Mayeux, who is called “Dr. Duck” by members of Ducks Unlimited, is known for his efforts to restore duck habitat across North America, including Louisiana. He will be among the 11 honorees at the 2012 Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame Induction Dinner and Ceremonies presented by Chesapeake Energy on Saturday evening, June 23, at the Natchitoches Events Center.
The Dave Dixon Award is presented annually by the LSWA’s 30-member Hall of Fame selection committee to an individual who has played a decisive role as a sports leader or administrator benefiting Louisiana and/or bringing credit to Louisiana on the national and international level.
Dr. Mayeux, a native of Moreauville and a Marksville physician, rose through the ranks of Ducks Unlimited membership to become national president and board chairman and an innovator in environmental education and promotion.
Mayeux founded an “Adopt-A-Classroom” program for kids grades 3-5 at parish/county, state, national and international levels in 1994. He received DU’s highest award (“Wings of Innovation”) 11 years later for the “Cygnet” curriculum he wrote including 32 weeks of teaching guides highlighting conservation in the environment, wetlands and for waterfowl. In 1999 he was the runner up for the 1999 Budweiser Outdoorsman of the Year award.
Mayeux took the helm of Ducks Unlimited, Inc., as National President in 2000. After that two-year term, he took over as DU chairman of the board for a two-year term and for only the second time in the organization’s history, his term was extended by a year. He and two other DU officers met with President George Bush in 2004 to discuss conservation and wetlands.
Mayeux has served in a myriad of capacities for local, state, national and even Canadian DU organizations. As the state chairman from 1993-94, he increased membership by 30 percent, income by 25 percent to over $2 million, and was recognized for being No. 1 among the national state DU organizations in increasing “Greenwings” (kids) membership (by 2,650) and sponsors (plus 535).
He was instrumental in development of the “MARSH” program which has greatly benefitted hunters and fishermen. He played a vital role in obtaining matching funds from the Tunica-Biloxi Tribe for wetlands restoration throughout North America.
In 2010, the leadership of DU in Louisiana hosted a tribute dinner in honor of Dr. Mayeux which generated more than $450,000 in one evening for the organization, which was leveraged into over $2 million for conservation work in Canada and the United States. This included a conservation area totaling 1,400 acres dedicated in honor of Dr. Mayeux in Saskatchewan, Canada and 1,200 acre project at the Grand Cote Wildlife Area in Avoyelles Parish in his honor.
Dr. Mayeux and his wife, Roseada Brouillette, make their home in Marksville