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Chapter Grounds Closed for Annual Cub Scout Day Camp -- Grounds Closed from Monday morning to Friday evening, June 25-29, 2018  (updated June 24 , 2018 )

Each year the Chapter hosts a week long Cub Scout Day Camp on the Chapter grounds. And each year the grounds are closed during the Day Camp to allow full use of the property by the scouts. This year the scouts will be here each day from June 25 through the end of June 29. The ranges and other facilities, except those like the apiary which might need access for maintenance, are closed to member use.  Check your plans/schedules and plan accordingly.  
Note: The grounds will be open each day from 5 PM or AFTER the grounds are vacated by the cub scouts    The ranges (except range 2 which will be set up for scout BB gun shooting) may be used until 7 PM..

Events for the week of June 16 and Our Next Chapter Work Day on July 7  (Updated June 16, 2018)

Special Note:  Every Saturday from now until July 14 has been declared a special convention preparation work day.  Volunteers are requested to come out to the Chapter for tasks devoted towards preparation of the facility to host the National League's Convention Chapter Night Out.   These include some carpentry, some painting and some electrical.

Every Wednesday will be Mowing Day until the grass ceases to grow.  Weed whackers are needed to do the trimming of fence, pond edges, building and ranges.  Work starts early. Ranges will be closed while mowing or trimming is happening anywhere on the range.
  • Sunday, June 24, Cub Scout Day Camp equipment arrives, GROUNDS ARE OPEN TO Members.
  • Monday, June 25 to Friday, June 29, Cub Scout Day Camp, 8 AM to approx. 4:30 PM each day.  Grounds closed while scouts are on site.
  • Saturday, June 30, Special Work Day, 8:00 am until around noon. Firearms ranges closed until work is complete..  
  • Saturday, July 7, Work Day, see below for details.
  Next Monthly Work Day, Saturday, July 7 
  • Saturday, Grounds Maintenance Tasks begin at 8:00 AM.
  • Saturday, Adopt-a-highway, Meet at porch at around 8:30 AM.  
  • Saturday, 9 am, Prospective Member Interviews and New Member Orientation at Chapterhouse 
  • Saturday, 9:30 AM to 12 noon,  Next scheduled All-in-one Badge issue at the Chapterhouse for new members and those members that have never had a photo ID issued
Note: Firearms ranges closed until workday is complete.
No other events are presently planned however it is always prudent to check with the official Chapter Calendar for any last minute changes

Summer has Begun But When will the Rain End? (Posted June  22,  2018 )  

Summer has started which makes us question what happened to spring.  With our recent grounds renovation near the Darrell Ferrell Pavilion and planting of grass seed I think too many people have been doing rain dances.  As I sit in my house my rain gauge has recorded 7.5 inches of rain in the past 24 hours and it is still raining heavily.  Joe Webb and Dirk Talley went to the Chapter this morning to check the status of the grounds and pond. Indeed the water is high and Joe reports it probably is as high as he has seen it.  The primary spillway (concrete) was working at capacity as was the normal drain through the dam.  Even the secondary (emergency) spillway on the east side of the dam was overtopping and flowling lots of water into the area of the culvert under the access road near range 3.  All systems and emergency features are working and probably at capacity  Here are a few photos.  We need for the rain to stop and the sun to return to dry the property for our Cub Scout Day camp next week.  But do not wish the rain will end as usually this time of year it seems to stop for a couple of months and we need some precipitation to keep our new grass growing.

Water over the pier                Pond Level Gauge

        Flow along base of dam    Secondary (emergency) dam overflow (eastern side of dam)


An existing but neglected Memorial has been Renovated and Enhanced in latest Special Work Day Project. (Posted June  16,  2018 )

A project conceived by Director Jim Rector and approved by the Chapter Board came to completion today with the addition of stone and a wrought iron fence around a Chapter memorial that was located inside the small grove of cedar trees just inside the entrance to the grounds.  The memorial is to the founding members of the Fredericksburg-Rappahannock Chapter of the Izaak Walton League of America.  The two founders honored are Mr. Downey and Dr. Bob.  The next step is to develop a little more insight into the time of the founding and the identities of other founding members.  Our Chapter historian will be creating the background information about the beginnings of our Chapter.  Next time you are out at the Chapter take a look at the work that was accomplished over the past several weeks in enhancing /beatifying the memorial.

