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Events for the week of October 21 and Our Next Chapter Work Day on November 3  (Updated October 20, 2018)

Grass mowing will slow down with the cool temperatures. Nominally, every Wednesday will be Mowing Day until the grass ceases to grow.  Weed whackers are needed to do the trimming of fence, pond edges, building and ranges.  Work starts early.If you are seeking credit for work hours be sure to notify someone on a mowing machine if the Chapterhouse is not open for you to sign the volunteer work "sign-in" sheet located inside on the front table. Ranges will be closed while mowing or trimming is happening anywhere on the ranges.
  • Friday thru Sunday, October 19-21, Cub Scout Pack 1777, camping on the chapter grounds,Darrell Ferrell pavilion, fire pit hiking trails and pond for fishing. There will be approximately 70 scouts, 50 adults, 30 vehicles. Contact person Jason Sneed Phone: 703-505-2620
  • Friday thru Sunday, October 19-21, Boy Scouts Troop 179, using the far side of the pond to camp and do projects, will be cutting 6 trees in the far back woods (6 inch ) and will also be using the burn pit. Contact person Drake Riggins 540-621-0765
  • Monday, October 22, 6 pm Campfire and S'Mores at the Chapter
  • Friday, October 26, 5 pm – Sun, October 28, 12 pm, Boy Scout Troop 1777, Contact: Christopher Simmons, Phone: 757-650-9342
  • Saturday, October 27, 9am – 11am, Project Healing Waters
Next Monthly Work Day, Saturday, November 3 
  • Saturday, Grounds Maintenance Tasks begin at 8:00 AM.
  • Saturday, 9 am, Prospective Member Interviews and New Member Orientation at Chapterhouse 
  • Saturday, 9:30 AM 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.
No other events are presently planned however it is always prudent to check with the official Chapter Calendar for any last minute changes

Adopt-a-Highway Report for September 2018  (posted September 9, 2018)

Fellow Chapter Members,
The weather cooperated enough on Saturday, September 8, 2018, to allow us to get out on our portion of Route 621/Orange Plank Road to pick-up 11 bags of roadside garbage before the rain caused us to retreat.  Mike Lombard and David and Paula Lindsey were our road warriors in September, fulfilling your chapter's commitment to keep our assigned roadway clean.  Remember though - many hands make lighter work.  Your chapter needs you to help fulfill our promise to keep our little portion of Virginia beautiful.  Consider offering a hand.  We will be going out again during the October workday, October 6, 2018.  Meet me at the Chapter House on that morning.  We will be leaving as a csravan at 8:30 AM.  You need only be dressed appropriately (closed toed shoes required and long pants recommended) and bring work gloves if desired. For a complete breakdown on safety of road side pickup see the Conservation Tab.) We will provide everything else you will need.  The benefits are great - you can fulfill part of your work hour requirement (if you still have one); you'll make a difference for your community and your IWLA Chapter; and you'll have a great opportunity for fellowship with other club members you may never otherwise get to know.  Consider joining the fun.  And it really can be fun if you approach this conservation effort with that attitude.  Thanks for what you do for our community.
Bill Hudson

New Members Inducted in September 2018  (posted September 8, 2018)

Four new members (2 family memberships) were inducted on Thursday, September 6 and provided an orientation on Saturday morning, September 8.

New Members for September 2018

From L to R: Amy and Tom Olney; Debbie and Hugh Risseeuw.
Welcome to our newest Ikes!

New Chapter Board Members (posted September 8, 2018) 

Newly Elcted Board Members for 2018-2019

From right to left, President Herbert Pritchett, Vice President Joe Webb, Secretary Barbara Pritchett, Treasurer Ralph Kinch and Directors, Jim Lloyd, Jamie Branham and Jim Rector.

On Thursday evening at the Chapter Membership meeting the newly elected officers and half the directors elected in last month's election were sworn in by Ernie Padgette, the President of Virginia Division of the IWLA . The officers installed were President Herbert Pritchett, Vice President Joe Webb, Secretary Barbara Pritchett and Treasurer Ralph Kinch (these positions are for year 2018-2019 (one year terms)). The Board members installed were Jim Lloyd, Jamie Branham and Jim Rector (these three director positions are for 2018-2020 (two year terms).

