Wow, was not my intent to initiate such a discussion but its been great to read and look at all the input. Sooooooooooo
It appears that I can sum up the steps I need to take by splitting my hives and requeening with improved genetic stock. This I can do and it makes perfect sense. There were comments about requeening in the fall but I can think of a lot of complications with that. At least short term, I might consider a fall soft treatment of some kind, but this I would need to think about. Someday I will learn to raise my own queens. If I could get my own stock going, raise queens from it and then split and requeen it seems I might have better success than I am right now.
If someone want to add anything to this please sound off as come spring this is going to be my approach.
Thank you again for all the feedback.