Cedar Grove at EntranceSide view of memorial


 Close in view

Convention Planning Status Meeting, July 10  (Posted June  9,  2018 )

The final planning meetingfor the Convention is scheduled for July 10, 2018 at 7 PM at the Chapterhouse for all Convention worker/volunteers.   Your participation and support is needed to help make the Convention we are hosting a success..

See the News Tab for Several Recent  "News" events  (Posted June  22,  2018 )


Article in REC Monthly Publication Features the Apiary  (posted June 3, 2018 )

In an article that appears in the June issue of the Rappahannock Electric Cooperative News the Chapter's apiary is featured.  In an REC program called The Power of Change our Chapter was the beneficiary of a $3000 grant in aid from its foundatioin to maintain the efforts of our apiary volunteers in bringing back the bees in the area surrounding the Chapter.  Kudos to Jim Ashcraft who led the effort in establishing our apiary, the volunteers who keep things in working order and to Tim McArtor for approaching REC for this beneficial grant for 2018.  Read more about the Power of Change as it is a very good program that benefits the members of the cooperative. Consider enrolling in this simple charitable strategy.


Adopt-a-Highway Revised Schedule (updated June 16, 2018 )

July Adopt-a-Highway is canceled.  We are going to schedule a roadside trash pick up each workday August until October so we are sure to have enough week-ends to meet our allocated numbers of pick ups.  So, our next scheduled pick-up is scheduled for August 4.

Draft Membership Meeting Minutes for June have been Posted for Review by Chapter Members  (posted June 10, 2018)

Go to the Member Login page to access and read the draft minutes for the recent membership meeting,  These will be offered for membership ratification at the next monthly  membership meeting.

Also note that last months minutes were read and ratified at the recent meeting and those minutes and many others are also found in the same Member Only web location

New soil around pond has been tilled, hydroseeded and has had first mowing (Updated June 9, 2018)

We request that all remain off the seeded areas until the soil has settled and the the grass develops a good stand.  It is likely to take a month while the seed germinates and grows until it can be mowed for the first time. The areas to be avoided are cordoned off by yellow caution tape.  Update: the new stand of grass had its frist mowing this morning at the June work day.   It took from May 12 until toady for the seed to germinate and grow nearly knee high. 

Work Day Activity, June 9, 2018 (Posted June 9, 2018)

On June 9, a good number of the Chapter membership came out early to support the effort to prepare the facility for next month's event at the Chapter for the National  Convention's Chapter Night Out. on the evening of July 19.   The parking lot was filled The lot was filled with vehicles, trees were trimmed, weeds and grass were whacked,the new stand of grass had its first mowing,  trim wood and siding that were rotted were replaced, cedar and apple tree trimmings were chipped (mulched), new members were oriented, All-in-One badges issued, new member interviewed and hot dogs were consumed. Thanks to all the members that answered the call for assistance.  We got lots of work done and most said they had fun doing it.
Feeding the chipper Chipping the wood

Planning the next step


Work Day Activity May 5, 2018 (Posted May 6, 2018)

See a description for activities on the latest workday, May 5 with some photos.


See Conservation page for the latest Adopt-a-Highway report  (posted May 6, 2018 )


June 2018 New Members  (posted June 9, 2018 )

New Members June 2018

L to R  John "Clay" Blakenship, Darrell Hoskins, and Justin Hoskins

May 2018 New Members (posted May 6, 2018 )

May 2018 New Member Inductees

L to R: Pamela and Phillip Cole, Victor Roberts, Matthew Philpott and Robert Hopkins
We welcome our newest IKES!

