The Illinois Queen Initiative held its 2014 Summer Class and
Meeting on Saturday, June 28th from 12:00 to 5:00 pm at the Kaskaskia College
Lonnie Langley, IQI
Director, opened the classroom meeting by welcoming everyone and introducing
the instructors and speakers. The keynote speaker was Kent Williams, President
of the Lake Barkley Beekeepers of Wingo, KY and Kent’s topic was selecting
breeder stock. Kent is also a Past President of the Eastern Apicultural Society
and an EAS Certified Master Beekeeper.
David Dhom, IQI
Southern Director, gave a hands-on demonstration on the technique of grafting
larvae for queen rearing. There was a short break and then a short IQI Board
meeting in which it was decided to thank Kaskaskia College for the immense
support of beekeeping; via making beekeeping classes available and providing a
meeting and classroom location for the IQI and other beekeeping organizations.
It was decided that the IQI would donate $100.00 to the Vandalia Campus to show
their appreciation to KC President Jim Underwood, the KC Board of Directors,
and the Vandalia Campus Director Mary Schulze for all they have done for the
The class resumed with Terry Combs, IQI Webmaster and member
of the International Bee Research Association, gave a PowerPoint presentation
on queen rearing techniques for smaller beekeepers. A brief discussion followed
and the meeting adjourned at 5:00 pm.
On Wednesday, July 2, Lonnie Langley and Terry Combs
presented Mary Schulze with a check and our most sincere thanks for all she and
KC have done for beekeepers.