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Volunteer of the Year

Each year, the Board of Directors names a person who has made a significant contribution as a volunteer for the Friends of Madera Canyon. Because Bud Gode, a former board member and board President was the ultimate volunteer, the person named by the board becomes the Bud Gode Volunteer of the Year.



Willem VanKempen


Louise Gibbeson


Phil Gantt



Jan and Carl Vail.


Bob and Mary Braswell.


George West


Carolyn Fowler


Phil English


Allen Tozier

Honor Wall

Through the partnership and cooperation with the U. S. Forest Service, the Friends of Madera Canyon is pleased to announce that we have a new Honor Wall at the start of the Bud Gode Interpretive Nature Trail at Proctor. This natural stone wall will have granite plaques with engraved names of volunteers who have devoted extraordinary time and talent in multiple areas of support for the mission and programs of the Friends of Madera Canyon. In addition, there will also be granite plaques with engraved names "In Memory of" to recognize departed spouses or first order relatives: mothers, fathers, sons or daughters, who had a special recognition of this extraordinary place in their lives.

The Honor Wall Committee is guided by an operations plan approved by the Board of Directors with criteria and guidelines for selection of names of volunteers to be recognized on the "In Honor of' plaques. There is also a policy with guidelines for application for the" In Memory of" plaques for the Honor Wall. The committee reviews all names for both categories with the Board. The fee for the "In Memory of" engraving is $2,000 which includes engraving and continued maintenance of the wall, as well as a donation to support the operations and programs of the Friends of Madera Canyon. There is no fee for the " In Honor Of" recognition. The Friends of Madera Canyon Board is very pleased to see this Honor Wall recognition come to fruition. We believe it, along with other amenities now going into place at Proctor, will make the Proctor site a beautiful entry and introduction to Madera Canyon.