Earth Day at Old Mill Park on April 21  (updated May 3, 2018 )

Earth Day was celebrated from 11 AM to 4 PM.  The Chapter ran the barrel train during the event and staff its information tent for outreach.   See a photo report on the Events page.

Earth Day at Fort  A. P. Hill on April 26 (posted May 3, 2018 )

Each year the Chapter participates in the annual celebration of Earth Day at Fort A. P. Hill. Greg and Mike Sullivan made the trek this year.  See a photo report on the Events page.

New Communications Capability at Our Chapter   (updated May 6, 2018 )

The long awaited change from our previous Internet supplier to Comcast Business has been accomplished.  We now have a high speed Internet, TV and telephone.  If you want to access wifi at the Chapter you may use our guest access network line by setting up your device to receive the signal (you may find the credentials in the Member Only Login page). This access was fixed on May 6 so now it should work easily for all.

Our new phone number, accessible at phone boxes outside the Chapterhouse, at the tool shed and a remote phone in the kitchen, is 540-412-9330.  You can make outgoing and incoming calls.  The bell does not riing loudly for incoming calls outside and if no one is close by do not rely on it being answered if it is an emergency.  The previous phone service was limited to outgoing 911 and was "copper wire"; this new phone is VOIP and can be used for any local dialing which is especially useful for those members that do not have good cell phone service at the Chapter.

Special Collection of Protein Items for Deployed Service Members (updated May 1, 2018

The Blue Star Mothers of Fredericksburg are collecting items for Care Packages being sent to deployed service members in June. IWLA members can support this effort by bringing individual serving sized portions of Beef Jerky, Slim Jims, or other protein items to the April, May and June Chapter Membership Meetings. For more information on the Care Packaging and other items being collected please contact IWLA Member and Blue Star Mother President, Nicole Pappas at bsmva4@gmail.com, or phone 540-755-0078.

Archery Instructor Training Offered (posted April 27, 2018 )

See upcoming events for details and a link to the course description and registration for This event is part of National Convention week hosted by our Chapter.

The First Quarter 2018 Newsletter Published (posted April 19, 2018)

Find it on the News Web Page

Newseletter editor sought:  Rod Jacobson has capably edited the last 5 quarters of our newsletter.  He has taken a new position and schedule at his airline and hisfree time has been limited. We are seeking someone that is interested in taking over the editing of the Newsletter from Rod.  If you are interested please send me an email and let me know -- Jim Lloyd at newsletter@iwlafred-rapp.org. 

Danger Notice!!  Raven Clay Pigeon Thrower  (Posted April 17, 2018)

On range 4 is a clay thrower that is stored in the large green box that is locked by a combination lock.. Only those that have been trained are allowed the combination and access.  On the Facilities tab near the bottom there is a Raven Clay Thrower manual of operation.  It is linked here for your convenience. Always work on the thrower from the left side and to the rear of the thrower and outside the swing arc of the throwing arm. Please review the instructions and be sure you understand the steps for preparing, operating and storage of the thrower.  Users are performing the incorrect steps in using the equipment.  The electrical leads have been damaged several times over the past year.  The throwing arm is being jammed/forced into the wrong position as users seem to think that the safety pin needs to be inserted when the arm is in line with the main structure of the frame at the 6 o'clock position.  The safety pin is inserted only when the arm is left naturally after the last pigeon is thrown and the power removed.  Looking from behind the thrower out to the range the arm will naturally end up being in about the 7 or 8 o'clock position.  Do not force it into any other position.(see step 3 in the procedure to understand that the throwing arm is not in line with the structure of the thrower and the pin is inserted in front of the arm.  The arm moves in a counter-clockwise direction.  The pin prevents the arm from reaching the cocked position at the back of the thrower.  The pin is never inserted behind the throwing arm.)    Disconnect the power leads to the large terminals of the battery but do not disconnect the charging circuit from the solar panel.  (see step 2 and step 6 of the procedure to note how solar leads should remain connected and never removed.  The power leads (larger wires) are attached to the larger terminals of the battery when operating the unit and removed when ready to stow the unit.) Remember: Red goes to positive and black to negative poles.  If you do not understand these procedures do not operate this thrower as any deviation from the procedure has the potential to serously injure you. Remember: Never set up for use with anyone to the right or front of the thrower.  Always work from the left side of the thrower (archery range side of the thrower). Seek instruction from a range officer that knows how to operate the unit and if one is unavailable, call either Jamie Branham or Sandy Stanford to arrange a lesson.  Their contact information can be found in the Contact tab of the web site

