The Suffolk-Nansemond Chapter of the Izaak Walton League of America, chartered in June of 1954, is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to the conservation, maintenance and protection of the soil, forest, water, and other natural resources of the city of Suffolk, VA and surrounding areas; and to promoting means and opportunities for educating the public about their enjoyment and wholesome utilization.
We are proud of our Members’ accomplishments each year. At the regular monthly dinner meeting each September, we present the annual Tobin award. There is only one Tobin Award given by the chapter each year. The award recognizes the chapter’s most outstanding and dedicated member for contributions made throughout the year.
In 2021, the Tobin award for 2020 was presented to chapter Ike Priscilla Taylor. A member since December 2017, she quickly became active and was elected as a Chapter officer in the summer of 2018. She has served as our Chapter’s Secretary since that time. Her cheerful disposition and welcoming attitude are only surpassed by her willingness to support the Chapter. While she has been busy performing the duties required as Secretary, she continued to volunteer in other key areas of the chapter, including chairing the Grants Committee, serving on the Long Range Planning Committee and on prospective member orientation teams. In recognition of her many talents, valued contributions and dedication to the Chapter, Priscilla was selected as this year’s Tobin Award nominee.
For more information on Priscilla’s award, see Priscilla’s Tobin Award.
In 2020, the Tobin award for 2019 was presented to chapter Ike Jonathan Echols. Due to meeting restrictions imposed by COVID-19, the award was presented to Jonathan virtually via a remote video session by chapter president Powell. Jonathan Echols consistently participates in our chapter’s conservation projects and outdoor projects such as our bi-annual park maintenance day, our annual Teddy Bear hunt and our adopt a highway program. He has demonstrated his commitment to our chapter through his participation in our annual Pancake Supper fundraiser and ticket sales for our Scholarship Fund raising raffle, and has helped out with many cooking committee functions. He not only assisted but personally organized and executed a very successful chapter fish fry. He rolls up his sleeves and just pitches in to get things done. For more information on Jonathan’s award, see Jonathan’s Tobin Award.
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