2020 National Convention Cancelled

On April 13, the Executive Board of the Izaak Walton League of America and the League’s Maryland Division acted jointly to cancel the 2020 National Convention scheduled for July 19-22 in Cambridge, Maryland. Read on for important details.

The League and the Division made this decision to protect the health and safety of our members, staff, and other convention guests during the coronavirus pandemic. With uncertainty about when large public gatherings may be authorized again, the League wants to give members ample notice of this decision to allow you to plan ahead.

Hotel reservations: If you have reserved a room at the Hyatt resort, Hyatt is automatically canceling all such reservations effective immediately and without penalty. You do not need to call the hotel or go online to cancel your reservation. If you are personally interested in visiting the resort, the Hyatt will still honor the special rate of $165/night (plus tax) for stays between July 16-27, 2020, and will waive the resort fee of $37/night during this period. You can make a reservation online at any time.

Officers and resolutions: Pursuant to League bylaws, which require in-person voting at the convention to conduct business, including electing national officers and approving policy resolutions, the League will not attempt to conduct portions of the convention using the internet, conference calls, or the U.S. mail. Current national officers will remain in office until the 2021 convention.

Awards and scholarships: The League will move forward with national awards and national conservation scholarships as scheduled. Applications must be sent to the National office as follows: May 15 for scholarships, June 1 for national awards. The national awards will be distributed to the nominating divisions or chapters this summer so they can be presented at one of their meetings. 

Endowment grants: The Izaak Walton League Endowment has also announced that it is extending the deadline to apply for an Endowment grant from May 1 to June 1. Get more information about Endowment grants and how to apply.

This decision was not made lightly. When considering the scope of the threat to public health, the risks associated with interstate travel and large in-person meetings, and uncertainty about conditions in July, along with the financial pressures being felt by many, we believe canceling the convention is in the best interests of our members.

We look forward to seeing you in 2021 in Lincoln, Nebraska!