MAY 2019

Beekeepers of the Bitterroot will be holding our regular monthly meeting on Saturday May 11th from 9-11 AM at the Mosaic Church at 206 W Main in Hamilton 2 doors west of the Naps Restaurant.  After the short business portion of the meeting we will discuss queen rearing – supersede, swarm, and planned queen rearing.

Special Special Special

A special meeting will be hosted by Richard and Tracie at their apiary on Saturday May 25th from 2 PM to 5 PM with the topic of queen rearing and splits.  This will be a real view of what we saw in the regular meeting presentation.  Probably a good idea to load your bee suits up to bring to this special meeting.  Their apiary is located at 116 Lewis Lane in Hamilton.

May 11, 2019 Meeting Minutes


Meeting called to order at approximately 09:15 on May 11, 2019 by President Loren Stormo.


He read the treasurer report as received from Bitter Root Resource Conservation and Development which shows $4821.88 in our account.


President Stormo talked of the time and energy spent by Scott Debnam in support of our club. 


A motion was made, seconded, and passed to send Scott an honorarium of $125.


The bee delivery process in Missoula had a glitch where, although the inventory appeared to be correct, there was a shortage and one intended recipient did not have a NUC available.  Scott Debnam graciously passed one of his NUCS to him. 


A motion was made, seconded, and passed to reimburse Scott $150 for the NUC he sacrificed from his order for that beekeeper.


President Stormo mentioned a smart phone app created by Jerry Bromenshank that can assisted in assessing the health of a bee colony.  Jerry has initiated a kickstarter crowd sourcing to begin distributing this app.  At this time he is a little over three quarters of the way to his goal.  Initial supporters with a $20 donation will receive a free copy of the app when the goal is reached.  Go to for more information and to contribute.


Some of you may remember Karry Zimmerman, who suddenly passed away last year.  He was a wooden ware supplier and his widow has a considerable amount of wooden ware available for sale.  Call or message via our website for contact information.


A question was asked about a club owned hive scale.  At this time we do not have one.  Jaylene has one and Loren will talk to here and investigate the feasibility of obtaining one for the club.


President Stormo conducted a very interesting and informational presentation on raising queens – intentionally and unintentionally.  A Randy Oliver presentation on line at was the source of much of Loren’s presentation. Part of the presentation showed grafting cups and tools. 


A motion was made, seconded, and passed to purchase a number of grafting cups and grafting tools for distribution within the club.


Twenty persons signed into the meeting.  Four new members signed up and there were five renewals.  With the four new members we have a total membership of 47.