Kenosha supporter joins DU board of directors

KENOSHA, Wis. – Dec. 5, 2012 – Ducks Unlimited has elected Lon Knoedler of Kenosha, Wis., to serve as an at-large member of the organization's national board of directors.

"Lon has a long history as an active DU supporter and conservation leader," said DU President John Newman. "He brings knowledge, experience and enthusiasm to the team. We're pleased that Lon will be serving in this capacity."

Knoedler and his wife, Bonnie, own Sparks Insurance, which offers personal and business insurance in Wisconsin's Kenosha/Racine counties and in northern Illinois. In addition to his local charitable work, Knoedler has been a DU volunteer since 1989. Knoedler is returning to the board, on which he served in several capacities, after a bylaws-mandated year off. He also served as the national chairman of the 75th Anniversary Task Force as DU celebrated its 75th year in 2012.

"Working on the board of Ducks Unlimited is a great opportunity to serve wildlife and people, particularly future generations," Knoedler said. "I'm looking forward to the privilege of helping further DU's mission on a national scale and to add my voice to so many who champion the cause of wetlands and waterfowl in North America."

Ducks Unlimited is the world's largest non-profit organization dedicated to conserving North America's waterfowl habitats. DU is governed by a volunteer board of directors and senior officers.

"As a member of DU's board of directors, Lon will help guide Ducks Unlimited in our future conservation work. His commitment is significant and important to our success," Newman said. "We're fortunate to have volunteer leaders of his caliber."

Ducks Unlimited Inc. is the world's largest non-profit organization dedicated to conserving North America's continually disappearing waterfowl habitats. Established in 1937, DU is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year, with special events, projects and promotions across the continent. 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. For more information on our work, visit Connect with us on our Facebook page at, follow our tweets at and watch DU videos at

Kristin Schrader