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Izaak Walton appreciation dinner honored all volunteers and memorialized member Robert Vankus

Izaak Walton Nature Preserve hosted a volunteer appreciation dinner on Sunday, Oct. 3, honoring all who have helped out at the preserve.

In a speech, 86-year old Izaak Walton member and financial contributor Jerry Vankus memorialized his brother Robert Vankus who was an Izaak Walton member and died of COVID-19 last year.

The event was Izaak Walton’s way of giving back to its volunteers. About 90 people attended the appreciation dinner and anyone who had volunteered recently was invited, said John Brinkman, Izaak Walton president. According to Brinkman, this was the second annual appreciation dinner. The first . . .

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