Earth Day at Old Mill Park on April 21 (posted April 18, 2018 )
Day will be celebrated from 11 AM to 4 PM. The Chapter will run
the barrel train during the event and staff its information tent
for outreach. Greg Raines will need some volunteers as early as
8:30 AM to help assemble and ready the train and the information
booth. See https://earthdayfred.com/
for details and location Call Greg Raines to volunteer
at 540-287-2628 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Earth Day at Fort A. P. Hill on April 26 (posted April 6, 2018 )Each
year the Chapter participates in the annual celebration of Earth Day at
Fort A. P. Hill. We will transport our pop up shelter and tables to the
event and provide some information to the attendees about the
objectives of the Izaak Walton League. It's an early start (the
display needs to be in place at 8 AM) and if you want to be part of
this annual event, contact Greg Raines at
or at his cell phone 540-287-2628 (send a text message if
The First Quarter 2018 Newsletter
Find it on the News Web Page
editor sought: Rod Jacobson has capably edited the last 5
quarters of our newsletter. He has taken a new position and
schedule at his airline and hisfree time has been limited. We are
seeking someone that is interested in taking over the editing of the
Newsletter from Rod. If you are interested please send me an
email and let me know -- Jim Lloyd at
Danger Notice!! Raven Clay Pigeon Thrower (Posted April 17,
range 4 is a clay thrower that is stored in the large green box that is
locked by a combination lock.. Only those that have been trained are
allowed the combination and access. On the Facilities tab near
the bottom there is a Raven Clay Thrower manual of operation.
It is linked here for your convenience. Always work on the
thrower from the left side and to the rear of the thrower and outside
the swing arc of the throwing arm. Please review the
instructions and be sure you understand the steps for preparing,
operating and storage of the thrower. Users are performing the
incorrect steps in using the equipment. The electrical leads have
been damaged several times over the past year. The throwing arm
is being jammed/forced into the wrong position as users seem to think
that the safety pin needs to be inserted when the arm is in line with
the main structure of the frame at the 6 o'clock position. The
safety pin is inserted only when the arm is left naturally after the
last pigeon is thrown and the power removed. Looking from behind
the thrower out to the range the arm will naturally end up being in
about the 7 or 8 o'clock position. Do not force it into any other position.(see
step 3 in the procedure to understand that the throwing arm is not in
line with the structure of the thrower and the pin is inserted in front
of the arm. The arm moves in a counter-clockwise direction.
The pin prevents the arm from reaching the cocked position at the
back of the thrower. The pin is never inserted behind the throwing arm.)
Disconnect the power leads to the large terminals of the battery
but do not disconnect the charging circuit from the solar panel.
(see step 2 and step 6 of the procedure to note how solar leads should
remain connected and never removed. The power leads (larger
wires) are attached to the larger terminals of the battery when
operating the unit and removed when ready to stow the unit.) Remember:
Red goes to positive and black to negative poles. If you do not understand these procedures do not operate this thrower
as any deviation from the procedure has the potential to serously
injure you. Remember: Never set up for use with anyone to the right or
front of the thrower. Always work from the left side of the
thrower (archery range side of the thrower). Seek instruction from a
range officer that knows how to operate the unit and if one is
unavailable, call either Jamie Branham or Sandy Stanford to arrange a
lesson. Their contact information can be found in the Contact tab of the web site
for the week of April 22 and Our Next Chapter Work Day
on May 5 (Updated April 21,
Next Monthly Work Day, Saturday, May 5
- Saturday, April 21, 1-3 PM Lady Shooters will be at Range 2
exericing their pistols for the first time this year at the Chapter.
- Saturday, April 21, Earth Day at Old Mill Park
- Thursday, April 26, Earth Day at AP Hill, All members that plan to help need to be on site at AP Hill around 8 AM.
Greg Raines our outreach Chairman will be our point of contact for this event.
- Friday, April 27-29, Order of the Arrow,Grounds and both Pavilions, Bob Wilkerson will be the contact person
- Saturday, April 28, 9:30 -11:30 AM, Chapter Pancake Breakfast
other events are
presently planned however it is always prudent to check with the
official Chapter Calendar for
any last minute changes
- Saturday, Grounds Maintenance Tasks begin at
- Adopt-a-Highway pickup is scheduled for start at 8:30 AM. Meet at Chapter House porch.
