FORS Citizens Support Organization (CSO)

Rainbow Springs State Park operations are supported in part by the park’s Citizens Support Organization (CSO) known as the Friends of the Rainbow Springs (FORS). FORS raises money to purchase equipment, make repairs and improvements to the property, and to create programs that can presented at the park. The organization provides volunteers to take part in park maintenance, operations and other projects as well.

The business affairs of FORS are managed by a thirteen-member Board of Directors who are elected by the voting members of the organization. Nine Directors serve a two-year term and are limited to three consecutive terms for a total of six years. Three officers of the Board make up an Executive Board. The Executive Board includes the President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer. The Executive Board serves a two-year term and are limited to a total of four years. The Treasurer is elected but is not subject to term limits.

2019-20 Board of Directors are:


Connie Santoro

Vice President

Art Ross


MaryLou Kilen


Diane Khaler

2019-2020 Board Members are:

Terry Blaes

Nancy Browall

Linda Brown

Laura Fronk

Bill McAvay

Michael McCarthy

Jim Nash

Susan Shipp

Terry Rapp

Visitor Services Operations Managers are:

Pat Palmer

Gail Reading

Board Meetings

Board meetings are held the second Tuesday of every month (except July & August) and are open to all FORS members and interested individuals. An annual meeting is held each November. Special Board meetings are held as required. Dates and times for all regularly scheduled meetings are listed in the Calendar of Events.

Current Membership

The original group of supporters has grown from 30 volunteers to approximately 150 members. FORS volunteers continue to be integral part of the park, contributing over 18,000 hours annually. A substantial percentage of that time is in the area of Visitor Services. If you are interested in becoming a member, we would invite you to attend a general meeting the 2nd Tuesday of each month (except July & August) at 1pm at the headsprings park.

State and Local Impact

State Parks have a tremendous impact on both state and local economy. Please see the reports filed below which indicate the impact on both state and local levels.

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Friends of Rainbow Springs (FORS) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. 19164 SW 81st Place Road, Dunnellon, Florida 34432

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