Our Chapter Apiary is in the Local News (posted April 15, 2018 ) 

See article

Chapter Awarded Monetary Grant from Rappahannock Electric Cooperative (posted March 28, 2018 ) 

See the Conservation tab for more information.

Spanish Speaking Person Sought

Greg Raines indicated at the March Membership Meeting that the VA Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (VDGIF) is asking for volunteer Spanish interpreters for a class they will be holding for children.  Anyone interested may contact Greg at 540-287-2628  (A text message works best).

PHWFF Second Quarter Newsletter (posted April 7, 2018)

The Fly Fishermen have issued their second newsletter which outlines the fishing and flytieing activities for the recent months.

2018 Wild Game Dinner  (posted March 18, 2018)

The Chapter house was turned into a dining hall on March 17 for the 2018 Wild Game Dinner.  Members gathered to share an evening of comradery and shared food dishes. With the pond being so low this year we were not able to share one of the favorites of recent years... beaver stew.  We did have a winderful dish of wild goose.  No, it was not one of the locals that populate the Chapter's pond.  Everyone filled their plates and most went back for more before sharing desserts.

Food table.Wild Game Participants


We Now Have a Work Van for Facility Maintainance Chores  (posted March 18, 2018)

Utikity van driver sideThanks to the efforts of one of our members, we have a vehicle that we can use for chores around the Chapter and to support our activities off-site. The Chevrolet E3500 van looks and runs like new and was donated to the Chapter by Dominion Electric.  The decals were added so that we can be visible in our community and project our image of Conservation and community service.  The van will become very useful in July when we need to transport cargo to the site of the National Convention we are hosting in Fredericksburg.

Utility van passenger side   

National Chapter Warns of Possible "SCAM" Email  (Posted February 6, 2018)

On February 5, the national headquarters of the Izaak Walton League issued a warning on their Facebook page about an email "scam"  being sent to League members. I re-posted the information on the Chapter Facebook page for any of our followers to see.  National HQ said the following:

"League members and leaders: If you receive an email claiming to be a "vital update" from the IWLA national headquarters, please delete it immediately. It is not from League staff or anyone associated with the League."  

At least one of our Chapter members has reported receiving a message meeting this description.  Delete the message without opening it or identify it as a SPAM message.

Honey Still Available   (Updated May 1, 2018)

The apiary has produced an abundance of honey this season.  A total of 213 pounds of honey has been extracted from the hives as a result of the dedication and hard work of our apiary volunteer work force.  At the Membership meeting on Thursday evening there will be one pound bottles of honey available for Members.  A minimum donation of $10 is suggested to claim your bottle.  Please see Ralph Kinch to claim your honey.   Come to the Chapter on the first Thursday evening Membership Meeting or Saturday Work Day and let one of the ChapterBoard members know you want some honey.

