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, S.D., is Delta Waterfowl’s 2017 Volunteer of the Year. He bested a field of seven finalists during a month-long, online vote.
Gloe, 36, became a member of Delta Waterfowl just six years ago, but hit the ground running, the organization said in a news release. Since 2011, Fowled Up Chapter events have raised more than $200,000 to produce ducks and help secure the future of waterfowl hunting. Gloe has also 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, S.D., Gloe is an avid puddle duck and snow goose hunter. He lives in Pierre with his wife, Sara, and 6-year-old son, Cooper.
Among other nominees for the award were Taylor Hennlich, Wisconsin River Valley Chapter, Stevens Point, Wis.; Kerry Rohrbeck, LDC Chapter, Litchfield, Minn.; Gretchen Steele, Kaskaskia River Valley Chapter, Waterloo, Ill.; and Mike Deaton, Mid-Ohio Chapter, Mansfield, Ohio.