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July 2018 Newsletter
Issue #68
Presidents Report - July 2018
No President's Report this month.
Peter will be reading out his annual report at the AGM and it will be posted in the next newsletter.

2018 Club Calendar

Thursday July 12th 7.30pm
AGM - Yay it's AGM time again!!

This year's theme for those of us who are going to dress up and look magnificent is:
Beekeeping Around the World
Awesome prizes are awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place

Wax Melter Raffle
Tickets will be handed out at the June and July meetings to present club members. If you would like some sent to you please contact Peter Gatehouse.
Stubs and money will need to be sent or brought to the club for the draw at the AGM.

Door Prizes for all members paid-up on the night
Our chosen supplier will be providing great prizes plus many other generous donations will be on offer. Tickets will be handed out on the night. You'll have great chances if you join up your large family and bring them along on the night!

Thursday August 9th 7.30pm

A chat about pests in the bee-hive
Bron & Paul have recently done the online Tocal Course - Pests and Diseases of Honey Bees.
They will be bringing a presentation to the club to help you to identify and treat your hives for Small Hive Beetle, Wax Moth etc. Questions will also be taken which they will do there best to answer along with more experienced members of our club.
Sunday 22nd July 12md - 2pm
Club Excursion to Commercial Beekeeper
You may recall a presentation last year by Ian Caine. Ian runs a medium size beekeeping business from his home and processing facility near Bruthen, though his activities cover Victoria and up into NSW.
We have arranged to visit Ian’s processing facility in July (when things are slightly quieter with beekeeping) to see his equipment and learn how large scale beekeeping works.
Ian has very kindly offered to provide a bbq lunch before the tour .. so you won’t need to bring anything. You also won’t be visiting any bees, so you won’t need veils, etc..
Arrive:  Before midday/ lunch 12:00 - 01:00pm
Tour:     1:00pm – 2:00pm

To get numbers for catering, you MUST book in with Colin Goodwin by calling 0438 545 145 before Wed 18th July.
As we are so spread out it’s not practical for the club to arrange shared transport, BUT if you know someone else nearby who is going then you can see if they would like to share with you.
July Newsletter Contents
* AGM Theme & Raffle
* Tagates lemmonii (Mexican marigold)
* Nosema reminder
* Movie links from Pizza Night
* Further links of interest
* Nomination forms

Vale - Ray Boys
* WIN News Interview
* Bee-suppliers Ads


AGM Theme

Beekeeping Around The World

Lots of amazing prizes will be given away for 
Costumes: 1st 2nd & 3rd
Plus door prizes by the score! 
They all have to go!
So make sure your m'ship is paid on the night then just sit back and enjoy the fun.

Below: Here is some African beekeeping to inspire you.

Au Wax Melters - 15 litre unit

For raffle at the AGM on July 12th.

This is a truly fantastic prize.

Many tickets were sold at the June meeting and more will be available at the AGM. Tickets are $2 each or 3 for $5

The SGB sincerely thanks AU Wax Melters for offering us this unit, at a considerable discount, to give one lucky beekeeper the opportunity to win.
Plant of the Month: Tagetes lemmonii (Mexican marigold)
Tagetes lemmonii (Mexican marigold) is a useful small shrub with a bushy growth habit of 2m x 2m.  It flowers prolifically and constantly during short-day seasons making it a welcome addition to the garden when most other flowering plants are having a rest or regenerating after pruning.
The foliage has a very strong perfume which I find very pleasant and refreshing, unlike my granddaughter who announced as she pulled away --"YUK!". Oh well, you can't please all the people all the time.

The picture below shows a very tattered butterfly near the end of her life nevertheless enjoying the abundant pollen and a little nectar offered by the flowers.

How are your bees travelling so far this winter?

