December draft Membership Meeting Minutes have been
Posted for Review by Chapter Members (posted
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
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
Beware the Beavers (and more pointedly, the Traps) (posted December
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
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.
for the Week of December 4 and Our Next Chapter Work Day
on January 7 (updated
- Tuesday, December 6, 6:30 PM, Chapterhouse, Project Healing
Waters Fly Fishing Mtg. -
Contact - Dick Barnett - 703 795 4290,
- On Sunday,
November 6, 2 am,
Clocks were set back one hour
to revert to Eastern Standard Time. Simultaneously, range hours
shortened. The firearms ranges close at 4 pm. Range
enforcing strictly. See range rules
Next Work Day, Saturday, January 7
- Saturday, January 7, Grounds Maintenance Tasks begin at
- Saturday, January 7, 9 am, Prospective Member
and New Member Orientation at Chapterhouse
- Saturday, January 7, 9:30 AM
to 12 noon, Next scheduled
All-in-one Badge issue at the Chapterhouse (new Membership year
will be starting soon; come and get your current membership card before
other events are
presently planned however it is always prudent to check with the
official Chapter Calendar
any last minute changes.
Trout season opened Monday, Nov 7th at the IWLA Pond! Catch
Limit Adjusted (Updated
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
- Members may bring guests to the Chapter to fish, however,
members are allowed no more than two guests per member per day.
- No other people, particularly groups (families,
church, Scouts, etc.) using the Chapter grounds for any
purpose, are allowed to fish from the pond.
- 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.
- 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.
- Please do not litter. Clean up all trash, including
power bait, bait containers, bags, fishing line, etc.
- Joe Webb would like a report from any member that has taken
trout from the pond. Just send him an email at email@example.com
and let him know the total number of trout taken by you and any
you for your consideration, Joe.
Pigeon Thrower is Again Functioning
November 26, 2016)
clay pigeon thrower is again functioning.
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
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
Pretty nice looking catch!
Tight parking on opening day!
State Chapter Invites Virginia Chapters to Participate (Posted
Barbara Pritchett attended the Virginia State Division Meeting on
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
Membership Renewal (updated October
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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:
- 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.
- 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:
renewal facts insert
Our Fish at the Chapter Pond are being Tagged and Tracked (posted September 1,
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
for the July 2016 Chapter Newsletter
Chapter Dues for the Upcoming Year to Increase (updated August
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
and all new members in January 2017 would be $100 until next October
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
Volunteer Positions Available (posted August
Apiary (Bee Colony)
The caring for the bees is labor intensive and Jim
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 email@example.com
or Greg Raines at firstname.lastname@example.org
Izaak Walton Logo
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
or Greg Raines at email@example.com
We have received some new green shirts with yellow Izaak Walton
logos that will soon be available for purchase.
Fred Rapp Chapter
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Flag Retirement Ceremony (posted
June 20, 2016)
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.
Problems Receiving Chapter Email? Do you use Gmail? (posted May 6,
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
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
Several items have been found at the Chapterhouse:
- A pair of Foster Grant reading glasses left November 14
during the Project Healing Waters Benefit event
- A very nice electronic camera found at the Chapter maybe a
- A pink, black, and blue woman's scarf left in Chapterhouse
on December 5
Send an email to email@example.com
describing your lost item and we
will figure out a good time to get the item back to its proper owner.