Smokey Bear Association Officers
President: Jack Winchell
Vice President: Victoria Rico
Secretary/Treasurer: Joel Guldin
Director: Dawn Fazio
Director: Daphne Kunukcu
Past President: Craig Williams
Newsletter Editor: Joel Guldin
This SBA’s committee committed to reporting possible illegal use of Smokey’s image to the Forest Service for investigation.
Things to remember:
1.Before purchasing an item, check for the official licensing logo.
2. Do NOT buy a suspicious item.
3. If you suspect a violation, check for the company on the Forest Service’s Licensing List.
4. Report by using any SBA members of the Patrol with the email links below.
Smokey Patrol Committee members
Maureen Brooks of the USFS: firstname.lastname@example.org
Karen Bergethon: email@example.com
Sue Meredith: firstname.lastname@example.org
Fred Turck: email@example.com
SBA Convention Hall of Fame Perfect Attendance
These members have attended every convention from 1997 to 2018.
Les Pinkerton Robert Rouse
Adam & Carolyn Ramos (missed Georgia)
Frank & Deanne Winer (missed Las Vegas)
Virginia Horton (missed Columbus)
Smokey Bear Award SBA Members
Rudy Wendelin: Silver 1968, Gold 1972
Jim Van Meter: Bronze 1987
Maureen Brooks: Bronze 1990, Silver 1998, Bronze 2010
Bruce Turbeville: Bronze 1990, Silver 1998
Richard Just: Bronze 1991
Alfred E. and Sylvia Grimes: Silver 1994, Gold 1997
Ann & David Lang: Silver 1997
Karen Bergethon: Silver 2000
Fred Turck: Silver 2003, Bronze 2004, Gold 2010
Sandra Groth: Silver 2008
Ray Kresek: Silver 2011
Mike Davis: Silver 2014
Thomas Black: Bronze 2020
Among the members are:
One member is the son of Ray Bell.
Three members are relatives of Homer Pickens.
Three members wrote books about Smokey Bear.
Seven members own companies that produce or distribute licensed Smokey Bear products.
One member was the USFS National Smokey Bear Program Manager 1976-1982
One member is the owner and director of the Fire Lookout Museum (full of Smokey Bear rare items and displays)
One member is a Smokey Bear artist
One member worked with the Rudy Wenedlin family in setting up a Wenedlin Art Work Display, Rudy Wendelin and the Creation of an Icon at The Chrysler Museum of Art in Virginia
One member was part of the Smokey Bear 50th birthday celebration at the White House in Washington DC.
Two members were instrumental in setting up the Smokey Bear programs in Virginia, and California. Both have garnered national honors for the work.
Two members own Woodland Enterprises/Smokey Bear Gifts. One of the largest on-line retailer of Smokey Bear products. Their catalog is considered the bible of Smokey Bear items.
Three members had close ties with Smokey’s caretaker and artist Rudy Wenedlin.
Six or more of the top Smokey Bear collectors in the world are SBA members.
The Smokey Bear Museum in Capitan, NM is a member
The Smokey Bear Historical Park in Capitan, NM is a member
Friends of the Smokey Bear Balloon Inc., a non-profit corporation dedicated to assisting federal, state, and local agencies to educate preventing human-caused wildfires are members.
The Smokey Bear Association has become the nationally recognized source for answers to questions ranging from manufacturing date, origin, value, and authenticity of Smokey Bear. When the Ad Council, USFS, The National Association of State Foresters were building their web page smokeybear.com/vault they relied heavily on the SBA for photos, descriptions and information about Smokey Bear memorabilia and collectibles.