The League held its first-ever virtual convention July 20-22, 2021. Events included election of new national officers, consideration of policy resolutions submitted by chapters and divisions, and presentations from guest speakers.
Read on for a summary of the convention and for information about next year's gathering!
League staff and partners led informative and practical workshops. The videos are available below – simply register for instant access to the recording.
Monday, July 26: Leveraging the League’s 100th anniversary to raise chapter visibility
The League’s 100th anniversary provides a unique opportunity for chapters to highlight their histories, accomplishments and goals for the future. League communications and chapter relations staff will help chapters understand the key steps they can take this year to effectively share their stories with local media and community members in 2022. Watch now.
Tuesday, July 27: Double up for conservation
This year we have a once-in-a-generation opportunity to double federal funds for conservation programs that help farmers and ranchers be better stewards of their land. Programs that help farmers restore healthy soils, improve grazing systems, and better manage their woodlands can help America address our water pollution, wildlife, and climate change challenges on more than 1 billion acres of farmland. Learn about the opportunity and what IWLA Chapters and members can do to help. Watch now.
Wednesday, July 28: Membership retention following the COVID bump
Americans rediscovered the outdoors in 2020, and many League chapters experienced a “COVID bump” in members. The challenge and opportunity going into the 2022 renewal period is to retain a majority of these new members as other activities, school and work return to normal. Membership staff and chapter leaders will share proven tactics for effectively engaging and renewing members, including members who joined for the very first time in 2020. This workshop is designed not only for Membership Dues Recipients (MDRs) but for a wide range of chapter leaders. Watch now.
Thursday, July 29: Simple new techniques for stream monitoring
The League has more options than ever to test water quality locally and educate young people about stream health. League staff will demonstrate how easy it is to use new tests, all of which are simple to conduct without extensive training or time commitments. This workshop is designed for participants with absolutely no prior experience with stream monitoring. Watch now.
At the 2021 National Convention, delegates voted to adopt the following policy resolutions. The final versions of the resolutions will be added to the policy handbook soon.
Delegates and National Directors elected new national officers and new members of the Executive Board. Congratulations to our new League Leaders!
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