At our national convention in July, delegates from across the country devoted much of their time to strategizing about how – working together – members, chapters, divisions, and the national office can strengthen the League. While the convention was very positive, most attendees agreed that as an organization, we're not where we want to be in terms of visibility and moving the needle on conservation and outdoor recreation policies. In addition, the League faces real financial challenges that limit its ability to change these dynamics. To become more effective, the organization needs to grow revenue.
Finances were a major topic of discussion at the national Board of Directors meeting in February, when the Board voted overwhelmingly to propose a $10 increase in individual member national dues. The Board brought this proposal to chapter delegates for a vote at the national convention. Chapter delegates demonstrated their commitment to investing in the League's future by voting – by a 2-to-1 margin – to support the proposed dues increase.
With an increase in individual member dues of 83 cents per month, the League can invest to raise our visibility and more actively support members and chapters locally. This support can help us achieve our shared goals for conservation and outdoor recreation across America. The increase will also close the current funding gap and allow us to invest in programs that will make the League more effective. This dues increase is a direct investment in the future we all want for the League. We thank all of our members for their support and commitment to the League's mission.
For more information, read an open letter to League members by Jeff Deschamps, IWLA National President, and Jodi Arndt Labs, IWLA Executive Board Chair. >>