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Who We Are

The Izaak Walton League of America – Rockville Chapter is an all-volunteer nonprofit organization dedicated to “Conservation, Education, Recreation.”

Founded in 1933 in Rockville, our chapter is now based on our scenic grounds amid Seneca Creek State Park. We are a diverse organization committed to a common-sense approach toward protecting our natural heritage and enjoying the great outdoors.

The Izaak Walton League of America (IWLA) was formed in 1922 to save the nation’s wild lands for future generations. As one of the nation’s earliest conservation groups, the Izaak Walton League of America has worked to restore watersheds, promote clean energy, protect wildlife habitat, and instill conservation ethics in outdoor recreationists.

The IWLA mission statement is:

“to conserve, maintain, protect and restore the soil, forest, water, and other natural resources of the United States and other lands; to promote means and opportunities for the education of the public with respect to such resources and their enjoyment and wholesome utilization”.

Seneca Creek macro invertebrate sampling for Save Our Streams
Photo courtesy of IWLA National

President's Message

Our Chapter is Powered by Volunteers

Our members and their guests have 51+ acres and MANY activities to enjoy. The vast majority of maintaining our grounds and providing those activities is done by our member volunteers.

We share details about our activities in our Chapter newsletter, on our Google group, on our Calendar—and by word of mouth. We encourage all members–whether new or long-time—to “make the time” and get involved. There is always something that needs to be done and we rely on our members to take the lead and make it happen. Other members are always willing to help and to share their expertise. We are confident that you will find it a very rewarding experience.

Announcements, Activities and Events

It's that time of year again. All members will be receiving their renewal form in September. If you want to have access to all our Chapter offers, PLEASE make sure to send in your completed form and check by December 31, 2019!

As we are a conservation organization, let's save resources! There will be no second reminder letters mailed out.

All reminders will be sent via email!

Just a reminder ... if you DO NOT renew by December 31, your access pass will no longer work! So when you get your letter, fill it out and send it in!

Chapter Membership Meetings

Our General Membership Meetings are the first Friday of each month at our Chapter House where we introduce new Chapter Members, conduct Chapter business, and typically have an interesting speaker. The agenda is as follows:

  • 6:00 p.m. Range Safety Training is conducted
  • 7:00 p.m. Enjoy dinner before the meeting when a Member volunteer normally provides a great meal at a nominal cost
  • 8:00 p.m. General Membership meeting starts

Chapter Officers and Directors


President: Lee Hays
First Vice President: Susan Cassell
Second Vice President: Rick Albert
Treasurer: Tom Selle
Membership Secretary: Judy Danish
Recording Secretary: Cindy Stevens
Corresponding Secretary: Kent Shaw

New Directors

Rich Clement
Adam Fleming
Miles Greenbaum
Noel Gollehon
Ricardo Rodrigues
Greg Underhill
Tom Vegella

Continuing Directors

Mike Brolly
Ryck Lydecker
Rob McClelland
John Robertson
David Schwartzman
John Shea

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