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Flash Notice about the Wine Festival (updated September 29, 2015)
The Wine Festival has been re-scheduled to the following week-end (Oct 10 and 11) due to the forecast weather for this weekend.Saturday and Sunday (October 3 and 4)
Sat. Oct. 10th - Volunteers need to be there at 9 am
Sunday Oct. 11th - Volunteers need to be there at 9:30 am.

Events for the Week of October 4
(updated October 4, 2015)

  • The Wine Festival has been re-scheduled to the following week-end (Oct 10 and 11) due to the forecast weather for this weekend.Saturday and Sunday (October 3 and 4) Parking concession and Chapter Outreach (Display tent) for the Fredericksburg Wine Festival at Celebrate Virginia Live.  Use VolunteerSpot at Member Login page to sign up.
  • No other events are presently planned however it is always prudent to check with the official Chapter Calendar for any last minute changes.

Trapper Training at the Chapter on October 3  (posted October 8, 2015)

A few photos of the event:

Membership Renewal Notices for 2016 Were Dropped in the Mail on September 17 (updated September 20, 2015)

The 2016 membership renewal forms and shooter's fee payment slips were mailed out  to members after a 21 volunteer-hour session of envelope stuffing at the Chapterhouse.  An email reminder was sent to members to provide more details on Saturday September 19.

Expect the envelope in your mailbox soon.  Read the few instructions, enter the information if you (and your spouse) are shooters on the shooter's form, total the renewal fee and enclose a check made out simply to IWLA for that total.  Remove the sticker on the pink portion of the renewal form and affix to the envelope along with first class postage.  Place the pink copy only, the check and the shooter's form inside the envelope  and return as soon as possible but before the end of December.

Any envelope not post marked by December 31 will need to add a $20 late fee to the total.  After January 31, membership will lapse and you will need to re-apply as if you were a brand new member ($300 initiation, your renewal fees and a 20 hour service requirement).   Pay close attention to this renewal process.  If you do not receive a renewal envelope soon please call or email Sandy Stanford and tell him now that something is amiss.   Do not wait until your penalties start mounting.

Work party at Chapterhouse
Photo shows the group assembling and sealing renewal envelopes on September 17.

FRILS Pistol Shoot Scheduled for October. (posted September 20, 2015)

Pistol Shoot remains on schedule for October 16,  See the Lady Shooter's page for further information about FRILS and this final organized event of this season for the FRILS.

RSVP Required Hike Hunter's Island on Saturday October 17 (updated September 20, 2015)

Captain John Smith, exploring the Rappahannock River in 1608, met at its fall line a hail of arrows from native fishermen.   Retrace this event without the arrows.

See more information in Announcements.  Please inform/RSVP Greg Raines that you want to attend if you have not already as the arrangements for the logistics is based on the numbers attending. Hint: You cannot get to the site without a short canoe transport. Do not be left high and dry because you have no reservation.

Your Chapter Officers/Directors - for September 2015 to September 2016 (posted September 3, 2015)

 At the Chapter membership meeting on Thursday evening, September 3, the officials elected last month were formally inducted into their new officer positions. Former Fred Rapp Chapter president, Steve Kotowski assisted our organization with conducting the induction process in accordance with the bylaws of the Fred-Rapp Chapter. The following officers and board directors were inducted: president - Greg Raines, vice president - Herbert Pritchett, secretary - Barbara Pritchett, and treasurer- Ralph Kinch. Also, two board directors were elected to 2-year terms of office - Darrell Schultz and Terry Fellinger, a director for membership - Sandy Stanford and an open director position for 1 year - Jimmy Miles.  Congratulations to the new officials that will be leading the Chapter for the next organizational year that began on September 1, 2015. The new management team has been listed in the Contact Page.

September draft Membership Meeting Minutes have been Placed in the Member Login web page (posted September 8, 2015) 

Go here to access the minutes to read,  These will be read and ratified at the October meeting.

Photo Slide-Show of Trenching Operations at Mid-day Tuesday, August 18  (posted: August 20, 2015)

It was about at this point in the trenching (somewhere near noon) that we were all wondering if this project would ever end!

New Volunteer Opportunity (posted: August 14, 2015)

Parking concession and Chapter Outreach (Display tent) for the Fredericksburg Wine Festival on the week-end of October 3 and 4, 2015.  A VolunteerSpot can now be found at the Member Login page to make it easy to get on the volunteer list. This is an easy way for new members to meet other members and fulfill the service hour commitment while aiding the Chapter balance sheet.

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: . 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.

Eagle Scout Project to Improve Chapter Capability for Flag Retirement Ceremonies (posted July 28, 2015)

One of the Boy Scouts has as his Eagle Scout Project the improvement of the Chapter's capability for supporting our periodic Flag Retirement Ceremony.  Noah Domikis, the Eagle Scout candidate is in Chapter member Dennis Dietz' troop 835 and has set up a Go Fund Me link where members might review what he is doing and possibly contribute to the success of his project. This project is in line with our Strateic Plan for support to our youth, in this case the Boy Scouts of America, as well as the improvement of our chapter grounds. Take a look at the linked description and objectives for this project!

Email Reminders  (posted July 28, 2015)

Are you receiving email from the Fred Rapp Chapter?  We send out at least 4 a month more or less.  If you are not receiving any and want to receive them go to the special feature in the Member Login area that helps you either manage your subscription or to subscribe if not or, if you have problems, send a note to and let me know that you want to be added to the list or you want to change your email address.  If anyone wants not to receive the email, there is a feature on the bottom of every email sent that allows you to request your name be unsubscribed.  You can also change your email address from a separate feature at the bottom of every email that is sent.  There are lots of ways to manage how you get your email reminders from the chapter.