We've been pretty lucky with some warm sunny days interspersed with the bitterly cold classical South Gippsland winter weather.
It's been great to see the bees flying out which helps to keep their pollen supplies topped up for the colder months to come.
As your bees fly out on these colder days keep an eye out for signs of nosema i.e. pooey splodges and stripes on the outside of the hive as they relieve themselves after days or weeks of being confined.
To reduce the risk of Nosema make sure that your hives are 1. In full sun 2. with entrances facing north to discourage dampness and condensation in the hive  3. clear of grass 4. tilted forward to allow for water drainage and 5. well off the ground on bricks, pallets or concrete blocks facilitating good air circulation around the hive.
The other thing is to leave them be while it's cold. They just need to be left to huddle inside and stay warm.
Lots of busy bees today bringing in lovely white pollen - goodness knows where it's coming from though. Over our entire garden I saw 10 bees foraging. Maybe they're in your garden.
You can tell that they're our bees; they have pink and purple stripey hair!

Movies from June Pizza Night Meeting

History of Beekeeping in Australia  (3mins)
Beekeeping on the Move (9mins)
Handling Hives Today (9mins)

German Skep Beekeeping (12mins)

Unique Process of Hogg, Comb-Honey Cassettes (3mins)

Further links of interest

Bees Get Stressed at Work Too (and it may be causing colony collapse)

Bees Learning to Play Soccer

These Bees Taught Their Friends to Play Bee Soccer
Nomination Forms

Do you fancy nominating either yourself or a friend
for a Committee position at the upcoming
AGM on July 12th
If so, you can download the pdf HERE
You can either bring the completed form to the AGM 
or you can scan and email it to Margaret Gatehouse
Forms will be available on the night also.
In Memory of Ray Boys - Strzelecki
Sadly we lost one of our club members last month.

Ray Boys was a regular attendee at our meetings. He was a dedicated conservationist as he demonstrated whenever I chatted with him. He was so proud of the fact that his farm had been chemical free for many decades and was very enthusiastic about incorporating bees into his beloved ecosystem. Recently, Jem Dilek placed some bees on Ray's land realizing his dream.

In the last month of his life Ray rang me twice to make sure he hadn't missed out on the next meeting. His memory was failing along with his general health but he still loved being a part of the South Gippsland Beekeepers.

Rest in Peace Ray
A little chat with WIN News .. Wednesday July 4th
WIN News were interested in catching up with some local beekeepers after the reference made by Sir David Attenborough last week regarding helping out fatigued bees in the garden with a teaspoon of sugar syrup.
Peter and I (Bron) were roped in to answer a few questions and pose for a couple of pics. Hopefully we represented the club, beekeeping and bees well.
The weather was very co-operative with the sun coming out and shining on the hives warming up and stimulating many of the bees to flight.
The reporter and cameraman showed extraordinary bravery as they got up close and personal to the bees with somewhat inadequate protection. Neither were stung. Pete was not so lucky however.

The Bunyip Beekeeper

Factory 4/18 Bormar Drive Pakenham Vic 3810
Winter Hours: from 8th June 2018 - 9am to 5:30pm - Wednesday to Friday
Closed Saturday


Jeeralang Apiary Supplies 

Stan Glowacki
60 Koala Drive
Jeeralang Junction
51222641 & 0413136878

Hill Top Hives (Mirboo North)

Please call for prices on services available e.g. swarm/hive removals, wax dipping and  equipment costs.
Contact: Peter Gatehouse 0423 244107 

Blue Tree Honey Farm

Café Hours:
Thu - Fri  10:30am - 3:30pm
Sat - Sun 10:00am - 4:00pm
Delicious Devonshire Tea
Now open for LIGHT LUNCHES Sat & Sun
Gourmet Pies & Toasted Focaccia

Farm gate sales store
 for your beekeeping supplies, honey & jams.

m: 0418 502 396 Rob & Sharon Fisher

120 Sweeneys Lane, Dumbalk Victoria 3956

2017/2018 SGB Club Committee


President: Peter Gatehouse
Vice President: Colin Goodwin
Vice President 2: Graeme Beasley
Treasurer: Peter Galt
Secretary: Margaret Gatehouse
Member: Julian Walker
Member: Kylie Pollard  (Butler)
Member: Rob Fransen
Member: Lorrae Hamilton

Other Positions:
Swarm Co-ordinator: Julian Walker - 0413 252128
Equipment Officer: David Barton - 0433 035144
Newsletter & Website Editor: Bron Barton - 0433 035143
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