Illinois Division

of the Izaak Walton League of America

Illinois Division I.W.L.A.

COVID-19 News

As we open up our campgrounds, lodges, and shooting ranges; and move back outdoors, the Illinois Division continues to encourage members and chapters to follow the State of Illinois, IDPH, and CDC guidelines during the COVID - 19 pandemic including recommended group sizes, social distancing, facial covering, and hand washing. Please be respectful and mindful of others as we enjoy all our outdoor community activities.

Illini Ike State Newsletter

All Chapters wishing to submit an article to the Illini Ike Newsletter can do so by contacting Roger Dieringer editor at

Submission deadlines are: March 31, July 31, and November 30.

Upcoming Division Events:

The IWLA National Convention 2021

Due to the Covid-19 Pandemic, IWLA has decided the National convention will now be held as a virtual event.

2022 Illinois Division Convention

Embassy Suites - 100 Conference Center Dr, East Peoria, IL 61611

Saturday, April 23, 2022

More details to come. This convention is to help the Division prepare for the 2022 convention we are hosting July 2022. Please plan to join us on the 23rd and help at the convention, if you can.

Division Awards Submission Deadline

The 2022 deadline for Division Awards has been moved to June 1, 2021. 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 Charlie Palmgren:

(563) 650-8675

2022 IWLA National Convention

The Illinois Division is proud to host the Izaak Walton League's 100th Anniversary National Convention.

Embassy Suites, East Peoria, IL

July 19 -22, 2022

$139.00/night All rooms are suites.

Free made-to-order breakfast and manager's reception nightly. Free wifi and parking. Free shuttle from Peoria International Airport.

Division Leadership

President: Charles Palmgren

1st VP: Gary Struck

Treasurer: Luann Nol

Secretary: Jon Zon

Illini Ike: Roger Dieringer

Tree Certificate Committee: Crystal Terfler

State Awards Committee: Lloye Pond

Advocacy Committee: Dean Farr

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

Award Committee: Lloye Pond

  • Ron Moore

  • Tom Terfler

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 2021 - Date and 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.

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.