Our Mission

The Bell/Coryell Beekeepers Association's mission is to act on behalf of beekeepers on issues and promote beekeeping in Bell and Coryell Counties as well as the surrounding areas. We support beekeeping through education and our mentoring program.

Our Officers

Nan Helmke


After many fond memories working bees with my Grandfather, I decided to get back into beekeeping in 2015. I started out with the tradition Langstroth hive and have added top bar, long lang, apimaye and flow hive to my apiaries.  My primary apiary is in Belton and a second apiary at the family homestead in New Braunfels. 

Joe Nunke

Vice President

Joseph (Joe) Nunke moved to the Killeen area 30 years ago. Joe retired from the Army in 2000.  Joe and his wife, Lori moved out to the country in 2009 it was this that sparked his interest in bee keeping. Joe and Lori attended classes for a year before taking the plunge into beekeeping.  The 1st year he bought 3 packages and with catching some swarms, removals and a few splits he went into winter with 10 hives. After a few years of trying different techniques, which is 1/2 the fun of beekeeping, Joe settled on a style that produces a large amount of honey. Joe plans to add another 6 or 7 hives along with that the expansion of honey production.

Susan Robison


Open Position


Frank Morgan


Frank was the President of Bell/Coryell Beekeepers Association from January of 2018 to January 2021.  He kept his bees in Langstroth hive for 10 years and Top-Bar hives for the past 11 years.  He is retired from Central Texas College where he was a Professor of Maintenance Technologies. 

Member at Large

Open Position

Leeland Johnson

Member at Large

Lee is currently serving as a Member at Large.  He has been keeping bees in Lanstroth/Top-Bar hives.

Club Objectives

The member of the Bell/Coryell Beekeepers Association shall foster the best possible relationships with the general public and conduct their beekeeping operations to minimize the unnecessary exposure of the public to honeybees. We shall observe the state standards in  our honey production and shall use only approved compounds, as labeled, to avoid the introduction of contaminants into honey in the hive or during collection, processing, and packaging.

Our Membership

Our members include hobbyist and local small-scale honey producers.  The Bell/Coryell Beekeepers Association has been serving the needs of area beekeepers for over 5 years.

Membership cost is $25.00 for individual or family memberships.  The membership application is available at our monthly meetings.

Members may attend in person or on Zoom.

Our Meetings

The Bell/Coryell Beekeepers Association  meets on the 3rd Tuesday of each month (except December) from 7:00 pm  to 9:00 pm at the Refuge Ministries, 2602 S. FM 116, Copperas Cove, TX