2021 National Convention

Free • Virtual • Open to All Ikes

The League will hold a virtual convention July 20-22, 2021. Events will include election of new national officers, consideration of policy resolutions submitted by chapters and divisions, and presentations from guest speakers.

These events are online, free, and open to all League members. Attend as many or as few as you like. We look forward to "seeing" you this July!

Convention Events

David Durenberger - credit Kate Kollmann, University of St. Thomas

Keynote Address

Retired U.S. Senator David Durenberger of Minnesota will provide the opening keynote address on Tuesday, July 20, 2021. Mr. Durenberger will speak to the vital role that community-based organizations, like the League, can play in addressing our most pressing conservation challenges. Following 16 years in the U.S. Senate, where he was a leader on conservation and health care issues, Mr. Durenberger led the National Institute of Health Policy at St. Thomas University for 20 years.

More speakers and workshops coming soon!

Learn more about the virtual convention

Pre-Convention Business

Resource and Standing Committees

The Izaak Walton League must continue the important conservation efforts it started years ago. This work cannot be done without the national Resource and Standing Committees. The Resource Committees play a central role in evaluating and approving resolutions submitted by League chapters, divisions and members. Resolutions that are approved by the delegates at the National Convention become League policy. These policies guide the League’s conservation and advocacy work at the local, state and national levels. Standing Committees contribute to essential League functions, including member and chapter awards and the annual youth convention.

Sign up to serve on a Resource or Standing Committee

National Officers, Executive Board and Endowment Board

The League is seeking a roster of candidates to serve one-year terms of office in the following positions:

  • National President, who presides at meetings of the Board of Directors and must project a strong image for the League
  • Vice President, who substitutes for the president and performs other duties assigned by the president or Executive Board
  • Secretary, who keeps permanent records of all business transacted by the Board of Directors, Executive Board, and at annual meetings
  • Treasurer, who oversees financial management by League staff

The League is also seeking candidates for positions of directors at large. Directors at large represent the interests of states without divisions on the Board of Directors. Terms are three years, and there is one vacancy this year.

In addition, the League seeks candidates for six open positions on the Executive Board this year. The 14-member Executive Board, which includes four national officers, has full administrative and supervisory responsibility for the national office of the League. Executive Board members must be members of the Board of Directors. They are elected to three-year terms.

Finally, the League seeks candidates for three open positions on the Endowment Board this year. Persons elected to the Board hold office for three years. The Endowment Board has full administrative responsibility for the IWLA Endowment Inc., a separate corporation that receives earmarked and general contributions for financing conservation projects.

Nominate someone for any of these positions


Delegates are the IWLA chapters’ official representatives at the national convention, and they play a key role in determining the League’s direction for the coming year. In addition to electing national officers, delegates serve on committees and vote on conservation policy resolutions.

Chapters may elect or appoint their delegates. The number of delegates allotted to each chapter is determined by the chapter’s size. Allotments are based on membership figures from the end of the previous year.

After a chapter has named its delegates, the delegate accreditation form must be completed by a chapter official and submitted to the national office by June 30, 2021. Because of the virtual format of this year’s convention and electronic voting, NO delegate accreditations will be accepted or certified after the deadline.

See the delegate allotments and complete the accreditation form

Policy Resolutions

Members establish the League’s policies through resolutions, and those policies guide our work at the local, regional and national levels. Any Ike can submit a resolution proposal for consideration by the wider membership.

Before drafting a resolution proposal, review current policies to determine if issues are already addressed or where gaps may exist.

Provide sufficient background information about issues to allow Resource Committees to effectively evaluate resolutions. It is also tremendously helpful to include contact information for one or more people at the Division and/or chapter level who could answer questions or provide additional supporting material about resolutions you submit. With this information, Resource Committee chairs and/or staff can work to clarify issues before Committees meet to consider resolutions at the virtual convention.

If you belong to a League Division, be sure to get your resolution proposal approved by your Division before sending it to the National Office.

Resolution proposals must be received by the National Office no later than 5 p.m. Eastern time on July 6, 2021.

Send your resolution proposal to Conservation Director Jared Mott

Please send me more information on the 2021 National Convention as it becomes available.