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2016 All-in-one badges to be issued on May 7 (posted April 30, 2016) 

For anyone that has not picked up their Membership All-in-one card for 2016, we are once again issuing the remaining cards on Saturday, May 7, from 11:30 Am to 2 PM at the Chapterhouse.  For anyone that has never been issued a photo ID before, you must come during the session to have a photo taken in order to have a new membership card issued.  If you miss this date, the next date will be June 4 which is the next Saturday Work Day.  Remember, the card is necessary for gaining access to the Chapter grounds and must be worn whenever shooting at the Chapter ranges.

Two Conservation Events on May 7 (posted April 29, 2016)

On Saturday, May 7, Ikes will have a choice of two conservation events.  One is our first quarterly Adopt-a-Highway Roadside pickup and the other is our annual tree planting.  This is a normal work day for the chapter but to provide more volunteers to staff these two events, the work on the Chapter grounds is planned to be minimal.  The principal focus will be on the two conservation events.  To read more about the events go to the Conservation page.

Another Way to Support your Chapter (posted April 24, 2016)

Mother's Day is Sunday, May 8. Shop at and Amazon will donate to the Izaak Walton League of America, Inc.  Fredericksburg-Rappahannock Chapter. 

Use the link below and you will be directed to great Mother's Day gift ideas for Mom with an added benefit in support of Izaak Walton  League of America, Inc. Fredericksburg-Rappahannock Chapter at no cost to the purchaser.
AmazonSmile Mother's Day Link

Beaver Traps Removed (updated April 18, 2016)

The beaver traps were removed over the weekend.  Both the pond near the bee hive and water area near the new wooden bridge are trap free again.  The danger notice posted earlier is hereby rescinded.
Events for the Week of May 1 (updated April 30, 2016)

  • Friday, April 29, 5:00pm – Sun, May 1, 12:01pm Order of the Arrow Camping & Scout Quest Objectives,Main Darrell Ferrell Area, Contact - Bob Wilkerson - 540 972 3583 Jeff Jones - 804 771 6797 
  • Monday, May 2, 6:30pm – 9:00pm Chapter Board Meeting at Chapterhouse
  • Tuesday, May 3, 6:30pm – 9:30pm, PHWFF Business Mtg at Chapterhouse
  • Thursday, May 5, 7:00pm – 8:30pm, Membership Chapterhouse
  • Saturday May 7, 9am – 12pm, Tree Planting - Chapter Earth Day Project at Lee Hill Park off Lee Hill Elementary School Road Earth Day Planting Project Lots of FUN ! Wear Protective clothing, gloves etc. Contact - Rod Hughes - 540 903 0861 
  • Saturday May 7, 9:00am – 11:30am,Adopt A Highway Program Offsite 2 Mile Area - Along Old Plank Road @ Fawn Lake EntranceRoadside Clean-up Project " Rescheduled from last month " Families & Friends Welcome An Outdoors Education & Fun Event ! Bill Hudson Contact - 571 332 6376
  • Saturday, May 7,  9 am, Prospective Member Interviews and New Member Orientation at ChapterhouseSaturday, May 7, 11:30 AM to 2 PM, 2016 All-in-one Badge issue at the Chapterhouse
  • No other events are presently planned however it is always prudent to check with the official Chapter Calendar for any last minute changes.

April draft Membership Meeting Minutes have been Posted for Review (posted April 11, 2016) 

Go here to access and read the draft minutes for the April member meeting,  These will be offered for membership ratification at the May 2016 membership meeting.

Also note that the March minutes were read and ratified at the April meeting and those minutes and many others are also in the same location.

April Meeting Photos (posted April 11, 2016)

Several presentations were made at the April Membership Meeting on April 7.  See the Chapter Meeting web page for photos.

Easter Breakfast and Egg Hunt Photos  (posted April 8, 2016)

Here are a few photos taken at the Easter Saturday event at the Chapterhouse and grounds.  Looks as though a great time was had by the attendees.  Thanks to all that made the event a memorable one for the children.

Member Login Page -- the access Password was Changed (updated April 29, 2016)

On Easter Sunday the password for the Member Login page was changed.  Members that are subscribed to the email reminder distribution were sent an email at 12:30 PM on that day with the new password.  If you are a member and are not a subscriber to email, please consider subscribing so you do not miss important information that is distributed frequently.  If you want access to the Member Login page and are a member in good standing, send Jim Lloyd an email at newsletter@iwlafred-rapg and he will coordinate with the Membership Director, Sandy Stanford in an effort to provide you the access password.  Lloyd can also help subscribe you to the email distribution list.

Wild Game Dinner Photos (posted March 20, 2016)

Some photos of the Wild Game Dinner on Thursday evening, March 17, 2016:

Manahoac Bowmen Set 2016 Archery Schedule  (posted March 16, 2016)

See the Activities page for a link to the Manahoac Bowman 2016 Archery Shooting schedule.