Draft Membership Meeting Minutes for October have been Posted for Review by Chapter Members  (posted October 15, 2018)

Go to the Member Login page 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 month's minutes were read and ratified at the recent meeting and those minutes and many others are also found in the same Member Only web location.

Do You Plan to Host an Event at the Chapter?  (updseted September 4, 2018)

The 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 you do 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 Chapter from liability and assures the requester the full knowledge of the Chapter's expectations.  The document can always be found midway on the Facilities page.  Please submit your completed application to Herbert Pritchett at email at well in 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

The Second Quarter 2018 - (July) Newsletter Published (updated September 7, 2018)

Find it by clicking on this hypelink to the News Web Page The Newsletter can always be found in the left hand colunmn in another link labeled as July 2018.  Click on the link and a file will open in the new tab containing the 8 page Newsletter.  You can read or download and print. It is completely your choice. Or you might click on this hyperlink labeled July 2018 Newsletter.

Bob Hopkins has volunteered to become our Newsletter Editor.  The newsletter you will find on the News Page is Bob's first product.  We are glad to have Bob join the media group and maintain our production of quarterly newsletters.  If anyone desires to contribute an article plus a photo or two to the 3rd Quarter Newsletter, we will be asking for inputs soon.  If you have a favorite recipe for wild game also feel free to use the Newsletter to share it with all members.  Bob may be reached at

Adopt-a-Highway Revised Schedule (updated September 15, 2018 )

We are have scheduled a roadside trash pick up for two additional work days  so we are sure to have enough week-ends to meet our allocated numbers of pick ups.  So, our next , and last for the year pick-up is scheduled for October 6.  Please review the instructions at the Conservation Tab to understand the preparation for and conduct of the event.

Our Chapter was Awarded Twice during the Recent National Convention  (Updated August 3, 2018)

See News Tab.

Election Results 2018 (Posted August 3, 2018)

An election of all 4 officers and half of the Directors on the Chapter Board was conducted last evening at the August membership meeting.  As there were no challengers nominated from the floor at the meeting the slate of candidates (which were all incumbents) was not amended and were elected by voice acclamation vote  The newly elected candidates will be sworn in at the September Membership Meeting on September 4 to serve the term from September 2018 to September 2019

August 2018 New members (posted August 5 , 2018 )

New Members - August 2018

Mike Smith and Mike Lombard

July 2018 New Members  (posted July 7 , 2018 )

July New Member Photo

L to R Madison (daughter of David and Paula), David P. Lindsey, Family membership (Paula Lindsey absent); Amanda and John Myers, Jacob (son of John and Amanda) Family membership; and Randall Lacey, Regular membership.

An existing but neglected Memorial has been Renovated and Enhanced in latest Special Work Day Project. (Posted June  16,  2018 )

A project conceived by Director Jim Rector and approved by the Chapter Board came to completion today with the addition of stone and a wrought iron fence around a Chapter memorial that was located inside the small grove of cedar trees just inside the entrance to the grounds.  The memorial is to the founding members of the Fredericksburg-Rappahannock Chapter of the Izaak Walton League of America.  The two founders honored are Mr. Downey and Dr. Bob.  The next step is to develop a little more insight into the time of the founding and the identities of other founding members.  Our Chapter historian will be creating the background information about the beginnings of our Chapter.  Next time you are out at the Chapter take a look at the work that was accomplished over the past several weeks in enhancing /beatifying the memorial.

Cedar Grove at EntranceSide view of memorial

 Close in view

See the News Tab for Several Recent  "News" events  (Posted June  22,  2018 )

Article in REC Monthly Publication Features the Apiary  (posted June 3, 2018 )

In an article that appears in the June issue of the Rappahannock Electric Cooperative News the Chapter's apiary is featured.  In an REC program called The Power of Change our Chapter was the beneficiary of a $3000 grant in aid from its foundatioin to maintain the efforts of our apiary volunteers in bringing back the bees in the area surrounding the Chapter.  Kudos to Jim Ashcraft who led the effort in establishing our apiary, the volunteers who keep things in working order and to Tim McArtor for approaching REC for this beneficial grant for 2018.  Read more about the Power of Change as it is a very good program that benefits the members of the cooperative. Consider enrolling in this simple charitable strategy.