- Saturday, 9 am, Prospective Member
and New Member Orientation at Chapterhouse
- Saturday, 9:30
to 12 noon,
Next scheduled All-in-one Badge issue at the Chapterhouse for new
members and those members that have never had a photo ID issued.
- Note: Firearms ranges closed until workday is complete.
Our Chapter Apiary is in the Local News (posted April 15, 2018 ) See article
Pancake Breakfast for Members and Children (updated April 15, 2018 )See Upcoming Events Page
Next Monthly Convention Planning Status Meeting, May 15 (posted April 15, 2018 )Members
are reminded of the scheduled planning meeting for the National
Convention that is scheduled at the Chapter house at 7 PM, Tuesday
evening, May 15. Your participation is needed to help make the
Convention we are hosting a success.
New Member Photos (posted April 7, 2018 ) We are playing a little catch up on photos because we had no work day in March due to lack of power.
March 2018 new members:
Left to right: Larry Gosnell, Allen Payne and Jason Thompson
April 2018 New Members:
Left to right: Thomas Hudgins, Matthew Jones and H. Ben Faulkner
Adopt-a-Highway Revised Schedule (posted April 7, 2018 )The
weather was not supportive of our effort to clean our
assigned roadsides this workday. Therefore, we are going to
schedule a roadside trash pick up each workday now until October so we
are sure to have enough week-ends to meet our allocated numbers of pick
ups. So, we will try it again in May (May 5 work day) and each
Annual Cub Scout Day Camp -- June 25-29, 2018 (posted April 4, 2018 ) Each
year the Chapter hosts the Cub Scout Day Camp on the Chapter grounds.
Each year the grounds are closed during the Day Camp to allow
full use of the property by the scouts. This year the scouts will be
here each day from June 25 through the end of June 29. The
ranges and other facilities, except those like the apiary which might
need access for maintenance are closed to member use. Check your
schedules and plan accordingly.
Chapter Awarded Monetary Grant from Rappahannock Electric Cooperative (posted March 28, 2018 ) See the Conservation tab for more information.
Spanish Speaking Person SoughtGreg
Raines indicated at the March Membership Meeting that the VA
Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (VDGIF) is asking for
volunteer Spanish interpreters
for a class they will be holding for children. Anyone interested
may contact Greg at 540-287-2628 (A text message works best).
PHWFF Second Quarter Newsletter (posted April 7,
2018)The Fly Fishermen have issued their second newsletter which outlines the fishing and flytieing activities for the recent months.
2018 Wild Game Dinner (posted March 18,
Chapter house was turned into a dining hall on March 17 for the 2018
Wild Game Dinner. Members gathered to share an evening of
comradery and shared food dishes. With the pond being so low this
year we were not able to share one of the favorites of recent years...
beaver stew. We did have a winderful dish of wild goose.
No, it was not one of the locals that populate the Chapter's
pond. Everyone filled their plates and most went back for more
before sharing desserts.
to the efforts of one of our members, we have a vehicle that we can use
for chores around the Chapter and to support our activities off-site.
The Chevrolet E3500 van looks and runs like new and was donated to the
Chapter by Dominion Electric. The decals were added so that we
can be visible in our community and project our image of Conservation
and community service. The van will become very useful in July
when we need to transport cargo to the site of the National Convention
we are hosting in Fredericksburg.
We Now Have a Work Van for Facility Maintainance Chores (posted March 18,
Special Collection of Protein Items for Deployed Service Members (posted March 1,
Blue Star Mothers of Fredericksburg are collecting items for Care
Packages being sent to deployed service members in June. IWLA members
can support this effort by bringing individual serving sized portions
of Beef Jerky, Slim Jims, or other protein items to the April, May and
June Chapter Membership Meetings. For more information on the Care
Packaging and other items being collected please contact IWLA Member
and Blue Star Mother President, Nicole Pappas at email@example.com, or phone 540-755-0078.
National Convention Meeting Schedule (posted
we get closer to the July National Convention, Herbert Pritchett has
established a schedule of planning meetings to check status of progress
towards our support tasks. The next meeting is scheduled for
on March 13 at the Chapterhouse. There are additional
scheduled for April 10, May 15,and June 12. All meetings will
convene at 7 PM at the Chapterhouse.
