November 2020 General Meeting Minutes

Chatham Garden Club

General Meeting Minutes

November 17, 2020



Liz Scheld called the meeting to order at 1:15 p.m.   


·         General Announcements  ( Marilyn Sink )

·         Marilyn shared a reminder from the Ways and Means committee regarding the upcoming fundraiser of selling fudge.   Six types of fudge are being offered by Chatham Candy Manor for this sponsored effort.  Forms for ordering can be found on the Chatham Garden Club website.   The informal goal is to sell approximately $2,000 worth which equates to approximately 250 boxes.   All order forms need to be mailed to Donna Maiocca on or before a November 30th deadline. 

·         Liz Scheld reminded the group that there will be another Zoom based General Meeting on 12/8.   Bette Hahner will talk about holiday decorations.  There will be a demonstration and a materials list will be shared in advance for those who wish to follow along.

·         Liz also shared a reminder that Agway will honor our Garden Club Member discount cards with a 20% discount for those who may be thinking of buying a Christmas tree.


·         General Program:   (Guest speaker:  Dr. Larry Dapsis)

Larry Dapsis was today’s invited speaker for our first Zoom-facilitated general meeting.  Larry is presently the Deer Tick Project Coordinator for the Cooperative Extension Service.  He spoke today on local pollinators in the Cape Cod ecosystem and discussed dangers of pesticides and pathogens.


A few interesting facts from today’s presentation:

·         A bee’s vision extends to include ultraviolet light which is not seen by humans.  This ability affords bees visible ‘nectar guides’ enabling them to hone in on sources of nectar in various plants. 

·         Primary ‘roles’ in bee colonies include ‘Queen’, ‘Worker’ and ‘Drone’ bees.

·         Bee communication takes place largely through chemical pheromones.  This is actually the mechanism used at county fairs to stage ‘bee beard contests’. 

·         Adult bees only live 4-5 weeks.  When a bee dies,  he emits a funeral pheromone.  This signals other bees to remove the body from the hive, maintaining a healthy hive environment.


Larry also discussed the impacts of particular insecticides, ‘murder hornets’, bumblebee versus honey bee characteristics, and the use of bees in commercial production of food.   Larry concluded by reviewing several sources of good information on bees.  He is particularly impressed with books by naturalist, Bernd Heinrich.  


Today’s meeting concluded at 2:05 p.m.    


Respectfully submitted,




Debra Cody

Co-Recording Secretary 

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