Membership

The benefits of being a member of the West Virginia Beekeepers Association include:

  • Novice program benefits to encourage continued education for first year beekeepers
  • Master Beekeeping Program
  • Special “Members Only” conference registration and tuition rates
  • Annual Honey Show
  • Educational opportunities through local clubs
  • Unique ID # and Membership Card
  • Newsletters
  • Voting power in meetings 

In addition, local clubs who are member affiliates of the WVBA are eligible for:

  • Speaker’s bureau program and compensation to offset speaker fees
  • WVBA Grant program to foster education and community outreach
  • Member at Large, paying annually or as a lifetime member (one time payment).  The application form is available below; send directly to the Treasurer of WVBA.
  • Submit appliction and pay dues through local association if you are a member of one.

No matter what date annual dues are paid for any calendar year, membership is valid only to the last day of the year in which you paid.  So, there’s more for your money when paying early in the year. The WVBA does not send out reminder/renewal notices.  Dues to renew membership are welcome any time from November for the following year, and throughout the year for the current calendar year.

If you pay before the February newsletter submission deadline, you should receive the electronic edition of the spring and fall issues for that year, as well as the following year’s spring issue.  To receive the fall issue, dues must be received by October 1. Contact information, including an email address must be accurately submitted to avoid missing newsletters.  If you do not receive an email edition, please contact the Editor or Treasurer as soon as possible to update your email address.  Printed versions are no longer sent to members.  Local clubs are encouraged to provide printed editions for their members who do not have email addresses.  

Members of WVBA also avoid paying a nonmember surcharge when they register for the fall conference and can further reduce tuition fees if registering early. Club members who complete a novice program are given free admission to the fall conference in that year.

For every annual/lifetime membership paid, there is one vote to use at meetings. Meetings of the Board take place in November, February, and June at the Shoney’s Restaurant in Flatwoods, WV; there is also a general meeting for members at the fall conference.These events, and the spring conference/meeting (hosted by a local association each year) are always posted on the website and/or WVBA Facebook Group.

Three grants are given annually to local clubs to up to $1000 per year for projects and equipment purchase as well as up to $120 per year for reimbursement of speaker’s fees.

Membership Type (Member at Large) Dues
Annual Single $7
Annual Joint/Family $7
Lifetime Single $105
Lifetime Joint/Family $105

Membership Type (Local Organization Members) Dues
Annual Single $6
Annual Joint/Family $6
Lifetime Single $90
Lifetime Joint/Family $90

Local Organizations