Minnesota Ducks Unlimited Volunteer Spotlight

When you volunteer with Ducks Unlimited, you join a family of conservationists. We come from all walks of life, but have one thing in common: a commitment to conservation.

Our reasons for that commitment may vary. Many of us want to preserve our hunting heritage. Others want to see full skies of waterfowl for generations to come. Still others want to conserve the wetlands and special places they've grown to love. No matter why you volunteer with Ducks Unlimited, we're glad to have you on board.

Let us introduce you to a few other dedicated DU volunteers. (And for MN volunteer spotlights from previous years, visit our archive.)


Tom Cole – South Region

Tom Cole has been a DU volunteer for over 14 years with the Steele County DU chapter. Not only is a Tom a key part of the Steele County chapters success (Steele County received the national silver award this year), but Tom is willing to travel and do anything it takes to make other DU events in Minnesota successful. Tom’s peers say whenever they ask Tom to do something it always gets done and done on time. He is easy to talk to and helpful and has a great positive attitude. Its people like Tom that make DU’s fundraising efforts so successful. In 2015, Tom became a Zone Chairman for the southern region working with other chapter volunteers and his Regional Director on additional events. In his role as zone chair, he helped restart the Owatonna Sponsor event. Tom also realizes the importance that DU life sponsors have to delivering our conservation mission in Minnesota and on the breeding grounds and this is a big reason why he became a life sponsor of Ducks Unlimited.

You will rarely find Tom at DU events without his better half Sandy who is also a big asset for Ducks Unlimited fundraising events. Tom is the project manager at a family run business in Owatonna: Coles Electric Inc. Tom spends his spare time hunting deer, waterfowl and upland and enjoys the preparation that each brings throughout the year. When you see Tom and Sandy at the next DU event, be sure to thank them for all they do for the ducks!

 Tom Cole (left) and Regional Director Andrew Limmer (right) on a successful goose hunt last fall near Rochester, MN.

Tom Cole (left) and Regional Director Andrew Limmer on a successful goose hunt last fall near Rochester, MN. 



Are You Ready?

Are you ready to join the Ducks Unlimited team?

Become a volunteer! It's a great way to have fun, meet new people and support DU's conservation work.

Event Types:

  • Annual Dinner Banquets
  • Special Events
  • Sealed Bid Auctions
  • Greenwing Events

For more information about volunteering for Ducks Unlimited in Minnesota, contact:

Gordon Winstanley
Volunteer Recruitment Chair

MN Volunteer Spotlight Archive