DU National Leadership Conference

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February 3-6, 2022

Memphis Hilton Hotel, Memphis, Tennessee


Hotel reservations must be made before the room block deadline of January 19, 2022. After this date, the conference room rate of $117, plus tax is not available.

As you plan your trip to Memphis for the National Leadership Conference, please take a moment to review regularly updated information about the coronavirus (COVID-19) by visiting the Shelby County Public Health Department's website. Ducks Unlimited is adhering to the County's guidelines throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. 

As of January 18, Shelby County recommends everyone age 5 & up receive the COVID-19 vaccination. However, the County does not have a mandate requiring vaccines or masks at this time. Public health information is updated daily at https://www.shelby.community/.

Conference Schedule

updated as of 1/14/22

Thursday, February 3  

1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Welcome Reception

6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Dinner and Wings Over Water

9:30 pm – 11:00 pm

Friday, February 4

7:00 am – 8:00 am

8:00 am – Noon
Conference Business Session

  • Welcome - Chuck Smith
  • President's Address - Doug Schoenrock
  • CEO Address - Adam Putnam
  • Chairman's Address - Rogers Hoyt
  • An Innovative Approach to DU Communications - Scott Stamerjohn
  • Breakout & Evening Instructions - David Schuessler

10:00 am – 10:30 am
Break and Vendor Visits

10:30 am – Noon
Breakout Sessions

Noon – 1:00 pm
Conference Luncheon  

1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Breakout Sessions

4:30 pm – 5:00 pm
Buses depart for NHQ

5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Taste of the Mississippi Delta

7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Buses depart for Hilton

8:00 pm – Midnight

Saturday, February 5

Breakfast on your own

7:15 am – 8:45 am
You Are DU* (by invitation only)

9:00 am – Noon
Breakout Sessions

Noon – 1:00 pm
Closing Luncheon and Early Departures

4:00 pm – 8:00 pm
DU Waterfowling Heritage Center and Bass Pro Shops Visit

Sunday, February 6

All day

Breakout Session Topics

Breakout 1 – Fundraising
Your Responsibility in Funding the DU Conservation Machine
Speakers: Jim Talbert, Joe Mazon, David Schuessler, Rich Smith

Breakout 2 - Conservation and Policy
Conservation Delivery in North America – An Overview
Speakers: Larry Jensen, Karen Waldrop

Keeping the Conservation Machine Running
Speakers: Bob Spoerl

The Policy of Conservation
Speakers: George Dunklin, Nels Swenson, Bill Aldinger, Zachary Hartman

Breakout 3 – Finance and Cybersecurity
The Finances of DU
Speakers: Wendell Weakley, Darin Blunck

Cybersecurity Includes You
Speakers: Gary Salmon, Arnie Matson

Breakout 4 – Communications and State Meetings
The DU Message – State Level Social Media Best Practices
Speaker: Scott Anderson

State and Regional Meetings
Speakers: Tom Enos, Jan Young, Tim Fehringer

Breakout 5 - Organizational Information
State Chair Taskforce
Speakers: Tammi Kircher, Steven King

How DU National Works
Speakers: Doug Schoenrock, Dan Thiel

National Committees
Speakers: Chuck Smith, Pattie Kempka

State Chair Q&A
Moderator: Chuck Smith