Memphis, Tenn., July 14, 2011 —
Each Year Ducks Unlimited (DU) recognizes the Top Ten states around the country for their efforts through the National State Awards Program. In 2010, under the leadership of Tom Shryock, Missouri Ducks Unlimited received the Bronze Level Comprehensive State Award.
The awards acknowledge those states that excel in all aspects of fundraising. Each year, DU recognizes states that achieve Grassroots Income growth as well as other milestones, including increases in new volunteers, event attendance and sponsors. States are recognized at the Bronze, Silver, or Gold level.
Ducks Unlimited, leader in wetlands conservation, handed out these top fundraising awards during the 74th National Convention in Québec City, Ontario, Canada during the week of May 23-29, 2011. The annual convention brings together volunteers and staff from across the country to celebrate the fundraising and conservation accomplishments each year.
"I am extremely proud of our Missouri
DU volunteers' efforts to raise money to conserve wetland habitats for the 2010 calendar year," DU State Chairman Tom Shryock said. "Our volunteer group had a strong year, and we placed in the Top Ten in six of the ranking categories. I would like to personally thank all our Missouri chapters for their dedication and hard work in their volunteer efforts to support DU."
Missouri DU has a long history of outstanding performance. "This award celebrates a great fundraising year for our Missouri DU volunteers" DU Regional Directors Todd Carlton, Mark Jackson, and Jimbo Robinson agreed. "We presented some challenges to the volunteers, and they set their goals high and achieved them. The volunteers rolled up their sleeves and went to work in the great Show Me way to achieve their goal of placing Missouri DU back in the Top 10 National Comprehensive Awards."
Missouri DU continues to be one of the top states in Ducks Unlimited with over 19,600 members statewide. With more than 1,800 volunteers, 90 Missouri DU chapters held 140 events in 2010for. These chapters raised nearly $950,000 for habitat conservation
during the year and have helped conserve 105,000 acres in our great state to date.
Ducks Unlimited is the world's largest non-profit 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.