June 2018 Beekeepers of the Bitterroot meeting minutes


Start at 9:06 am.

A motion was made, seconded and passed to accept the minutes from the May meeting.

Membership and financial update:

46 members have paid dues for 2018.

Teller Wildlife Refuge (where we have the club apiary) is running a fundraiser. They are asking for local beekeepers to donate honey as this year’s theme is “pollinators.” To donate, call 961-3507 and talk to Heather or Karen.

Someone in the club recently lost a colony of bees to American Foul Brood and did the right thing by calling club leadership and the state apiculturist. Their entire colony has to be humanely killed and all equipment associated with the colony was burned.

A motion was made, seconded and passed to donate new equipment to this club member and future club members who take one for the team to prevent this disease from spreading to others in the valley.

We have a member who due to illness must sell four new hives.  A get well card was circulated for members to sign.  Call Lezlee @ 381-2954 for info – leave message if no answer, they are quite busy.

Small hive beetles were found in nucs that were delivered to the Gallatin area this year. Scott Debnam, doctoral researcher at University of Montana, discussed the life cycle of the hive beetle and ways to deal with it.

A discussion was had about finding a veterinary resource for beekeepers to dispense treatment for American Foul Brood.

Scott talked about the “shook method” for treating foul brood which has been used in Europe with great success. This is not approved in the US.

Meeting ended at 11:03

June 9, 2018,  Bee Club Meeting

NOTE:  The location has changed.

The June meeting is scheduled for June 9th from 9 - 11 am at:

 Mosaic Church at 206 W Main in Hamilton 2 doors west of the Naps Restaurant.



We are still working on the agenda and topics to be discussed - BUT BE SURE IT WILL BE OF INTEREST.