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AABA MEETING MINUTES FROM FEBRUARY 16, 2010 AT ARLINGTON ECHO

The meeting was called to order as 7:05 p.m. by the AABA President, Loyd Luna, who welcomed all attendees.
 
Mr. Luna introduced Jody Johnson, who is a doctoral candidate at the University of Maryland Baltimore. Ms. Johnson spoke to the group about the Sub Lethal Effects of Pesticides on Honey Bee Health and Behavior.
 
A power point presentation, which summarized a study Ms. Johnson had conducted, was presented and a question and answer period followed.
 
A business meeting followed a short break.
 
- Minutes from the August 2009 meeting were not distributed because the AABA secretary had resigned and the minutes were not finalized.
 
- An election of officers was held. The following slate was presented. There were no additional nominations made from the floor and the following officers were elected unanimously by the membership:
 
Officers for 2010:
President - Loyd Luna
Vice President - Ned Wall
Treasurer - Doris Luna
Secretary - Lindsay Barranco
Chairlady, Publicity - Amy Jameison
Chairman, Programs - Bart Smith
Chairlady, Competition - Amy Jameson
Chairman, Awards - Dwight Fielder
Chairman, Refreshments - Carolyn Grant
Librarian - Carl Guerci, Jr.
 
A Treasurer's report was given by Doris Luna. Mrs. Luna reported that there was $1554.10 in the treasury as of February 16, 2010. She further reported that 13 applications had been received (so far) for the 2010 short course.
 
The short course will be held on March 9,16 23, April 6th, April 17th. Please advertise the course. The short course has been advertised at the library and in the Evening Capital.
 
Dave Polk indicated that he will have packaged bees, but said to contact him quickly because he predicts he will be sold out in March.
 
Mr. Luna reported that Joe Brotherton has offered to mentor anyone going through the short course. His home phone number is 410-695-2909.
 
"It's a Bugs World" will be held on March 7th at the Sheraton Hotel in Annapolis. Mr. Luna will be there answering questions about honey bees and asked for a volunteer or two who could assist that afternoon. The time frame is from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. and any time a beekeeper can give would be greatly appreciated.
 
Mr. Luna reported that a Baltimore City School teacher from the Expeditioning Learning School would like someone to come talk to her first graders about bees. If there are any volunteers, please contact Mr. Luna.
 
Mr. Luna reported that he has received the following Maryland Beekeeping Statistics from Jerry Fischer (Maryland Department of Agriculture):
 

 

2007

2008

2009

MD Beekeepers Registered

1,422 

1,531 

1,353

MD Colonies

8,435

9,800

11,474

MD Apiaries

1,742

1,600

1,849

AA Beekeepers Registered

112

126 

140

AA Colonies

344

379

416

AA Apiaries

139

145

163


 
The MSBA meeting was held Saturday, February 20th at the Howard County Fairgrounds. The MSBA County Vice-President is Oliver Snyder, our Web Master.
 
Please note the dates for future meetings: April 20 June 15,August 17, all Tuesdays.
 
The Anne Arundel County Fair - 16-20 September, 2009 was very successful. Mr. Luna thanked all the volunteers who assisted. Ms Kimberly Mayer won the CDR Mumford trophy for Best in Show.
 
REGISTER YOUR BEES WITH THE MARYLAND DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE!!
 
The door prize drawing (a primed super) was won by Chrissy Perry.
 
The meeting was adjourned at 8:40 p.m.
 
Respectfully submitted,
 
Lindsay Barranco
(Secretary AABA)