Presidents Message
                                                                    June 30, 2024

I hope your chapter's summer meetings and activities are successful
and your members are enjoying the outdoors.

The next edition of the Illini Ike will be in your hands the first week of September.  The deadline for submitting articles and photos is August 30.  This is a great opportunity to let your fellow Ikes know what's going on in your chapter.

The next Illinois Division state directors meeting will be held September 21, at the Goose Workshop in Atkinson, Illinois.  Insure a representative from your chapter attends.  The 2024 state awards will be presented at this meeting.  If you haven't already done so, it is the perfect time to recognize a person or group for their efforts in conservation.  Deadline for award submittal to awards committee chair Lloye Pond is July 30.

By now your chapter should have received the annual request by IWLA national for information and how your chapter is fulfilling their obligations under the national bylaws and complying with IRS requirements for 501 C3 tax exempt organizations.  Please note the deadline for submittal to national is August 16.  It is never to early to start compiling the information.  Again, if you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact me.

The Illinois Division national directors and chapter delegates will be heading to the IWLA national convention in Cambridge, Maryland in July.  Elections of national officers, the executive board of directors, and the endowment board will headline the meeting agenda.  In addition, the resolutions to be added to leagues policy book will be voted on.

                                                        Hope you are having a great summer,

                                                                     GARRIT STRUCK
                                                      President Illinois Division IWLA

Illini Ike State Newsletter

All Chapters wishing to submit an article to the Illini Ike Newsletter can do so by contacting the Communications Committee via email at 

Submission deadlines are: March 31, August 30, and November 7.

Upcoming Division Events 

Division Awards Submission Deadline

The next Division meeting will be held at the Goose Workshop in Atkinson, Illinois September 21, 2024.  Details to follow.  

The 2024 deadline for Division Awards has been moved to August 1, 2024. For more details on submitting an award, please see the Award Committee page of this site.

We are the Izaak Walton League of America.

Who We Are

In 1922 The Izaak Walton League was founded in Chicago, Illinois by a group of sportsmen  (Chicago Chapter No. 1) who wished to protect fishing opportunities for future generations. They named the league after seminal fishing enthusiast Izaak Walton (1593-1683), known as the "Father of Flyfishing" and author of The Compleat Angler.

Advertising executive Will Dilg became its first president and promoter. The first conservation organization with a mass membership, the League had over 100,000 supporters by 1924. An early result of their efforts was the establishment of the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge in save outdoor America for future generations.

We are one of the earliest conservation organizations to set an aggressive course to defend wild America by changing public policy. Almost every major, successful conservation program that America has in place today can be traced directly to a League activity or initiative.

The environment is everyone's issue. We believe that America needs smart solutions that are good for the environment and the economy at the same time. Relying on our unique blend of community-based conservation and common-sense advocacy, the League has made significant progress to protect and restore our nation's waters, promote clean energy, and advance sustainable agriculture.

Throughout more than 230 communities, our chapters advance the mission of the Izaak Walton League by restoring watersheds, reducing air pollution, fighting litter, protecting wildlife habitat and open spaces, and instilling conservation ethics in outdoor recreationists. Our commitment to communities has allowed us to endure for almost a century. Our optimism, our spirit, and our vision for a better outdoor America guide our work.

More Information about the Founding of The League can be found in the IWLA publications Born With Fists Doubled: Defending Outdoor America, by William Voight Jr. and the Winter 2012 edition of Outdoor America article, The Roaring 20s: A Call to Action.

The Illinois Division has had a long line of dedicated volunteers who act as our president. a Full list of these individuals can be found here.


What We Do

As like-minded conservationists, anglers, hunters, and nature lovers of all walks of life, we work locally to promote our conservation mission.

Our chapter's primary interests are focused on local clean water issues, including watershed and wetlands protection. We advocate sustainable living and encourage outdoor users to protect our valuable natural resources while they continue to enjoy the great outdoors.

Join Us

For information about membership, contact Luann Noll:

Meeting Dates and Locations

The Illinois Division meets 3 times a year. Meetings are open to  all Izaak Walton League members.

Illinois Division

of the Izaak Walton League of America

Division Leadership

President:  Garrit Struck

VP:  Vacant

Treasurer:  Luann Noll

Secretary:  John Zon

Tree Certificate Committee: Crystal Terfler

State Awards Committee: Lloye Pond

Advocacy Committee: Dean Farr

Communications Committee:  Vacant

National Directors:

To strive for the purity of water, the clarity of air, and the wise stewardship of the land and its resources; to know the beauty and understanding of nature, and the value of wildlife, woodlands and open space, to the preservation of this heritage and to man's sharing in it, l pledge myself as a member of the Izaak Walton League of America.