IWLA Porter County Chapter’s member Zella Olson received the Indiana Division’s Chapter Achiever Award

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Published on December 02, 2020 with No Comments

Zella Olson and her grandson Ryan

During the Izaak Walton League’s Indiana Division September meeting, chapter members of Indiana were honored with awards. The IWLA Porter County Chapter’s own Zella Olson received the Indiana Division’s Chapter Achiever Award.

The Porter County Chapter had the pleasure of welcoming Zella Olson to the chapter a couple of years ago. She is a retired upholstery shop owner from Porter County. Despite her pretty drawl, she has lived in Duneland for decades and has always been in the volunteer business of connecting people and resources. For many years she has sat on the Board for “Friends of the Dunes” and is currently their Treasurer. The Friends help support the Indiana Dunes National Park with fundraising and volunteerism. The park staff all agree, they couldn’t do what they do without Friends. She also sits on the board of the Dunes Learning Center that offers youth camping in Duneland to under-served communities with special emphasis on local heritage and place-based nature experiences.

Zella is a priceless commodity to the Izaak Walton League. She jumps into activities with both feet. In the spring she helped prepare for and hostess the Indiana Division Meeting and she dresses up as “fairy godmother” for the chapter’s annual summer Gnomes Day Out event. Mrs. Olson is also a volunteer cashier at the Duneland Resale Shop and her community connections for the betterment of our environment are vast. PCC is so happy to have her and we believe she is a well-deserving recipient for this award as everything she does works towards a cleaner earth, natural spaces for folks to enjoy and passing along the heritage that goes with it all.


Zella Olson and her grandson Ryan

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