Our Friends group began forming in the late Fall of 2011. What began as a small group of Birding Enthusiasts, Hunters, Kayakers, Photographers, Fishermen, and Boaters volunteering to support events organized by Refuge Staff soon blossomed into a desire to form a Friends group to provide even more support and assistance to the Refuges and Refuge Staff. We applied for and received status as a Corporation in the State of Arizona on April 17, 2012. We received approval of our application for status as a Section 501(C)3 non-profit organization from the IRS on October 22, 2012. On March 14, 2013 we signed an Associative Agreement with the Lake Havasu National Wildlife Refuge Complex, making us an official Friends group.
We are now giving our full attention to increasing our membership rolls, expanding our wildlife education outreach to youth and community groups, raising funds for Refuge projects, and continuing our efforts to assist Refuge staff with volunteer labor on Refuge projects. We are also looking to add several new Friends events in the upcoming year. Please join us in our efforts, we need your help and talents.
General Meetings -
We normally meet during the second week of every month at 7:00 p.m. at the Golden Shores Fire Station, located at 12950 Oatman Highway, Route 66, in Golden Shores, Arizona. Please be sure to check our Calendar page to verify the meeting day, time, and place. We occasionally schedule meetings to coincide with an event or other activity at one of the Refuges, and we may scheduling special meetings at other locales; please check the Friends Home page or Calendar on this website for the latest information.
Why do we hold many of our General Meetings in Golden Shores? The three largest communities in Mohave County are Bullhead City, Kingman, and Lake Havasu City. Golden Shores is centrally located to the three largest cities in Mohave County (Golden Shores is approximately 27 miles from Bullhead City, 54 miles from Kingman, and 34 miles from Lake Havasu City). In addition, the Golden Shores Fire Department generously provides the venue for our meetings, make this meeting location the logical choice.
DeeDee DeLorenzo, President
Jude Gilford, Vice-President
Karin Shelton, Treasurer
Marge Penton, Secretary
Sue Wolfe, Director at Large
Chad Villamor, Director at Large
Jacky Daugherty, Director at Large
John Williams, Director at Large
As a non-profit organization, Friends of the Bill Williams River and Havasu National Wildlife Refuges are committed to the conservation and protection of these jewels of the lower Colorado River. We pledge to support and assist Refuge staff's efforts to improve and maintain these unique resources, provide environmental education opportunities, and promote hunting, fishing, wildlife observation, wildlife photography, and environmental-interpretive uses of these refuges.
Members of Friends of the Bill Williams River and Havasu National Wildlife Refuges can certainly celebrate an incredible Year One: Incorporated within the State of Arizona, recognized as a 501(c)3 Non-Profit, and officially partnered with the Lake Havasu Complex National Wildlife Refuge.
In cooperation with the Havasu and Bill Williams River NWRs we have assisted with numerous projects and events which include: Public Lands Day water trail cleanup, Archery Days for local students, native tree planting, Youth Duck Hunt, wildlife observation deck restoration, guided nature walks, and Friends and Family Fun Day.
As we begin our second year, we contemplate the many needs of our refuge complex and how we can go about securing the funds and labor to effect change, restoration, and improvements.
We will need your help! If you are not yet a member, please consider joining Friends of the Bill Williams River and Havasu National Wildlife Refuges. If you are a member, we ask that you share some of your time and skills as projects and programs become available. We will be sure to keep you informed.
DeeDee DeLorenzo, President
The Friend's original Board of Directors looks on as DeeDee DeLorenzo, Friend's President, and Dick Gilbert, Lake Havasu NWR Complex Manager (now retired), sign an Associative Agreement, making us an official Friends group.
If you would like to find out more information about the USF&WS National Friends program, you can visit their website by going HERE.
The Friends of the Bill Williams River and Havasu National Wildlife Refuges is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization that is incorporated in the State of Arizona.
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