Izaak Walton League Rockville Chapter

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”.

What's Happening at our Chapter

Our Chapter is Powered by Volunteers

Checking out a wood duck box

A volunteer checking out a wood duck box

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.

We Need Your Help!

We have several critical openings that we need volunteers for and we are asking if you would consider volunteering for one of the openings below. If you would like to help, or need more information, contact our chapter president (the link is below)! Thanks!

  • Bridges
  • Chair for Donations Committee
  • Capital Improvement
  • Grant Development
  • IWLA Merchandize
  • Parliamentarian

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


President: Noel Gollehon
First Vice President: Tom Vegella
Second Vice President: Jay Copsey
Membership Secretary: Judy Danish
Recording Secretary: Cindy Stevens
Corresponding Secretary: Kent Shaw
Treasurer: Claudette Gerety

New Directors

Ilene Altman
Ken Kee
Phillip Mariscal
Dan Reggia

Continuing Directors

Joyce Buttrey (2024)
Jose Cabrita (2024)
Martin Field (2024)
Tom Selle (2024)

Chris Holler (2025)
Bill Jackson (2025)
Frank Markus (2025)
Michael Snider (2025)