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!URGENT! Earth Day Event at Fort A P Hill, Thursday, April 17, 2014  We need some volunteer help! It is an all day event for invited participants only and closed to entry by the general public. The Fred Rapp IWL Chapter is supporting with an exhibit. Greg Raines and Patty Nunn are again representing our chapter; Greg would like at least two additional people to help staff our exhibit at the event. If you are available to volunteer, it is urgent that you call Greg Raines on his cell phone, 540-287-2628, before noon on Wednesday to obtain further information. (posted:  12 noon, April 15, 2014)
Events at the Fred Rapp IWLA Chapter the week of April 13 . A few reminders for Chapter and related Conservation events being conducted this week:
  • Concluding at Sunday, April 13, noon the Boy Scout Troop 170 camping and F-R Grounds Project and Riflery Merit Badge time planned With Chapter Member and Scout Troop Leader Bob Brandel an other adult leadership
  • On Sunday, April 13, starting at 9 am and ending at 5 pm the Manahoac Bowman Spring Classic and Unmarked 3D Shoots on the Archery Club and Range area.
  • Starting Friday, April 18, members will need to have their guests sign in at the gate when using the ranges. See detailed notice below.
  • On April 19, 2014, Saturday morning from 9 am to 10 am, at the Chapter Grounds the Earth Day tree and shrub planting will be led by Mike Sullivan.
  • On April 19, 2014, Saturday morning from 9:30 am to 10:30 am, at the Chapter Clubhouse the membership is invited to share in a pancake breakfast (see event description at Upcoming Events tab on the left).
  • On April 19, 2014, Saturday morning at 10:30 am an Easter egg hunt will take place at the grounds (see event description at Upcoming Events tab on the left).
  • On Easter Sunday, April 20, 2014, at 5:30 am the Crossroads Baptist Church will conduct a Sonrise Service on the Chapter grounds.

  • As always check back frequently to view any changes or additions to the Chapter schedule of events on the Chapter Calendar. Click on the Calendar menu to the left. (posted:  April 13, 2014)
    Starting This Week (Friday, April 18) Guests Will Need to "Sign In" when Members Bring Them onto the Property to Use the Ranges The Board of Directors of the Fredericksburg-Rappahannock Chapter of the Izaak Walton League of America has recently changed the range use requirement covering the admission of guests to the property by a member. Members were informed at the April Membership meeting (April 3, 2014) that the new policy is effective beginning April 18, 2014:

    "Effective April 18, 2014 all Chapter members bringing any guest other than an immediate family member onto the property to use the Chapter ranges must sign in at the gate house per order of our insurance carrier."

     The phrase "immediate family member" means a close relative (that is, spouse or child) living in the household; any other relative or friend would be a guest. The sign-in register for this purpose will be available at the gate house (adjacent to the right side of the gate as you enter) on and after April 18, 2014. As always, the guests are responsible for following all Chapter rules that apply to the member and the member remains responsible for any actions of the admitted guests while on the property. (updated:  April 13, 2014)
    A notice to all members who use the firearm ranges: The updated 2014 Pistol, Rifle, and Shotgun Range Rules are available here and on the Facilities page (click on Facilities Tab on the left to go to the Facilities page). As a member, it is your responsibility to be knowledgeable of and to abide by these rules. (posted: March 30, 2014)
    Attention Prospective Lady Shooters!

    So far several prospective lady shooters have expressed interest in joining the FRILS (Fred-Rapp IKE Lady Shooters) group this year. Michelle and Nikki would like a few more to have a quorum. If you have not yet indicated your interest please click on the tab Lady Shooters tab on the menu at the left to find out how. (posted: April 4, 2014)

    SHOOTER IDs- Important Schedule Information:
    As all should be aware, any Member intending to use any of the shooting ranges at the facility on or after April 1, 2014 must display a Shooter's Photo Identification Card. A special schedule was set up in December 2013 to assist members to obtain their Photo ID at the IWLA Clubhouse. The numbers of members that have not secured their photo badge is as many as 221! The last special photo session before April 1 has completed.  Those members with no shooter's ID at this point will need to obtain this badge before regaining their range shooting priveleges.

    Photo IDs will generally be issued on the first Saturday of each month which is also the Chapter Work Day and new member processing day. Anyone wishing to obtain this credential for shooting will be processed after new members are processed for their badges which is 11 AM nominally. Please consult the Chapter Calendar to determine the next Saturday date on which you might obtain this new credential. You may access the Chapter Calendar directly by using the menu at the upper left of this page. Summarizing, the special schedule for members to obtain their ID badge has ended. The regular schedule will now take over. (updated: March 30, 2014)

    New Chapter Newsletter Editor: Be advised that the Fredericksburg-Rappahannock Isaac Walton League Chapter has a new editor for our Newsletter. Please send all newsletter input to Drake Riggins. His email address is: (posted: February 4, 2014)
    Now on Sale at the Chapter! Coupon Book for Fredericksburg Attractions and Restaurants! This is one of our Chapter fundraising projects this year. Get your book at Chapter Membership Meetings 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. It is valid through the end of December 2014. Get one now while there are still some remaining. To get yours, contact either Greg Raines, (540) 287-2628 or email: or Bob Dowling (540) 972-7127 or email: . Just ask either of us when you see us and we will get one for YOU! Better yet... buy extras as gifts! (updated: April 4, 2014)
    Gate combination changed:  The gate lock combination has been changed as of February 1, 2014. Please look at the back of your recently issued Membership Card to obtain your new combination. Also, the password for the "Member Login" tab on the web site has been changed accordingly. (posted: February 2, 2014)
    New Events: Please access the Upcoming Events page to learn the details about several just announced Chapter events. (posted: February 1, 2014)
    See information concerning the Chapter Honey Bee Keeping Initiative on the Conservation page. (posted: January 5, 2014)
    The 2013 National Convention held July 23-25, 2013 was a great success! Thanks to all that participated. See pictures from the event on the Fredericksburg-Rappahannock chapter Facebook page. (posted: July 29, 2013)
    See pictures from our June 1, 2013 Chapter Membership Family Picnic on the Picnic Picture page. (posted: June 4, 2013)
    The Chapter Calendar is always available online. 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 . (updated: April 4, 2014)