The Lake Superior State University student chapter of Ducks Unlimited will host its ninth annual banquet on Saturday, March 19, and a few tickets are still available.
The event begins with a social hour at 5 p.m. in the LSSU Walker Cisler Center, with dinner to follow at 6 p.m. Tickets are $35 each or $65 per couple and $20 for students. Tickets are available from club members or online at http://www.ducks.org/michigan/events/41068/lake-superior-state-university
The ticket price includes a whitefish and chicken cordon bleu dinner, prepared by LSSU Food Service, and a membership to Ducks Unlimited, one of the leading conservation groups in North America. DU members are selling raffle tickets for a Go Pro Hero 4 (black) and a CZ Mallard 12 ga. over-and-under shotgun, and there will be many other raffle prizes and silent auctions at the banquet.
Those who purchase a raffle ticket for the Go Pro will be entered into a DU state raffle, where the top prize is a Yamaha utility task vehicle and much more. You need not be present to win the shotgun, Go Pro, DU state raffle, nor do you have to be present to win a new prize this year: a black Labrador retriever puppy.
“There has been quite a bit of excitement generated by the puppy,” said club president Logan Archibald, a senior in fisheries and wildlife management from Fowlerville, Mich. “We’ll have him at the dinner so people can get a look at him.”
Photos of the puppy are viewable on the club’s Facebook page by searching for Lake Superior State University Ducks Unlimited.
Other Michigan universities have been home to Ducks Unlimited chapters in the past, and a few are being established now at several schools, but LSSU has the longest-running college chapter in the state. The LSSU chapter is certainly one of the more active, with members traveling to DU headquarters for leadership conferences and working with the Sault Department of Natural Resources field office to clean up a portion of the Munuscong State Forest over the past several years. The chapter earned awards from DU for fundraising efficiency at its banquets in recent years.
Grassroots events, such as local chapter banquets, are essential in spreading DU’s conservation message and telling members exactly how conservation efforts benefit them. Financially, the banquets bring in unrestricted funds DU can use where the need is greatest. In Michigan, DU has spent more than $19 million on more than 1,400 projects, including more than 60 projects in Chippewa County that have created, enhanced or restored nearly 5,000 acres of wetlands habitat. The acreage includes several hundred acres in projects on public and private lands around the Munuscong Bay watershed, and beyond.