Meeting called to order at 7:00 by President David Michaelson
Approximately 45 attendees
Outreach Budget – Vote to increase budget by $650 was approved by group
Items of Note and Announcements:
Web site committee has not met yet – will do so in near future – anyone interested in supporting contact David Michaelson
Outreach events – Arbor day- booth well attended as was the Celebrate Fairfax day
Outreach events are listed on the BANV web site
Arlington Co Fair – Aug 8-10
Larry Kelly and Dane will be in charge of Arlington Co Fair – need people to work – please contact email@example.com
Members can sell honey at the fair.
Arlington Adult Ed class coming up Aug 12? – Paul will confirm date
Aug Speaker will be Queen Rearing Group – Raising Queens in Small Apiaries – You Can Do It!
Sept Meeting will be a picnic – volunteers should contact David Michaelson
Swam Management – teams is underway – send messages to the list serv address
Reminder that there are 3 extractors available to BANV members – check web page for locations
Making BANV a 501c3 non-profit organization – Pres David Michaelson poled the group for interest. Most in attendance were unfamiliar with the need or issues so discussion will take place at Oct meeting. Parks to supply write-up on
4H Bee Club – Brenda Kiessling – Aug 2-3 there is a 4H fair at Frying Pan Park
Refractometer – 3 folks tested their honey courtesy of Whitney Long providing the instrument and Julie? doing the readings– all tested under 18%.
Activities in Apiary: Rob reviewed items to be aware of in July-Aug
Dearth is here
Varroa mites – watch the counts
Start harvesting honey – should be 95% capped
Robbing may increase
Now is the time to prepare for re-queening
Speakers: Frank Litton – Observation Hives, Gavin Dawson from South Africa – Bee Tales
Frank gave a great overview of the value and how to make observation hives. You can fine more information at
There are a number of different types of observation hives. An example of observation hives was passed around.
A few key things to remember – if permanent – think about placement in the house – both for the bee exit and the viewing and maintenance.
Keep the temperature at 65 degrees through the winter.
The bees will walk a long way through a tube to reach the outside.
Gavin Dawson – South African Bee Tales
Gavin gave an interesting view of what it is like to deal with bee swarms in S. Africa. He removes approximately 45 hives a month!
Interesting comments on honey bees seeking out factory waste and producing peppermint and other flavored honeys as well as a very black molasses based honey.
He also referenced a book and felt honey and stings have many medicinal properties – Honey the Gourmet Medicine by Joe Traynor
Meeting adjourned at 9:00 pm