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Meeting Minutes for November Membership Meeting (posted November 17, 2014)
Click on the "Member Login" tab to access the member's only area and to read the November 6 Meeting minutes.
Message to all IKEs from Mike Sullivan (posted November 16, 2014)
Click on the "Conservation" tab on the "menu" list at the left side of this page to read a personal message from our Conservation Chairman, Mike Sullivan.

News on Flag Ceremony (posted November 11, 2014)
Click on the "News" item in the header above to read more about Saturday's Flag Retirement Ceremony.

Chapter Bylaws and Operational Policies Approved by Membership at the November Chapter Membership Meeting (updated: November 7, 2014)  The signed bylaws and policies are anticipated to be available via the web site some time the first week of December.   As soon as the documents are signed and provided for posting these will be included in the Documents area of the Member Login area for all to access.  Bylaws and Policies have changed and apply to all members, however, for those that have not yet paid their membership dues it is well to note a major change this year in payment policy that could make it quite expensive to continue as a member if you miss certain deadlines. IMPORTANT INFORMATION to HEED -- starting immediately there will be a shorter grace period for getting your 2015 dues paid.  Dues payments are due by the end of December. It is critical that you get your payment to the Membership Chairman by December 31st, or a $20 late payment fee is added to the dues total. If that increased dues plus fee is not paid in full by the end of January, on February 1 the member will be expelled automatically and, to be reinstated, will need to pay an initiation fee of $300.  See the Membership web page (click on Membership tab in the header located at the top of this page) for details that are derived directly from the newly approved Chapter Bylaws and Operational Policies.  You have 7 weeks and a few days remaining to get your dues paid without penalty. UPDATE as of November 23 -- Less than 6 weeks remain to renew membership without penalty!
Chapter Email Subscription Form Now Available (updated November 8, 2014)
Several times a month the Chapter distributes an email (called Reminders) to members on the distribution list. The last one was sent on November 4, 2014 and addressed the Flag Retirement Cermeony on Saturday (among other events). If you did not received this email you might not be included on the distribution list or might have been removed in error (it happens). If you want to be included, go to the Member Login area (click on menu item "Member Login" located on the left side of this page) and follow instructions on the new subscription enrollment form to automatically enroll in future distributions. If you have any difficulty send an email to to request assistance. This is a great way to add a second member of the family membership (a significant other) to the distribution of the Reminders.
Events for the Week of November 23 (updated November 23, 20148
  • Thursday, Thanksgiving Day--  Happy Thanksgiving to all IKE's and families.
  • No other special events are presently planned however it is always prudent to check with the Chapter Calendar at the top of the menu at the left of this page for any last minute changes.

Note: Eastern Standard Time Began at 2 AM, Sunday, November 2 (Posted: November 3, 2014) Firearms ranges will cease operation at 4 PM beginning on that day. See the Pistol, Rifle, and Shotgun Range Rules for details.
Facilities Web Page Revised (Posted: October 24, 2014)
The facilities web page has several new entries related to the speed limit on the facility, emergency response procedures and the existence of the bee hives (apiary) (and its attendent hazard to some).  Note also or review again the requirements established this year for wearing the Shooter's Badge when using the firearms ranges, the need to register guests when using the firearm's ranges and the installation of the new automatic gate with security keypad entry.  Also, for your information when using the firearms ranges is a file link to a new version of the paper insert containing the key safety rules when shooting and on the reverse side, emergency procedures if injured at the site.  This paper insert is designed to fold and carry with your IWLA membership card and Shooter's Badge.  Every member should download/print a copy for their wallet or badge holder if only for the emergency procedures it conveys.

Holiday Wreath Making Party: Sunday, December 7, 2014, 2:00 PM until 5:00 PM. (posted: October 22, 2014) Come and meet other IKE families! Bring the kids or the grandkids to make a Christmas wreath for your family! Please bring a garden clipper, pine boughs, and a treat to share for the party. We’ll provide forms, bow, and decorations for 1 wreath. Additional wreaths $5.00. Also, the kids can make peanut butter stuffed pinecones and string popcorn for the birds. Please RSVP to Pat Aubert at by Monday, December 1st.

You may also volunteer starting at noon by registering at the newly listed VolunteerSpot located inside the "Member Login" page. Click on the Member Login box at left side of this page and enter the member only area where you will see a VolunteerSpot icon for the Wreath Making Party.
Membership Renewal Notices for 2015 have been Mailed (Updated November 3, 2014)
Dues Statements for 2015 have been mailed to all members. When you receive your statement note the contents carefully. If you and your spouse intend to shoot at the ranges complete the slip of paper "Fredericksburg-Rappahannock Chapter IWLA 2015 Shooter's Fee" by entering your name(s) and,  if you are between the age of 18 and 65 please add $10 each to the amount you are assessed for membership based on membership type. Separate the pink "Membership Statement for Year Ending 12/31/2015" and affix the address label on an envelope.  Enclose the pink card, the completed slip of paper registering as a shooter, and a check payable to either "IWLA" or "Fred-Rapp IWLA" for the total of your membership and any applicable shooter's fee(s) inside the envelope.  Place a stamp on the envelope and return all by December 31, 2014. Retain the blue copy of the statement for your records.

Some members have apparently sent their renewals to the National organization in Gaithersburg, MD.  This delays your renewal  as National waits until theyhave received a handful of renewals sent to them in error, then put them into an envelope and mail them back to our local Membership Chair. Please place the peel off label on the pink (left) half of your renewal card on your envelope to send the renewal to Larry Stanford. Using the peel off label makes sure the envelope is sent to the proper address. and your membership is processed sooner. 
ATTENTION! Range Hours of Operation Have Changed (Updated September 18, 2014)
Effective September 15, 2014, the new hours of operation for the firearms ranges are: Daylight Saving Time (DST ) 8:00 AM until 7:00 PM, Monday thru Saturday. Eastern Standard Time (EST): 8:00 AM until 4:00 PM, Monday thru Saturday. Workday Saturday hours will be determined on a workday basis. Sunday hours will be: 12:00 PM (noon) until 7:00 PM, (DST); and 12:00 PM (noon) until 4:00 PM (EST).

The Pistol, Rifle, and Shotgun Range Rules have been updated to reflect these new hours.

Chapter Newsletter Editor Wanted (posted August 11, 2014 & updated September 10)
The newsletter editor position from the Chapter's communication team is vacant.  This volunteer position works closely with chapter leadership and chairpersons to communicate with members the events and plans of the Chapter. As all members are not accessible by electronic means (electronic mail and web pages), this position also will correspond with about 6 or 7% of the Chapter membership through old fashioned Post Office mail. The newsletter is assembled quarterly and other important email communications (Reminders) are created and sent as needed. 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.

The 2015 Coupon Book makes a Great Holiday Gift (updated: November9, 2014) We have the 2015 ATTRACTIONS coupon 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 local 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 2015! These will sell fast so get one soon.  There are no more when these are sold out! To get yours, contact either Greg Raines, (540) 287-2628 or email: or Jimmy Miles,  (540) 220-0706. Just ask either of us when you see us and we will get one for YOU! Consider buying extras as it is not too soon to think about giving these as Holiday gifts.
Qualified Beekeepers Still Wanted (updated: August 10, 2014)
Click on Conservation tab for more information if you can help.
The Chapter Calendar is always available online. (updated: November 3, 2014)  You can find the calendar under a  menu item called "Chapter Calendar" on the left.  When you click on this menu tab the calendar will open in a separate window. The calendar is the authoritative source for the Chapter's scheduled events and it has been updated with all known events for 2014.  Check it periodically as the events can change without notice.