Chapter Grounds Closed for Annual Cub Scout Day Camp -- Grounds Closed from Monday morning to Friday evening, June
25-29, 2018 (updated June 24 , 2018 )
year the Chapter hosts a week long Cub Scout Day Camp on the Chapter grounds.
And 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
ranges and other facilities, except those like the apiary which might
need access for maintenance, are closed to member use. Check
plans/schedules and plan accordingly.
Note: The grounds will be open each day from 5 PM or AFTER
the grounds are vacated by the cub scouts The ranges
(except range 2 which will be set up for scout BB gun shooting) may be
used until 7 PM..
for the week of June 16 and Our Next Chapter Work Day
on July 7 (Updated June 16,
Note: Every Saturday from now until July 14 has been declared a
special convention preparation work day. Volunteers are requested
to come out to the Chapter for tasks devoted towards preparation of the
facility to host the National League's Convention Chapter Night Out.
These include some carpentry, some painting and some electrical.
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. Ranges will be closed while mowing or trimming is happening anywhere on the range.
- Sunday, June 24, Cub Scout Day Camp equipment arrives, GROUNDS ARE OPEN TO Members.
June 25 to Friday, June 29, Cub Scout Day Camp, 8 AM to approx. 4:30 PM
each day. Grounds closed while scouts are on site.
- Saturday, June 30, Special Work Day, 8:00 am until around noon. Firearms ranges closed until work is complete..
- Saturday, July 7, Work Day, see below for details.
Monthly Work Day, Saturday, July 7
- Saturday, Grounds Maintenance Tasks begin at
- Saturday, Adopt-a-highway, Meet at porch at around 8:30 AM.
- 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
members and those members that have never had a photo ID issued
Note: Firearms ranges closed until workday is complete.
other events are
presently planned however it is always prudent to check with the
official Chapter Calendar
any last minute changes
Summer has Begun But When will the Rain End? (Posted June 22, 2018 )
has started which makes us question what happened to spring. With
our recent grounds renovation near the Darrell Ferrell Pavilion and
planting of grass seed I think too many people have been doing rain
dances. As I sit in my house my rain gauge has recorded 7.5
inches of rain in the past 24 hours and it is still raining heavily.
Joe Webb and Dirk Talley went to the Chapter this morning to
check the status of the grounds and pond. Indeed the water is high and
Joe reports it probably is as high as he has seen it. The primary
spillway (concrete) was working at capacity as was the normal drain
through the dam. Even the secondary (emergency) spillway on the
east side of the dam was overtopping and flowling lots of water into
the area of the culvert under the access road near range 3. All
systems and emergency features are working and probably at capacity
Here are a few photos. We need for the rain to stop and the
sun to return to dry the property for our Cub Scout Day camp next week.
But do not wish the rain will end as usually this time of year it
seems to stop for a couple of months and we need some precipitation to
keep our new grass growing.
An existing but neglected Memorial has been Renovated and Enhanced in latest Special Work Day Project. (Posted June 16, 2018 )
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
Status Meeting, July 10 (Posted June 9, 2018 )The
final planning meetingfor the Convention is scheduled for July
10, 2018 at 7 PM at the Chapterhouse for all Convention worker/volunteers.
Your participation and support is needed to help make
Convention we are hosting a success..
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.
Adopt-a-Highway Revised Schedule (updated June 16, 2018 )
July Adopt-a-Highway is canceled. We are going to
schedule a roadside trash pick up each workday August until October so we
are sure to have enough week-ends to meet our allocated numbers of pick
ups. So, our next scheduled pick-up is scheduled for August 4.
Draft Membership Meeting Minutes for June have been
Posted for Review by Chapter Members (posted June 10,
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
New soil around pond has been tilled, hydroseeded
and has had first mowing (Updated June 9,
request that all remain off the seeded areas until the soil has settled
and the the grass develops a good stand. It is likely to take
month while the seed germinates and grows until it can be mowed for the
first time. The areas to be avoided are cordoned off by
yellow caution tape. Update: the new stand of grass had its frist
mowing this morning at the June work day. It took from May 12
until toady for the seed to germinate and grow nearly knee high.
Work Day Activity, June 9, 2018 (Posted June 9,
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 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.
Work Day Activity May 5, 2018 (Posted
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 )L to R
John "Clay" Blakenship, Darrell Hoskins, and Justin Hoskins
May 2018 New Members (posted
May 6, 2018 )
L to R
: Pamela and Phillip Cole, Victor Roberts, Matthew Philpott and
We welcome our newest IKES!
Earth Day at Old Mill Park on April 21 (updated
May 3, 2018 )
Day was celebrated from 11 AM to 4 PM. The Chapter ran
the barrel train during the event and staff its information
for outreach. See a photo report on the Events
Earth Day at Fort A. P. Hill on April
May 3, 2018 )
year the Chapter participates in the annual celebration of Earth Day at
Fort A. P. Hill. Greg and Mike Sullivan made the trek this year.
See a photo report on the Events
New Communications Capability at Our Chapter
May 6, 2018 )
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
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
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
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
Special Collection of Protein Items for Deployed
Service Members (updated
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
or phone 540-755-0078.
Archery Instructor Training Offered (posted
April 27, 2018 )
See upcoming events
for details and a link to the course description and registration for
This event is part of National Convention week hosted by our
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
Raven Clay Pigeon Thrower (Posted
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
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
incorrect steps in using the equipment. The electrical leads
been damaged several times over the past year. The throwing
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.
safety pin is inserted only when the arm is left naturally after the
last pigeon is thrown and the power removed. Looking from
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
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
back of the thrower. The
pin is never inserted behind the throwing arm
Disconnect the power leads to the large terminals of the
but do not disconnect the charging circuit from the solar
(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
of the web site
Our Chapter Apiary is in the Local News (posted
April 15, 2018 )
Awarded Monetary Grant from Rappahannock Electric Cooperative (posted
March 28, 2018 )
See the Conservation tab
Spanish Speaking Person Sought
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
may contact Greg at 540-287-2628
(A text message works best).
PHWFF Second Quarter Newsletter (posted
The Fly Fishermen have issued their second newsletter
the fishing and flytieing activities for the recent months.
2018 Wild Game Dinner (posted
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
before sharing desserts.
We Now Have a Work Van for Facility Maintainance Chores
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
can be visible in our community and project our image of Conservation
and community service. The van will become very useful in
when we need to transport cargo to the site of the National Convention
we are hosting in Fredericksburg.
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.
Honey Still Available (Updated
May 1, 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.
Chapter Wins Efficiency Award (See News)
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
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? (updseted
April 2, 2018)
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
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
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
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
- A pink, black, and blue woman's scarf left in
on December 5, 2015
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.
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.
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