For Dr. Gary Grover and his wife, Janis, hunting has been a way of life. In Gary’s family, the traditions of duck and woodcock hunting in his ancestral home of New Jersey go back several generations. “Janis and I feel strongly about giving back after so many years in the field,” Gary says. “We appreciate DU’s mission as it conserves wetlands and even uplands that benefit all wildlife.”
Janis comes from a suburban background. Her first real exposure to outdoor life was floating for ducks in a battered canoe with Gary during her college years. That experience has led to 40 years of traveling from North Dakota to Argentina, Scotland to New Mexico, and Canada to Louisiana, finding a way to enjoy being hot, cold, wet, and dry while looking for wildlife.
The Grovers were fortunate to have successful careers, which included traveling to over 30 countries and engaging with international partners in agriculture, commerce, education, and medicine. As a result, they now have the opportunity to blend these diverse interests together.
“Joining the Feather Society and making a planned gift through my retirement plan was simple and easy to do,” Gary says. The Grovers recently joined the President’s Council and attended Ducks University, and they continue to be involved with their local DU chapter. They genuinely care about the resource and have been generous partners and supporters.
When asked why making a legacy gift is important, the Grovers agree that “Ducks Unlimited’s mission enables us to invest in conservation so that future generations can benefit. DU is our favorite charity. They go out of their way to get us involved with different activities, and we feel we are part of a family.”