofsc@gmail.com
Respectfully Submitted by Renae Ausburn, Secretary

ACBA March 9 2020 Meeting Minutes

Anderson County Beekeepers
Meeting Minutes
March 9, 2020
Anderson Federal Credit Union
100 Hanna Crossing, Anderson, SC 29621
Members in Attendance: 23 Visitors: 4
Meeting was called to order by Keith Raines, President
Opening Prayer was given by Mr. Wilson Wheeler
MEMBERSHIPS NOW DUE
Single Person 15.00
Family with spouse 25.00
Please remember if you want state membership, you will need to join through their website
www.scstatebeekeepers.org
Our 2020 Beekeeping Course with Steve Genta & Bryan Roberts has two classes remaining.
March 10th and 17th, rain date is March 24th, Field day 1st Sat. after end of course.
Upcoming Events:
SC Botanical Garden Plant Sale
Friends of the garden sale, Friday April 3rd, from 2-6pm
Public Sale, Saturday, April 4th, from 9am-1pm
SC Beekeepers Association Summer Conference
Anderson Civic Center, July 23, 24, 25 8am-5pm
Speaker: Keith Raines
If you plan to treat this spring, now is the time.
It’s crucial that the treatment you use is appropriate for this time of year.
If you plan to treat multiple times this year, rotate the types of treatment being used to avoid
varroa resistance.
Try and check your hives weekly in early spring to ensure they have enough food stores.
Check your bee yard daily for swarms.
March Beekeeping Calendar
• Assemble and clean bee equipment
• Check food stores
• Treat for varroa mites if needed
• Attend bee meetings
• Order bees. Joe Kelly H 845-6663 or C 934-5521
Door Prizes were handed out at the close of the meeting.
Next meeting will be April 13, 2020
Facebook: Anderson County Beekeepers Association of SC
Website: www.andersonbeekeepers.org
email: acbaofsc@gmail.com
Respectfully Submitted by Renae Ausburn, Secretary

ACBA February 10, 2020 Meeting Minutes

Anderson County Beekeepers
Meeting Minutes
February 10, 2020
Anderson Federal Credit Union
100 Hanna Crossing, Anderson, SC 29621
Members in Attendance: 21 Visitors: 6
Meeting was called to order by Keith Raines, President
Opening Prayer was given by Mr. Howard Raines
MEMBERSHIPS NOW DUE
Single Person 15.00
Family with spouse 25.00
The State wants everyone to join through their website
www.scstatebeekeepers.org
Upcoming Events:
• 2020 Beekeeping Course
Dates are Feb. 11th, 18th, 25th, March 3rd, 10th, 17th, rain date March 24th
6 week course, classes at AFCU, $75.00 Field day 1st Sat. after end of course.
• SCBA Spring Conference
February 29, 2020
CPC Center, 17 Technology Cr., Columbia, SC
SCBA Members 25.00
SCBA Family 45.00
Non Members 45.00 w/family 65.00
Speaker: Keith Raines
• Discussion on what’s going on in the hives during this time of year.
• Make sure the outside temps are high enough before going into your hives. Your bees will be
in their “winter cluster” Do not go into the hives if temps are below 50.
• Some are seeing drones in their hive already.
• Bred queens are not yet available in our area.
February Beekeeping Calendar
• Assemble and clean bee equipment
• Check food stores
• Treat for varroa mites if needed
• Attend bee meetings
• Order bees. Joe Kelly H 845-6663 or C 934-5521
Door Prizes were handed out at the close of the meeting.
Next meeting will be March 9, 2020
Facebook: Anderson County Beekeepers Association of SC
Website: www.andersonbeekeepers.org
email: acbaofsc@gmail.com
Respectfully Submitted by Renae Ausburn, Secretary

ACBA January 14 2020 Meeting Minutes

Anderson County Beekeepers
Meeting Minutes
January 14, 2020
Anderson Federal Credit Union
100 Hanna Crossing, Anderson, SC 29621
Members in Attendance: 23 Visitors: 12
Meeting was called to order by Keith Raines, President
Opening Prayer was given by Wilson Wheeler
MEMBERSHIPS NOW DUE
Single Person 15.00
Family with spouse 25.00
The State Wants everyone to join through their website
www.scstatebeekeepers.org
Upcoming Events:
• 2020 Beekeeping Course
Dates are Feb. 11th, 18th, 25th, March 3rd, 10th, 17th, rain date March 24th
6 week course, classes at AFCU, $75.00 Field day 1st Sat. after end of course.
• SCBA Spring Conference
February 29, 2020
CPC Center, 17 Technology Cr., Columbia, SC
SCBA Members 25.00
SCBA Family 45.00
Non Members 45.00 w/family 65.00
Speaker: Keith Raines
Discussion and presentation on products of the hive was given.
Topics included:
homemade body products using wax from your hive
set up and supplies used
best methods to melt wax and temps to be aware of
the use of essential oils and butters with your wax
January Beekeeping Calendar
• Your bees will be in their “winter cluster” Do not go into the hives if temps are below 50
• Assemble bee equipment
• Check food stores
• Order bees. Joe Kelly H 845-6663 or C 934-5521
Door Prizes were handed out at the close of the meeting.
Next meeting will be February 10, 2020
Facebook: Anderson County Beekeepers Association of SC
Website: www.andersonbeekeepers.org
email: acbaofsc@gmail.com
Respectfully Submitted by Renae Ausburn, Secretary

