Illinois Division

of the Izaak Walton League of America

The 2022 IWLA National Convention Came Home to Illinois!

The 100th Anniversary Convention may be over, but the celebration will continue throughout the year. Opportunities are still out there for chapters to take advantage of our 100th Anniversary to bring recognition for the great work you are doing at the chapter level. Proclamations may still be obtained and presented at a special local celebration or at a standing event like your annual family picnic. If your chapter hosts an open house, that would be a great opportunity to bring out the press.

Thank you from the Illinois Division to the following chapters who made donations and sent hardworking volunteers to help out at the convention—it would not have been a success without you:

Elgin, Walter Sherry Memorial, Woodford County, Havana, Peoria County, Chicago No. 1, Geneseo, & Decatur

The 2022 IWLA National Convention Resolution & Election Results

Resolution Vote Results from Convention:

Protecting Ephemeral Streams and Wetlands—changed to include “connected streams” –Passed

Funding For Rural Electric Cooperatives-FAILED

Protection of Native Non-game Fish-Passed

Technologically Enhanced Naturally Occurring Radioactive Material-Passed

Rural Electric Vehicle Charging Study—PULLED-was not brought to vote

Election results:

Our National Officers were reelected for another term:

Vicki Arnold-President

Jodi Labs-Vice President

Jim Storer-Secretary

Scott Meyer-Treasurer

Richard Sommer was elected as a Director-At-Large

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, July 31, and November 15.

Upcoming Division Events

Division Awards Submission Deadline

The 2022 deadline for Division Awards has been moved to March 1st, 2023. 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 4 times a year. Meetings are open to all Izaak Walton League members.

  • Winter Meeting: 1st Saturday in December at Starved Rock State Park Utica, IL.

  • Spring Meeting: April 22, 2023, Location TBD

  • Summer Meeting: Held at IWLA National Convention in July.

  • Fall Meeting: 3rd Saturday in September at the Giant Goose Conservation Education Workshop - Atkinson, IL.

Division Leadership

President: Garrit Struck

1st VP: Audrey Scheider

Treasurer: Luann Noll

Secretary: John Zon

Tree Certificate Committee: Crystal Terfler

State Awards Committee: Lloye Pond

Advocacy Committee: Dean Farr

Communications Committee: Audrey Scheider, (563) 447-1593,

National Directors:

  • Ron Moore

  • Dean Farr

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.