Posted on Aug 16, 2019

Notice

President Kathy Rayment lead off the meeting by reporting the results of the ballot measure to be the official sponsor of a new Poulsbo area Rotary Club. The vote was 45-4 in favor of sponsoring the new club. After the vote and announcement, a point of order was made requesting an open discussion on the topic. It was felt that sufficient discussion had not taken place prior to the vote. We were reminded that approximately two weeks prior, President Elect Nick Johnson presented the idea to the club and ample time was given for questions at that point plus people had two weeks to seek answers to any questions. 
 
Discussion followed and the vote stood. (These are not official minutes of the meeting. That task, if required, is for the Club Secretary.) 
 
Nick and Maddie Johnson
GUESTS were: Serenity Todd outbound exchange student to Belgium, Tony Vendunio AN NW Construction from Seattle, two members from the Bremerton Club, Shannon Childs Olympic College trustee, guest speakers Rudy and Marg DePew, Maddie Johnson – Nick’s daughter (shown with Nick above), and John Ackenhusen, a longtime Rotarian and frequent guest who recently moved to Poulsbo 
 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Jon Pavey
  • Wine Tasting tonight at Pyles home 
  • Jon Pavey has a 1962 copy of Saturday Evening Post featuring a story on Rotary's work with Polio if anyone would care to review it. 
  • Etta Project was raffling off a 1993 Miata $50 Each. See website if interested. 
  • Meredith Green announced she was going to pick up a visiting past exchange student (Sidney Engelbertink, from The Netherlands). Anyone would care to spend time with her was welcome to contact her. Visiting for 2 weeks 

Lori Cloutier gave another "Trashy Talk"

Lori Cloutier gave another
A local school collected 5000 lbs of thin plastic film. (2x the next closest competitor). TREX Challenge is from Nov 15 to April: Collect 500 lbs & get a high-quality outdoor bench made from the recycled products. Our club will participate, in hopes of helping the planet but also getting at least 1 bench for the community. Flyers will be available to promote the contest and solicit donations. Kimi & Gary will help with storage and Central Market has offered to help ship it to TREX. 
 
Audrey Wolf
Audrey Wolf was presented her new BLUE badge, having completed required tasks. Congratulations Audrey! (Each new member receives a red name badge. After completing a series of new member tasks designed to help them fully participate in the activities of the club, they receive a blue name badge.)
 

Sequim Bee Farm

Buddy and Meg DePew
Rudy and Marg DePew
Tom Eckman introduced guest speakers Buddy and Meg DePew, owners of the Sequim Bee Farm. He prefaced the intro by sharing about Kitsap Bank’s 3Edge Business Competition. Our speakers were winners of the competition which provides a grant to start up local businesses. Initially, in July, 50 applications are accepted. Those are whittled down to 15 semi-finalists. Those are reduced to 5 and from those, 1 finalist is selected after a challenging process. A video was shown to highlight the experience. 
 
The farm was started as a hobby 15 years ago as a way to relieve stress from their 'real' jobs. Their mission was to protect bees. Bees suffer a 40% reduction in population each year!!!The Sequim Bee Farm produces high quality honey. Honey bees are the only bees that produce excess honey, which can be harvested. Other types of bees only make enough to sustain their colony. Back in medieval days, some bees produced a toxic honey that was used by some villages to combat enemies. Each hive has 3 kinds of bees in their colony: worker bees, the queen, who can produce 250 eggs per day in her peak, and drone bees (who have no stingers). Most live about 90 days. 
 
Fun facts: 
  • 1 teaspoon of honey is enough food for 1 bee to travel around the world. 
  • Sequim has the largest honey bee population in North America. It is helped by the lavender produced in the area. Provence, France has the largest bee population in the world. 
  • Honeybees are extremely docile and don't usually sting. 
  • A number of pictures were shown of bees, honey, and honey processing during the enlightening presentation. 
  • Honey is collected at this time of year and is only harvested 1 time per year. To collect the honey, they must scrape the honeycomb, spin it and then filter the fresh honey. Their process leaves in the pollen. It takes 1100 bees visiting 4.4 million flowers to make 16 oz. of honey. 
  • Raw honey is not heated. 
  • Honey lasts 1000 years. Some was found in ancient tombs. It will crystallize but be revitalized when heated in a warm bath. 
  • Sequim Bee Farm won the Kitsap Bank 3Edge Competition in 2018. 
  • August 18 is National Honey Bee Day! 
  • During the Q&A we were told that mobile farms will transport their operations from CA to FL. In CA the bees pollinate almond trees then are moved to FL to help with the production of orange trees. The bees are then moved to MN for the winter.