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.

What's Happening at our Chapter

Chapter Property Notes

It is impossible to make any area safe due to the COVID19 virus. Therefore, if you are in the high-risk category—or if you have additional underlying health issues—please continue to stay home.

  • Members and their guests are allowed on the the chapter property for outdoor activities
  • In-person group activities are operating on a limited basis with small groups to accommodate social distancing
  • General Membership, Board of Directors, and New Membership Orientation meetings will be held via video conference
  • The Chapter property and trails are available for walking, hiking, and biking
  • The lake is open to fishing

Chapter Membership Meetings

Our General Membership Meetings are usually the first Friday of each month starting at 8:00 p.m. Please check the calendar for holiday adjustments.

At this time, meetings are now a combination of in-person and virtual using Zoom. The login information for the Zoom meeting is sent from our Google Group email. New members will be introduced at the beginning of the meeting.

Chapter Officers and Directors

Officers

President: Susan Cassell
First Vice President: Greg Underhill
Second Vice President: Rich Clement
Membership Secretary: Judy Danish
Recording Secretary: Victoria Underhill
Corresponding Secretary: Kent Shaw
Treasurer: Rich Wilkinson

New Directors End 2024

Joyce Buttrey
Jose Cabrita
Martin Field
Tom Selle

Continuing Directors End 2022

Noel Gollehon
Byron Holston
Ricardo Rodrigues
Cindy Stevens

Continuing Directors End 2023

Joeffry Eclarin
Channing Mahatan
Tom Meyer
Mike Oxenford