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January General Meeting Minutes

Wasatch Beekeepers Association – General Meeting

Thursday, January 17, 2019, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Salt Lake County Council Chambers

  • Welcome
  • Introduction new club officers by Veldon.
  • He shared information from the ABF meeting regarding a honey finder button for either selling honey or locating local honey (
  • Denise brought in tickets to the Sundance movie, “Honeyland”, showing at the Broadway Centre Cinemas; 111 East Broadway (300 South), SLC on January 29. You must arrive 15 minutes and be in your seats before the movie is to start or the doors are closed and you will not be allowed in. Free parking available with validation at Broadway Centre Garage (east of Broadway Theatre).
  • Kyla Bachman passed out $10 coupons for Desert Hive. She told us of classes offered by Desert Hive; including a two-hour class on Varroa mites.
  • Kari discussed the USU Thriving Hive series offered through Event Brite. The beginning beekeeping series is $45, and this cost includes this year’s membership into WBA. There is also an Advanced Beekeeping class offered as well for $100.
  • Jerry Lynn, Natalee Thompson and Peter Somers shared their techniques for winter hive management.
  • Veldon quickly discussed the Varroa mite problem, and stated that mite control will be addressed every meeting in some form.
  • Peter Somers will come out and perform a hive inspection. He also has an infrared camera that can be used to determine if your cluster is still alive. He can be reached at       801-874-2999.
  • Al Chuback gave a presentation on his trip to Jordan.
    • Beekeepers reduce frame numbers to force center clustering for winter.
    • Beekeepers there do not feed their bees; hives are much smaller.
  • Meeting closed at 9 pm. 40 people attended the meeting.
  • Next meeting: February 21.

Start Your Own Beehive presented by Salt Lake County Library System

Tuesday, January 15
7:00pm – 8:00pm

South Jordan, 10673 South Redwood Road, South Jordan, Utah, 84095

Enjoy an hour of bee keeping information with the Salt Lake County Bee Inspector.

  • This is NOT a sanctioned WBA Event.

January WBA Event Details

The next WBA meeting

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Location:   Salt Lake County Complex 2001 South State Street in the main Council Chambers

Time:  7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

There will be a “Tips & Tricks” and questions from 6:45 pm to 7:00 pm for those who get there early.


New Board Expectations and updates (Veldon Sorensen)              Managing Hives in the dead of winter  (Natalee Thompson, Jerry Lynn)      History of beekeeping and Jordan Trip (Albert Chubak)
Wasatch Beekeeping Association will be working with Utah State Extension Services and will have a “Beginning Beekeeping” class.  This will be on the same dates beginning on February 21, 2019 through June 2019.  The course location will be at the Salt Lake County Complex 2001 South State Street, but will be in the “South Building” in the Utah State Extension classroom.  The time will be from 6:00 pm to 6:50 pm so that these students can then come over to the main WBA meeting.  The cost will be $45.00 and will include the yearly membership dues to the Wasatch Beekeeping Association.We will be setting up an Eventbrite registration for this class.

Dates of future meetings (and the Beginning Beekeeping class):

February 21, 2019

March 21, 2019

April 18, 2019

May 16, 2019

Possible picnic/potluck and workshop, hopefully at Wheeler Farm in June.

Results Of The Election

The Wasatch Beekeeping Association had a wonderful potluck dinner and elections on November 15, 2018. Thank you to everyone who joined us! We also had some new people attend who joined as new members.

I would like to announce the results of the election:

President: Veldon Sorensen
Vice President: James Peirce
Treasurer: Rosemary Bennett
Secretary: Lora Owens
Program Director: Kari Taylor
Public Relations: This is still being adjusted. Denise B Hunsaker did not run, but she was elected to continue working with the club because she does so much for the club. Therefore, she has agreed to assist with this position with a lot of help from others.
Facebook/Social Media Administrator: Amy Wilson. Amy will help take on some of the jobs of the public relations and assist in any way possible.

We look forward to working together and planning out the next year for the club.

Please be aware that there is not a meeting in December. Our next WBA meeting will be on January 17, 2019 at the Salt Lake County Complex, 2001 South State.

Please congratulate all these new people who have volunteered to help run the Wasatch Beekeepers Association club.

November WBA Honey Contest, General Meeting, Elections and Potluck Dinner

The November WBA Honey Contest, General Meeting, Elections and Potluck Dinner will be held on Thursday, November 15, 2018 at:
Cottonwood Heights City Building
2277 East Bengal Blvd    (about 7500 South)
Cottonwood Heights, Utah
The time for Honey Judging, the dinner and elections will be 6:30 pm to about 8:30 pm.

October Meeting Info

Next Meeting October 18, 2018
Speaker for October:

Teresa Huntsaker
She is with Utah State Extension Services
She will be taking about doing things with honey and wax. Also about making creamed honey.
She is also planning on doing a workshop on November 17, 2018.  Time will be 1:00 to 3 or 4pm.  Location to be determined.
Topics for the workshop included the following possibilities:
-making your own creamed honey
-making soap
-making chapstick
-making a honey sugar body scrub
-? Other activities
Cost will be around $15.00 per person. Plus you will have to bring your own honey (1 cup).
Other topics for the October 18th meeting will be discussion on Elections in November.  We will also be taking nominations for who would like to be on the board for WBA.

Volunteers Needed For The State Fair

If your able to help please call 801-473-3665 and let us know PLEASE!

We need some help on the following days/times:

Thurs. September 2nd 2 to 6

Sun. September 9th 2 to 6

Wed. September 12th 2 to 6 and 6 to 10

Thursday September 13th All Time Slots

Friday September 14th 10 to 2 and 6 to 10

Saturday September 15th 10 to 2 and 6 to 10

Sunday September 16th 6 to 10

Honey Bee Health Coalition

Here is the link to the Honey Bee Coalition it can also be found under our resource tab here on our website.


Our mission is to collaboratively implement solutions that will help to achieve a healthy population of honey bees while also supporting healthy populations of native and managed pollinators in the context of productive agricultural systems and thriving ecosystems.


We’ve formed the Honey Bee Health Coalition to bring together beekeepers, growers, researchers, government agencies, agribusinesses, conservation groups, manufacturers, and consumer brands to improve the health of honey bees in general and specifically around production agriculture. We’re taking collaborative action to improve honey bee health by addressing multiple factors influencing bee health, including hive pests and disease, forage and nutrition, and exposure to crop pesticides.

BEE FEST This Saturday June 16, 2018

A Celebration of Pollination!
Bees, butterflies, birds and other pollinators – and the flowers they love.

Presented by CATALYST Magazine Slow Food Utah and Wasatch Community Gardens

FREE! 9am-2pm @ the Wasatch Community Gardens’ Green Team Farm: 622 W 100 S, just west of the Gateway)

Meet the Experts
Marketplace – ART, CRAFTS, etc.
Plant Sale
Honey-based bake sale
Honey tasting
Kids activities
Pollinator costume contest

Special Guest Speaker Katie Wagoner will speak at our WBA meeting on 4/19/2018 7:00 P.M. Sharp

We are honored to have Katie Wagoner from Utah State University She is a Horticulture Extension Assistant Professor at Utah State University. She works extensively with the Master Gardener Program through USU. She will be speaking on Planting for Pollinators. She plans to have a power point which hopefully we can upload to our website following this presentation.

Also following her presentation, David Bench will talk about splitting hives. Things to look for before splitting and how to do a split. He will bring some empty boxes to show. Hopefully we will have some photo’s to go along with his presentation.

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