Chapter Spotlight: Bethel Chapter, Alaska

The Alaska Ducks Unlimited chapters' mission is to fulfill the annual life-cycle needs of waterfowl by generation of the capital necessary to protect, enhance, restore and manage important wetlands and associated uplands.

The Bethel Chapter upheld this mission with great accord and earned their feature as the November Chapter Spotlight. They held their banquet at the Bethel Community Center in April 2010 with more than 250 attendees. The committee, with their Alaskan can-do attitude, rallied to cook the entire meal, set up the hall and run the event.

"The event was a huge success because Area Chairman Jaimie Kassman and the committee filled the hall with a sell-out event, while also pre-selling 500 tickets for a 10-gun raffle," said Dave Weber, Alaska DU regional director. "Another reason for their high numbers was the addition of a $1,000 raffle packet, of which they sold seven, adding a large boost to the bottom line."

In May 2010, they also held a Waterfowl Hunter's Party, which coincided with the return of waterfowl to the Yukon and Kuskokwim deltas.

Weber points out that Kassman has a passion for waterfowl hunting and ensuring future generations have the same opportunities he's had. "He is actively engaged in making sure the youth in his community are engaged in hunting and conservation education," said Weber.

"Bethel is the largest village in Alaska and is located in one of the most productive wetlands in the state. This resource is important to the community and it shows in their support of Ducks Unlimited at the event," Weber added.