Indiana earns 7th place among all states
at Ducks Unlimited National Convention
Above (from left to right): DU President John Pope, IN Regional Director Dave Neal, IN State Chairman Frank Wolka Jr., DU Executive Vice President Don Young
MEMPHIS, Tenn., June 8, 2009 – Ducks Unlimited, the world’s leading wetland conservation organization, awarded Indiana DU volunteers a Comprehensive State Award for a variety of their fundraising and recruitment accomplishments. This award, which is based off of the previous calendar year’s work, defines the factors that indicate excellent performance and recognizes the states that achieve the specific criteria.
“This is an excellent award for Indiana DU volunteers who put their time and effort into working towards conserving habitat for waterfowl and preserving our waterfowl hunting heritage,” said Frank Wolka Jr., Indiana DU State Chairman and Vallonia, Ind., native. “This is showing that Hoosiers are getting involved in conservation efforts and we would like to see even more involvement.”
For a state to be considered, it must not only increase its fundraising income, but it must also provide a statewide increase in at least four of the five criteria for each category. These categories include; recruitment of volunteers, chapters with presidential citations, adult membership increase, major donor achievement and a net increase in qualifying events.
Wolka Jr., jumped onto the awards stage at the DU National Convention in Denver, Colo., this year with a 7th place performance. Spring-boarded by a 9.2% increase in fundraising, with a 25% increase in volunteers, 4% increase in total presidential citations, and 6.6% increase in adult memberships; Indiana proves to be one of the fastest growing states for DU volunteer recruitment and grassroots fundraising.
With their impressive work to help fund DU’s mission to restore and protect North America’s wetlands and waterfowl, the more than 11,800 DU members and volunteers in Indiana have seen the organizational benefits. DU has conserved more than 22,000 acres in the state, including properties such as Goose Pond Fish and Wildlife Area.
“Even though Indiana was recognized, we are all one big team throughout the country. Our main objective will always remain to provide DU with the necessary support to help fill the skies, with waterfowl today, tomorrow and forever,” said Wolka.
With more than a million supporters, Ducks Unlimited is the world’s largest and most effective wetland and waterfowl conservation organization with more than 12 million acres conserved. The United States alone has lost more than half of its original wetlands-nature’s most productive ecosystem-and continues to lose more than 80,000 wetlands acres each year.
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