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February draft Membership Meeting Minutes have been Posted for Review (posted February 10, 2016) 

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

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

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.

Habitat Conservation Forum: Practices that Sustain Virginia‚Äôs Wildlife and Native Plant Communities    (posted: February 3, 2016)

See Upcoming Events for details on how you might participate in an upcoming forum at the Germanna Community College Culpeper Campus that is open to the public on February 24, 2016.

Events for the Week of February 7 (updated February 7, 2016)

  • Sunday, February 7, Superbowl 50
  • Sunday,February 12 at 5 PM to February 14, Sunday, 1 PM  Boy Scout , Troop 73 Camping & Museum Tour From Suffolk - Nansemond Chapter IWLA, Patrick Rouse, Troop Leader Contact # 757 651 2359
  • Saturday, February 13, at the Bass Pro Shops in Ashland, VA, Project Healing Water Fly Fishing Display for info contact Dick Barnett 703-795-4290.
  • Sunday, February 14, Valentines Day
  • Monday, February 15, Washingtons Birthday
  • Park your vehicles carefully as grounds are very wet and susceptable to vehicular damage if care is not taken.
  • No other events are presently planned however it is always prudent to check with the official Chapter Calendar for any last minute changes.

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.

Your Izaak Walton League of America Membership Renewal for 2016 was due December 31 (updated January 11, 2016)

After December 31, 2015 you may still pay for your renewal but will need to add a $20 late payment fee.  If you continue to neglect payment your membership will lapse on January 31, 2016 and if you want to remain a member you will need to join anew along with the $300 initiation fee and the 20 hour work requiremnt.  Don't let that happen.  Bring your payment to one of our membership card issuing appointments (see notice of facts) and save yourself some pain and expense.

KeyPad Code and Member Web Page (updated February 2, 2016)

In 2016, access to the chapter grounds and the shooting ranges will require the member to have a new membership/gate entry/photo identification card (in essence, an "all in one" card).  This applies to all members.  When the keypads were inactivated, the gate code on the back of your 2015 paper membership card ceased to work. and you were not able to enter the chapter grounds if you had not obtained your new card. 

The 4 digit code used the past year for access to the Member Login page of the Fred Rapp Chapter of IWLA will continue to allow access to the Member Login page until further notice. Watch your Chapter email in early 2016 when a change to the access code for the Member Login page will be announced.  This will happen after all new members are verified and the old mail list purged of lapsed members.  Watch for an email in the next weeks providing a new pass code for the Member Login page.

 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.

Volunteer Sought for a Vacant Position (Help Wanted) (updated July 25, 2015)

The Newsletter Editor position is once again vacant.  A volunteer member is sought to work closely with the Officers and Board of the Chapter to collect and publish a quarterly Chapter newsletter that provides details and ilustrations and photos of key events and accomplishments of the Chapter.  The ediitor will also collect hotographs from the various events (or possibly serve as an additional photographer) and work with the Facebook and Web site media managers to communicate events for which the Chapter has played a key role.  Interested members should contact our President, Greg Raines for further information. Greg can be reached via e-mail at, by phone 540-287-2628, or in person.

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.