The Top DU chapters in South Carolina gathered with the 'top brass' of S.C. Ducks Unlimited to celebrate the 2010 state convention at the Embassy Suites in Columbia. Many subjects were discussed from the 'Carolina Connection,' a fundraising effort to raise $2.5 million sponsor dollars by the end of 2010 - to the 'Carolina Commanders' - the hunting club formed by DU members in the Chesterfield area. Awards were presented to the 'Granders' initiative for raising $100,000 for DU, as well as to chapters with the highest net gains, largest greenwing (youth) events, and even for those chapters that are simply 'flying right.' In conservation easement news, DU protected 8 properties in 2009 with the 1,087-acre Hermitage property on the Edisto River topping the list - a part of the ACE Basin. Another 400-acre Swamp Tract was protected in the ACE Basin on the Little Salkehatchie River - in Western Colleton County - where more protection efforts are desperately needed to safeguard the future water quality of all the ACE Basin.
PhotosByJeffDennis: Longtime volunteer Bob Murphy was honored with the 'Perpetual Trophy' by Jay Phillips and Bill Short; Doug Saunders presents the Granders Award to Marvin Davant and Jay Phillips officiates; Outgoing DU state chair Jay Phillips received many well wishes; Hugh McLaurin III and son Hugh IV donated custom Big Lake duck calls to the silent and live auction; Two 'susies' that support DU and their 'drakes'