He was chosen from a pool of seven finalists for the award during a month-long online vote.
“Tom is a very passionate, detail-oriented volunteer that offers the perfect mix of fundraising success and active local projects,” said Jeremy Stephens, the Delta Waterfowl regional director who nominated Biggar. “He is extremely hard working and deserving of being named Volunteer of the Year.”
Biggar, 68, has been fundamental to the success of the Arch Chapter in St. Louis, Mo. As a founding member, the chairman and his board quickly turned the new chapter into one of Missouri’s most successful. Its initial events banquet in 2013 netted $35,000, making it the largest Delta Waterfowl fundraiser in Missouri history. A year later, Biggar spurred his chapter to beat its own record by more than $10,000.
This fundraising success has offered the Arch Chapter financial strength to spearhead several local projects through Delta’s Waterfowl Heritage Fund, including First Hunt events, a youth shooting team sponsorship and the Aaron Hurst Memorial Youth Day, a tribute to a board member’s son. The chapter is a strong supporter of the Wounded Warriors program, as well.
An avid duck and goose hunter, Biggar is a retired training coordinator who spent 28 years working for Anheuser-Busch and 10 years as a high school industrial arts teacher. He and his wife, Jessica, have been married 41 years.
Zink Calls/Avian-X Decoys is this year’s sponsoring partner of Delta’s Volunteer of the Year award. Biggar receives Delta’s Call of the Year, a Zink Calls ATM Green Machine, as well as a Winchester SX3 shotgun. Biggar said he would donate his prize to the Arch Chapter to raise more funds.
“I feel very honored and privileged, but no one person can make a chapter successful,” Biggar said. “The real credit goes to our board of directors. In my view, this isn’t Volunteer of the Year, this is Volunteers of the Year.”
While the award is bestowed on only one volunteer, Delta Waterfowl would like to thank each and every volunteer across North America who gives time to the cause for ducks and duck hunting.
“Delta’s volunteers are the lifeblood of the organization,” said Jason Tharpe, vice president of fundraising events and membership. “We couldn’t do what we do for ducks and duck hunters without them. We thank all of our volunteers for their hard work and support.”
2014 Volunteer of the Year Nominees:
- Jeff Adams, Willard Peak Chapter, Brigham, Utah
- *Tom Biggar, Arch Chapter, Oakville, Mo.
- Tom Dufour, Baton Rouge Area Chapter, Baton Rouge, La.
- Brown Gill, Memphis/Mid South Chapter, Memphis, Tenn.
- Bubba Humphreys, Northwest Tennessee Chapter, Ripley, Tenn.
- *Seth Jean, Backwater Chapter, Magnolia, Ark.
- *Jonathan Jimney, Gulf Coast Chapter, Lake Charles, La.
- Eric Johnson, Packerland Chapter, Green Bay, Wis.
- Bobby Jones, Greater Longview Chapter, Longview, Texas
- Larry Kaumeyer, Northern Alberta Chapter, Edmonton, Alberta
- *Ches McDowell, Triangle Delta Waterfowl, Raleigh, N.C.
- *Mike Mercer, Full Flight Migrators, Southampton, Ontario
- Steve Nienhaus, Three Rivers Chapter, Muscatine, Iowa
- *Eric Reisenweber, South East Dakota Puddlers, Sioux Falls, S.D.
- Stephen Sabo, NW Arkansas Whistling Wings, Fayetteville, Ark.
- Colin Saker, Ribstone Creek Conservation, Chauvin, Alberta
- Bill and Colleen Sanders, Central Maryland Chapter, Baltimore, Md.
- *Dan Statile, Delaware River Delta Waterfowl, Paulsboro, N.J.
- John Sutherland, Rice Lake, Ontario
- James Walker, Jefferson, Texas
- Collin Wirt, Aldo Leopold Chapter, Burlington, Iowa
About Delta Waterfowl Foundation
Delta Waterfowl Foundation is The Duck Hunters Organization, a leading conservation group dedicated to ducks and duck hunters in North America.