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December draft Membership Meeting Minutes have been Posted for Review by Chapter Members  (posted December 7, 2016) 

Go here to access and read the draft minutes for the December member meeting,  These will be offered for membership ratification at the January 2017 membership meeting.

Also note that the November minutes were read and ratified at the December meeting and those minutes and many others are also found in the same Member Only location.

Check out Two Presentations at December's Membership Meeting  (posted December 5, 2016)

See Chapter Meeting web page.

Beware the Beavers (and more pointedly, the Traps) (posted December 5, 2016)

Art was at the Chapter today looking for any signs of beavers and their destructive activity.  If he notices any he will place traps where the beaver trails go into the pond.  These placements are in the water and will be marked by a blue ribbon on a tree closest to the trap.  Member's and guests are cautioned to walk their dogs on leashes whenever there is a chance the dog will enter the water.  The grest danger is on the back side of the pond beyond the wooden bridge and near the shoreline all the way around to the east side of the pond opposite where the bridge exists and near the beaver  huts which will possible have exposed entrances now that the water level is a couple feet below normal.

Beware the Mud Flats  (posted December 5, 2016)

Evryone should be aware that the pond is being lowered for several months to be able to conduct some major renovation around the perimeters near the dam and between the wood lines on bioth sides of the dam.  This has exposed large expanses of shoreline and wide flats of water logged soil and muck.  Be careful going out on this newly exposed soil as it is very muddy and possibly deep enough to make it very difficult to extricate yourself if you get sucked into the bog.  Also, the boat ramp could be a real problem as you need to back your trailer further into the pond to launch your boat.  This might place your vehicle in jeopardy of getting stuck in the exposed mud flats.  Also, there is a dramatic drop off beyond the noraml launch point.  If you back the boat in too far your trailer may go off that drop off and there is no telling how badly you might get stuck in the boat ramp area.  It is suggested that you very careful and maybe wait until the pond has returned to full pool in the spring before launching a boat with a trailer.

Events for the Week of December 4 and Our Next Chapter Work Day on January 7  (updated Cecember 5, 2016)

  • Tuesday, December 6, 6:30 PM, Chapterhouse, Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing Mtg. - Contact - Dick Barnett - 703 795 4290,
Special Reminder - On Sunday, November 6, 2 am, Clocks were set back one hour to revert to Eastern Standard Time.  Simultaneously, range hours were shortened.  The firearms ranges close at 4 pm.  Range officers are enforcing strictly. See range rules.
Next Work Day, Saturday, January 7
  • Saturday, January 7, Grounds Maintenance Tasks begin at 8:00 AM
  • Saturday, January 7, 9 am, Prospective Member Interviews and New Member Orientation at Chapterhouse
  • Saturday, January 7, 9:30 AM to 12 noon, Next scheduled 2016 All-in-one Badge issue at the Chapterhouse  (new Membership year will be starting soon; come and get your current membership card before it expires)
No other events are presently planned however it is always prudent to check with the official Chapter Calendar for any last minute changes.


Trout season opened Monday, Nov 7th at the IWLA Pond! Catch Limit Adjusted (Updated November 20, 2016)

The Chapter and Project Healing Waters have pooled resources to stock the Chapter pond for the fishing pleasure of members and their guests only. Because of the introduction of the fish the Chapter pond will be CLOSED to ALL fishing from Thursday morning, November 3rd until Monday morning, November 7th.  Starting on Monday morning, November 7th, members and guests may enjoy the sport fishing but must abide by the following rules:
  1. Members may bring guests to the Chapter to fish, however, members are allowed no more than two guests per member per day.
  2. No other people, particularly groups (families, church, Scouts, etc.) using the Chapter grounds for any purpose, are allowed to fish from the pond.
  3. No trout are to be released back into the pond; in other words there is no "Catch-and-Release" for any trout caught.  The one exception to the rule for trout is for fly fishermen using small barbless hooks, nets and a "no touch" catch and release technique.  Note: Bass are to be released as always.
  4. There is a limit to the catch for trout and it has been increased from 3 to 4 on November 20 --- each fisherman/woman may take a total of four trout per day.  After you have caught your fourth trout, you must discontinue all fishing of every kind for the day.
  5. Please do not litter.  Clean up all trash, including power bait, bait containers, bags, fishing line, etc. 
  6. Joe Webb would like a report from any member that has taken trout from the pond. Just send him an email at joegwebb@yahoo.com and let him know the total number of trout taken by you and any guest(s).
Thank you for your consideration,  Joe.

Clay Pigeon Thrower is Again Functioning (updated November 26, 2016)

The clay pigeon thrower is again functioning.  Remember, depending on where you position yourself when working with the thrower, if you do not know what you are doing, this electromechanically actuated arm on this device can injure seriously or kill a user! The throwing arm never needs to be manually forced into any position for storage.  There is a a procedure for shutting the thrower down properly. The procedure is posted mid-way down on the Faciities page Please read the instructions and configure the machine properly when starting and completing use.  Please be careful and respectful of the equipment.

Attractions Book 2016 - The Coupon Book for Fredericksburg Attractions, Retail Stores, Super Markets and Restaurants (updated November 8, 2016)

The leftover and unsold 2016 ATTRACTIONS books were returned to the supplier.  Because the books did not sell well this year, the Attractions book will not be offered in 2017.

Opening Day Fishing (Posted November 8, 2016)

A fine looking fish

Pretty nice looking catch!

Tight parking on opening day
Tight parking on opening day!