National Chapter Warns of Possible "SCAM" Email
February 6, 2018)
On February 5,
the national headquarters of the Izaak Walton League issued a warning
on their Facebook page about an email "scam" being sent to
members. I re-posted the information on the Chapter Facebook page for
any of our followers to see. National HQ said the following:
members and leaders: If you receive an email claiming to be a "vital
update" from the IWLA national headquarters, please delete it
immediately. It is not from League staff or anyone associated with the
At least one of our Chapter members has
reported receiving a message meeting this description. Delete
message without opening it or identify it as a SPAM message.
End of Year Budget Reconciliation (Posted
Members may view the end of year 2017 budget reconciliation report at
the Members Only web page.
April draft Membership Meeting Minutes have been
Posted for Review by Chapter Members (posted April 18,
Go to the Member
to access and read the draft minutes for the recent membership
meeting, These will be offered for membership ratification at
the next monthly membership meeting.
Also note that last months minutes were read and ratified
the recent meeting and those minutes and many others are also found in
Member Only web location.
Honey Still Available (Updated April 15, 2018)
apiary has produced an abundance of honey this season. A
213 pounds of honey has been extracted from the hives as a result of
the dedication and hard work of our apiary volunteer work force.
At the Membership meeting on Thursday evening there will be
pound bottles of honey available for Members. A minimum
of $10 is suggested to claim your bottle. Please see Ralph
to claim your honey.
Come to the Chapter on the first Thursday evening Membership Meeting or Saturday Work Day and let
of the ChapterBoard members know you want some honey.
Amendment 1 to Chapter Bylaws
Ratified by Membership and Posted in member Login (posted
Chapter Wins Efficiency Award (See News)
Dog Mart Photos are posted at the Dog Mart Facebook Page
If you have photos feelfree to post your own. Also, feel free
to tag any photos if you know the subject.
Project Healing Waters Social Media
Members may learn more about Project Healing Waters by accessing the
web sites at http://www.projecthealingwaters.org/programs/locations/virginia/
or the more detailed information on the Fredericksburg Facebook page of
Project Healing Waters
New Director for Conservation Activities (posted
At the July membership meeting, Mike Cronrath was
appointed as the new Conservation Director.
Mike is a newer IKE, who recently came to our Chapter from Project
Healing Waters. If you see Mike, please
talk to him on what your environmental or conservation concerns are, or
him an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
See the Conservation tab for more
Archery Ranges (posted
are reminded that the Manahoac Bowmen organization operates an
archery range which is
inside the woods beyond the flag pole on the west side of the pond.
No IWLA member
is allowed to use that range for archery purposes without the
permission and guidance of the Manahoac Bowmen. There is a
of ranges for use by IWLA members to the right of the Bowmen's
It is situated between the Shotgun Range and the Bowmen's
building. There are several shooting lanes of varying
for targets primarily for arrows with field points. Archers
not be using broadhead arrow tips on any target not designed for their
use. If you are not familiar with this prohibition please
reference the Chapter's range rules.
If you do not understand the basis for the requirement, do
shoot broadhead arrows without consulting someone in charge of the
Manahoac Bowmen organization. Shooting broadhead arrows at targets
meant for field points damages the targets severely. Broadhead arrows
are razor sharp and designed to rip and tear flesh. If shot
a target meant for field points they can easily break off and present a
very severe hazard to anyone left with the task of repairing the
targets. Violators of this
prohibition will be severely penalized. Again, do not use
broadhead arrows unless you know what you are doing. The
or persons that shot these arrows into field targets obviously did not
know what they were doing or were maliciously/willingly damaging
property. Please direct any questions
about the archery ranges and range requirements to Eugene Slagle at
email@example.com. You can obtainin additional
about the bowmen organization at their web
Do You Plan to Host an Event at the Chapter? (posted
June 2, 2017)
Chapter is an amazing asset if any member want to host an event on the
premises. If you have an intent to host a group, make sure
some advance planning and contact the Chapter's Event Planner, Greg
Raines. Earlier in May, we updated the Chapter's House and Ground Rules
and at the same time established a requirement for anyone desiring the
use of the Chapter to access, download, read and complete the Request for Use of Chapter Premises.
This document outlines requirements for use, releases the
from liability and assures the requester the full knowledge of the
Chapter's expectations. The document can always be found
on the Facilities page.
Please submit your completed application to Greg Raines well
advance of the anticipated use so that you are assured of permission to
use and no conflicts with other events. Always look at the Chapter
Calendar when planning.