ACBA 12/9/19 Christmas Supper

December Meeting Follow Up…

We hope everyone had a great time at Monday nights Christmas meeting!  Thank you to all who came out and joined in the fun, food and fellowshipping. If you missed it, then I have a small recap of our evening: Our guest speaker was Ben Powell.  He is the Pollinator and Invertebrate Conservation Specialist with Clemson Extension.  Ben took time to fill us in on what all he has planned for Clemson entomology department, our local beekeepers and how we can help him help us.  (Which is a win win for everyone!) First off, he is working to improve Clemson’s SC beekeeping website (https://www.clemson.edu/extension/beekeepers/) and will be rolling out a blog soon, with articles and other local beekeeping information he’ll share.  I’ll relay the blog website as soon as that’s available. He also spoke about an MP3, which is a guidance document for pesticide applicators/producers to recommend strategies for minimizing impacts to pollinators as a result of pesticide applications. It also gives state agencies guidance on improving pollinator protection.  Per Mr. Powell: “South Carolina is ahead of most states in performing the recommendations of an MP3, but we haven’t formally drafted the document.  I hope to get the document drafted next year.” At the close of our meeting/supper we gave away some AmAzInG door prizes!  So congratulation to those folks and we look forward to seeing everyone at out January meeting.   Merry Christmas, Everyone! Renae Ausburn Secretary, ACBA

ACBA November 11, 2019 Meeting Minutes

Anderson County Beekeepers
Meeting Minutes
November 11, 2019
Anderson Federal Credit Union
100 Hanna Crossing, Anderson, SC 29621
Members in Attendance: 19 Visitors: 3
Meeting was called to order by Keith Raines, President
Opening Prayer was given by Wilson Wheeler
Upcoming Events:
ACBA Christmas Supper will be Monday, Dec. 9th
location will be at Mama Penn’s in Anderson @ 6pm
• 2020 Beekeeping Course
Dates are Feb. 11th, 18th, 25th, March 3rd, 10th, 17th, rain date March 24th
6 week course, classes at AFCU, $75.00 Field day 1st Sat. after end of course.
Speaker: Keith Raines
November Beekeeping Calendar
• Less bee activity due to cold weather will send them into a cluster
• On warm days bees will fly out to make cleansing flights and forage for pollen
• Keep the entrance small enough for two bees to enter
• Make sure equipment is stored properly to stop wax moth damage
• You can feed syrup when the temperature allows (45-50 degrees)
Q&A:
Should you continue to use oil in trays throughout winter?
Yes, if a tray is in use it should always be cleaned out and have oil. Make sure the trays
are all the way in to prevent bees from becoming trapped inadvertently.
Should we still feed syrup if the have full honey stores?
No, as long as you know they have plenty of honey stores. A way of keeping check is
the weight of the hive. Feed if necessary.
How often should you replace old frames from the hive?
Every year or two, rotate older and/or damaged frames for new ones.
December speaker: Ben Powell, Clemson University
Pollinator and Invertebrate Conservation
843-546-1013 ext. 241 bpowel2@clemson.edu
Door Prizes were handed out at the close of the meeting.
Next meeting will be the ACBA Christmas Supper at Mama Penn’s in Anderson @ 6pm
Facebook: Anderson County Beekeepers Association of SC
Website: www.andersonbeekeepers.org
email: acbaofsc@gmail.com
Respectfully Submitted by Renae Ausburn, Secretary

ACBA October 14 2019 Meeting Minutes

Anderson County Beekeepers
Meeting Minutes
October 14, 2019
Anderson Federal Credit Union
100 Hanna Crossing, Anderson, SC 29621
Members in Attendance: 16 Visitors: 2
Meeting was called to order by Keith Raines, President
Opening Prayer was given by Wilson Wheeler
Upcoming Events:
ACBA Christmas Supper will be Monday, Dec. 9th
location will be at Mama Penn’s in Anderson @ 6pm
Speaker: Keith Raines
• If you’ve removed your honey, allow bees to clean spun frames. If you do this by placing
back on hives, make sure to remove them within 24 hours to reduce chances of them
refilling.
• Make sure you remove excluders so the queen can move up this winter if needed.
• Place excluder under bottom of stored honey supers to deer mice from ruining your wax.
• Keep SHB at bay by using Beetle Blasters, Beetle Jails, Beetle B Gone. If you use
screened bottom boards, implement oil trays.
• Treat for varroa, if you haven’t already. Make sure and use package directions for any
treatments.
• Preform mite counts before and after treatment on your hives via sugar roll or alcohol wash.
• Keep check on honey stores. The weight of the hive is a good indicator.
October and November Beekeeping Calendar
• Combine week colonies
• Queenless hives should be combined with “queen right” hives
• Replace and or repair equipment
• Close down hive entrances to smallest opening
• Less activity, cold weather sends them into clusters
• Warn days, bees will take cleansing flights and forage for pollen
• Store equipment properly to prevent moth damage
• Feed Feed Feed! when temps allow (45-50 degrees)
• Start thinking about new bees! Reserve your NUCS or packages ASAP
Please promote our 2020 Beekeeping Course
Dates are Feb. 11th, 18th, 25th, March 3rd, 10th, 17th, rain date on the 24th
6 week course, classes at AFCU, $75.00 Field day 1st Sat. after end of course.
Facebook: Anderson County Beekeepers Association of SC
Website: www.andersonbeekeepers.org
email: acbaofsc@gmail.com
Door Prizes were handed out at the close of the meeting.
Next meeting, November 11, 2019
6:30 pm fellowship and refreshments, meeting at 7pm.
Respectfully Submitted by Renae Ausburn, Secretary

