Annual General Meeting Minutes February 11, 2020
The Richmond Beekeepers Association
Minutes February 11, 2020
Meeting held in Kinsmen Pavilion at Richmond Nature Park, 7:30 pm
There were about 40 people in attendance.
Executives in attendance: Alan Wong (President), Jonathan Jakes (Vice President), Gregg Ashby (Secretary), Jean Stewart (Member at large), Barbara Rokeby (Treasurer)
- Welcome and introduction of Newbees
- There were 4 “Newbees” in attendance who introduced themselves.
- Alan asked for contributions to the Newsletter – Member Highlight, where we interview one of our members, as well as photos that can be used in our Newsletter as well as our Facebook page.
- Lanyards are colour coded for region, to facilitate member networking.
- Vancouver – Royal blue
- Richmond – Red
- New West – Light blue
- Burnaby – Yellow
- Delta/Tsawwassen – Purple
- Surrey – Black
- North Van – Green
- Other – White
- Iotron sterilisation. We are looking for a volunteer to coordinate this.
- A thankyou gift was given to Barbara Rokeby for serving as Treasurer for last two years. Thankyou gift was also given to Barbara Forster-Rickards for the mentorship program and organizing our refreshments.
- January 21, 2020 minutes approved.
- Treasurer’s report
- Barbara presented the 2019 actual results, highlighting changes from the prior year.
- She then walked through the 2020 budget which includes a workshop. Total net budgeted loss of $375. The Seeley event budget planned for October is a major event, has not been finalized.
- Motion to approve Financial Statements for 2019 carried.
- Motion to approve 2020 budget carried.
- 2020 Executive election
- Hugh Mawby chaired the election.
- Hugh asked for nominations. For all positions only one member stood for election so was elected by acclamation. The appointments are as follows:
- President – Alan Wong
- Vice president – Jonathan Jakes
- Treasurer – Jacques McCrae
- Secretary – Gregg Ashby
- Member at Large – Jean Stewart
- Other Business
- A discussion ensued on the size and growth of RBA’s bank balance. Members were concerned that as a non-for-profit we shouldn’t be adding to our bank balance year after year. Hugh, who participates in a number of not-for-profits, suggested it was valid, but helpful to have a contingency fund. Alan added that having this contingency means we have the capital to fund and take initiatives such as bringing Tom Seeley to Vancouver.
- Coffee break, raffle
- Guest speakers
- Erika Plettner and Jorge Macias Samano presented their research into a compound that disrupts varroa mite behaviour, disrupting their life cycle and knocking down their numbers. The audience was very excited about a potential new treatment for reducing mite load.
- Jonathan thanked our speakers with a gift.
- Meeting adjourned: 9:30 pm
Bees and Beers, 6:30pm February 25th at location to be decided.
RBA regular meeting, 7:30pm, March 10th, Kinsman Nature Pavilion, Richmond.