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Are there gators in the pond at the Chapter? Not really!  (posted June 24, 2016)

If you look closely at the water 10 to 15 feet out from the shore of the pond you might see something that could be very frightening if you are unaware that these harmless decoys were added earlier this week by our pond manager. 
                          gators  NOT!
This life-like foam decoy of the head of an alligator was purposely placed in the pond in an attempt to make the pond a less inviting location for the Canadian geese. (Actually geese from any country as we are not anti-Canadian.) The geese are destroying the eco-system we want in and near the pond (I think you know what I mean). There are three of these decoys placed in locations around the pond.  One of these decoys can be seen about 100 feet south of the spillway on the archery side of the pond near the shore.  These are harmless and should not be disturbed in any way and definitely not shot!  And don't tell the geese!  In fact it would be good to pretend fear when nearing one of these floating gator heads. Hmmm, I wonder what the beavers think of these new additions?

Flag Retirement Ceremony (posted June 20, 2016) 

CeremonyTapsOn Saturday, the Boy and Girl Scouts conducted a flag retirement ceremony at the Chapter grounds.  The ceremony, one of the few conducted in the state, destroyed a few hundred worn flags in a dignified ceremony conssiting of a number of patriotic and educational readings about the national symboll of the United States of America.  There are two separate slide shows of exactly the same photographs for those that are interested.  The high resolution slideshow is huge (about 900 MB) and should only be downloaded by those that have an unlimited data account and a few spare moments.  The other is much smaller (about 5 MB) but, unfortunately, low resolution.
cemetery plaque

Chapter Lady Shooters (FRILS) Sets Dates for Pistol Shoots  (posted May 29, 2016)

See the Lady Shooter's Tab on the Fred Rapp Chapter Website for additional information.

Shotgun Range Reopened (updated June 12, 2016)

The trap thrower on the Shotgun Range has been returned to operation and the range is reopened for trap shooting of clays.

Events for the Week of June 19 and next Work Day (updated June 18, 2016)

  • Sunday, June 19, 8 am – 4 pm,, Manahoac Bowmen Shoot at the Bowmen Chapterhouse West Far Side of Pond, Contact - Eugene Slagle - 540 661 8693
  • Monday, June 20, 5 pm – 8 pm, Chapter Ladies (FRILS) Shoot at Chapter Ranges, Contact - Michelle Chowaniac - 860 754 7045
  • Saturday, June 25, 10 am – 3 pm, Virginia Division Meeting at Claytor Lake Chapt near Lynchburg Va.Representatives from all state chapters & National Directors Va. State Division Business Mtg.
  • Saturday, June 25, 8:00 am – Fri, July 1, 12:01 pm Cub Scout Weblow Day Camp ALL WEEK ! Days ONLY ! Darrell Ferrell Main Pavilion & Adjacent Grounds Area Main Contacts - Carol & Andy Lepp - 540 850 6390  Additional Contact - Randy Wilson - 540 845 2464
Next Work Day
  • Saturday July 9, 9:00 am – 11:30am, Adopt A Highway Program Offsite 2 Mile Area - Along Old Plank Road @ Fawn Lake Entrance Roadside Clean-up Project " Rescheduled from last month " Families & Friends Welcome An Outdoors Education & Fun Event ! Bill Hudson Contact - 571 332 6376  (volunteers needed)
  • Saturday, July 9,  9 am, Prospective Member Interviews and New Member Orientation at Chapterhouse
  • Saturday, July 9, 9:30 AM to 12 noon, Next scheduled 2016 All-in-one Badge issue at the Chapterhouse
  • No other events are presently planned however it is always prudent to check with the official Chapter Calendar for any last minute changes.

June draft Membership Meeting Minutes have been Posted for Review by Chapter Members (posted June 6, 2016) 

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

Also note that the May minutes were read, corrected and ratified at the June meeting and those minutes and many others are also found in the same Member Only location.

2016 All-in-one cards to be issued next on July 9 (upated June 5, 2016) 

For anyone that has not picked up their Membership All-in-one card for 2016, we are once again issuing the remaining cards on Saturday, July 9, from 9:30 AM to 12 noon at the Chapterhouse.  For anyone that has never been issued a photo ID before, you must come during the session to have a photo taken in order to have a new membership card issued.  If you miss this date, the next date will be August  6 which is the next Saturday Work Day.  Remember, the card is necessary for gaining access to the Chapter grounds and must be worn whenever shooting at the Chapter ranges.  We still have more than 35 cards ready that are unissued and as many as 120 cards not created due to lack of a member photograph. (These are mostly family members that are members but have never registered for a shooter's ID in the past two years.) In a few months we will be gearing up for the 2017 Membership Renewal Drive so please come and get your 2016 Membership Card.

