Good Evening. After a great General meeting on zoom tonight, we have new officers!! This is a time of transition and a time of unprecedented events. We offered an invitation for our alumni to vote who have already registered and had a paid membership. If you didn’t get a chance to vote this year, please understand your vote is very important and will have a chance to vote next year (or throw your hat in the ring to run for office) if you wish.

Here are your officers for the 2021-2022 year

    • Will Merrill -President
    • Medard Lutmerding – Vice President
    • Winnie Williams – Treasurer
    • Nancy Ferron – Secretary
    • Trustees – Doug Allgood, Claudia Khourey-Bowers. Kevin Kise, Penelope Mishne. Dru Pritchard, Linda Stoverock
    • Mike Hatter – Past President


Congratulations to all the new and re-elected members. Looking forward to a strong leadership and readying this club for whatever the future might hold for us.

Kevin Kise


Due to COVID-19 and the Ohio Stay-at-Home Order, we are not permitted to meet until further notice. (Of course, you already knew this.) April’s meeting was to feature our Youth Scholarship Program. This year, our Scholars will post their presentations on our website. Our May Pancake Breakfast and Plant Swap is cancelled. We will reschedule this event at a later date.

Like our bees, we are social and enjoy gathering together. I really miss seeing everybody. We were lucky, for most Associations were not able to have Bee Schools at all this year. We were forced to close early. This resulted in a loss of new beekeepers and Association funds. We were able to complete two of our three classes. COBA gave free memberships, and refunded class fees, to those “WannaBees” who were unable to attend their class.

I am very proud of COBA’s commitment to helping new beekeepers. Unfortunately, we are not able to use OSU’s bee yard. Thanks goes to our awesome tech-savvy volunteers, who will make this year’s First Year Bee Yard happen virtually. We will be able to continue to help our NewBees via FaceBook until it’s safe to meet at the Bee Yard.

We will keep you updated as we learn more.

Bee Safe, Bee Healthy,

Mike Hatter

President, Central Ohio Beekeepers Association

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Central Ohio Beekeepers Association

Are you interested in joining the Central Ohio Beekeepers Association? Our organization is dedicated to promoting bees and beekeeping throughout Central Ohio.

Youth Scholarships

Do you have a child between the ages of 9 and 18 (by December 1st of the school year)? Our Youth Scholarship program offers membership, beginning beekeeper school registration and textbooks, mentoring and many other benefits. Click the link for more information.

Volunteer Opportunities

If you have graduated from the COBA bee school, volunteering to be a speaker is a great way to reinforce what you learned. You also help educate others about bees and beekeeping. There are also opportunities to volunteer at the first year bee year. Learn more.

The Central Ohio Beekeepers Association is a non-profit organization under the rules of the State of Ohio and is dedicated to promoting bees and beekeeping in Central Ohio.

We provide educational opportunities throughout the year at our monthly meetings, which are held on the 3rd Wednesday of most months at the Franklin Park Conservatory, 1777 E Broad St, Columbus, OH.

We offer our “Bee School” in February and March (4 consecutive Mondays or Tuesdays for 2 hours each meeting), or one Saturday class (8 hours). We give you basic information about beekeeping, physiology of bees, behavior, health concerns, and other topics to provide the student with information about beekeeping. Additionally, we offer out “Bee Yard” where new beekeepers are given hands on experience. We install new packages of bees into new equipment, just like a new beekeeper would do, and over the summer we inspect the hives. New beekeepers can compare what they see in the Bee Yard with what they see in their own hives, and can ask questions of the mentors at the bee yard. Winnie Williams coordinates the First Year Bee Yard and can be contacted at:

We also have an “Advanced Bee Yard” for beekeepers that have had bees for at least one year. Here we discuss other items of beekeeping that are not covered in the First Year Bee Yard. The Advanced Bee Yard is held at the apiary at the Franklin Park Conservatory. Meetings are generally held the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the month from late April through September. Contact Jim Tippie at Jim manages the Advanced Bee Yard. The apiary, bees and bee hives are owned by the Franklin Park Conservatory, and the Central Ohio Beekeepers works with the Conservatory to maintain the bees, check on their health, and work to ensure the bees survive the winter.

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