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FRIENDS OF GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK INC
May 9, 2011

I have the greatest regard for Friends of the Smokies organization and have had opportunity to interact with staff in the office setting and at special events where I've worked as a volunteer, including Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage each April and Wilderness Wildlife Week each January for last 5 or more years.

All of the staff seem to love the Smoky Mountains and appear to be super-dedicated to making everything they do help the GSMNP Park Service. It appears every event they put together turns out to be a 5-star, 1st-class endeavor.

One particular event I found awesome was the way they were able to help the GSM Park Service pull the "Once in a Lifetime" Cades Cove Loop Lope together on such short notice when it was learned the contracted service to resurface roadways was going to be complete earlier than planned, and it turned out to be such a tremendous success!!! I felt honored to get to work as a volunteer for that, too, and hope they will be able to make it an annual event, perhaps on the first Saturday of April or May.

It is always great to read about the Evergreen Ball each year, and in 2009, they did such a great job for an entire year of events for the 75th Anniversary and Rededication Ceremony.

I realize that FOTS' primary role and biggest achievements are in relation to the donations that support so many programs for the GSM Park Service, but they are so much more personal than just fund-raising folks, and I feel honored to have had contact with them over the years.

I strive for the day I can provide more financial support, but 'til then, will have to enjoy the privilege of the volunteer hours I can give.

Nancy Anderson
Fairhope, Alabama

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Through my activities, I've gained contacts and had opportunities to learn more about the Smokies which I'm enjoying sharing with my grandchildren in hopes that they will grow to love the Smokies and be responsible stewards of GSMNP.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I find it amazing that the staff can accomplish all that they do every year, so feel that if they were to have one or two additional staff.... well, maybe not...... I like the GSMNP right where it is and they already seem able to move mountains!!!!

MY ROLE:
Volunteer & My roles have included working as a volunteer at the registration desk for SWFP, the FOTS information desk at WWW, the nourishment table @ CCLLope, and helping at other events as requested. .