The Best of News From Pierre, South Dakota!  (Posted July 17, 2015) 

We have received three pieces of good news from the National Convention (per phone call from Herbert Pritchett this morning).
  1. Our Chapter was selected to host the National Convention again in 2018! The dates are July 17-20.
  2. Our Chapter received for this year a Grant for $5,000 for our Bee Conservation project.
  3. One of our Chapter members, Patty Nunn, was elected to the Endowment Board.
These achievements reflect how highly our Chapter is held in regard among its peers.  Hosting the national Convention is an honor and allows our Chapter to showcase its leadership in conservation and how we support the ideals of the Izaak Walton League.  Each year the national endowment fund of the League, which is managed by a separate corporation from the League, provides loans and grants for worthwhile projects submitted.  These annual grants are from the interest earned by the endowment and total less than $100 thousand nation-wide.  For our Chapter to be awarded $5000 is an achievement that reflects well on the conservation choices made by our board of directors.  Consequently, the grant allows greater flexibility for the Chapter to invest additional resources into our facility that might not heve been possible otherwise.  And finally, to have a member of our Chapter recognized for her capabilities and leadership by being elected to the nine member national Izaak Walton League's endowment board is an honor for the person and also reflects highly on our Chapter.  Congratulations to our president and vice president for leading us in these national level endeavors and congratulations to Patty Nunn for being recognized for her leadership and capabilities by her selection as a national endowment board director. Our representatives went with three major objectives of questionable chances of success and accomplished all three.  That is an incredible level of success.

Now, we all need to start thinking about ideas for the 2018 Convention with a goal to make it as good or better than the Convention we hosted in 2014..  It is not too soon.

Mark your calendar for a New Upcoming Event  (updated July 10, 2015 )

Virginia Trappers Association Regional Training Course for Trapping on October 3, 8 AM to 4 PM in the Darrell Ferrell Pavilion - 20 Trappers to attend. See further details at Upcoming Events.  Contact - Chapter Member Art Foltz -

Adopt-A-Highway Schedule Set for Remainder of the Year  (updated September 20, 2015)

Bill Hudson, our new leader for the Adopt a Highway Program has announced the remaining schedule for the program which must be conducted four times per year.  The remaining event for 2015 is scheduled for November 7.  See the Conservation tab for details.

Raven Clay Pigeon Thrower (posted May 25, 2015)

The Chapter installed a Raven Clay Pigeon Thrower on May 21 and it is ready for use.  It differs in operation from the previous model.  You can find instructions for the thrower by clicking here or by going to the Facilities page and scrolling down to near the end.

Honey Processing Facility Update  (updated September 30, 2015)

Inside and outside painting and exterior siding is completed. Now there is a need for outfitting the building.  For anyone that is renovating a kitchen with new cabinets and appliances, this would be an ideal purpose for the old materials and appliances being replaced.  We need the donation of the following: 
  • Kitchen wall cabinets
  • Kitchen floor cabinets
  • Counter tops
  • Laundry sink
If anyone has any material to donate please call Jim Ashcraft at 540-972-2038.
Steel Targets Banned from Use at Fred Rapp Chapter Ranges (posted May 4, 2015) Effective immediately, steel targets are banned from use at the Chapter Ranges. All permits for approved targets are revoked. The Range Rules have been updated to reflect this decision by the Board of Directors at their meeting earlier this evening, May 4, 2015.

Contact List Revised and Updated (posted: September 30, 2015)

The Chapter "Contact Us" list has been revised and updated to include the terms of Chapter officers and directors and add new volunteers to assignments.  The names of the officers for the Chapter year 2015-2016 have been updated.  A vacant box remains and is awaiting someone to become a Newsletter Editor.  Wouldn't you want to include your name on the web site and provide the Chapter with important assistance?

Volunteer Sought for a Vacant Position (Help Wanted) (updated July 25, 2015)

The Newsletter Editor position is once again vacant.  A volunteer member is sought to work closely with the Officers and Board of the Chapter to collect and publish a quarterly Chapter newsletter that provides details and ilustrations and photos of key events and accomplishments of the Chapter.  The ediitor will also collect hotographs from the various events (or possibly serve as an additional photographer) and work with the Facebook and Web site media managers to communicate events for which the Chapter has played a key role.  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.

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.

Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing (PHWFF) Program (posted February 5, 2015)
Earlier today the Chapter distributed an email to members explaining the purpose of the Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing Program. At the February 5 Membership meeting Dick Barnett gave a briefing on the elements of the program and the need for volunteers.  The membership voted to encourage new members to volunteer for this program and for hours worked to be used towards the 20 hour service requirement.  There is an immediate need for volunteers to work several shifts at the upcoming Bass Pro Spring Classic event on February 14 and 15 at the Bass Pro Shop in Ashland (Richmond) VA. If you are interested click here to download a copy of the sign-up form to help you identify where you would like to serve. Contact Dick Barnett at cell/text 703-795-4290 or email to let him know your desire to sign up.

Attention Geocachers (Updated June 16, 2015)
The Chapter would like to hold a geocache search during the Family Picnic on TBA. However, we need help in planning and setting it up! A seasoned Geocacher is sought to help out with this planned event.; please contact Pat Aubert at