15 AUGUST 2011 MINUTES
1) Call to Order:
The Business Meeting was was called to order by Chairperson Agatha Coggins at 7:15 pm. She then asked that several visitors introduce themselves.
Our speaker for the evening was Wanda O'Callaghan. Wanda is a charter member of the Oglethorpe County Bee Club and has hosted many workshops with her hives in which we learned the basics of beekeeping. She is also the first of our members to become a Certified Master Beekeeper.
Wanda spoke about her recent extended visit to Honeypie Hives and Herbals in a presentation entitled "Can Beekeeping be a Business?" This summer Wanda spent 2 weeks with her niece's family in Prince Edward County, Ontario, Canada. The family has over 70 honeybee hives. Wanda explained how this family of four has become self-supporting with their business of beekeeping over the last ten years, lost most of their bees, and have rebuilt the business. It is much a home business with all in the family participating and much of the living space in the house doing double duty for preparation of one of several products the family produces for the business.
Wanda also distributed three handouts with additional information about beekeeping as a business and small business in general. One of these itemized in detail the Advantages and the Costs of the Honeypie Business. Wanda refused to present more than the facts, claiming that decisions about forming a business involved more than just the facts of one particular experience.
A very detailed and careful presentation which was well received by the Club. Thanks to Wanda!
Please see the 2011 Monthly Meetings page for more details.
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2) Reading of the Minutes of the Preceding Business Meetings:
The minutes of the 18 July 2011 Business Meeting were read by Secretary Glenn Galau. They were approved without corrections.
3) Treasurer's Report:
Treasurer Louise 'Doc' Spears gave the Treasurer's Reports for transactions since the last business meeting of 18 July. The report was approved as read.
The balance at the 18 July 2011 meeting was $ 1,460.79. There were three expenses totaling $ 136.16 and two deposits totaling $ 144.00, leaving a balance of $ 1,468.63.
4) Officer and Committee Reports:
Carol Williamson, Communications Chairperson: No Report.
Glenn Galau, Webmaster: No Report.
Carol Williamson, Chair of the Bylaws Committee:
Carol, Betty Ward and Agatha Coggins completed their suggestions for amending the present Bylaws. They have been mounted on the Website for about a week prior to this evening's Business Meeting.
Carol then asked for additional changes from the floor and voting on these and those revisions in the proposed bylaws. The most significant approved change, by vote of the eligible voters, was in proposed Article IV, (New) Section 2: Officers and chairpersons shall be elected by a simple (rather than two-thirds as proposed) majority. This and a few gramatical changes were incorporated into the proposed new bylaws and they were approved by vote of the eligible voters. They must be approved again at the next business meeting for them to take effect.
Betty Ward, Honey Sales: Two jars of the original 120 remain unsold.
5) Old Business: None
6) Unfinished Business: None
7) New Business:
Without objection, Carol Williamson was appointed to be the Club's Board Member on the Board of Directors of the Georgia Beekeepers Association.
The Business Meeting was adjourned at 8:37 pm.
9) Submitted by Glenn Galau, Secretary
Approved with modifications during the Business Meeting of 17 October 2011.
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