The 1934 Society

1934-societyVisionary 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!

fall-stairs-by-sam-hobbsHow 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 to the following program areas

  • Wildlife, Wonders & Wilderness: Provide support for wildlife management, defend against invasive insects, and sustain cutting-edge research.
  • Environmental Education: Strengthen programs like Parks As Classrooms, Junior Ranger, and Teachers-in-Parks providing hands-on environmental education.
  • Protect Historic Places: Restore hiking trails through Trails Forever and protect historic structures and artifacts.
  • Improve Visitor Experience: Create a lifetime of memories in a safe, welcoming national park.

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
• Name listing in 1934 Society annual publication
• Invitation for two to Annual Fireside Chat with Superintendent Cash (exclusive Society event)
• 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
• Name & photo in 1934 Society annual publication

$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
• Profile in 1934 Society annual publication
• 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)


Bulls fighting in river by Chad TaylorThere 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.

Join today!

1934 Society Members (through 3/16/18)

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
Mr. and Mrs. James A. Haslam, II
Dr. and Mrs. Joseph Pryse
Dr. and Mrs. Steve Rhodes

Mount Kephart Level ($10,000+)

Mr. Robert W. Baggett
Mr. and Mrs. Randal D. Boyd
Mr. and Mrs. Autry O. DeBusk
Mr. Warren C. Dusenbury – From the Warren and Zoann Little Dusenberry Charitable Trust
Mr. Robert W. Hutson
Mrs. Wynne Odell – From the Warren and Zoann Little Dusenberry Charitable Trust
Mr. James D. Ogle
Ms. Linda N. Ogle
Mr. and Mrs. Fred J. Stanback
Mr. and Mrs. William B. Stokely, III
Mr. and Mrs. Geoffrey A. Wolpert

Mount Sterling Level ($5,000+)

Mr. and Mrs. Kevin Anton
Mr. and Mrs. Adrian Bailey
Ms. Jessica Bartell
Mr. and Mrs. James D. Blalock
Mr. and Mrs. Sidney A. Blalock
Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey Bounds
Mr. and Mrs. Bill L. Cobble
Ms. Susan K. Cooper
Mr. and Mrs. Michael Corn
Dr. E. Brown Crosby
Margaret Helton and Terry Noah
Dr. John Hoskins and Mrs. Laura Webb
Mr. and Mrs. Dale Keasling
Mr. Julian G. Morton, Jr.
Ms. Julie Anne Morton
Mr. and Mrs. W.P. Partridge
Mr. and Mrs. W.T. Phillips, Sr.
The Honorable and Mrs. Gary R. Wade

Mount Chapman Level ($2,500+)

Mr. and Mrs. Joseph A. Baker
Mr. and Mrs. A.B. Blanton, Jr.
Mr. and Mrs. William H. Christensen
Ms. J. Kay Clayton
Mr. and Mrs. Sam H. Curtis
Ms. Elizabeth Dodds
Dr. and Mrs. Bill Dwyer
Mr. and Mrs. Carl R. Falk
Mr. and Mrs. Phillip E. Fulmer
Mr. and Mrs. Steve Hess
Ms. Audrine Honey
Mrs. Mary Paddison James
Mr. and Mrs. David P. Jones
Dr. Paul Kent
Ms. Debora A. Lassiter
Mr. and Mrs. Michael J. LeCompte
Ms. Ann Lindsay
Mr. and Mrs. John W. Mason
Mr. and Mrs. Jack L. Miller, Jr.
Mr. E. Shane Patterson
Dr. and Mrs. Robert E. Powell
Dr. and Mrs. John R. Ray
Mr. and Mrs. Lee R. Squires, Jr.
Mr. Darwin D. White
Mr. and Mrs. Mark K. Williams
Mrs. Brenda Wood
Mr. Jack Woodall and Mrs. Sharon E. Boyce

Mount Collins Level ($1,934+)