June  4's Roadside Conservation Event, the First of the Season, a Success  (posted June 5, 2016)

On Saturday, June 4, Bill Hudson, our  Adopt-a-Highway Roadside pickup lead conservation person lead a group of 5 volunteers to successduly clean a portion of our assigned raodside for the first time this year.   Bill plans to have a concentrated effort over the next three Chapter work events in order to assure we can complete our 4 assigned "quarterly" events before the end of the year.  Presently, the plan is to do a pick up in J July, August and September but the plan will be flexible and one of the events might be delayed until October. To read more about the event planning go to the Conservation page. Stay tuned.

Trees Successfully Planted (posted May 8, 2016)

Rod Hughes led a team of volunteers that convoyed themselves to the designated tree planting location at Lee Hill Park in Fredericksburg. The group picked up the trees in Loriella Park and learned they had more than the 100 they thought they might be receiving.  Not a problem as more is better.  All trees were planted and once again the Fred Rapp Chapter has done its bit to reforest our region in Virginia.

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: https://support.google.com/mail/answer/3055016?hl=en&ref_topic=3394594

Another Way to Support your Chapter (posted April 24, 2016)

Mother's Day is Sunday, May 8. Shop at smile.amazon.com and Amazon will donate to the Izaak Walton League of America, Inc.  Fredericksburg-Rappahannock Chapter. 

Use the link below and you will be directed to great Mother's Day gift ideas for Mom with an added benefit in support of Izaak Walton  League of America, Inc. Fredericksburg-Rappahannock Chapter at no cost to the purchaser.
AmazonSmile Mother's Day Link

Beaver Traps Removed (updated April 18, 2016)

The beaver traps were removed over the weekend.  Both the pond near the bee hive and water area near the new wooden bridge are trap free again.  The danger notice posted earlier is hereby rescinded.

April Meeting Photos (posted April 11, 2016)

Several presentations were made at the April Membership Meeting on April 7.  See the Chapter Meeting web page for photos.

Easter Breakfast and Egg Hunt Photos  (posted April 8, 2016)

Here are a few photos taken at the Easter Saturday event at the Chapterhouse and grounds.  Looks as though a great time was had by the attendees.  Thanks to all that made the event a memorable one for the children.

Member Login Page -- the access Password was Changed (updated April 29, 2016)

On Easter Sunday the password for the Member Login page was changed.  Members that are subscribed to the email reminder distribution were sent an email at 12:30 PM on that day with the new password.  If you are a member and are not a subscriber to email, please consider subscribing so you do not miss important information that is distributed frequently.  If you want access to the Member Login page and are a member in good standing, send Jim Lloyd an email at newsletter@iwlafred-rapp.org and he will coordinate with the Membership Director, Sandy Stanford in an effort to provide you the access password.  Lloyd can also help subscribe you to the email distribution list.

Wild Game Dinner Photos (posted March 20, 2016)

Some photos of the Wild Game Dinner on Thursday evening, March 17, 2016:

Manahoac Bowmen Set 2016 Archery Schedule  (posted March 16, 2016)

See the Activities page for a link to the Manahoac Bowman 2016 Archery Shooting schedule.

Chapter Newsletter Feature Returns  (posted March 15, 2016)

After a little more than a year hiatus, member Beth Rouse has volunteered to be our Chapter newsletter editor.  The newsletters will be published/posted quarterly on the News tab of the web site.  See March Newsletter.

Fred-Rapp Chapter Honey Production (posted March 10, 2016)

Greg Raines has been receiving requests from members for the honey that was produced at the Chapter a few months ago.  That first batch has been exhausted and is no longer available.  Reports are that the honey is very good. The next honey harvest will be in the June 2016 time frame with packaging to be done at some point after processing.  If anyone is interested in helping with this all volunteer and labor intensive effort please contact Jim Ashcroft using the information at the Contact Us page.  Once the honey has been bottled and sealed it will be available again for a nominal donation to the Chapter.  It will not be offered for retail sale.  Watch here for a notice as to when the honey will be offered at a future monthly membership meeting.  Like the first batch, the second batch will be offered  First Come- First Served.

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.

Recreational Use of Drones at the Chapter Grounds (updated May 10, 2016)

Requirement for flying drones have been moved to the bottom of the Facilities web page.

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 joegwebb@yahoo.com or Dick Barnett at cell/text 703-795-4290 or email k4guj@aol.com

Please read the mission statement for information about the PHWFF program.

 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 iwlaspotsynewsletter@gmail.com 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: onehrdwkr@hotmail.com . 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.
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.