About Us


The York County Beekeepers Association’s mission is to bring news, information and education to our members and the public regarding Apis mellifera – otherwise known as the honeybee.


York County Beekeepers Association

How we BEE-gan

In 1980 a group of men in the Clover area began talking bees with avid beekeeper Glen Beattie and a club was formed. The club had limited membership for a few years, but then in the mid 80’s a beekeeper named Paul Brown came to Henry Nunnery with ideas to grow the membership. In order to promote beekeeping in the county, Paul volunteered to teach the beginners course. With the help of beekeepers from Mecklenburg County, the club began to thrive and today we are one of the largest clubs in the state.


We Serve

The York County Beekeepers Association (YCBA), while based in York County, South Carolina, serves members in York, Union, and Chester counties.


YCBA is dedicated to enhancing the skills of our current members, educating the public, and encouraging new members to join our organization.

Our Beekeepers

Our beekeepers are fascinated with the complexity of honeybees. There’s a lot to know and not one beekeeper knows everything. Together we learn and grow as beekeepers.


We are an organized group with by-laws. We collect dues once a year. We elect a president, vice president, secretary and treasurer.  By-Laws


We are active in the community. Our goal is to educate the public on the importance of environmental safety and the use/misuse of pesticides (household or commercial) and their devastating affects to the honey bees and other animals.


We are available to speak to your club, church, civic organization or school.

York County Beekeepers Association Officers

President:  Steve McNeely
President Elect:  Ken Milem
Secretary:  Estelle Prinsloo
Treasurer:  Lisa Rushin
Chaplain:  John Gardner

Past President:  John Williams  
Webpage:  Lisa Rushin
Co-op Manager:  William Copeland
School Instructor.:  Bennie Copeland
School Registration:  Ellen Goff

Ready to join? Have a question? Need help?