Mr. and Mrs. Joseph D. Bacon
Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Daves
Mr. Jimmy Edwards
Mr. Larry Estes
Dr. and Mrs. R. Harold Galbraith
Governor and Mrs. William E. Haslam
Mr. and Mrs. Les Love
Dr. and Mrs. Robert R. Madigan
Mr. John Mooney
Mr. and Mrs. Joe Phillips
Mr. and Mrs. Chase Pickering
Ms. Elizabeth W. Reeves
The Hon. and Mrs. J. Heath Shuler
Mr. and Mrs. Daniel L. Starnes
Mrs. Kay B. Stueve
Ms. Margaret A. Turner
Mr. John B. Waters, Jr.
Mr. David V. White
Mr. and Mrs. Marshall Wilkins

Mount Cammerer Level ($1,000+)

Mrs. Cathy Ackermann and Mr. Tommy Walker
Mr. and Mrs. Frank M. Addicks
Mr. and Mrs. Samuel E. Beall, Jr.
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Beckwith
Mr. and Mrs. Thomas J. Benton
Mrs. Danielle Bernstein
Mr. and Mrs. George Bishop
Mr. Alton E. Blakley, Jr.
Mr. and Mrs. Richard Botto
Mr. Harold E. Brock, Jr.
Mr. Michael S. Brown and Ms. Betty S. Evans
Dr. John M. Burkhart and Dr. Laura B. Powers
Mr. Kevin Click
Dr. and Mrs. Robert H. Collier, Jr.
Mrs. Annie H. Colquitt and Mr. David Colquitt
Mr. Tony Cooke
Ms. Christine Cutting
Ms. Anna Dobbins
Dr. and Mrs. Steven C. Dronen
Dr. and Mrs. Robert Elder
Dwight and Julie Elliott
Mr. and Mrs. Roger Fender
Mr. Ted L. Flickinger and Mrs. Julie Howard
Mrs. Carolyn Forster
Mr. James A. Gerding
Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Grant
Mr. Herbert Handly
Mr. William E. Harmon
Mr. and Mrs. James A. Haslam, III
Mr. and Mrs. John Haynes
Mrs. Norma K. Holmes
Mr. and Mrs. F. Lambert Hooper, Jr.
Dr. and Mrs. Joseph E. Johnson
Dr. Seth Johnson
Mr. and Mrs. John Jones
Mr. and Mrs. William Jones
Ms. Emily B. Kile
Mr. and Mrs. Daniel R. King
Mr. David C. Kocher
Mr. and Mrs. Gene C. Koonce
Mr. Franklyn Kraus
Dr. and Mrs. John W. Lacey, III
Mr. and Mrs. Robert F. Lash, Jr.
Mr. and Mrs. Jon R. Lawler
Rev. Dr. and Mrs. Daniel P. Matthews
Dr. and Mrs. Fred McLean
Ms. Anne P. Michael
Dr. and Mrs. William J. Minteer
Laurian Mohai
Ms. Karen Morris
Dr. Elise M. Morvant
Mr. and Mrs. Conley H. Murrell
Mrs. Charlotte C. Musgraves
Ms. Sarah Narjes
Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth M. Nelson
Mr. John J. Newman
Mr. and Mrs. Wayne O’Dell
Ms. Jody Overcarsh
Mrs. Margie Parrott
Dr. Bradley L. Pearman and Dr. Cynthia M. Pearman
Jim and Dorothy Petrone
Mr. and Mrs. Maurice Phillips
Mr. and Mrs. Randall Pope
Ms. Diane Reynolds
Mr. and Mrs. James M. Rodebaugh
Mr. and Mrs. John R.E. Ruhl
Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Ryall
Mrs. Robert H. Schriver, Jr.
Mr. and Mrs. Clayton Sharp
Mr. and Mrs. James Q. Sidwell, Jr.
Michael and Gigi Simonis
Mr. James Forest Smith, Jr.
Mr. and Mrs. Wyatt Stevens
Ms. Carol Stevenson
Ms. Amy C. Styles
The Honorable and Mrs. Don Sundquist
Mr. and Mrs. Joseph A. Swann
Mr. John Z.C. Thomas
Mr. and Mrs. Robert J. Underwood
Mr. Benjamin Walls
Elizabeth Watts and Jill Stevens
Mr. and Mrs. Jack E. Williams
Mr. Marc Williams
Mrs. Shondalea Wollaston
Mr. and Mrs. Earl S. Worsham
Mrs. Carol S. Wright

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