Assured Access to Advanced Health Care Directives
the April Chapter Membership Meeting, George Lear reported to the
membership the existence of a service that the Commonwealth of Virginia
provides to its citizens. This service is a secure website
can be used to store important documents that protect your legal rights
and ensure your medical wishes are honored if you are incapacitated and
unable to manage your own care. The database of Advance
Directives at this website is held in a confidential and secure site,
protected by the most up-to-date web and database security standards.
All information submitted is used only by authorized individuals
and kept completely confidential. If you are interested in
learning more about this service you can obtain all the information and
subscribe by linking here.
Member Login site -- Passcode changed (posted
are advised that the passcode for the Member Login site was changed in
early March 2018. If you try to login with the code you
have been using in 2017 and cannot gain access you will know
that the code has been changed. Members that are on
for email from the Chapter received an email blast sometime on
March 3. If you are not on distribution for email, request
added by either using the method located in Member Login. If
miss this opportunity in the next few hours, send an email request to
sure to include your name and the email address you want to receive
Save our Streams -- Do you know how to identify an
aquatic macroinvertebrate? (posted
First, what exactly is an aquatic macroinvertibrate? Let's
break down the term. "Aquatic" means water,
"macro" means big (or
big enough for us to see without using a microscope) and "invertebrate" means without
a backbone. So an aquatic macroinvertebrate is a
water bug that we can see
with our naked eye.
If you want to know more about the categories of identification here is
a good place to start
Another good chart can also be used for ID.
Free Money for the Chapter (posted
any of our members (or anyone else for that matter) shop using Amazon,
it takes just a few adjustments of your account to have the Amazon
company donate a percentage of the sale to the account of the Fred-Rapp
Chapter at no cost to the member. The percentage is small but
just in the last quarter the Chapter has earned nearly $10 through this
no cost feature of Amazon. See our Donations tab
for access to the steps to make this happen for the benefit of the
Chapter. Or learn more about Amazon Smiles and how to use this feature
by clicking here.
Lost and Found (reposted
Several items have been found at the Chapterhouse:
Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
describing your lost item and we
will figure out a good time to get the item back to its proper owner.
- A set of small keys
- Eyeglasses and case at the shot gun range a
few weeks ago in January 2017
- A down filled vest coat a few months ago at the
Chapterhouse porch (December 2016)
- A pair of Foster Grant reading glasses left November
during the Project Healing Waters Benefit event
- A very nice electronic camera found at the Chapter
- A pink, black, and blue woman's scarf left in
on December 5, 2015
- A dog battery operated training collar (at Dog Mart
Our Fish at the Chapter Pond are being Tagged and
Our Chapter Pond manager, Joe Webb, has started a fish tagging program
at the pond at the Chapter grounds. So far about 25 fish have
been caught, tagged and released. This program will help to
assess the health of our fishery. If you fish at the pond and
catch one with a tag on the left side of the dorsal fin make sure you
take note of the tag number. You can go to the fish tagging
website to see the history of the fish and add your own notations: Go
to the main web site front page at www.fishtagger.com. Key in the
full Tag ID printed
on the tag and click Go. You will now be brought to a web page
displaying the tag's history. Please add your new catch information
here by clicking Add. You will be asked for information regarding your
catch such as angler name/e-mail, fish type, weight, length, location
caught, date caught, and any comments. You should print out and take a
Fish Tag Log Sheet with you when fishing in order to record this
information for entering into the computer after fishing. Please also
send Joe an email to let him know you had caught and reported a fish
that has been tagged. Joe also announced that in partnership
the Chapter's Project Healing Waters Fly Fisherman Program the pond
will again be stocked with rainbow trout this year. This
will be done after the temperatures of the pond water have dropped to a
safe level for survival of the species.
Problems Receiving Chapter Email? Do you use
If you are having trouble receiving Chapter emails and you are using
gmail as your email delivery application, the mail might be located in
a tab called Promotions. In gmail, your email typically is received in
the Primary tab (known more commonly as the inbox). Gmail has
other tabs located next to the Primary tab and one of those is
Promotions. Look there and see what you can find.
want to know more about the delivery of mail from the email
distribution tool we use (MailChimp) read this knowledge article:
As it turns out, if Chapter email is being delivered to the Promotions
tab, you can correct this tendency by simply moving your Chapter
originated email from the Promotions tab to the Primary tab and it will
learn that you want future email delivered there Further
instruction about moving email messages can be obtained here: https://support.google.com/mail/answer/3055016?hl=en&ref_topic=3394594