State Chapter Invites Virginia Chapters to Participate (Posted October 14, 2016)

Barbara Pritchett attended the Virginia State Division Meeting on October 1, 2016 at the Alexandria Chapter. She reported at our October meeeting that the newly hired National Clean Water Director, Danielle Donkersloot spoke at the Division Meeting about a new Clean Water Campaign being launched by the National Chapter. Danielle is very knowledgeable in her field and very excited to begin this position. She will be working with the State and regional Chapters to provide information regarding Clean Water and Save our Stream Projects. Barbara also reported that the State Division passed a motion to purchase up to $10,000 in water testing kits. Each individual chapter may receive one of these kits free and may purchase additional kits from the State Division at a reduced price. The state will continue to purchase the kits in a large supply in order to keep prices down for the Chapters. There will be more to learn about our participation in this activity soon.  In the meantime, you can access the information on this revitalized Save Our Streams effort published by the National Headquarters.

2017 Membership Renewal  (updated October 22, 2016)

The 2017 Membership Renewal forms were prepared on Sunday morning, October 2, by a small group of volunteers and were taken to the Post Office on October 3.  Members should all have received their envelope on or around October 6, Thursday.  If you do not receive an envelope for renewal of your 2017 membership to the Izaak Walton League of America, something is amiss and you should contact Sandy Stanford by simply dropping him an email at stanfolr@comcast.net to let him know that we have somehow missed you.
This year, for the first time ever, you will not receive anything back in the mail from the Chapter after you pay your dues.  You have your permanent membership all-in-one card and it will remain in effect for another year upon your remittance of the 2017 dues.  Your card will be extended for an additional 12 months and the gates will continue to open for you.  You will not need to come to the Chapter for any reason related to renewal.

Be sure to read the inserts along with your membership invoice.  There are two from the Chapter:
  1. The annual shooter's fee insert.  If this form applies to you, complete it and send along with your remittance.  If you shoot and are less than 65 years old then you should remit an additional $10 for each shooter's card that you possess.  If you are 65 or older then you have hit the jackpot and may shoot for only your membership fee.  If you decide to shoot and have not been a shooter before you must remit your fee and come to the Chapter on work day to exchange your regular membership ID for a shooter's ID.  You are not allowed to shoot without a shooter's ID.  Likewise if you decide to not continue as a shooter, you must exchange your badge for a regular membership badge.  Your shooter's ID will be deactivated on December 31 and you will need to obtain a replacement all-in-one card.
  2. A membership renewal facts insert.  Very important information is included on this insert as we have discontinued postal mailings during the year except for the annual billing.  All information passed to membership is now passed only by electronic communication.
For your information and convenience the two Chapter inserts that are in your envelopes are replicated here:

            Shooter's fee insert.                                 Membership renewal facts insert.

Our Fish at the Chapter Pond are being Tagged and Tracked (posted September 1, 2016)

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.  Joe also announced that in partnership with the Chapter's Project Healing Waters Fly Fisherman Program the pond will again be stocked with rainbow trout this year.  This stocking will be done after the temperatures of the pond water have dropped to a safe level for survicval of the species.

The July 2016 Chapter Newsletter (posted August 10, 2016)

Look here for the July 2016 Chapter Newsletter

Chapter Dues for the Upcoming Year to Increase (updated August 31, 2016)

After a discussion of the changes in dues by both National and State Chapters which were set at the July National Convention, the Budget Committee recommended a dues increase for the Chapter. These increases were then subjected to a vote by the membership and the increases were accepted unanimously at the August Membership Meeting.  For the upcoming membership year the Chapter dues will be increased to $100 for Individual members and $150 for family memberships. The initiation fee will remain at $300 and the shooter fee will also remain at $10 (no fee for 65 years or older).  New members joining in October or later in 2016 will pay a prorated 2107 dues plus an additional 1/12th of the 2017 fee per month until December for individual and 1/12 of the 2017 fee for family for each month remaining in 2016 when accepted for membership.  The fees for memberships starting in October 2016 are therefore:

Individual

October $125
November $117
December $108
and all new members in January 2017 would be $100 until next October

Family
October  $188
November $175
December $163
and all new families in January 2017 would be $150 until next October

See National Convention Page for a Photo of our Virginia Delegation to the National Convention in July 2016 (posted July 27, 2016)


Volunteer Positions Available (posted August 5, 2016) 

Apiary (Bee Colony) Assistants
The caring for the bees is labor intensive and Jim Ashcraft indicates that his volunteer workforce has recently been reduced to himself and two others.  He needs some assistance with this conservation effort.  Those that are interested in bee keeping should contact Jim at jashcraft@comcast.net or Greg Raines at onehrdwkr@hotmail.com
 
Izaak Walton Logo Apparel Sales
Nikki Metternan is our lead for sales of Izaak Walton logo apparel (primarily shirts and hats).. Nikki is seeking someone that would be able to help her with these sales.  The task is primarily on the evening of memberhip meetings and monthly work days when members are at the Chapter and the Chapterhouse is open.  Anyone interested should contact Nikki at
nmetterman@gmail.com or Greg Raines at onehrdwkr@hotmail.com
We have received some new green shirts with yellow  Izaak Walton logos that will soon be available for purchase.

Fred Rapp Chapter Facebook Page
The Chapter is seeking a new administrator for the Chapter's Facebook page.  This element of our social outreach is meant to reach a wide audience to communicate the goals and objectives of our local organization.  If you are interested in ivesting a few hours a month in keeeping the site fresh and attractive contact Greg Raines at  onehrdwkr@hotmail.com



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


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:
http://kb.mailchimp.com/delivery/deliverability-research/about-gmail-tabs

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

 Lost and Found (reposted July 15, 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 newsletter@iwlafred-rapp.org describing your lost item and we will figure out a good time to get the item back to its proper owner.