Instrumental INsemination GRoup Information Dissemination Day
INSTRUMENTAL INSEMINATION GROUP.
Information Dissemination Day, Saturday 1st September 2001
N.A.C. Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire.
Hello All... (written by Ron Hoskins)
A very successful meeting for the nineteen participants who were able
to attend. This is the only known group meeting in this country with
a specific interest in furthering knowledge on Instrumental
Insemination. To that end, during the discussions in the early part
of the meeting, it was agreed by the above number that the group
should consider becoming more formal, though no action was taken to
create a formal committee at this meeting, but to wait until the next
meeting when hopefully, greater numbers will get involved and cause
the decision making to be more democratic. However, it was agreed
that anyone wishing to join the group should pay an annual fee of
£5.00 to cover administration and correspondence costs and to build
a cash reserve to enable more 'ambitious' meetings in the future.
Initially there should also be a 'function fee' to cover the cost of
individual functions without eating into the cash reserve. The cost
per head of this meeting was £3.50, which also put £13.50 into the
reserve fund. This was due to latecomers after the individual cost
had already been agreed.
Fifty letters or e-mails had been sent out for yesterdays meeting.
Nineteen attended though more had acknowledged and said they wished
to attend if they could make it. Sorry you could not all make it.
Of those that answered the questionnaire saying they were unable to
attend this year, all said they will attend next year. The next
meeting of our group will be held on 6th July 2002, and not in
September as in the past. This will enable practical work to be
carried out easier, drones and queens being more readily available,
but more to the point it will allow participants to go away and
practice, on their own drones and queens, what they have seen without
having to wait many months for the next season. Hopefully the change
of date will not clash with too many planned holidays. The venue
will be the same, BBKA Headquarters. See you there?
I have agreed to temporarily carry on with the correspondence until a
proper secretary is elected, unless someone wishes to take on the job
sooner? I have also agreed, under the same terms, to write an
occasional newsletter always providing that I am fed the information
needed to form a newsletter! I will use e-mail wherever possible to
correspond, so forward your e-mail address if I haven't got it
The meeting also agreed that the list of people known to be interested
in I.I. should be circulated, only to those people, to enable
contacts to be set up to establish group effort or assistance to
further the cause of I.I. For instance, in Wiltshire we now have
three individual groups formed with regular exchanges of information
between those groups. Not every member of these groups are 'with us',
but seven or eight are.
Please make notes in your diary for 2002:
Saturday 27th April Stoneleigh Convention.
At 9.45am in the BBKA HQ will be Belgium's Jos Hillen doing 'A.I. in
(You'll have to get there early for that one, the room will be packed
At 1.30 - 3.00 our own Michael Collier will be conducting 'I.I. for
At 3.15 - 4.15 it will be Jos Hillen again, this time with
'Queen Rearing - the quickest way to improve your bees'.
Our year will commence on January 1st 2002. Please participate by
joining and sending (Ron) a cheque for £5.00, (a receipt will be sent).
Also send your telephone number and e-mail address,
Thanks, Ron Hoskins
Posted... 09 September 2001,
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