What's New at Izaak?
Over the past few weeks, volunteers have been hard at work renovating the lodge's bar area. Stripping down the ceiling, adding insulation, putting up new walls and staining lots and lots of wood. The bar area is nearly complete and our extraordinary volunteers will start on fixing up the basement and bathrooms.
During the efforts, we had a small visitor who decided they wanted to help. It's a Eastern Screech Owl!
Click on the title above for more pictures of the renovation project.
The St. Joseph County Izaak Walton League is awarding a five hundred dollar ($500.00) scholarship to a senior graduate attending a St. Joseph County high school in the state of Indiana. The deadline for submission is April 20, 2016. Click here to download all the requirements.
Requirements are as follows:
1. To pursue a college degree in the area(s) of environmental management, environmental
engineering, wildlife biology, science or management, agriculture, forestry or associated field.
2. To have a GPA of 2.5 at the time of application.
3. To submit a typed essay with a plan that reflects the goals of the Izaak Walton League Pledge.
4. To forward a short letter from the high school’s guidance counselor, principal or subject teacher as to the worthiness of the candidate.
5. To provide a transcript of high school credits and grades.
Happy New Years everyone!
Izaak Walton is looking for volunteers for a renovation project on the bar area of the lodge. We will be doing a number of improvements:
- Remove ceiling, insulating, and installing new ceiling
- New chandeliers for better lighting
- Replacing paneling along the walls
We will be starting tomorrow, Saturday, January 2nd at 9:00 am and continuing every Saturday and Sunday at 9:00 am for the next 4 weekends. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Start the new years out right by volunteering a bit of your time!
Please bring gloves and crow bars if you have them! Dust masks will be provided. If you have questions call Ken at (574) 232-9357 Monday through Friday. If it's during the weekend, call the lodge at (574) 272-3660. The answering machine may pick up if we're working but we'll try and call back!
Santa is coming to the IKES on Wednesday, December 16th from 6-8:30 P.M. He has gifts for all the good boys and girls along with FREE Hot Dogs, Fries, Hot Chocolate, Cider and Cookies for the whole family.
Come join the fun! This free event is being held to honor our valued members. Without you, we could not survive as an organization. Please come on out the 16th for some great food and presents for the kids or grand kids!
Reservations are recommended but not required by calling 272-3660. Give us a Jingle and visit Kris Kringle!
Izaak Walton will be hosting it's 75th Annual Feather Party on Wednesday, November 18th from 6:00 - 9:00 pm.
Tickets are $10.00. Tickets can be used for food and drinks.
The Feather Party is an annual fundraiser with door prizes, raffles, 50/50s, tipboards and turkey give-away! It's always a great time.
Mail in your tickets! More tickets available at the door.
We're happy to say our clean-up party this past Saturday was a big success. The team managed to clear all overgrowth on the south side of Pond 1. The nuisance, smothering vegetation of focus was oriental bittersweet, honeysuckle and vines. We freed up several good native trees, like the 3 big sycamores, some oaks and a redbud, amongst a few others.
The IKES board thoroughly thanks all participants and members for their efforts in keeping the IKES clean and serene. We hope to see you at the IKES soon.
The Fishing and Outdoor Recreation Committee (FORC) are organizing a pond area clean-up day for the Izaak Walton League. Cleaning up the ponds will really help everyone enjoy the beautiful Fall weather at Izaak.
When: Saturday, October 24 from 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Where: 20400 Darden Road, South Bend, IN 46637 (meet at the lower ponds)
We will also be providing free food and drinks for a cookout to all those willing to donate their time. Any amount of help would be appreciated!
Equipment will be provided and all ages welcome.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Nick Kanczuzewski at email@example.com or Joel Bowers at 574-339-9688 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Today we stocked the ponds (10-15-15) at IWL. The fish stocked were fathead minnows, wipers (hybrid white bass-striped bass), channel catfish, and sterile grass carp.
Thank you to Nick Kanczuzewski, Joel Bowers, and Kenson Kanczuzewski for planning the fishing stocking; Nick Kanczuzewski for ordering the fish and supervising the fish delivery; and to Nick Kanczuzewski and Logistick, Inc., for the generous donation to help pay for the fish. Good job guys.
The Izaak Walton League Archery members will be hosting a "Learn to Shoot Thursdays" on November 5, 12, and 19th from 6:00-8:00 pm.
The shoot is free to Izaak Walton members and $5 to the public. The shoot will take place indoors at the Izaak Walton League club house located at 20400 Darden Rd.
The event is open to all ages and genders. Equipment will be provided.
Instruction will be provided by John Smith, 4-time national champion Lora Smith, national champion Bob Webb, and two-time national champion Joe Kapp. It's an exciting opportunity that you won't want to miss!
We will return to having our monthly Izaak Walton chapter dinners this Wednesday
We welcome Ms. Jeanne Romero-Severson, biological science professor from the University of Notre Dame to the IKES on Wednesday, Sept. 16th.
Ms. Romero-Severson will discuss (in terms we can understand) the quantitative and population
genetics of trees. Her program builds itself on accumulated knowledge to study the genetics of natural populations, from the native forest trees of Eastern North America to beneficial seed dynamics. Her research focuses on genetic structure, genetic variation and population
dynamics. We now have the genetic data that can be used for both natural forest trees and cultivated nut trees alike.
Dinner starts at 6:30 P.M. Program starts at 7:30 P.M.
Menu: City Chicken with the trimmings
Cost: $9 for adults and FREE Hot Dogs 12 and under!
Call in your reservations by Tues Sept. 15th by 10 A.M.