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Table of Contents
1. President's report
2. April Meeting
3. May Meeting
4. Club Picnic
5. Annual Raffle
6. VALB
7. Seasonal Bee Numbers
8. Bees Making Honey
9. Bees Keeping Warm
10. Local Suppliers
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President's Report

PRESIDENTS MONTHLY LETTER

Yet again we had a great turn out for the last meeting, and I am so pleased everyone can enjoy our monthly meetings.  They are a brilliant opportunity to catch up, exchange views, discuss things with other beekeepers and compare conditions across our region.  As you may have noticed we like to add some element of education to our evenings and last month was no exception, with a fascinating talk on queen rearing.  I will admit that some of it was complicated stuff but, even if I didn’t understand it all, I began to recognise the effort we need to put into protecting our bee population.  I will certainly take more time looking for parasites and disease from now on!

We also enjoyed a practical day for beginners (at Hilltop Hives in Mirboo North) with 14 students attending!  The weather was good, the bees were, on the whole, chilled and we were able to see and discuss everything we needed to.  I would like to Thank Peter, Bron and David for their top-class efforts – where would we bee without them?

Finally, we have a club picnic coming up and I think its going to be a great day. So come to the park and have some fun.

Enjoy your bees everyone; see you at the next meeting.

Andy Teitge
Your President

Coming Meetings & Events
SGB Meeting: Thursday APRIL 14th 7:30pm
Beginner's Corner: 7:00pm

April is all about packing down our hives for winter. We will have a number of speakers talking about their take on the best way to go about it. Please contribute any suggestions you may have on the subject
We will also have a number of short videos demonstrating testing for AFB & Varroa - These are handy tools to have in the box at packing-down time.
There will also be a demo of wiring and applying beeswax to plastic foundation. 
SGB Meeting: Thursday MAY 12th 7:30pm
Beginner's Corner: 7:00pm

Yippee it's time again for our Honey and Mead Competition night. Bring along your honey, as many varieties as you like, mead and any other hive related products you have - eg wax wraps, facial or hand cremes, recipes, cakes etc. Others will love to see them and compare notes. Samples welcome of course. If you would like to demonstrate how you make your own special hand creme etc just set yourself up on a table and share away. 
Club Picnic / BBQ:
Saturday April 9th 12pm - 3pm
Mossvale Park


Food, soft drinks and tea and coffee will be provided.
Bring along a fav recipe for a dessert buffet if you wish.
Annual SGB Raffle
Every year the SGB has a raffle.
Every year it is an absolute beauty and this year is no exception.
Tickets will be on sale at the April meeting for $5 each and the prizes are:
1st: Lega extractor RRP $530
2nd: 226 litre trolley RRP $269
3rd: Uncapping tray RRP $160
Club Services: Visit A Local Beekeeper: VALB

Looking for club members as you pack-down your hives who can volunteer to host a few newbies.
Call Joe 0407 505109 - Short notice is fine!

Thanks everyone - we all remember what it's like to be a beginner.
There is still time, but not much, to visit a local beekeeper. This is an opportunity to go along with a more experienced beekeeper as they tend their hives. 
Being quite late in the season now it is possible that some of our hosts will be closing their hives down for winter soon. Observing as this process takes place will remove a lot of the 'mystery' that intimidates a lot of new beekeepers when they think of winter 'pack-down' 
If you would like to participate in one of these last sessions for the season please contact the VALB co-ordinator Joe Borg:  0407 505 109
Seasonal Population Variation in The Bee Colony
Have you ever wondered about the massive changes within the hives from season to season? This article, in the link below, from the NSW DPI explains how and why these seasonal changes happen.
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How Bees Make Honey
I know it's been covered before but we have a lot of new members who may not know the ins and outs of how bees transform nectar into honey. Here is a short reminder of the process.
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How Do Bees Keep Warm In Winter
We all want to keep warm in winter right?! Bees are no different. Most importantly for the health of the queen who must be kept alive at all costs. This short article talks about the 'winter cluster' and the importance of teamwork within the hive in winter. 
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Local Suppliers

Beekeeping Supplies - Jeeralang Junction
Wax exchange
Honey for Sale
Contact: by appointment only
Stan Glowacki: 0413 136 878
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Beekeeping Supplies - Mirboo North
Queens and Nucs for sale in Spring. Please enquire re when these are available.
Pollination services and more.
Honey, Wax Wraps/ Lip Balm plus more for sale
Contact: Peter Gatehouse: 0423 244 107
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