On the reverse of this letter, or attached if you are receiving it by
Email, is a
copy of the letter
I wrote immediately after the meeting we held in September. This, is
just to refresh your memory, and to save me having to cover it all
again in this letter.
I will however draw your attention to the date in the heading above,
the date of our next get together, as was agreed at the last meeting.
This time though, being in the middle of the beekeeping season should
make it easier to have plenty of queens and drones available. It may
also mean that coupled with the holiday season, some of you will not
be able to make the meeting. That will be unfortunate of course, but
of the 50 letters sent out last year only nineteen were able to make
the September date. The July one may therefore prove more successful!
Please do try to be there. Mark your diary now... July 6th... 9.30am
You will note it was also agreed that an annual 'Membership Fee' of £5
per person be levied. To that end I have opened a 'Trustee Savings
A/c' with The Halifax, which will need two signatures to make
withdrawals. The A/c name is 'INSTRUMENTAL INSEMINATION GRP CLUB' to
which you should make your cheque payable for 2002. (Some have already
paid). Please don't leave it until the last minute? I had to do so
much chasing last year that it made heavy going for me, and I really
do not have much spare time.
I also draw your attention to the BBKA Stoneleigh Convention on April
27th when Jos Hillen and our own Michael Collier will be demonstrating
and lecturing in the BBKA HO. If you are unable to make the 27th, but
would like to hear Jos Hillen, Belgian Beekeeper and insemination
expert, then he is giving a special lecture to the Somerset Beekeepers
to which you are invited, phone first to make sure there is space.
There is no charge, but a donation will be appreciated. Sharon Blake
is the person to phone. Her number is 01460-242124.
At our last meeting I invited Michael Collier to prepare to speak to us
this year about his American I.I. Course with Sue Cobey and about his
hands-on work with queen breeding in the states. He will also bring
along some newly acquired equipment and will give practical
instruction on insemination.
John Pollard is developing a full program for the day, though I have
arranged for Albert Knight of BIBBA to come along and give us the
benefit of his knowledge on bee selection and breeding.
Will you all bring along your equipment, ideas and suggestions to make
the meeting a success plus queens and drones. Feed back to me now, any
thoughts you have about making the meeting successful.
I will not be putting out a questionnaire this year, other than to
newcomers, but I will be in touch again before July, unless there is
someone else who would like to throw their hat in the ring and take
over from me as I have a lot on my plate, too much to give you my
best, undivided help. I hope to see you in July,
Ron Hoskins. 8. 02. 02
Ron's copy... 08 February 2002,
Posted... 26 February 2002,
Revised... 21 January 2003,