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OCBC Meeting 

Monday, July 15th 2024

Doors open at 6:45pm

Meeting Begins at 7pm  


Farm Bureau 925 Athens Road
, GA 30630

Topic: This Old Hive - Techniques and tips for decoratively painting your hives from a professional graphic artist.

Speaker: Julia Mahood is a Georgia Master Crafts Beekeeper who has been keeping bees since 2004. She conducts research on honey bee drones and created the citizen science website to gather data on drone congregation areas. Julia was awarded the Georgia Beekeeper of the year in 2018. A graphic artist, she designed the Georgia “Save the honey bee” license plate. She is passionate about education and teaches beekeeping in Georgia prisons. Julia has served as President of the Metro Atlanta Beekeepers Association and is currently the Vice President of the Georgia Beekeepers Association.

Join the Club!

Interested in joining our beekeeping community? We would love to have you! Fill out our membership form and become a member or renew your existing membership today! Click on the Membership tab above to be directed to the CheddarUp website for processing. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us. We look forward to welcoming you to the Oglethorpe County Bee Club!
We Meet Once a Month! 

Come join the Oglethorpe County Bee Club, the third Monday of every month at 

7 p.m. (doors open at 6:45pm) at the Georgia Farm Bureau, 925 Athens Rd., Crawford, Ga. — just a short drive east of Athens. We hope you'll attend!

Save the Honey Bees License Plate is Now Live! 


Make sure to order through the GBA website!

Buy some Honey! 

Elizabeth Mackey


Susan Wilhelm



Peter and Ashley Wright 



Beekeeper with Bees

Questions? Comments? Concerns? 


To contact us, email

Honey Bee Swarms

This space is reserved for members interested in removing low-hanging (up to 10 feet) swarms in Athens and surrounding counties. Service is usually free unless otherwise noted by the beekeeper.

If you would like to volunteer your services here please contact us ( by email.

  • Elizabeth Mackey 706-224-3615


NOTE: We presently don't have anyone who is certified (per new GA law) that can remove bees from to contact Georgia Bee Removal for their services at

Check back again in the future when some of our members may be certified for structural removals.

Board of Directors for 2024!

President - Elizabeth Mackey

Vice President - Paula Bartlett

Treasurer - Georgia McPeak

Secretary - Susan Wilhelm

At-Large - Mike Conner

At-Large -  Elizabeth Gingle

Librarian - Ashley Wright

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