Beverly Heinze-Lacey has been involved with the Friends movement from its outset. She recalled the first meeting more than a decade ago where some 50 people launched the Friends Initiative and wrote Building Your Nest Egg: An Introduction to Raising Funds for National Wildlife Refuge Support Groups
. Beverly belongs to the Friends of Parker River National Wildlife Refuge in Massachusetts. She especially enjoys the national conferences when Friends groups realize they are part of a much larger system.
Norma Wiley became involved with the Friends of Bayou Cocodrie National Wildlife Refuge in Louisiana when her son participated in an environmental education program at the refuge. One thing led to another and pretty soon, Norma was president of the Friends group. Norma took her first plane ride ever to attend a national Friends conference. She brought back ideas to raise money, build community support and find new members.
Friends of Alaska National Wildlife Refuge