Peoria, Illinois – March 29, 2016 – DU's President's Roll of Honor is one of the most highly coveted recognition awards Ducks Unlimited offers its local chapters. Each year, the list is comprised of the chapters in the United States that raise between $65,000 and $100,000 through fundraising activities in their communities. Through the efforts of these volunteer committees, DU is able to pursue its mission of conserving, enhancing and restoring North America's wetlands.
In 2015 in Illinois, three chapters made the President's Roll of Honor list. The chapters and their hometowns are North Shore Chicago (Winnetka), McHenry Fox Flyway (Woodstock) and Starved Rock (Spring Valley).
"These fundraising events are the backbone of DU's habitat conservation efforts, and the volunteers who make up these chapters are the force driving DU and helping make a difference for North American waterfowl populations," said DU President Paul Bonderson. "It takes a great deal of effort to break into the President's Roll of Honor, and these chapters deserve to be congratulated by every person who enjoys the outdoors."
The chapters earned a spot on the President's Roll of Honor list out of the more than 2,600 DU chapters nationwide that host more than 3,900 fundraising events throughout the year. DU's event fundraising system has become a model for other conservation organizations around the world and has funded a significant portion of the more than 13.6 million acres of wetlands and associated habitat DU has conserved since 1937.
The 2015 President's Roll of Honor chapters also have the distinction of being honored during DU's 79th National Convention in Anchorage, Alaska, June 1-5, with many chapter representatives in attendance.
"DU chapters across the country are showing that the future of waterfowl populations and the wetlands that filter our water and protect us from flooding are important to them and to their communities," Bonderson added. "The more money we raise, the more habitat we can conserve and the closer we are to preserving our waterfowl hunting heritage. I would like to personally thank all our President's Roll of Honor chapters for their achievement and look forward to seeing them among our distinguished chapters again next year."
Click here to see the full President's Honor Roll list for this year.
Ducks Unlimited Inc. is the world's largest nonprofit organization dedicated to conserving North America's continually disappearing waterfowl habitats. Established in 1937, Ducks Unlimited has conserved more than 13.6 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 www.ducks.org.