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.

Can I designate my gift to a Park need?

Of course! While undesignated annual gifts can be used anywhere they’re needed most, we can honor your wish to direct your annual fund contribution. Please indicate in the notes section of the donation page where you would like your gift designated.


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

• Exclusive 1934 Society Members’ appreciation gift
• 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 Fireside Chat with Superintendent Cash (exclusive Society event)

$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 (through 11/16/21)

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

Mount Le Conte Level ($25,000+)

Mr. and Mrs. John M. Clayton
Mr. Edward R. Fleming
Mr. and Mrs. James M. Hart
Mrs. Lane Hayes

Mount Kephart Level ($10,000+)

Mr. and Mrs. Kevin Anton
Mr. Robert W. Baggett
Mr. and Mrs. Randal D. Boyd
Mr. and Mrs. Autry O. DeBusk
Mr. and Mrs. David Colquitt
Mr. Burton Dye
Mr. James Gerding
Mr. and Mrs. Rodney Lawler
Mr. James D. Ogle
Dr. Joe Pryse and Mrs. Sharon Miller Pryse
Mr. and Mrs. Fred J. Stanback

Mount Sterling Level ($5,000+)

Mr. and Mrs. Richard J. Arroll
Mr. and Mrs. Adrian Bailey
Ms. Susan K. Cooper
Mike and Cindy Corn
Mr. and Mrs. Michael Crawford
Dr. Mary Dalton
Mr. and Mrs. Carl R. Falk
Dr. Margaret Helton
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Hill
Mr. and Mrs. Keith Holdbrooks
Dr. John Hoskins and Mrs. Laura Webb
Mr. and Mrs. Dale Keasling
Dr. Paul Kent
Mr. Mike Knies
Rev. Dr. and Mrs. Daniel P. Matthews
Mr. and Mrs. W. P. Partridge
The Honorable and Mrs. Gary R. Wade
Mr. and Mrs. Doug White
Mr. and Mrs. Geoffrey A. Wolpert
Mr. and Mrs. Earl S. Worsham

Mount Chapman Level ($2,500+)

Lee Berry
Mr. and Mrs. A.B. Blanton, Jr.
Ms. J. Kay Clayton
Dr. and Mrs. Bill Dwyer
Dr. and Mrs. Jeff Flickinger
Mr. and Mrs. Richard A. Geiger
Mrs. Mary Paddison James
Mr. and Mrs. David P. Jones
Mr. and Mrs. John K. Jones
Mr. and Mrs. Michael J. LeCompte
Mr. and Mrs. David Mallory
David and Sandy Martin
Mr. and Mrs. Mark Mooney
Mr. Shane Patterson
Steve and Janice Pierce
Dr. and Mrs. John R. Ray
Ms. Roberta A. Scull
Mr. and Mrs. Lee R. Squires, Jr.
Mr. and Mrs. Charles Tombras
Mr. and Mrs. Ronnie L. Wheeler
Mr. and Mrs. Mark Williams

Mount Collins Level ($1,934+)

Mr. C. Howard Capito
Ms. Hannah Fullgraf
Mr. Ruben Hernandez
Mr. and Mrs. Jon R. Lawler
Mr. and Mrs. Les Love
Dr. and Mrs. Robert R. Madigan
Dr. Mary Lou Maples
Mr. and Mrs. Steve Pierce
The Hon. and Mrs. J. Heath Shuler
Mr. and Mrs. Michael Simonis
Ms. Elizabeth Watts and Ms. Jill Stevens
Mrs. Kay B. Stueve
Ms. Margaret A. Turner
Mr. David V. White
Mr. and Mrs. Marshall L. Wilkins

Mount Cammerer Level ($1,000+)

Mr. and Mrs. Frank M. Addicks
Dr. and Mrs. Brett Baldwin
Ms. Deborah J. Bennett
Mr. and Mrs. Thomas J. Benton
Dr. and Mrs. David A. Birdwell
Mr. and Mrs. Richard Botto
Mr. Donald Box
Mr. and Mrs. Mark R. Briggs
Mr. Harold E. Brock, Jr.
Mr. and Mrs. Dan Brooks
Mr. and Mrs. Ben M. Burns
Mr. and Mrs. James F. Carmon
Mr. and Mrs. Bill Clarke
Ms. Louise Collier
Dr. E. Brown Crosby
Dr. Caroline Cooley and Dr. James Kimble
Mr. and Mrs. Joe E. Costner
Mr. and Mrs. Brad N. Currey, Jr.
Mr. and Mrs. Marc Davenport
Mr. and Mrs. Charles S. Dudney
Ann Ellington Duncan
Mr. and Mrs. Lamar Eberhardt
Mr. and Mrs. James A. Everett, III
Ms. Carolyn Fairbank
Mr. and Mrs. Thomas F. French
Mr. Bradley Fricke
Mr. and Mrs. Scott Gerding
Mr. and Mrs. George R. Giles
Mr. and Mrs. James S. Gilliland
Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Grant
Mr. and Mrs. Ray Greer
Mr. and Mrs. John M. Haynes
Mr. and Mrs. John J. Hawthorn
Mr. and Mrs. Richard N. Hicks
Mr. and
Mrs. F. Lambert Hooper, Jr.
Mr. Ted L. Flickinger and Mrs. Julie Howard
Mr. George Frey
Ms. Sheri Jacobsen
Mrs. Deborah O. Jenckes
Ms. Sarah Johnston
Mr. Jim Kimble
Mr. and Mrs. Mark A. Koons
Mr. James Koziarz
Mr. Franklyn Kraus
Dr. and Mrs. Sam J. Kuykendall
Mr. Robert W. Lederer
Dr. and Mrs. Thomas E. Lester
Mr. Richard H. Maddux, Jr.
Mr. and Mrs. Jack Maples
Mr. and Mrs. John W. Mason
Ms. Maureen D. McBride
Mrs. Aileen McCarter
Joseph McDonald
Dolly and Bill McLean
Dr. and Mrs. Fred McLean
Mr. and Mrs. Allen McMullen
Mr. and Mrs. Mark L. Milani
Mr. and Mrs. Clayton J. Minchew
William and Patrice Minteer
Ellen and Grant Morar
Dr. Elise Morvant
Ms. Sarah Narjes
Mr. Grant Newman
Mr. John J. Newman
Ms. Margie Parrott
Mr. Larry W. Pearce
Mr. and Mrs. John Pfaff
Mr. and Mrs. Douglas N. Peters
Mr. and Mrs. Maurice H. Phillips
Mr. and Mrs. Chase Pickering
Mr. and Mrs. Chuck Pickering
Mrs. Ann P. Porter
Ms. Kelly Rafferty
Mr. Stephen Rayo
Mr. & Mrs. Robert Robinson
Mrs. Judith W. Ross
Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Ryall
Mr. and Mrs. Ed Sims
Mr. and Mrs. Fred H. Slover
Mr. James F. Smith, Jr.
Ms. Debbie Starnes
Ms. Audrey T. S. Stelson
Mr. and Mrs. Wyatt S. Stevens
Mr. David Stubbs and Ms. Terry Matre
Mrs. Debbie Sumner
Robert and Betsy Smith
Mr. and Mrs. Alwyn Staley
Mr. Mike Strange
Mr. Budd Terwilligor
Nancy and Larry East
Mr. and Mrs. Jackson Vaughan
Mr. David C. Verble
Mr. Ronald A Weaver and Mrs. Sandra L. Holt
Mr. and Ms. Michael L. Wetzel
Mr. and Mrs. Jack Williams
Ms. Joanne Yunk
Mr. Steven P. Yurkovich

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