PCC Founded 1958 * AUGUST 2019 *60 years of conservation

“From the Dunes in the north, to the Kankakee River in the south”

Izaak Walton League of America - Porter County Chapter

Meetings held every 3rd Saturday, 1-3pm in the

Thomas Library in 2nd floor meeting room


200 W. Indiana Avenue, Chesterton, IN 46304

(219) 926-7696

Next meeting August 17, 2019


President - Gary Brown grbrown57@hotmail.com, 219-464-8882

Vice President - Jim Sweeney jp55biod@att.net, 219-322- 7239

Treasurer/Membership - Liz McCloskey tmconservation@csinet.net, 219-326-0700 Secretary - Susan Swarner susan.swarner@gmail.com, 219-201-5498

Chapter Directors: Don Frame df.nature@outlook.com, 219-331-6136,
Bill Iltzsche biltzsche@hotmail.com 219-464-9850 and
Herb Read 847-302-8069


8/17 August PCC Monthly Meeting

1-3p Thomas Library 2nd floor meeting room


8/24 & 25 Aukiki River Festival

9a-5p Sat, 10a-4p Sun - Baum's Bridge, Kouts


8/31 DNR Hunter Safety Course for Family Hunting Heritage

7a-7p Michigan City Izaak Walton Clubhouse


9/2 State Division Quarterly Meeting

9am-3pm Miller Chapter


9/14 September PCC Monthly Meeting

1-3p Thomas Library 2nd floor meeting room


9/17 Family Nature Night #1

6-7:30p Bailly School in Chesterton


9/21 & 22 Apple Festival

11a-4p Chellberg Farm, Porter


9/28 PCC Bike Tour 2019

11a-2p Read House to Carol Cook Overlook


To volunteer to help with anything that suits you; contact Annette Hansen executivedirectoriwlapcc@gmail.com 219-241-7431

Locals Win Awards from National Izaak Walton League

by Jim Sweeney

Des Moines, Iowa — The Izaak Walton League of America held its annual convention in Des

Moines, Iowa last week and presented its annual awards on Wednesday, July 18 th .

The Porter County Chapter won two awards for chapters under 500 members. The James Lawton Childs Award goes to the chapters with the best overall conservation programs and the Robert C. O’Hair Award goes to the chapters with the best youth education programs.

The Chapter was cited for its continued restoration work at the Frame Family Conservation Area, sponsoring of local clean water programs, bat conservation efforts, and their efforts to prevent a commercial banquet hall from being built on the beach at the Indiana Dunes State Park.

Their Family Nature Nights program is a popular program the chapter takes into local schools and to other public functions, such as NaturePalooza in Valparaiso and Gnomes Day Out at the Frame property. The Chapter also has worked extensively with local Eagle Scout candidates and their fathers and with 4H.

Chapter member Tamatha Patterson was presented with a Conservation Award for her work in developing the chapter bat conservation program and all the time invested on the Chapter

webpage. Chapter president Gary Brown accepted the awards for the chapter at the Conservation Luncheon. “We are grateful to have been recognized by the Izaak Walton League,” he said. “We have a small group but we are dedicated and passionate about what we do.” “Tammy has been a wonderful addition to the chapter,” said Brown, “She brings a scientific background that gives our projects more credibility.”

IWLA-PCC Bike Tour 2019

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Bike Tour In Memory of Charlotte Read


Join us for PCC's first Bike Tour September 28. Travel 16.8 miles round trip. We start to gather in the Discovery Charter School parking lot at 9am. Set off at 10am sharp for the historic Read House on Tremont in Porter. There will be a small talk on the history of the house and what it meant to the preservation of the Dunes, now National Park. We'll meet Herb Read and honor the memory of his wife Charlotte Read. Cyclists then proceed through duneland prairie and woodland to their destination at PCC's Carol Cook Wetland Overlook. Riders may view birds from the boardwalk birding platform, meet a bird rescued by Humane Indiana Wildlife and have lunch with Discovery Trackers 4-H Club.

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1291738680990494/

Sign up today for this beautiful outdoor adventure!

thank you Endowment...AGAIN!

PCC would like to publicly thank the National IWLA Endowment for 2 new 2019 grants it has awarded to our chapter! $5000 for our E-STEM in the Field program for Fall, 2019 and Spring, 2020. Together, this makes it a $10K project with the IN Div Endowment and NiSource grants.

And, $4444 was awarded to fund PCC's new Family Hunting Heritage project. This provides equipment, training and opportunity for our new Family Members in outdoor recreation.

We are honored that the IWLA Endowment board supports our little chapter so generously!

family hunting heritage program

PCC's new Family Hunting Heritage program has been funded by the IWLA National Endowment grant. We are so grateful to them for their generosity and approval.

This program provides equipment, training and opportunity for our new Family Members in outdoor recreation. PCC is actively reaching into the community to offer this program to families of NW Indiana. This is also a great way to increase our membership and share all we have to offer.

BECOME A MENTOR! Contact Annette Hansen 219-241-7431 executivedirectoriwlapcc@gmail.com TODAY.

FREE DNR Hunter Safety Course for Family Hunting Heritage participants. August 31, 2019 from 8am-6pm at Michigan City Izaak Walton clubhouse. Lunch will be served.



Facebook Event at https://www.facebook.com/events/2350213648393339/

NOTE: All hunters must be IWLA-PCC members in good standing to participate. And must adhere to rules set forth by the PCC board.

Aukiki River Festival


8/24 & 25 Aukiki River Festival

9a-5p Sat, 10a-4p Sun - Baum's Bridge, Kouts

The festival takes place Saturday and Sunday at the Kankakee Valley Historical Society’s property on Baums Bridge Road outside of Kouts, also the site of Collier Lodge and along the Kankakee River. This annual event is organized by, PCC members, John and Mary Hodson.

They, with their volunteers and entertainers, welcome avg. 3,000 (attendees) during the weekend. VOLUNTEERS are always asked to help run the historic reenactment so if you are interested in being involved, contact John Hodson jophod@gmail.com.

IWLA Convention Details

State Division Quarterly Meeting--Saturday, September 2, 2019, 9:00 am to 3:00 pm, Miller Chapter


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SUMMER volunteer JOBS

PLANNING - Working with Annette to plan for a fall Family Hunting Program. Early August.

Experienced Hunters WANTED!

EDUCATING - Work with Annette to plan curriculum for the

"E-STEM in the Field" (Water Quality theme) Your expertise is appreciated! June, July, August

STEWARDSHIP - Work around the 5 properties keeping up with invasives, plant trees and natives, etc. All summer long.

Be sure to let Annette Hansen know if you are interested in helping with any of these summer events; 219-241-7431 or executivedirectoriwlapcc@gmail.com