First and foremost, the League is a membership organization of active and dedicated volunteer conservationists who work to protect and restore the country's natural resources at the local, state and national levels.
By joining a chapter, members also gain access to many volunteer opportunities within their own community. For example, the Brown County Chapter hosts handicapped fisheries, sponsors youth and family conservation programs, performs wildlife habitat restoration projects, builds birdhouses, performs invasive species removal projects, plants trees and much more.
There are many ways to support the Izaak Walton League. The easiest way is to become a member by joining a local chapter. Dues, most of all of which are tax-deductible, help support the work of the chapter, state division, and the national organization.
There are various levels of membership available, ranging from youth to family memberships. The specific categories of membership and their respective dues, effective for 2022, are:
Individual - $64.00
Family - $97.50
Student (ages 18-21) - $32.00
Youth (under 18) - $17.00
Each of the foregoing membership classes includes membership in the National Izaak Walton League, the Wisconsin Division and the Brown County Chapter. All members receive the National's quarterly magazine, Outdoor America. Members can also sign up to receive the National's bimonthly e-newsletter, Conservation Currents, action alerts and media releases. In addition, members receive the following benefits:
Fishing at Osprey Point: The ponds are only open to our members for fishing, with the exception of the special events we hold for other groups throughout the summer. You are more than welcome to bring your children, grandchildren or nieces and nephews out to Osprey Point and take them fishing. The fishing is only catch and release but it offers a safe environment to teach children how to fish. It is also a great place just to hang out while the kids have fun catching fish in the ponds.
Reduced Admission to Events: Every year the Chapter hosts a Teddy Bear Hunt on the 1st Sunday in June. This is a family event wherein we typically charge families $15.00 admission. As a member, you get admission for $10.00. The Chapter also hosts other programs throughout the year, several of which are open to the public and may have an entry fee. If you are a grandparent, you can bring your grandchildren to such events for the reduced admission.
Use of Facilities: As a member, you are allowed to reserve the building for family or special outings at a nominal cost. You simply need to check in with the President or another board member to see if the date is open. We have a calendar on our website that you can look at to see if there are any potential conflicts but you should still confirm with us so your event can get on our calendars. You will also need to confirm reservations with us as we will need to give you an access code for the door on the clubhouse. In exchange for the Chapter allowing you to use the building, you are expected to clean up after your group and remove all trash. Please leave the facility in as good as condition, if not cleaner, than you found it. After all, we are a volunteer organization.
Hunting Privileges: The Chapter owns a 40-acre parcel of land out by the Reforestation Camp/NEW Zoo. The property is a prime location for turkey and deer hunting. In order to hunt at the property, you are required to put in 20 or more volunteer hours for the year. Once you have recorded 20+ hours, you can sign up for a time to hunt during open season dates. We try to limit the hunters to only 1 or 2 persons on a day to avoid overcrowding or other problems.
Participation in Family Adventures in Nature (FAN) Club: As a member, you and your children (or grandchildren) can participate in our family adventures in nature club at no additional charge. We attempt to meet one Saturday every month and have families engage in a different outdoor, conservation-related activity.
Membership Meetings: The Chapter holds various membership meetings throughout the year, including an annual awards banquet and a membership/volunteer appreciation dinner. We do bring in some speakers on local issues. You will get invites to every membership meeting. We inform members of upcoming membership meetings via Facebook, e-mail communications and our website calendar.
HOW TO JOIN
If you are interested in joining, please contact Jean Diedrich, Membership Chair, at 3311 Monica Ln., Plover, WI 54467. Or send a check, payable to Brown County Izaak Walton League, along with a letter stating your name, address, phone number, and membership category to Jean Diedrich at the aforementioned address.
Be a part of it! Join the Izaak Walton League.
For more information, contact:
Steve Labs - (920) 655-8385
Jean Diedrich - (715) 572-5536
Mike Suttner - (920) 619-2175
Family Membership: $97.50
Individual Membership: $64.00
Student Membership: $32.00
Youth Membership: $17.00
*Includes dues for National Izaak Walton League of America, Wisconsin Division, and the Brown County Chapter of the Izaak Walton League of America.