Chapter Newsletter Feature Returns  (posted March 15, 2016)

After a little more than a year hiatus, member Beth Rouse has volunteered to be our Chapter newsletter editor.  The newsletters will be published/posted quarterly on the News tab of the web site.  See March Newsletter.

Fred-Rapp Chapter Honey Production (posted March 10, 2016)

Greg Raines has been receiving requests from members for the honey that was produced at the Chapter a few months ago.  That first batch has been exhausted and is no longer available.  Reports are that the honey is very good. The next honey harvest will be in the June 2016 time frame with packaging to be done at some point after processing.  If anyone is interested in helping with this all volunteer and labor intensive effort please contact Jim Ashcroft using the information at the Contact Us page.  Once the honey has been bottled and sealed it will be available again for a nominal donation to the Chapter.  It will not be offered for retail sale.  Watch here for a notice as to when the honey will be offered at a future monthly membership meeting.  Like the first batch, the second batch will be offered  First Come- First Served.

Approved 2016 Chapter Budget  (Posted February 4, 2016)

At the membership Meeting on February 4, 2016 the proposed Chapter Budget for 2016 was presented by Director Joe Webb.  After a brief discussion a motion was made to adopt the budget as proposed, seconded and voted by affirmation of the assembled membership.  The approved budget can be viewed at the Member Login web page.

Recreational Use of Drones at the Chapter Grounds (posted January 4, 2016)

It looks like the children of members (and maybe some members) received the latest craze in remote controlled devices -- flying drones or, more technically accurate, Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), as a Christmas gift.  These small and relatively inexpensive robot flying machines look like fun and are similar in function to remote controlled model planes that have been around for years.  One main difference is the ease in learning the flight controls and the ability to hover and fly with great stability forward, backward, up and down without the expense of the complex linkages used on traditional helicopter models.  Not to say that drones cannot also be expensive.

The drones can be used at the grounds but are restricted to flying in the main open areas.  Drones shall not be flown near the high voltage power lines traversing the property, the ranges or the bee enclosure.  Also be considerate and do not fly near people or parked vehicles if these do not belong to your family.  Fly over the pond only with lots of skill and confidence and at your own risk for loss.  Do not use cameras mounted on the drones to photograph anyone without their knowledge or permission.  You may find some additional information about recreational drone flying at this web site and many good tips about how to "stay out of trouble" here.

Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing (PHWFF) is Seeking Recovering Warriors and Disabled Veterans in the Chapter Service Area  (posted December 13, 2015) 

The leaders of the Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing report that the program is nearing readiness and its volunteers are actively seeking recovering warriors and disabled veterans to participate in the PHWFF program sponsored by the Fred-Rapp Chapter of the IWLA.  Chapter members that either have or know of a person in the local area that has a service-related disability (VA certified at 10% or more) and who might have an interest in the Healing Waters Fly Fishing activities should contact Joe Webb at 540-972-3426 email or Dick Barnett at cell/text 703-795-4290 or email

Please read the mission statement for information about the PHWFF program.

 Lost and Found (reposted February 2, 2016)

Several items have been found at the Chapterhouse:
  • A pair of Foster Grant reading glasses left November 14 maybe during the Project Healing Waters Benefit event
  • A very nice electronic camera found at the Chapter maybe a year ago.
  • A pink, black, and blue woman's scarf left in Chapterhouse on December 5
Send an email to describing your lost item and we will figure out a good time to get the item back to its proper owner.

Trapper Training at the Chapter on October 3  (posted October 8, 2015)

A few photos of the event:

Attractions 2016 - The Coupon Book for Fredericksburg Attractions, Retail Stores, Super Markets and Restaurants has Arrived (posted: August 7, 2015)  

We have received the 2016 ATTRACTIONS book and will be selling these again as part of our Chapter fund raising efforts. Get your book at our next Chapter Membership Meeting and other Chapter Events... just $25.00.  This book, known officially as the "ATTRACTIONS - Dining and Value Guide for Fredericksburg" contains many coupons offering "Buy One Get One" coupon opportunities. The use of these coupons will recoup the cost of this book with only 2-3 uses at popular restaurants, events and attractions. Even better, if you buy a book now the coupons are available for use immediately and will not expire until the end of December 2016! These will sell fast so get one soon while there are still some remaining. To get yours, contact Greg Raines, (540) 287-2628 or email: . Just ask when you see him and he'll get one for YOU! Consider buying extras as it is not too soon to think about giving these as Holiday gifts.
Help Wanted with the Chapter Beekeeping Conservation Effort (posted: April 10, 2015)
Click on the Conservation tab for more information; no volunteer effort refused and no qualifications required.  Contact Jim Ashcroft using the information at the Contact Us page.