Membership with SCBA entitles you to many benefits but first and foremost you are supporting the bees!

SCBA Membership

General Membership


Includes up to two adults in the same household with the same address.

General Membership benefits:

  • 1 vote
  • 1 cluster group (cluster group activities include bee cafes, workshops and hive dives)
  • 1 swarm region listing (for those wishing to be on the swarm list)
  • 1 email address
  • Benefits for up to 2 adults in the same household
  • Library checkout opportunities for each registered member

Business Membership


Includes up to two adults in the same household with the same address.

Business Membership benefits:

  • 1 vote
  • May belong to up to five cluster groups (priority for attendance to cluster events given to home cluster members first)
  • May be listed on up to five cluster region swarm lists
  • Access to the business table at monthly meetings to discuss business and distribute business cards (at business table only)
  • A listing on the business member page at – Listing specifications
  • A free business card size ad in the Extractor – Ad specifications

Student Membership


Honorary “Beekeepers of Tomorrow”: Children between the ages of 6 – 21

  • No vote

Member Volunteer Responsibilities

There are many events and opportunities that need your valuable help; we can’t function without the help of volunteers.

We are asking everyone to volunteer or be available to volunteer  for a minimum of 6 hours per year.
Select the areas you would like to volunteer on the SCBA Membership form and/or contact

The following is a partial list of opportunities to choose from:

  1. Meetings: 2-3 hours (refreshments, set-up, take-down chairs, tables etc.)
  2. Fairs: 2-3 hours (Heirloom, County and Gravenstien Fair)
  3. Events: 2-3 hours (Sonoma County Children’s Museum, Discovery Day, Sonoma State Science Day)
  4. Cluster Events: 3 hours (Hosting a Bee Café or a Hive Dive)
  5. Education: 2 hours (Assisting with a classroom presentation)
  6. Fundraising:   Coordinating event, Assisting the coordinator
  7. Association:  Cluster team coordinator, Board position,  
  8. Assisting: 3 hours assisting a cluster coordinator or board member (phone calls, computer, newsletter )

SCBA Mission Statement

Our goal is to increase interest in and knowledge of bees and beekeeping for the hobby and commercial beekeeper, and to educate the general public in the value of bees.

As a member you agree to abide by SCBA Best Management Practices

SCBA Personal Information Protection Policy

Sonoma County Beekeepersʼ Association is committed to safeguarding the personal information entrusted to us by our association members.
Our policy outlines the principles and practices we follow in protecting your personal information.
We welcome new members to our association of honored bee guardians & hobbyists, businesses & educators – anyone interested in supporting the honeybees.
Your membership fee payment is for the calendar year for which you enroll.



Purchase by mail (check) or make payment at SCBA Membership meeting (cash, check or charge)

Download and complete membership application and mail with payment to:

P.O. Box 98
Santa Rosa, CA 95401

To apply at the SCBA Membership meeting, bring completed application to meeting and payment can be made by Cash, Check, or Credit Card

Download   SCBA 2017 Membership Application

Member Benefits

All members enjoy the use of our expansive library of books, journals, video and graphic media. Materials are available for check-out and return at every meeting.
For more information contact the Librarian at

Honey Extractor Rental
Members have use of the association’s honey extracting equipment, as available.
Email or Call to reserve:
South– Ettamarie Peterson
Central –Paul Quistgard
West  – Cheryl Veretto
East – Deborah Rogers

Cluster Group Mentoring
Our association has active Regional Cluster Groups where new and experienced beekeepers gather in their regions for advice, instruction and general support. See our Cluster Groups page or contact the Regional Coordinator

NOTE: Bee Cafes and Hive Dives are reserved for Members Only. Non-members will have an opportunity to sign up at these events but due to liability concerns will not be able to participate if not a current member.

Extractor Newsletter
All members receive an Online monthly newsletter via email, The Extractor, which includes minutes from the previous meeting, interesting articles about bees and beekeeping, along with What to do this month, a very helpful column by Serge Labesque containing instructions about caring for your bees in Sonoma County. Members are also able to post want ads in the newsletter at no cost.

SCBA General Meetings
SCBA monthly General Meetings are held on the second Monday of each month; Meet and Greet at 6 pm, membership meeting and speaker from 7-9 pm. We host an excellent selection of speakers, and our meetings cover a wide range of topics of interest to beekeepers and anyone wanting to learn about honeybees. You do not need to be a member or a beekeeper to attend.
See General Meeting page for more info.

Swarm List

SCBA provides an Emergency Swarm List (contact information for members who will collect swarms) to local and regional cities, county businesses and government agencies. Collecting swarms is a community service and members wishing to be involved in collecting swarms must be willing to follow the swarm list requirements, make the commitment to being available while on the list, and provide this service free of charge. During swarm season you are expected to answer your phone and respond.

To be on the list, you must be an active member and have a least one year of experience with beekeeping. All swarm list members must have attended a swarm orientation and the annual swarm information update meeting. For more information about these meetings and being on the swarm list contact the Swarm Coordinator: John McGinnis at

We are asking members who collect swarms from the SCBA swarm list to report the swarm to the swarm chairperson at

It is highly recommended that if you collect more swarms than you need, please share the bees with other members in your local cluster who need bees.

This list is not intended for members only wishing to add bees to their apiary. For members wishing to add locally adapted bees to their apiary, please get involved with your local cluster and volunteer.