The 1934 Society

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Visionary leaders recognized the extraordinary features of the Smoky Mountains and championed the movement to create Great Smoky Mountains National Park in 1934. Today, Friends of the Smokies honors the distinguished group of donors who, year after year, help protect, preserve, and enhance this national treasure that belongs to us all.

We invite you to join today!


How can I be part of the 1934 Society?

Friends of the Smokies makes it easy, offering a variety of ways to give. Gifts of $1,000 or more given on an annual basis qualify you to join the 1934 Society and enjoy its benefits.


Friends of Great Smoky Mountains National Park is the park’s primary fundraising partner each year, elevating improvement and education projects well beyond what the park would otherwise be able to do. The 1934 Society continues a legacy of stewardship and philanthropy. We hope you will consider joining many other park benefactors in supporting our work through a gift to our annual fund. Membership in The 1934 Society is extended to those making cumulative direct donations totaling $1,000 or more unrelated to special events tickets/purchases or endowments.

$1,000+          Mount Cammerer Level

• Recognition in annual report
• Name listed as society member on website
• Includes all of the benefits of regular membership, with personalized cards and associated discounts

$1,934+          Mount Collins Level

• All benefits of Mount Cammerer Level, plus
• Friends of the Smokies staff member will give a presentation about Great Smoky Mountains National Park to your civic club or church group (upon mutually convenient date)

$2,500+          Mount Chapman Level

• All benefits of Mount Collins Level, plus
• Invitation for two to Annual Park Update

$5,000+          Mount Sterling Level

• All benefits of Mount Chapman Level, plus
• Listing on Friends of the Smokies’ donor wall at Sugarlands Visitors Center

$10,000+          Mount Kephart Level

• All benefits of Mount Sterling Level, plus
• Invitation for two to dine with Friends of the Smokies Board of Directors & Staff once a year

$25,000+          Mount Le Conte Level

• All benefits of Mount Kephart Level, plus
• Go behind-the-scenes with a ranger or Park-selected V.I.P. and FOTS staff member (Programming examples include: Spend a day at the Collections Preservation Center; learn all about the hemlock treatment program; get an in-depth look at Trails Forever; search for salamanders & learn about Park wildlife)


There is strength in numbers- many gifts add up to an important source of unrestricted funds that ensure Friends of the Smokies will remain a strong partner for Great Smoky Mountains National Park for decades to come. The society’s name hearkens back to the establishment of Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the community leaders who stood together in their vision of a strong, healthy destination beloved by millions of visitors each year.


1934 Society Members

Friends of the Smokies’ Charter Members are listed in bold.

Mount Le Conte Level ($25,000+)

Mr. and Mrs. Richard J. Arroll

Mr. and Mrs. Larry C. Taylor

Mount Kephart Level ($10,000

Mr. Robert W. Baggett

Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey Bounds

Mr. John Clayton

Mr. and Mrs. David Colquitt

Ms. Anne Deeley Easterly

Mr. James A. Gerding

Mr. Steven J. Gigliotti

Dr. Paul Kent

Mr. and Mrs. Rodney Lawler

Olivia and Mark Rechter

Mr. and Mrs. Ben Rechter

Ms. Paula G. Schoenhoff

Mount Sterling Level ($5,000+)

John and Melinda Buntin

Ms. Susan K. Cooper

Mr. and Mrs. Carl R. Falk

Mr. Edward R. Fleming

Margaret and Mac Foster

Mrs. Laura Harrill

Mr. and Mrs. Jim Hart

Dr. Margaret Helton

Mr. and Mrs. Steven Hess

Mr. and Mrs. Keith Holdbrooks

Mr. and Mrs. Fred Holtzclaw

Mr. and Mrs. Dale A. Keasling

Mr. Mike Knies

Rev. Dr. and Mrs. Daniel P. Matthews

Dr. Kathryn & Mr. Mark Niemeyer

Beth and John Ransom

Dr. and Mrs. John R. Ray

Mrs. Joanne Rogers

Mr. and Mrs. Fred H. Slover

Mr. David Stubbs and Ms. Terry Matre

Ms. Elizabeth S. Trent

Mount Chapman Level ($2,500+)

Mr. and Mrs. Richard Botto

Mr. Jack Woodall and Mrs. Sharon E. Boyce

Mr. and Mrs. A. C. Buchanan, III

Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Daves

Jeff and Melanie Flickinger

Mr. and Mrs. Richard A. Geiger

Mr. and Mrs. John A. Goddard

Mr. and Mrs. Donald M. Grigsby

Mrs. Lane Hays

Ms. Rebecca Kent

Ms. Diana Kirschner

Mr. and Mrs. Michael J. Le Compte

Olga Magyar

Mr. and Mrs. David Mallory

Dr. Mary Lou Maples

Mr. and Mrs. Mark Mooney

Mr. and Mrs. W. P. Partridge

Mr. and Mrs. David Polacsek

Mr. and Mrs. Lee R. Squires, Jr.

