South Dakota Chapter Chairman Named Delta Waterfowl’s 2017 Volunteer of the Year
BISMARCK, NORTH DAKOTA — Willie Gloe, chairman of the Fowled Up Chapter in Pierre, South Dakota, is Delta Waterfowl’s 2017 Volunteer of the Year. He bested a field of seven finalists during a month-long, online vote.
“Willie’s passion for ducks and motivation to succeed are simply untouchable at the local level,” said Scott Terning, senior regional events director for Delta Waterfowl. “He’s the reason that the relatively new Fowled Up Chapter has become one of the most successful in North America.”
Gloe, 36, became a member of The Duck Hunters Organization just six years ago.
“Honestly I joined because I wanted to receive Delta Waterfowl magazine,” Gloe said. “I really didn’t know much about Delta, but then Scott Terning called me out of the blue, because he was looking for someone near Pierre to start a chapter. We started talking about snow goose hunting and what Delta is all about, and the next thing I knew an hour had gone by. He really sold me on the Delta mission.”
Gloe hit the ground running, soon inviting five friends to form a committee. Since 2011, Fowled Up Chapter events have raised more than $200,000 to produce ducks and secure the future of waterfowl hunting. Every year, Willie has personally sold more than 100 tickets for the chapter banquet, which has consistently been attended by more than 300 people.
“Our chapter has done really well, especially for being located in a rural state,” Gloe said. “We have a tremendous committee and the community, donors and sponsors have been very supportive.”
Locally, Gloe has led his chapter’s efforts to hold annual mentored duck and pheasant hunts, install mallard-producing Hen Houses, sponsor high school shooting teams and award scholarships to conservation-minded students.
“Getting youth involved is really what got us all started,” Gloe said. “Seeing boys and girls out hunting for the first time affects me on a personal level. It’s definitely the coolest part of my involvement in our Delta chapter.”
Assistant director of public works for Fort Pierre, South Dakota, Gloe is an avid puddle duck and snow goose hunter. He lives in Pierre with his wife, Sara, and 6-year-old son, Cooper.
“It really hasn’t sunk in yet that I’m the Volunteer of the Year,” said Gloe, who was also nominated in 2012. “I was so honored to be a finalist, and I feel lucky to have had the support of everyone who believes in our chapter.”
Thanks to Lowe Boats, sponsoring partner of the Volunteer of the Year Award for the third-straight year, Gloe will receive a Roughneck 1756 — a 17-foot, camouflaged, all-welded, all-aluminum johnboat — plus a trailer.
In annually naming a Volunteer of the Year, Delta Waterfowl celebrates the 3,800 passionate, committed individuals across the United States and Canada who make its work possible.
“Delta’s selfless, remarkably dedicated volunteers are the driving force behind all of our efforts for ducks and duck hunters,” said Dr. Scott Petrie, chief executive officer of Delta Waterfowl. “Anyone who hunts ducks or loves waterfowl is indebted to these fine men and women.”
2017 Volunteer of the Year Nominees
Steve Conrad, Back Bay Chapter, Virginia Beach, Virginia
*Brandon Broussard, Vermilion Chapter, Abbeville, Louisiana
*Brody Thompson, Norfolk Chapter, Norfolk, Ontario
*Paul Henry, Mid-Shore Chapter, Laurel, Delaware
Curtis Barber, Cupped ’N Committed Chapter, Winterset, Iowa
*Taylor Hennlich, Wisconsin River Valley Chapter, Stevens Point, Wisconsin
Kerry Rohrbeck, LDC Chapter, Litchfield, Minnesota
Lane McDaniel, Smith County Chapter, Tyler, Texas
*Willie Gloe, Fowled Up Chapter, Pierre, South Dakota
Chris Figge, Riceland Chapter, Poplar Bluff, Missouri
John May, Mid-South Chapter, Memphis, Tennessee
*Franz Schnabl, Alcorn County Chapter, Corinth, Mississippi
*Gretchen Steele, Kaskaskia River Valley Chapter, Waterloo, Illinois
Mike Deaton, Mid-Ohio Chapter, Mansfield, Ohio
Jeff Bruce, Winnipeg Chapter, Winnipeg, Manitoba
For more information, contact Lisa Lawrence at (888) 987-3695 ext. 222, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Delta Waterfowl Foundation is The Duck Hunters Organization, a leading conservation group working to produce ducks and ensure the tradition of duck hunting in North America.