We welcome all ages and experience levels—from beginning to experienced beekeepers—to join the OCBA. Over the years, we’ve cultivated a friendly, supportive group that is passionate about the honey bee and its critical role in nature. The club offers fellowship, as well as a learning environment where we work together to become better beekeepers.
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Join our Club
The OCBA is an independent chapter of the North Carolina State Beekeepers Association (NCSBA). Annual membership in the OCBA is only $10 and gives you access to club resources such as our extraction equipment, traveling observation hive, discussion forum and invitations to club field days and workshops. If you prefer to never think about paying dues again, consider becoming a lifetime member of OCBA for $100.
Renew your Membership
OCBA’s membership runs from January to December. Any membership dues received after November 1 of the current year will be applied toward membership in the coming year. For example, if you pay on Nov 15, 2020, the dues will be applied to the 2021 calendar year.
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North Carolina State Beekeepers Association
We also encourage you to join the North Carolina State Beekeepers Association (NCSBA). NCSBA is the largest and most active state beekeeping organization in the nation and provides strong support and advocacy for beekeeping in North Carolina. Membership in the NCSBA is separate from the OCBA membership. Annual membership is $15. NCSBA members receive the quarterly Bee Buzz magazine, a copy of the membership directory and are allowed to participate in the Master Beekeeper program, the Certified Honey Producer program and attend state meetings.
2021 Club Officers
|President||Carrie Donley (605) 248-0758|
|Immediate Past President||Celeste Mayer|
|Vice President||Tim Struttman|
|Mentorship Co-Directors||Vicki and Kent Robertson|
|Education Director||Randall Austin|
|Community Outreach Director||Dawn Rogers|
|Membership Co-Directors||Mary Anne Rhyne and Wayne Vanderburg|
OCBA Policies, Guidelines and Bylaws
The following documents represent the club’s policies, guidelines and bylaws: