Officer Responsibilities

Chapter Officers

All officers of the Izaak Walton League are responsible for meeting key deadlines (PDF).

When inducting new officers, use this pledge:

New Officer(s):

I, [repeat your name], solemnly pledge to uphold the ideals of Izaak Walton League of America.

I will support the true meaning and intent of conservation and aid in the protection of American soil, air, woods, waters, and wildlife, as set forth by the Constitution of the League.

I will participate in the activities of the Chapter (Division) and whenever called upon assist in Special Committee functions to further the Chapter’s (Division’s) goals.

I will conduct myself when on League business, whether at home or abroad, so that no adverse reflection will fall upon the organization.

Designated IWLA Official:

You are now duly installed as officers and directors of the [Chapter or Division name] Chapter (Division) of the Izaak Walton League of America.

National Directors

All members of the National Board of Directors have duties and responsibilities (PDF). The additional responsibilities of the Board's leaders are as follows:


Ensures the effective action of the board in governing and supporting the organization, and oversees board affairs. 

  • Preside at meetings of the national board of directors and preside during parts of the national convention.
  • Attend all Executive Board meetings.
  • Maintain knowledge of the League and personal commitment to its goals and objectives
  • Attend monthly officer calls with Executive Director.
  • Appoint all convention committees necessary for conducting the affairs of the national convention, except for the national officer nominating committee and committees which are appointed by the convention sponsoring body to administer accommodations, meals, and other matters necessary to ensure efficient operation of the convention per section 8.1 of the National bylaws.
  • Appoint all standing and resource committees per section 8.2 of the bylaws.
  • Appoint special committees at his/her discretion from time to time as may most advantageously aid in carrying out the objects of the IWLA per section 8.3 of the bylaws.
  • Appoint three (3) members of the national board of directors to serve as a nominating committee to propose nominations for election to the Executive Board per section 9.3 of the National bylaws.
  • Actively project a strong and accurate public relations image of the League.
  • Partner with the Chair of the Executive Board to help ensure the Board’s directives, policies, and resolutions are carried out.
  • Ensure effective external communications about the League and its mission, priorities, importance, programs, and activities.
  • Serve as an ambassador of the League and advocate its mission to internal and external stakeholders.
  • Keep informed and keep the League’s leadership informed of significant developments and changes in the internal and external environment.
  • Ensure that board matters are handled properly, including preparation of pre-meeting materials, committee functioning, and recruitment and orientation of new board members.
  • Perform other such duties as the bylaws shall prescribe.
  • Call special meetings of national board of directors, if necessary.
  • Prepare a quarterly column for Outdoor America magazine in coordination with the production staff.

Vice President

Acts as the President in his/her absence; assists the President with his/her responsibilities.

  • Attend all National Director board meetings and Executive Board meetings.
  • Maintain knowledge of the League and personal commitment to its goals and objectives.
  • Attend all monthly officer calls with Executive Director.
  • Perform responsibilities of President when President is unavailable.
  • Perform such duties as may be assigned by the Executive Board or by the President and shall act as President in the event of absence or inability of the President. 
  • Participate as a vital part of the board leadership.


The Secretary shall be responsible for keeping records of Executive Board and the larger national board actions, including overseeing the taking of minutes at all board meetings and distributing copies of minutes to each board member. The following is a summary of the Secretary’s responsibilities:

  • Attend all board meetings.
  • Participate in monthly officer calls with Executive Director.
  • Maintain knowledge of the League and personal commitment to its goals and objectives.
  • Maintain an accurate record in permanent form of all business transacted at the annual convention, board of directors meetings, and Executive Board meetings (excludes attendance, registration, sales, committee reports, etc. concerning the annual convention).
  • Track board members’ attendance at meetings.
  • Review and distribute board minutes.
  • Perform such other duties as may be prescribed by the Executive Board.


The Treasurer shall make a report at each board meeting. Treasurer shall chair the development/fundraising committee, assist in the preparation of the budget, help develop fundraising plans, and make financial information available to board members, national directors and members. The following is a summary of Treasurer’s responsibilities:

  • Attend all board meetings.
  • Maintain knowledge of the League and personal commitment to its goals and objectives.
  • Understand financial accounting for nonprofit organizations.
  • Serve as the chair of the development/fundraising committee.
  • Manage the board's review of and action related to the board's financial responsibilities.
  • Work with the Executive Director and the chief financial officer to ensure that appropriate financial reports are made available to the board on a timely basis.
  • Review the League’s 990 and answer board members’ questions about the 990 Form.
  • Review the annual audit and answer board members' questions about the audit.
  • Review and sign (as relevant) state charitable registrations as prepared by staff.
  • Serve as a liaison between the Executive Board and the entity managing the League’s long-term investments.