ASSOCIATION ANNUAL BUSINESS MEETING
November 3, 2007
Elmore Herman, President, called the Annual business meeting to order at 8:42 AM.
in attendance: Escarosa,
Edward K. Peach
Report: Elmore Herman reported on a very
active year attending Honey Bee Technical Council Meetings (2) as well as Plant
Industry Council Meeting (next one in
Vice President’s Report: David Webb reported on his continued meetings with the forum on the future of agriculture, sponsored by the Farm Bureau and other agencies. He indicated a beekeeper presence was important. He also reported on the Farm Bureau’s legislative day and the fact that more money had been appropriated by the legislature for bee research, and this likely will be a continuing effort.
Apiary Report: The reports from those managing the Conrad Memorial Apiary were mixed. Lee Del Signore reported a 70 pound average for the 48 colonies he manages, but did not report specific income gained by the Association. Bill Merritt reported three colonies lost, reducing the number he manages to 52. He reported a “break even” status with no revenue provided the Association. Elmore Herman managing 16 hives reported 8 drums of honey (2 of those tupelo), but again no specific revenue provided to the Association. Discussion that revenue from the apiaries is decreasing due to general problems all beekeepers are facing. Jerry Latner committed to providing the Conrad Memorial Apiary with 250 assembled frames this year and the same next to assist those managers in renovating their combs.
Bert Kelley reported highlights of a treasurer’s report. Currently a balance of $16,915.36 is in the
checkbook. There were incomes from state
fair activities, last year’s convention (inexpensive as held in a county
facility), apiaries, and summer meeting).
He reported dues income of $3,235 and also income from sales of
program/newsletter ad and breaks. He had
no budget to report at the present time, but it is not expected to change
much. Executive Secretary
Executive Secretary/Webmaster Report:
(four) issues January, April, August, October (Convention Issue)
published. Currently 395 total mailed;
first class $.63 , Costs increasing
approaching: $790/issue average. Secretary asking for $3500 increase in budget
Active 2009 1
Advertisers 37 (last year 25)
Life Members 85
No copies of flyer were published last year; see updated verson on the web site .http://floridabeekeepers.org under “Member.” The Yahoo.com FSBA list has 109 (78 last year) subscribers; use of e-mail for association business is continuing to increase. Executive Secretary remaining in touch with local Associations and has arranged for the Association’s conference call board of managers meetings via http://freeconferencecall.com/.
Discussion of newsletter delivery. Executive Secretary to look into electronic delivery, perhaps through the web site. Also alternative ways for ads to be sold will be explored for the next ad campaign.
Gentry was appointed as publicity coordinator.
She has spearheaded a number of FSBA – related projects, including
developing a new logo, coordinating the summer meeting (June 9, 2007 in
of bylaws: Laurence Cutts, last year’s
bylaws rewrite committee chair said they had been approved last year in
Constitution Wording: Article XI
constitution may be amended by a two-thirds vote of the members present at any
annual meeting, or any special meeting called for that purpose, provided 30
days prior written notice of amendments have been presented to each member.
When an amendment is ratified, a copy of said amendment will be included in the
next available newsletter to all members of the Association.
Wording: Article X
by-laws may be amended by two-thirds vote of the members present at any regular
or special meeting called for that purpose.
amendments are made, a reprint will be made to incorporate the changes and
printed in the next newsletter. Copies shall be made available to all
interested parties upon request.
The Executive Secretary will insert a discussion along with wording in the next newsletter.
Nancy Gentry presented the new logo as it was published on the program’s cover and now on the web site. Motion by Bert Kelley to adopt it as official; seconded by E.K. Peach. Passed unanimously. Thanks to Nancy, Karen Wassmer, and Denise Fieber of DPI for leading this effort.
Motion by David Hackenberg, seconded by E.K. Peach that the Association support the idea of the new honey identity standard that is currently being generated by a committee including Nancy Gentry, Bert Kelley, David Miksha, Bill Rhodes, Doug McGinnis and others. Committee will liaison with DPI and Florida Farm Bureau on this effort. Passed.
Motion by Laurence Cutts, seconded by Bill Merritt that Executive Secretary Sanford be retained at his present compensation package. Passed.
The Nominating Committee (Bill Merritt, John Gentzel, Jerry Latner) presented the following candidates for office. Laurence Cutts (President), Gary Ranker (Vice-President) and Bert Kelley (Treasurer). Nominations from the floor included David Webb for President (David Hackenberg) and Nancy Gentry for Vice President (E.K. Peach). A majority of those voting installed the following slate of officers: Laurence Cutts, Gary Ranker and Bert Kelley.
Laurence Cutts accepted the gavel from Elmore Herman and adjourned the meeting at 10:35 a.m.
Malcolm T. Sanford