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AABA MEETING MINUTES FOR FEBRUARY 15, 2012 AT ARLINGTON ECHO

Loyd Luna welcomed everyone to our first meeting of 2012. Twelve were attending for the first time. There was record attendance with 62 people present.
 
The door prize drawing, a Beemax hive top feeder was won by Michael Meyer. 
 
The club had a fascinating talk from Toni Burnham, Vice President of Maryland State Beekeepers Association, about making soap using beeswax and a variety of ingredients. The talk was well received and her trip from D.C. was very much appreciated. AABA made a donation to cover her travel expenses. (See program notes below for more details on the soap making presentation) 
 
The minutes of our last meeting in August, 2011 are posted on our web site. It was moved to accept them as written and the motion passed. 
 
Election of officers: The following members were elected for 2012: 
President - Loyd Luna 
Vice President - Steve Hanlon 
Treasurer - Doris Luna 
Secretary - Lindsay Barranco 
Chairlady, Publicity - Amy Jameson 
Chairman, Programs - Bart Smith 
Chairlady, Competition - Amy Jameson 
Chairman, Awards - Dwight Fielder 
Chairman, Refreshments - Heather Hatfield 
Extractor Operations - Chrissy Perry
Librarian - Carl Guerci, Jr. 
Web Master - Ollie Snyder There we no other nominations. 
 
 The treasurer, Doris Luna, gave a report on our finances: 
 
$1040 for the 2012 short course has been collected  
-$150.86 has been spent on books for the course (Beekeeping for Dummies) 
$210.00 was received from the extractor rentals 
$257 was the profit from the 2011 short course 
We also collected $147 in dues for 2012 and prior years.
The association has a bank balance of $3526.81 
 
Almost everyone receive the AABA Newsletter. Some had problems opening the attachment. Those are being addressed 
 
Mentoring: Steve Hanlon lost his hard drive which contained all the data on mentoring. Members were asked to sign up again via the AABA website. See Steve if interested in being mentored or serving as a mentor. 
 
The Short Course is on March 13, 20, 27, and April 10th, April 14th. The class is full and a dozen are on the waiting list. Joe Brotherton has offered to have anyone from the course get some hands on assistance. His home phone number is 410 695-2909. 
 
Earth Day at Quiet Waters is April 14th, 10-4. Dave and Linda Crump asked for some help to answer questions from the public. You can contact Dave at 410-923-3538 
 
 Maryland Beekeeping Statistics as of 2/17/2012: 
 

 

2009

2010

2011

MD Beekeepers Registered

1,353 

1,425 

1,200

MD Colonies

11,474

11,650

12,120

MD Apiaries

1,849

1,968

1,968

AA Beekeepers Registered

140

148 

115

AA Colonies

416

473

393

AA Apiaries

163

172

144


 
MSBA meeting will be Saturday, February 18th at the Howard County Fairgrounds 
 
Severna Park Elementary School wants a show and tell on March 23. Pat Beers-Block volunteered to do it. The contact is Amanda Simmons, 443-858-5700. 
 
Dates for future meetings are: April 18, June 12, August 14 and the MSBA Honey show on November 10. 
 
Anne Arundel County Fair and the Maryland State Fair for 2012 will need some help since Doris and Loyd will be out of the country. 
 
REGISTER YOUR BEES WITH THE MARYLAND DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE!! Applications were available. Jerry Fischer, Maryland State Apiarist advises that registration is down. Maryland law dictates that you must register your bees. Please do it now! 
 
 An auction was held for equipment donated by two of our members: Jackie McCarthy and Dan Schwitalla. Receipts from the auction totaled $1,438. This included $220 for a very strong two brood chamber colony and $350 for a Gold Star Honey Bee top bar hive with bees. 
 
Dave Polk of Free State Bees announced that he still has packaged bees available (to be delivered in April) but that anyone needing bees should order them soon. 
 
Following the equipment auction, the meeting was adjourned at approximately 9:40 p.m. 
 
 Program Notes on Toni Burnam's soap-making presentation: 
 
- Toni gave an informative hands-on demonstration of "beekeeper's soap" using a recipe that she likes using beeswax, honey and propolis. (See recipe below). 
- Club members received a sample of Toni's soap - Always use stainless steel pots and utensils 
- NEVER ALUMINUM - SINCE ALUMINUN REACTS WITH LYE. 
- Watch out for children and pets when making soap 
- Toni uses the "Cold process" where lye and oil are combined, and suggests three people working together is the ideal number to make soap 
- Toni recommends a book called "The Soapmaker's Companion" 
- A precise amount of oil is needed in the recipe to counter-act the lye, which is why it is important to measure by weight and not volume 
- If in doubt - use less lye and more oil 
- An immersion blender is useful for mixing ingredients 
- Soaps molds can be plastic or wood. Toni prefers wood molds, and lines them with wax paper first (never line molds with aluminum foil). 
- Plastic molds are good because the soap can be removed easily from them 
- Soap needs 6 weeks to cure (the longer you wait, the harder the bar of soap and the longer it lasts) 
- Try using oatmeal cans as molds 
- Use as much propolis as you want in the recipe 
- Toni likes using grated propolis because it gives the soap a speckled effect 
- Use a micro-grater to grate the propolis 
-adding grape seed extract can help prevent the oil in soap from becoming rancid. 
- Once soap is finished Toni uses the "zing test" to check for "doneness" - meaning she puts the soap on the tip of her tongue quickly and if it feels like a tingly battery shock, there is too much lye in the soap and it should not be used. If there isn't a "zing" 
- the soap is good 
- When using the lye, pour the lye into the water outside (and remember not to loom over the bowl - it may react and splash upward) 
- When Toni is finished with the bowl, she pours white vinegar into the bowl and over all implements to be washed to cut through the lye 
- Remember to use 100% lye only - with no additives 
 
Here is Toni's recipe for "Beekeeper's Soap" (with beeswax, honey and propolis): Weigh all ingredients. 
 
600g olive oil 
600g palm oil 
400g coconut oil 
400g sweet almond oil 
60g beeswax Grated propolis 
480g water 
280g NaOH (lye) 
60g honey 
150g water 
 
1. Combine honey and water some hours before you want to start to be sure the honey is well combined and the mixture is room temperature  
 
2. Combine water with NaOH and set aside to cool. ALWAYS pour lye into water, not vice versa 
 
3. Melt palm oil, coconut oil and beeswax together and stir to mix well 
 
 4. Add olive oil and sweet almond oil to warm oils 
 
5. When oils and NaOH-water both reach 38-40 degrees C (Celsius) combine them and stir constantly to light trace (trace is achieved when you whisk the liquid and it leaves a "trace" or a mark that the whisk was there 
 
6. At light trace, add honey-water and propolis and continue to stir to full trace 
 
7. Pour soap into prepared molds and insulate them while they cool (Toni covers them with some newspaper to retain the heat) 
 
8. Unmold soap after 20 hours. Soap may be sliced after a few days and should be cured for 6 weeks.