Renewals, Address Changes, Mail Returns
There are still a number of members who have not sent in their renewals for 2010. Your renewal date is above your name on the Buzz. We would appreciate your attention to renewing your membership as your dues pay only 66% of the cost for the editing, printing and mailing of your Buzz each year.
A couple of other items that need to be mentioned are address changes and mail returns. We are charged by the Post Office for all returned issues of the Buzz because of an address change or because a member is “temporarily away”. If an issue is returned because of an address change, an effort is made to re-send it to the new address which means additional postage has to be paid to re-send it. This also means your issue will be delayed in getting to you.
If an issue is returned because the member is “temporarily away”, that issue will not be re-mailed as it may be returned again resulting in more postage being paid. If you are going to be “temporarily away”, please notify me when you leave and again when you return. I will hold your issues until your return and send them in one package.
Thank you for your renewal and for providing updated information so that your Buzz can be delivered in a timely manner.
Iowa Honey Queen June
Hello beekeepers! Boy has this spring been one wild ride. We go from really warm to really cold, really dry to really wet. I’m starting to think that Iowa is even more unpredictable than I first thought.
May has been slow for honey events so far. I have been working with my bees and just recently checked on them to see how the queen was doing. The weather has been so rough on them I was worried and asked Andy Joseph to come take a look at them. Hopefully there has been no permanent damage done from the poor weather and everything will look okay. I will be having multiple people with me when Andy comes out including my cousin Kelsey, my aunt Lanita, and my friend Marcus. They are all interested and bees and beekeeping so this will be a great learning experience for all of us.
My cousin Kelsey was selected to be Mahaska County Honey Queen in April and recently was asked to attend a field day in Ankeny hosted by her area club, The Back to Basics Beekeepers. I hadn’t planned on attending as I had to work but I got off just in time to hitch a ride with her to the event. I have to apologize to the group I was underdressed and unprepared but in all it was real fun, I met a lot of people, and learned some new things. It was really fun to watch Kelsey get excited about beekeeping. She really liked seeing the baby bees emerge from their cells and even let out an over ecstatic, “Awwww.” She will be a great beekeeper and queen.
I have many weddings and graduations to get to this spring, as well as starting my job up at Iowa State. Right now I am open for your events, as my only honey event scheduled thus far is for ACF in July with Melanie and Donna. Hopefully I will be having more events getting scheduled as summer gets closer so please contact me with those events! Try and stay warm and dry in the coming weeks!
Featured Beekeeper of the Month
This month our featured beekeeper is Andrew Schulz, who is another of the 2009 Youth Scholarship Winners sponsored by the Iowa Honey Producers Association. His parents are Gary and Melody Schulz and they live in Burlington, Iowa. Andrew has 5 sisters and 5 brothers and attends Mediapolis High School Where he is in the 10th grade.
Andrew says he likes making things out of wood, bees and reading. He is involved in FFA and 4-H. In 4-H he is the photographer and historian for his 4-H club. In FFA his supervised agricultural experience is trapping. He mostly trapped raccoon. He also had a swine project at the county fair.
Andrew got interested in honeybees when he was at a friend’s house and they had bees. He took his beekeeping course through Kirkwood Community College at Washington, Iowa and helped at the Iowa Honey Producers booth at the Iowa State Fair. Dave Tull was his mentor. Andrew says in the future he might get a few more colonies going. When asked about interesting beekeeping experiences, Andrew said his dog got chased by some of his bees.
Good luck with your beekeeping Andrew!
Submitted by Ron Wehr
Honey Lovers Candies
Honey Lovers is a candy similar to jelly beans made with real honey. The candy is made by Gimbal’s Fine Candies with 16 distinct flavors that resemble those found in Jelly Belly brand jelly beans.. The candies were being sold at Wal-Mart.
In addition to producing a fine tasting candy, Gimbals is also donating 5% of the proceeds to the University of California Davis Honeybee Research. The package also notes Colony Collapse Disorder and the importance of honeybees to the food supply.
You can find Gimbal’s Fine Candies on the web at gimbalscandy.com
Submitted by Trish Ebert