Kentucky Volunteer Makes a Difference with Ducks Unlimited
In honor of National Volunteer Week, April 17-23, Ducks Unlimited is sharing stories about some of the terrific volunteers who support DU throughout the country.
RICHMOND, Ky., April 21, 2005 – A strong commitment to saving the wild places she finds so relaxing is what led Nebraska native and transplanted Kentuckian Daphne Hobson to join Ducks Unlimited (DU) 18 years ago.
“I was homesick when I moved here from Nebraska,” said Hobson. “My dad loved DU. I wanted to join in Kentucky because it’s a great way to make friends. It was a chance for me to do something important and yet remind me of home.”
|DU Executive Vice President Don Young enjoys lunch with Daphne Hobson at DU's national heaquarters in Memphis, Tennessee.|
Hobson is now a volunteer recruitment chair for Kentucky and gathers volunteers for DU fund-raising events throughout the state. She works with more than 70 chapters, both coed and ladies, which total 8,500 members.
She not only made lots of new friends when she volunteered with Ducks Unlimited, she made a difference by helping raise funds for the conservation work of DU. Now, in her new position, she recruits volunteers into the DU family.
“Everywhere I go, DU has been my family,” said Hobson. “It’s a wonderful cause. I want my grandchildren to have a place to go to besides the mall. I want them to know the joys and pleasure of Mother Nature, and when you add the friendships you make, it’s a tremendous way to make a difference."
“I believe in saving the birds, wildlife and the land,” Hobson said. “If we don’t work to save the land, all you’ll see is one continual real estate development. With the amount of acreage that is lost every day, eventually there will be no place for waterfowl or wildlife to live if we don’t help protect land for the future.”
She believes in DU’s conservation mission and is quick to point out that DU membership is for anyone committed to that cause.
“Our East Kentucky ladies group formed, because the women don’t always feel comfortable at the couples’ banquet,” Hobson noted. “They formed a separate chapter which now has 69 ladies, all of whom are committed to the DU mission.”
Hobson’s belief in DU’s mission of saving and restoring wetlands keeps her committed to finding more volunteers to help ensure she and others can always have a wild place to enjoy.
In honor of National Volunteer Week, April 17-23, Ducks Unlimited is sharing stories about some of the terrific volunteers who support DU throughout the country. If you’d like to become a member and join the thousands of volunteers who are working to make a difference for future generations, call 1-800-45-DUCKS (1-800-453-8257) or visit our Web site at www.ducks.org and select “Join DU.”
With more than a million supporters, Ducks Unlimited is the world’s largest and most effective wetland and waterfowl conservation organization. The United States, alone, has lost more than half of its original wetlands − nature’s most productive ecosystem − and continues to lose more than 100,000 wetland acres each year.