• October Meeting

This is our election meeting and so it is the most important meeting of the year because this is when we choose the new officers and that in turn will shape the direction our club will take for the next year. We have provision for:
a. President
b. Vice President
c. Secretary
d. Treasurer
e. Member-at-large
f. Program Chair
g. Education Chair
h. BASC Honey Bee Ambassador
i. Immediate Past President
This is an opportunity for those of us who love bees and beekeeping to make a difference. As you have probably heard, Los Angeles has approved a beekeeping ordinance so that it is now legal to keep bees in LA within the rules.
At this next meeting we will discuss what we want to do about legalizing beekeeping in our cities.
We will have another digital microscope in our raffle as well as a portable scale, a lighted loupe and a Refractometer. We will also have a demonstration of how to use the refractometer. For those who do not know, a honey refractometer is a device to measure the water content in honey. When light enters a liquid it bends (refracts.) The more sugar in the liquid the more it bends. On the instrument you have a scale that you can read to see what the water content of your honey is.
If the all the cells on the frame are full but uncapped, do you extract? Many beekeepers shake the frame to see if the liquid comes out. If it does, then they feel that it is still nectar and not honey. But you have wasted some of the bee’s effort by tossing their nectar. It would be so much easier to just put a couple of drops on the refractometer and read the scale!
[When light enters a liquid it changes direction; this is called refraction. Refractometers measure the degree to which the light changes direction, called the angle of refraction. A refractometer takes the refraction angles and correlates them to refractive index (nD) values that have been established. Aug 25, 2006]
We will also show you how to weigh your hive using the portable, digital scale.
The Christmas Banquet will be held at the La Mirada North Woods Inn at:
14305 Firestone Blvd, La Mirada, CA 90638
The board feels that it would be equitable for BASC to subsidize the Christmas Banquet meal for those who worked at the Los Angeles County Fair this year to the tune of $10.00 dollars per shift up to three shifts, (max $30.00.) The basic menu they offer parties is chicken, steak or fish, to make it easy, and flexible enough for them to accommodate us. Soft drinks, tea and coffee will be included. You will have to buy your own beer or liquor.
BASC Agenda, October 22nd, 2015.
Call to order
Welcome members and guests
Pledge of allegiance
Treasurer’s report
Committee reports
Explanation of board positions
Nominations
Election of officers
Snack break
Presentation: How to read a refractometer; How to weigh your hive.

Don’t forget coming up in November will be our first annual club BBQ because of no regular meeting over the Thanksgiving Holiday. The BBQ will be Saturday Nov. 14th. Please be sure to email a reply through the club YahooGroup to let us know you are coming as well as to sign up for a side dish to bring for the potluck.

This month’s meeting will be Thursday October 22nd at the usual location: La Mirada Civic Center is 13710 La Mirada Blvd., La Mirada, CA 90638 at 6:30PM. Meetings are always open and free of charge, and everybody is always welcome. If anybody needs directions driving please call Rich at (949)458-6532 Refreshments are supplied by the club. Doors open at 6PM
For those interested in contacting other club members via email to discussing beekeeping issues, please join our Yahoo Group at http://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/bkasc/info