Work Day Activity, June 9, 2018 (Posted June 9, 2018)

On June 9, a good number of the Chapter membership came out early to support the effort to prepare the facility for next month's event at the Chapter for the National  Convention's Chapter Night Out. on the evening of July 19.   The parking lot was filled The lot was filled with vehicles, trees were trimmed, weeds and grass were whacked,the new stand of grass had its first mowing,  trim wood and siding that were rotted were replaced, cedar and apple tree trimmings were chipped (mulched), new members were oriented, All-in-One badges issued, new member interviewed and hot dogs were consumed. Thanks to all the members that answered the call for assistance.  We got lots of work done and most said they had fun doing it.
Feeding the chipper Chipping the wood

Planning the next step

Work Day Activity May 5, 2018 (Posted May 6, 2018)

See a description for activities on the latest workday, May 5 with some photos.

See Conservation page for the latest Adopt-a-Highway report  (posted May 6, 2018 )

June 2018 New Members  (posted June 9, 2018 )

New Members June 2018

L to R  John "Clay" Blakenship, Darrell Hoskins, and Justin Hoskins

May 2018 New Members (posted May 6, 2018 )

May 2018 New Member Inductees

L to R: Pamela and Phillip Cole, Victor Roberts, Matthew Philpott and Robert Hopkins
We welcome our newest IKES!

New Communications Capability at Our Chapter   (updated May 6, 2018 )

The long awaited change from our previous Internet supplier to Comcast Business has been accomplished.  We now have a high speed Internet, TV and telephone.  If you want to access wifi at the Chapter you may use our guest access network line by setting up your device to receive the signal (you may find the credentials in the Member Only Login page). This access was fixed on May 6 so now it should work easily for all.

Our new phone number, accessible at phone boxes outside the Chapterhouse, at the tool shed and a remote phone in the kitchen, is 540-412-9330.  You can make outgoing and incoming calls.  The bell does not riing loudly for incoming calls outside and if no one is close by do not rely on it being answered if it is an emergency.  The previous phone service was limited to outgoing 911 and was "copper wire"; this new phone is VOIP and can be used for any local dialing which is especially useful for those members that do not have good cell phone service at the Chapter. .

Danger Notice!!  Raven Clay Pigeon Thrower  (Posted April 17, 2018)

On 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

Our Chapter Apiary is in the Local News (posted April 15, 2018 ) 

See article

Chapter Awarded Monetary Grant from Rappahannock Electric Cooperative (posted March 28, 2018 ) 

See the Conservation tab for more information.

Spanish Speaking Person Sought

Greg 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).

We Now Have a Work Van for Facility Maintainance Chores  (posted March 18, 2018)

Utikity van driver sideThanks 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.

Utility van passenger side   

Project Healing Waters Social Media Sites  (Posted August 3, 2017)

Members may learn more about Project Healing Waters by accessing the web sites at   or the more detailed information on the Fredericksburg Facebook page of Project Healing Waters 

Archery Ranges (posted June 15, 2017)

Members 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 series of ranges for use by IWLA members to the right of the Bowmen's building.  It is situated between the Shotgun Range and the Bowmen's building.  There are several shooting lanes of varying distance for targets primarily for arrows with field points.  Archers shall 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 not 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 into 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 person 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  You can obtainin additional information about the bowmen organization at their web page.

Assured Access to Advanced Health Care Directives  (posted April 6, 2017)

At 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 that 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.

Free Money for the Chapter (posted February 11, 2017)

If 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 May 1, 2018)

Several items have been found at the Chapterhouse:
  • A set of small keys
  • A very nice electronic camera found at the Chapter several years ago.
  • A pink, black, and blue woman's scarf left in Chapterhouse on December 5, 2015
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.

Our Fish at the Chapter Pond are being Tagged and Tracked (updated May 14, 2018)

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 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. 

Problems Receiving Chapter Email?  Do you use Gmail? (posted May 6, 2016)

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.  If you 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: