• History of the CVBA

    The Chattahoochee Valley Beekeepers Association was started in 1971 to support and promote the practice of beekeeping in the Chattahoochee Valley area;  to include West Georgia and East Alabama.

    Our original meeting locationIn 1971 a small group of beekeepers met in the basement offices of the Muscogee County Courthouse with the assistance of Mr. Dick Collier , Extension Agent of the UGA Cooperative Extension Service.  Some of the Founding Members were :  Charles and Betty Beegle;  Dick Collier;  O. T. Ditchfield;  William O. Frederick;  Duane A. Johnson;  John Shaffer;  Reuben F. Songer;  Dr. and Mrs Thomas Y. Whitley;  J.T. Cox; Reuben F. Songer;  and several others, as the records kept by Mr. Collier were lost when the courthouse was torn down.

    As a result of the City of Columbus and the Muscogee County Government Consolidation in 1971 a new Columbus Government Center was built during 1972 through 1973.  In 1973 the old Muscogee County Courthouse was torn down. The CVBA held meetings  first in the old courthouse, then in the new Government Center and also in the Government Annex ( We met in the Government Center at least until 1998). The exact date is unclear but the CVBA finally started meeting at Oxbow Meadows Environmental Learning Center on South Lumpkin Road in Columbus, GA. where we meet now.

    The Mission of the CVBA as stated in our Constitution as to purpose and function:

    1. To promote modern beekeeping methods.
    2. To promote brotherhood and fellowship among beekeepers.
    3. To act in the interest of beekeepers in protecting and carrying on beekeeping affairs.
    4. To operate as a non-profit association and to aid members in cooperative and mutually beneficial beekeeping methods.

    The Chattahoochee Valley Beekeepers Association accomplishes its mission by:

    1. Regular meetings are held on the second Monday of every other month, i.e. January, March, May, July, September, and November. These meetings provide our members with educational opportunities, as each meeting has a program about how to be a more efficient beekeeper. (Public is welcome)
    2. Providing our membership and the public with this web site.
    3. Promoting membership in the state Georgia Beekeepers Association.
    4. Providing members and the public with Beekeeping Short Courses.
    5. Providing to members only the use of an  extractor and uncapping knife to take off their honey.
    6. Providing to members only the use of candle molds to make your own beeswax candles.
    7. Encouraging members to attend events where we can educate the public about “This Amazing Creature—THE HONEYBEE”.