Alaska DU Chairman, Roger Penrod, presented awards to top-performing committees and individual volunteers on March 13, 2009, in recognition of outstanding accomplishments in calendar year 2008.
Awards were presented as follows:
The Clark Springer Platinum Waterfowl Award is the highest award given by Alaska DU. The award recognizes the Alaska volunteer who has had the greatest overall impact to DU. The 2008 Springer award was presented to Marc Lind, of Eagle River. Lind, the Region 2 District Chairman, is a tireless and long term DU volunteer. He has guided chapters in his district to high achievement for the past several years, and recently expanded his responsibilities as DC to include Mat-Su valley events.
District Chairman of the Year award was presented to Jim Young, of Fairbanks, AK. Jim has implemented new ideas and brought new life back to sagging events and committees.
Area Chairman of the Year award was presented to Jess Richardson, for his leadership of the Sterling Chapter. Under Jess' leadership, the Sterling Chapter event was one of only two chapters to qualify for the Alaska Chapter of Excellence (ACE) award for 2008.
Outstanding BOD member award was presented to Mal Linthwaite, of Juneau. Mal is a former state chairman and 20 year member of the Alaska Board of Directors.
The Committe of the Year award goes to the Ketchikan Committee, for its spirited revival of events in Southeast, Alaska.
Chapter awards were presented to:
Anchorage Spring BBQ--this chapter was #9 in the nation in 2008, its second consecutive year on the President's 100 list. The Spring BBQ had the highest net/net income ($122,048), the highest net/net for a single event ($119,847), the most sponsors (110), the highest attendance (695), and the biggest dollar growth in net/net income ($40,230). Under Area Chairman Marlin Scoby, the Anchorage Spring BBQ has tripled in attendance in three years time.
Bethel--this chapter was recognized for the highest percentage growth in net/net income from the prior year (113%).
King Cove--this chapter was recognized for the highest percentage of sponsor attendees to total adult attendees (40%).
Copper River Delta--this chapter was recognized as the highest net/net sponsor event ($7,883).
Cold Bay--this chapter was recognized for the highest event efficiency (73%), the largest increase in efficiency from the prior year (15%), the highest per capita, net/net dollars per adult attendee ($317), and the largest increase in net/net dollars per adult attendee (101%).
Homer--this chapter was recognized for the largest attendance increase from the prior year (170%).
North Pole--this chapter was recognized fr the largest percentage increase in sponsor members (160%).
Fairbanks--this chapter was recognized for the most Greenwings at a single event, 53, at the Fairbanks "Fish 'n Fun" event.
New Chapters included: Petersburg, Valdez, Kodiak, Dillingham, King Cove, and Mat-Su Valley.
Alaska Chapter of Excellence (ACE) awards were presented to two chapters, Sterling and Ketchikan. The criteria for ACE awards is that the chapter event must demonstrate year-on-year increase in net/net income, event efficiency over 60%, and year-on-year growth in event efficiency.
Congratulations to all the winners of 2008 awards, and thanks to all of our Alaska DU volunteers!
2008 Springer Award recipient, Marc Lind (right), recieves congratulations from Alaska State Chairman, Roger Penrod.