The Crossroads Beekeepers held their monthly meeting on Monday, November 10, 2014, at the University of Illinois Extension Center in Effingham. Twenty-six members and guests were present for the meeting.
Larry Quicksall, club President, called the meeting to order and announced the passing of chartering club member John Michl of Saint Marie. John passed away at his home on Thursday, October 30th, and his memories were presented to the club by his wife, Rose Michl, and granddaughter, Arianna Goss.
Officer reports were presented, and Dave Dhom also shared recent information about the Illinois Queen Initiative and the Illinois State Beekeepers Association.
Club elections were held for the 2015 club officers, and the following were elected for a one-year term:
- Michelle Barnick – President
- David Dhom – Vice President of Programming
- Nick Brummer – Secretary
- Nelda Campbell – Treasurer
- Rose Michl – Membership Director
Current officers and officers-elect will meet prior to the next meeting. The 2015 officers will be installed at the December 8th meeting.
Elections were also held for the 2014 Beekeeper of the Year, which will be announced and presented at the December meeting.
Barb Brayfield and Michelle Barnick provided the meeting’s program on various products that can be made from the hive as gifts for the Christmas season, including beeswax, infused honey, soaps, lotions, and balms.
The 50/50 drawing was won by Arianna Goss and the door prize of soaps and lotions was won by Travis Dollarhide.
The next meeting of the Crossroads Beekeepers will be held on Monday, December 8th, at 6:30pm in the basement of the University of Illinois Extension Center, 1209 N. Wenthe, Effingham. Enter the west doors and go downstairs.