IWLA National Awards Nominations
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- Judge John W. Tobin and Defenders Chapter Achievement Awards (Nomination Deadline: March 15)
- National Awards (Nomination Deadline: June 1): This includes awards in numerous categories:
- 54 Founders Award: The League's highest honor, given to one person each year who has made outstanding contributions in conservation
- Hall of Fame Award: For outstanding achievements in furthering the League's mission and goals
- Conservation Award: Recognizes individual accomplishments in conservation
- Outdoor Ethics Award
- Save Our Streams Award
- James Lawton Childs Award: Recognizes chapter accomplishments in conservation
- Robert C. O'Hair Award: Recognizes chapter accomplishments in youth programs
- Honor Roll Award: For non-member achievements in conservation
- Thelma "Pete" Reed Memorial Award: For outstanding volunteers
- Outdoor America's Future Award: For outstanding youth members
- Stanford M. Adams Memorial Award: For League leaders who display extraordinary commitment
- Chapter Member Recruitment Award
- Chapter and Division Web Site and Newsletter Awards
Each year, the Izaak Walton League presents National Awards at the League's national convention to volunteers most deserving of recognition. This program offers all League members the opportunity to recognize their peers for lifelong conservation work at the local, regional, state, and national levels. It is also an opportunity for members to learn from each other about successful conservation projects and programs. This sharing is important to the League and all its members.
We encourage local chapters and state divisions to submit nominations in multiple categories. The links above contain all the forms and details you and your chapter or division need for this year’s National Awards Program and the Best Chapter Membership Recruitment Award (all with a June 1st deadline). Please note that most of these awards require division approval.
In addition, the application forms for both the annual Judge John W. Tobin (shown at right) and Defenders Chapter Achievement Awards (both with a March 15th deadline) are provided above. Neither of these two annual awards requires division approval.
On behalf of the IWLA Awards Committee, we hope you will find the entire nomination process user-friendly. Further, we encourage you to help increase the number of nominations of deserving chapters, divisions, government agencies, corporations, members, and other individuals — all supporters of the League’s conservation mission!
— Dawn Olson, Chairwoman, IWLA Awards Committee
FOR NATIONAL, TOBIN, and DEFENDERS
The awards program is updated annually to make the nomination process more user-friendly and encourage more nominations of deserving League chapters, divisions, and individual members.
Please note the following:
- Each award has a nomination form specific to the award. The award criteria are outlined in more depth on each form to help identify potential nominees. Additionally, questions pertaining to the nominee and how they meet the specific award criteria are listed as a guideline to aid in filling out the nomination form.
- National Award nominations previously came primarily from chapters via the division, but the Awards Committee has opened up the nomination requirements to encourage national directors and IWLA divisions to actively be on the watch for worthy recipients and submit such nominations.
- The deadline for submitting National Award nominations is June 1st. This is to enable the Awards Committee to meet and still allow adequate time for award preparations. This means some IWLA divisions may be holding state meetings after the award nomination deadline — please note that “division approval” does not mean the approval must be an outcome of a division meeting. A division may have their president or a separate awards chairman or some other method of their choosing to allow the approval to be granted (and then perhaps later reported on as an “action taken” at the division meeting).
- As a reminder, only those chapters or individuals who are selected for an award by the IWLA Awards Committee will be contacted by IWLA staff prior to the upcoming National Convention.
Should you have any questions regarding the awards process, please contact the IWLA Chapter Relations staff by calling toll-free (800) IKE-LINE (453-5463), x255 or x216, or e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Completed applications may be faxed to (301) 548-0146 or (301) 548-0149 or scanned and e-mailed to email@example.com.