John Hille, of Monteagle, was named president of the Friends of South Cumberland (FSC) during the annual meeting held June 22, at the Dubose Conference Center, in Monteagle.
Hille takes over for Naullain Kendrick, of Manchester, who served as president the previous year. Also named as officers for the upcoming year were Trae Moore, of Sewanee, vice president; Rick Dreves, of Sewanee, treasurer; and Rich Wyckoff, of Monteagle, treasurer.
Returning directors are Sam Baggett, Ben Myers and John Greeter. Named as new officers were Alyse Getty and Susan Campbell.
In addition to the election of officers, the FSC presented several awards at the annual meeting, with the Monteagle Sunday School Assembly receiving the 2019 Trails and Trilliums Tribute Award for its outstanding long-term support of the state park and ranger housing initiatives. General Manager Scott Parrish was on hand to accept the award.
The 2019 Harry C. Yeatman Environmental Education Award was presented to state-certified wildlife rehabilitator Mar-garet Hawkins Matens, of Monteagle, for “enthusiastically devoting time, energy and resources to educating both children and adults about the natural wonders of the region.” Matens serves as an FSC director and chair of the Education and Outreach Committee. She has also been active as an educator in both the Tennessee Naturalist Program and in student initiatives in Grundy County.
FSC Director and President Emeritus Latham Davis, of Sewanee, received the 2019 Jim Prince Award for his decades-long effort to protect the environmentally significant land on the Southern Cumberland Plateau.
South Cumberland State Park (SCSP) Trail Master Certifications were presented to Kendrick and Dreves by Park Manager George Shinn for successfully completing the Trail Master Certification Program.
FSC Director and Trail Friends Coordinator Lee Davenport, of Culleoka, received the 2019 Golden Shell Award from Shinn for her leadership in organizing the FSC Trail Friends docent program. Trail Friends are volunteers who are stationed at various trailheads in the state park during periods of high visitor traffic to welcome hikers, provide information and answer questions. Trailhead areas staffed include Stone Door in the Beersheba area, Greeter Falls, the Savage Ranger Station, Grundy Forest in Tracy City, and Foster Falls.
The Friends of South Cumberland is a group of volunteer citizens dedicated to supporting the South Cumberland State Park, which, at 30,837 acres, is Tennessee’s largest. The group also coordinates the area’s Tennessee Naturalist program. For more information, visit www.friendsofsouthcumberland.org.