Chapter Wins Efficiency Award  (See News)  (posted October 21, 2017)


Project Healing Waters Social Media Sites  (Posted August 3, 2017)

Members may learn more about Project Healing Waters by accessing the web sites at http://www.projecthealingwaters.org/programs/locations/virginia/   or the more detailed information on the Fredericksburg Facebook page of Project Healing Waters 

Archery Ranges (posted June 15, 2017)

Members are reminded that the Manahoac Bowmen organization operates an archery range which is inside the woods beyond the flag pole on the west side of the pond.  No IWLA member is allowed to use that range for archery purposes without the permission and guidance of the Manahoac Bowmen.  There is a series of ranges for use by IWLA members to the right of the Bowmen's building.  It is situated between the Shotgun Range and the Bowmen's building.  There are several shooting lanes of varying distance for targets primarily for arrows with field points.  Archers shall not be using broadhead arrow tips on any target not designed for their use.  If you are not familiar with this prohibition please reference the Chapter's range rules.  If you do not understand the basis for the requirement, do not shoot broadhead arrows without consulting someone in charge of the Manahoac Bowmen organization. Shooting broadhead arrows at targets meant for field points damages the targets severely. Broadhead arrows are razor sharp and designed to rip and tear flesh.  If shot into a target meant for field points they can easily break off and present a very severe hazard to anyone left with the task of repairing the targets.  Violators of this prohibition will be severely penalized.  Again, do not use broadhead arrows unless you know what you are doing.  The person or persons that shot these arrows into field targets obviously did not know what they were doing or were maliciously/willingly damaging property.  Please direct any questions about the archery ranges and range requirements to Eugene Slagle at eugeneslagle@gmail.com.  You can obtainin additional information about the bowmen organization at their web page.

Do You Plan to Host an Event at the Chapter?  (updseted April 2, 2018)

The Chapter is an amazing asset if any member want to host an event on the premises.  If you have an intent to host a group, make sure you do some advance planning and contact the Chapter's Event Planner, Greg Raines.  Earlier in May, we updated the Chapter's House and Ground Rules and at the same time established a requirement for anyone desiring the use of the Chapter to access, download, read and complete the Request for Use of Chapter Premises.  This document outlines requirements for use, releases the Chapter from liability and assures the requester the full knowledge of the Chapter's expectations.  The document can always be found midway on the Facilities page.  Please submit your completed application to Greg Raines well in advance of the anticipated use so that you are assured of permission to use and no conflicts with other events.  Always look at the Chapter Calendar when planning.

Assured Access to Advanced Health Care Directives  (posted April 6, 2017)

At the April Chapter Membership Meeting, George Lear reported to the membership the existence of a service that the Commonwealth of Virginia provides to its citizens.  This service is a secure website that can be used to store important documents that protect your legal rights and ensure your medical wishes are honored if you are incapacitated and unable to manage your own care.  The database of Advance Directives at this website is held in a confidential and secure site, protected by the most up-to-date web and database security standards. All information submitted is used only by authorized individuals and kept completely confidential. If you are interested in learning more about this service you can obtain all the information and subscribe by linking here.

Member Login site -- Passcode changed (posted March 3, 2018)

Members are advised that the passcode for the Member Login site was changed in early March 2018.  If you try to login with the code you have been using in 2017 and cannot gain access you will know that the code has been changed.  Members that are on distribution for email from the Chapter received an email blast sometime on March 3.  If you are not on distribution for email, request you be added by either using the method located in Member Login.  If you miss this opportunity in the next few hours, send an email request to newsletter@iwlafred-rapp.org.  Be sure to include your name and the email address you want to receive your email. 

Free Money for the Chapter (posted February 11, 2017)

If any of our members (or anyone else for that matter) shop using Amazon, it takes just a few adjustments of your account to have the Amazon company donate a percentage of the sale to the account of the Fred-Rapp Chapter at no cost to the member.  The percentage is small but just in the last quarter the Chapter has earned nearly $10 through this no cost feature of Amazon.  See our Donations tab for access to the steps to make this happen for the benefit of the Chapter. Or learn more about Amazon Smiles and how to use this feature by clicking here.

Lost and Found (reposted May 1, 2018)

Several items have been found at the Chapterhouse:
  • A set of small keys

  • A very nice electronic camera found at the Chapter several years ago.
  • A pink, black, and blue woman's scarf left in Chapterhouse on December 5, 2015
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.


Our Fish at the Chapter Pond are being Tagged and Tracked (updated May 14, 2018)

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. 

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