BLOOMINGTON, Minn., August 4, 2011 -
Ducks Unlimited is honoring the Berg family for significant accomplishments as DU volunteers. Bob and Rosemary Berg, Longville, and Rick and Pam Berg, Watertown, S.D., have played very active roles for DU locally and nationally for more than 35 years.
"What motivated me to join DU was the realization that we all have to give back," Rick Berg said. "As I grew up near Watertown, S.D., I was lucky to have plenty of places I could go to hunt ducks. As time went by, many of these places ceased to exist. I started looking for an organization dedicated to preserving the duck hunting tradition and the grass and wetlands that are so important to mama duck. In 1978, I bought my first membership to Ducks Unlimited and have been a member ever since."
DU will hold a two-day recognition event for the Bergs on Friday, August 12, and Saturday, August 13, at the Airport Marriott Hotel in Bloomington, Minn. Friday evening's activities include a riverboat cruise on the Mississippi River, departing from Harriett Island. Saturday will feature a brunch, with the main event being a fundraising dinner and tribute to the Bergs' dedication to conservation.
The Berg brothers' conservation efforts have been extraordinary, including serving as local committee chairs, state chairs, on the DU Boards of Directors in both the United States and Canada, and contributing as members and chair of the national Conservation Programs Committee. Rosemary and Pam have also been actively involved with DU. Rosemary was an area chair for a ladies' event for a number of years, and Pam can still be seen each year at the registration desk for the South Dakota State Convention. Rick and Pam received the Frankie Heidelbauer Award in 2010 and were inducted into the South Dakota DU Hall of Fame.
Tickets are $150 for both days or $100 for just the Saturday evening event. Contact Carleen Soule (email@example.com
, 701-355-3524) to reserve your spot.
Ducks Unlimited is the world's largest nonprofit organization dedicated to conserving North America's continually disappearing waterfowl habitats. Established in 1937, Ducks Unlimited has conserved more than 12 million acres, thanks to contributions from more than a million supporters across the continent. Guided by science and dedicated to program efficiency, DU works toward the vision of wetlands sufficient to fill the skies with waterfowl today, tomorrow and forever.
Becky Jones Mahlum