ATHENS, GA (April25, 2019) – The Quality Deer Management Association (QDMA) is pleased to namethe Lowcountry Branch as the 2019 QDMA Branch of the Year, an award that toppeda long list of other recent achievements for this South Carolina Branch.
Each year QDMArecognizes outstanding volunteer Branches in several categories. The MembershipBranch of the Year goes to the Branch that recruits the most new QDMA members,Sponsor Membership Branch of the Year to the Branch that recruits the mostlocal sponsors, and Fundraising Branch of the Year to the branch that raisesthe most funds for whitetail conservation. Amazingly, one Branch earned allthree of these awards for 2019: the Lowcountry Branch of South Carolina.
“Since theirinception, the Lowcountry Branch has raised countless dollars in pursuit of theQDMA’s mission,” said Heather Meaker, QDMA Events and Field Operations Manager.“With hundreds of attendees at their banquets and their strong competitivenature, they continue to impress year after year.”
The LowcountryBranch has also been one of the strongest QDMA Branches for quite some time.They were founded nine years ago by an outstanding group of volunteers and haveconducted youth hunts, membership drives and educational events to share themission of QDMA locally and nationally. Among other achievements, they have:
- Hosted boothsand volunteered at many wildlife expos, educational seminars and a membershipdrives.
- Sponsored theNational Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) State archery tournament,supplied prizes for the winners and donated $500 to the program.
- Sponsored ayouth shooting team.
- Attended manylocal QDMA Branch banquets to support fellow volunteers.
- Sponsored alocal waterfowl banquet to help support other conservation organizationslocally.
- Partnered withlocal radio stations to put out public service announcements and a local TVprogram to get the word out about local events to support the QDMA mission.
- Donated 700 lbs. of venison to the local food shelter
Nominees for this award included these regional Branches:Greater Rochester Southern Tier of New York, East Central Ohio, Tip of the Mittin Michigan, Escambia in Florida, South Louisiana, and Neshoba of Mississippi.
QDMA is dedicated to ensuring the future of white-tailed deer, wildlife habitat and our hunting heritage. Founded in 1988, QDMA is a national nonprofit wildlife conservation organization with more than 60,000 members in all 50 states and Canada. To learn more about QDMA and why it is the future of deer hunting, call 800-209-3337 or visit www.QDMA.com.