In early May, Friends Past President Debbie Meeks and Deputy Refuge Manager John Stark participated in the 2023 National Friends Workshop. It was held at the National Conservation Training Center in West Virginia.
One representative from each Friends group around the country was invited, as well as one Refuge staff member from each. About 250 attended.
There were 6-8 concurrent sessions to choose from in each 90 minute time block. Debbie's favorite was the Subtle Differences Between Friends and Volunteers, in which they were given tricky scenarios to work through, and she said her head was spinning after the first 10 minutes.
Debbie reconnected with Friends leaders from other refuges whom she had met at the smaller and more select Friends Academy last summer. She and John made new acquaintances who will be excellent networking partners for us in the future.