Waverly Izaak Walton Three Rivers Chapter Members Receive

Prestigious Awards at the 2010 National Convention

Hall Of Fame Award




Donald C. Freeman

Don was chosen because he has achieved a record of outstanding accomplishment in furthering the mission and goals of the league

Don Freeman was a charter member of the League's Three Rivers Chapter, founded in 1964, and has held every chapter office. In addition, he served as Iowa Division president and vice president.

He was inducted into the Iowa Division Hall of Fame in 1997 ­and on the League's national Board of Directors, including two years as the League's national president. Freeman also served on the Bremer County Conservation Board for 25 years and received numerous conservation awards from Bremer County and the state of Iowa for his conservation work.

Wes Sheets, president of the Izaak Walton League of America Endowment, credits Freeman with revitalizing the Endowment. Freeman developed a "Reliance for Compliance" campaign to ensure the Endowment continued to meet the requirements for its nonprofit tax-exempt status. He also developed the voting ballots that are still used today for League elections.


Stanford M. Adams Memorial Award

Dean Knight

This new award will be handed out each year by tile League's Executive Board to recognize a National Director, Director-at-Large, or Regional Governor who has shown extraordinary commitment to the duties and responsibilities that come with his or her League position.

Dean Knight joined the Izaak Walton League when he was a freshman in college and has been a member for close to 45 years. He was elected Iowa Division President in 1991 and served in that capacity until 1993, when he was elected Regional Governor of Region IV Knight has continued to serve in that capacity ever since. Knight's commitment to Region IV has been exemplary.

He travels to as many division meetings as logistically possible, putting in thousands of miles every year at his own expense. While attending these meetings, he promotes League membership, conservation interests, and encourages involvement with legislative issues. Knight strongly supports the League's award programs at all levels and the League's recruitment and membership tools.