Journal Express, Knoxville, IA


March 20, 2013

Red Rock Beekeepers

Our club met March 12, 2013, at 6:30 p.m., at the KHC classroom. Meetings are the second Tuesday of each month. There were 33 members and guests present, nine towns were represented.

We distributed equipment and tools to a student from Craig Greene’s Honey Bee Class that was taught this winter at the Extension Office. Savanna Scott, daughter of Jim and Heather Scott, received the award from the Red Rock Beekeepers. This is our first time we have given the “New-Bee” award and hope to continue this every year. We hope to hear from her to share her first-year experience with us. Jerry and Sheila Weldon and Elaine Finarty are going to be her mentors. We want to thank all who have donated to make this award possible.

Marilyn Jackson of Melrose took many pictures. Dwayne Betterton of the Knoxville Journal-Express stopped by to take pictures of Savanna receiving her award.

Five new assorted honey bee books were donated to our club.

We finished watching the second half of a DVD on Organic Beekeeping. It featured how to collect a swarm and split a hive. It was enjoyed by all.

A Hot-Freezer article was handed out. It was about how to de-crystallize your honey without hurting it by using a discarded freezer and putting a light bulb in for heat. This method is for large quantities of honey. Part of the key to this method is the slow rise of the temperature so it doesn’t hurt your honey.

Seven door prizes were given away, including a honey bee chime, donated by Barb Anderson of Knoxville, a dozen eggs, a cup of chocolate and CD’s on honey bees from Marilyn Jackson.

Refreshments were served by Marilyn Jackson and Ben and Neal VanWyk.

A field day is planned for May, sponsored by Back to Basics Bee Club in Oskaloosa.

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