Please join us for the 2022 anual Meeting
Our 2021 Annual Meeting!
Please join us for our June Annual Meeting where we provide updates on the Friends of Gorges business, enjoy fellowship with fellow GSP enthusiasts, and continue the tradition of honoring a Friend of the Year. We started awarding this distinction last year when with two dear friends, Bob and Micki Andrews. We look forward to honoring Linda Ives this year who has continued their exceptional example of dedication to the FOG cause.
The Friends of Gorges are excited to present Dr. Larry Ragsdale as our Annual Meeting Keynote Speaker. With a long and dedicated history of serving with North Carolina state parks advocacy groups, Dr. Ragsdale will discuss the importance of Friends Groups to local parks and how that translates to moderating the impacts of climate change.
As always, attendance is free and open to the public but we are requiring registration for the Annual Meeting. Please use the button below or scroll down to quickly register you and your guests!
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What to Expect
Friends + Public Welcome
The invitation to the meeting is open to our entire Friends group and the general public. Interested in learning more about our efforts? Come to the meeting!
Light Food + Refreshments
We’ll have light food + refreshments from Simple Treats Catering and non-alcoholic beverages to enjoy.
Key Note Speaker: Larry Ragsdale
We are looking forward to hearing Dr. Larry Ragsdale speak on the importance of Friends Groups to local parks and how that translates to moderating the impacts of climate change. Learn more about Dr. Ragsdale here.
We will have a very short meeting to present current Friends of Gorges business, including a financial report. You’ll also have an opportunity to meet new board members!
Here an update from Superintendent Bischof!
Want to know more about the new campground? Superintendent Kevin Bischof will provide an update on the new $5.8 million Fanily Campground!
We’re excited to award the 2022 Friend of the Year award to Linda Ives! She has routinely gone above and beyond in her long dedication to GSP and the FOG.
New Member Bonus
Become a member at the Annual Meeting and receive 7 free months of membership! Your membership will be good until the end of 2023!
Event Schedule + Location
Join us at 4:15 PM
4:15 PM Meet + Greet
5:00 PM FOG business meeting
5:20 PM Keynote by Dr. Larry Ragsdale, updates and special recognition of Linda Ives
Rogow Room | Transylvania County Library
The Annual Meeting will take place on Monday, June 6, 2022 at the Transylvania County Library in the Rogow Room. See the map at right for specific directions. There is ample parking available.
212 S Gaston St.
Brevard, NC 28712
About Keynote Speaker: Dr. Larry Ragsdale
Dr. Ragsdale is Biology Professor Emeritus, Emory University and Dalton Professor of Environmental Studies Emeritus Brevard College. He has a distinguished academic record encompassing teaching, administrative service, environmental research, and environmental consulting. At both institutions he created interdisciplinary Environmental Studies degrees dealing with the relationships of human and natural systems. He is an active volunteer in organizations supporting conservation, particularly state parks. In Georgia he initiated a new type of state park, Panola Mountain Conservation State Park. In North Carolina he was a member of the inaugural Gorges State Park Advisory Committee for Gorges State Park, a founding president of the Friends of Gorges State Park (FOG), served as a vice president in North Carolina Friends of State Parks, and currently is vice president of the North Carolina State Parks Partners Foundation.
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