Mr. and Mrs. Harry and Sara Valentine

Ms. Ashley Warrington

Dr. and Mrs. James E. West

Mr. and Ms. Michael L. Wetzel

Mr. and Mrs. Ronnie L. Wheeler

Mount Collins Level ($1,934+)

Mr. and Mrs. Frank M. Addicks

Mr. and Mrs. Tim Aulick

Dr. E. Brown Crosby

Estate of Dorothy Johnson

Ms. Melissa M. Garrett

Dr. Jean Gauger and Mr. Hiram J. Rogers

Scott Gerding

Mrs. Mary P. James

Mr. Robert W. Lederer

Ms. Ann Lindsay

Dr. and Mrs. Fred McLean

Mr. and Mrs. Shane Patterson

Steve and Janice Pierce

Mr. & Mrs. Doug Skidmore

Robert and Betsy Smith

Mr. and Mrs. Marshall L. Wilkins

Mr. and Mrs. Richard Yarbrough

Mount Cammerer Level ($1,000+)

Drs. Brett and Jennifer Baldwin

Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth D. Bell

Mr. & Mrs. Lee Berry

Mr. and Mrs. Kevin E. Bienvenu

Dr. and Mrs. David A. Birdwell

Josh and Elizabeth Birdwell

Mr. and Mrs. Russell Blakeley

Mr. and Mrs. A. B. Blanton, Jr.

Mr. Donald Box

Mr. and Mrs. Mark R. Briggs

Mr. Harold E. Brock, Jr.

Mr. and Mrs. Dan Brooks

Mr. and Mrs. Michael J. Bryant

Mr. and Mrs. Ben M. Burns

Mr. and Mrs. Tim Chandler

Mrs. Louise Collier

Mr. George G. Conner, Jr.

Mrs. Renee Corbin

Mr. and Mrs. Michael Corn

Mr. and Mrs. Joe E. Costner

Mr. and Mrs. Tom W. Coulter

Mr. James R. Crossland

Mr. Randall Crum

Ms. Barbara Culver

Mr. Bradley N. Currey, Jr.

Mr. and Mrs. Marc Davenport

Mr. and Mrs. George Deichert

Mr. and Mrs. Steve Dickinson

Mr. and Mrs. Frank C. Dolbow

Mr. and Mrs. Charles S. Dudney

Dr. and Mrs. Bill Dwyer

Mr. and Mrs. Lamar Eberhardt

Ann Ellington Duncan

Mrs. Rita Englum

Ms. Pamela P. Fansler

Mr. Ted L. Flickinger and Mrs. Julie Howard

Mr. and Mrs. Thomas F. French

Mr. Bradley Fricke

Mr. and Mrs. Dan Gaubas

Mr. and Mrs. George R. Giles

Mr. and Mrs. James S. Gilliland

Mr. Steve Grabenstein and Ms. Sarah Oram

Mr. and Mrs. Steve Grady

Mr. and Mrs. Ray Greer

Ms. Cynthia Harper

Mr. and Mrs. John M. Haynes

Mr. Larrry Hoffman and Mrs. Ruthie Hoffman

Mr. and Mrs. F. Lambert Hooper, Jr.

Mr. Matthew Howell

Ms. Kaylene Hughes

Mr. William A. Johnson

Mr. & Mrs. Brian Johnson

Ms. Sarah Johnston

Mrs. Nan Jones

Mr. and Mrs. John K. Jones

Mr. and Mrs. David P. Jones

Brigid Mulroy Kahn

Ms. Dorothy Kostro

Mr. Franklyn Kraus

Mr. and Mrs. Ray Larson

Mr. and Mrs. Jon R. Lawler

Mr. and Mrs. Les Love

Dr. and Mrs. Robert R. Madigan

Cayce Maidens

Ms. Heather Martin

Mr. Edward Martin

Mr. and Mrs. David Martin

Mr. and Mrs. John W. Mason

Mr. and Mrs. William J. Maul, III

Mr. and Mrs. Mark L. Milani

Mr. and Mrs. Clayton J. Minchew

William and Patrice Minteer

Mr. and Mrs. William E. Morrow

Mr. and Mrs. Conley H. Murrell

Mr. John J. Newman

Mr. Grant Newman

Mr. and Mrs. Mark Oldham

Dr. and Mrs. G. S. Ollard

Mrs. Robert Parrott

Mr. Larry W. Pearce

Dr. Brad L. Pearman and Dr. Cynthia M. Pearman

Mr. and Mrs. John Pfaff

Mr. Randall R. Pope

Dr. and Mrs. Stephen C. Prinz

Mr. Stephen Rayo

Mr. and Mrs. P. J. Richey

Ms. Linda W. Schumann

Mrs. Roberta A. Scull

Dr. and Mrs. Scott Segars

Shaidnagle Luckey Family

Mr. and Mrs. Greg Sinatro

Mr. and Mrs. Steve Sizemore

Mr. & Mrs. John Skeens

Mr. James F. Smith, Jr.

Mr. and Mrs. Alwyn Staley

Dr. and Mrs. Daniel Starnes

Mr. Mike Strange

Ms. Debbie Sumner

Susan Taylor

Mr. Budd Terwilligor

Mr. William Trushel

Dr. and Mrs. Ronald Turner

Mrs. Gwen Vacek

Mr. and Mrs. David Verble

Mr. John D. Walker

Anthea Wang

Mr. Jason Waskey

Ms. Elizabeth Watts and Ms. Jill Stevens

Mr. and Mrs. H. W. Wells

Mr. Larry West

Mrs. and Mr. Janet Willaims

Ms. Joanne Yunk

Mr. Steven P. Yurkovich

Mr. and Mrs. Joel Zachry

1934 Society members have given cumulative direct donations totaling $1,000 or more unrelated to special events or purchases.