ACBA September 2019 Meeting Minutes

Anderson County Beekeepers
Meeting Minutes
September 9, 2019
Anderson Federal Credit Union
100 Hanna Crossing, Anderson, SC 29621
Members in Attendance: 28 Visitors: 4
Meeting was called to order by Keith Raines, President
Opening Prayer was given by Wilson Wheeler
Upcoming Local Events:
SC Botanical Gardens Fall Plant Sale
September 27, 2pm-6pm and September 28, 9am-1pm
Belton Depot Heritage Days
October 3rd-5th
2020 Spring Meeting will be in Columbia
2020 Summer Meeting will be held in Anderson
Speaker: Dr. Brian Roberts
Topic: Brood Dieseases
Discussions included:
– Causes of Spotty Brood Pattern
– European Foul Brood (EFB) and the Clinical Signs
– Contributing Factors
– Control or Treatment
– American Foul Brood (AFB) and the Diagnostic Signs
– Sacbrood, how it spreads and management
– Chalkbrood, the Clinical Signs, Control and Prevention
– EFB is more of a problem in recent years
– AFB is a spore forming disease
Winter colony loss for 2017-18 was close to 40% for backyard beekeepers
Almond Pollination: 2.6 hives in the US, 1.6 million hive in CA
• Pollinator.org is asking for beekeepers to join their 3rd annual Mite-A-Thon from September
7-21 The Mite-A-Thon is a tri-national effort to collect mite infestation data and visualize
varroa infestations in honey bee colonies across North America within a one week window.
All beekeepers can participate, creating sampling sites in Canada, the United States, and
Mexico.
Facebook: Anderson County Beekeepers Association of SC
Website: www.andersonbeekeepers.org
email: acbaofsc@gmail.com
Door Prizes were handed out at the close of the meeting.
Next meeting, October 14, 2019
6:30 pm fellowship and refreshments, meeting at 7pm.
Respectfully Submitted by Renae Ausburn, Secretary

ACBA August 12th Meeting Minutes

Anderson County Beekeepers
Meeting Minutes
August 12, 2019
Anderson Federal Credit Union
100 Hanna Crossing, Anderson, SC 29621
Members in Attendance: 25 Visitors: 4
Meeting was called to order by Keith Ausburn, Vice President
Opening Prayer was given by Wilson Wheeler
Upcoming Local Events:
Friday, August 16, 3-5pm
Honeybee Hootenanny at SC Botanical Gardens
Contact Allison Jones 864-656-0203 to register
Saturday, August 17th, 8am-8pm
World Honey Bee Day Festival in Pickens
at Bee Well Honey Farm
Speaker: Keith Ausburn
Topic: Q&A
Discussions included:
– Varroa treatment options chart was handed out
– Checking your hives honey supply and what to leave them for the winter
– Club members discussed their hive losses this year
– How to avoid wax moths in your stored boxes
– A notice in drone numbers starting to decline
– Queens are laying less
– Make sure you are feeding if necessary, keep an eye out for robbing
• The club extractor has been utilized by many members already this season! If you still
need to borrow it for your honey extraction, please contact Renae at 864-444-4763
• Pollinator.org is asking for beekeepers to join their 3rd annual Mite-A-Thon from September
7-21 The Mite-A-Thon is a tri-national effort to collect mite infestation data and visualize
varroa infestations in honey bee colonies across North America within a one week window.
All beekeepers can participate, creating sampling sites in Canada, the United States, and
Mexico.
• Dave Miller will be offering a practical, contact him at davemillerbees@gmail.com for further
information.
• Laurens Co. Beekeepers, in conjunction with Spartanburg, will be offering a Journeyman
Course in January or possibly spring of 2020. It will be held at Clemson Extension Office in
Laurens.
Facebook: Anderson County Beekeepers Association of SC
Website: www.andersonbeekeepers.org
email: acbaofsc@gmail.com
Door Prizes were handed out at the close of the meeting.
Next meeting, September 9, 2019
6:30 pm fellowship and refreshments, meeting at 7pm.
Respectfully Submitted by Renae Ausburn, Secretary