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Note: Eastern Standard Time Begins at 2 AM, Sunday, November 2 (Posted: November 1, 2014) Firearms ranges will cease operation at 4 PM beginning on that day. See the Pistol, Rifle, and Shotgun Range Rules for details.
Chapter Bylaws Review by Members (5 Days remain) (updated: November 1, 2014) Go to the Member Login page (click on the menu block at the lower left corner of this page) to read details about the final stage of member review of the Chapter's bylaws. Log in using the instructions and the password which you will find on a sticker on the back of your membership card. When reading about the Bylaws you will find instructions regarding on how you may participate in the final ratification of these documents at the November 6 Membership Meeting at the Chapter Clubhouse.  Note: Apparently some (maybe all) are seeing another security screen when attampting to open a document after successfully entering the "Member Login" web page.  It is an anomaly that I have not been able to figure out how to avoid.  If this happens, simply use the same username "iwla" and passcode you used to enter the member login area and the document will open.  You need only do it once as the other documents seem to open without repeating the security sequence.  Sorry for the inconvenience.
Events for the Week of October 26 (updated October26, 2014)
  • Saturday, November 1, 2014, 8 AM to 5:00 PM, Hunter Safety Course at Clubhouse.  You must pre-register.  See additional information by clicking "Upcoming Events" to the left side of this page.
  • No other special events are presently planned however it is always prudent to check with the Chapter Calendar at the top of the menu at the left of this page for any last minute changes.

Facilities Web Page Revised (Posted: October 24, 2014)
The facilities web page has several new entries related to the speed limit on the facility, emergency response procedures and the existence of the bee hives (apiary) (and its attendent hazard to some).  Note also or review again the requirements established this year for wearing the Shooter's Badge when using the firearms ranges, the need to register guests when using the firearm's ranges and the installation of the new automatic gate with security keypad entry.  Also, for your information when using the firearms ranges is a file link to a new version of the paper insert containing the key safety rules when shooting and on the reverse side, emergency procedures if injured at the site.  This paper insert is designed to fold and carry with your IWLA membership card and Shooter's Badge.  Every member should download/print a copy for their wallet or badge holder if only for the emergency procedures it conveys.

Holiday Wreath Making Party: Sunday, December 7, 2014, 2:00 PM until 5:00 PM. (posted: October 22, 2014) Come and meet other IKE families! Bring the kids or the grandkids to make a Christmas wreath for your family! Please bring a garden clipper, pine boughs, and a treat to share for the party. We’ll provide forms, bow, and decorations for 1 wreath. Additional wreaths $5.00. Also, the kids can make peanut butter stuffed pinecones and string popcorn for the birds. Please RSVP to Pat Aubert at by Monday, December 1st.

You may also volunteer starting at noon by registering at the newly listed VolunteerSpot located inside the "Member Login" page. Click on the Member Login box at left side of this page and enter the member only area where you will see a VolunteerSpot icon for the Wreath Making Party.
November 8 Will be a Big Day at the Chapter (updated: October 16, 2014) 
  • At 8 AM, The regular work day activities scheduled at the Chapter grounds.
  • At 9 AM, Mike Sullivan will lead a group of volunteers to retrieve roadway trash from our assigned Adopt-A-Highway location (the group will convoy there). This will be the fourth and last of the year. To volunteer for work day activities/Adopt-a-Highway visit the VolunteerSpot icon located in the membership only area of the web site by clicking on the menu tab "Member Login" on the lower left of this page.
  • Also, at 9 AM, new members will be given their orientation and range safety briefing at the Clubhouse and a grounds tour.  Shooters will be issued their Shooter's Card.
  • Later at 11 AM in the clubhouse there will be a Dog Mart followup review and initial planning session for next year's 317th Dog Mart.
  • At 2 PM the Chapter will conduct a proper US Flag retirement ceremony at the Chapter grounds complete with active duty and veteran military, boy scouts and visiting local dignitaries.. 

A New Way to Earn Work Hours (updated: October 29, 2014)   It is Chapter membership renewal time and with more than 500 renewals to process by hand there will be a work party to open envelopes and process membership forms to forward to the National Organization. Come to the Chapterhouse next Sunday, November 2 at 1 PM and spend an hour or two, at the most, to help out. For new members needing credit hours for work this is an easy way to collect one or two. To register using our volunteer application (VolunteerSpot) go to the member login page by clicking on the menu block (Member Login) to the lower left of this page. When you get to the protected page follow instructions to log in securely.
Membership Renewal Special Note: (Posted September 26, 2014) Some members have apparently sent their renewals to the National organization in Gaithersburg, MD.  This delays your renewal  as National waits until theyhave received a handful of renewals sent to them in error, then put them into an envelope and mail them back to our local Membership Chair. Please place the peel off label on the pink (left) half of your renewal card on your envelope to send the renewal to Larry Stanford. Using the peel off label makes sure the envelope is sent to the proper address. and your membership is processed sooner.

Membership Renewal Notices for 2015 have been Mailed (Posted September 14, 2014)
Dues Statements for 2015 have been mailed to all members. When you receive your statement note the contents carefully. If you and your spouse intend to shoot at the ranges complete the slip of paper "Fredericksburg-Rappahannock Chapter IWLA 2015 Shooter's Fee" by entering your name(s) and,  if you are between the age of 18 and 65 please add $10 each to the amount you are assessed for membership based on membership type. Separate the pink "Membership Statement for Year Ending 12/31/2015" and affix the address label on an envelope.  Enclose the pink card, the completed slip of paper registering as a shooter, and a check payable to either "IWLA" or "Fred-Rapp IWLA" for the total of your membership and any applicable shooter's fee(s) inside the envelope.  Place a stamp on the envelope and return all by December 31, 2014. Retain the blue copy of the statement for your records.

American Flag Retirement (posted October 1, 2014)
There will be a Flag Retirement Ceremony at the chapter on November 8th. Members are asked to bring ANY size, Old Glory, American Flag to the Chapterhouse. Bring the flags to tomorrow evening's meeting and place them on the counter in the front of the meeting room where the chapter officers sit. We can take as many flags as you can bring to properly dispose of them.
ATTENTION! Range Hours of Operation Have Changed (Updated September 18, 2014)
Effective September 15, 2014, the new hours of operation for the firearms ranges are: Daylight Saving Time (DST ) 8:00 AM until 7:00 PM, Monday thru Saturday. Eastern Standard Time (EST): 8:00 AM until 4:00 PM, Monday thru Saturday. Workday Saturday hours will be determined on a workday basis. Sunday hours will be: 12:00 PM (noon) until 7:00 PM, (DST); and 12:00 PM (noon) until 4:00 PM (EST).

The Pistol, Rifle, and Shotgun Range Rules have been updated to reflect these new hours.

Chapter Newsletter Editor Wanted (posted August 11, 2014 & updated September 10)
The newsletter editor position from the Chapter's communication team is vacant.  This volunteer position works closely with chapter leadership and chairpersons to communicate with members the events and plans of the Chapter. As all members are not accessible by electronic means (electronic mail and web pages), this position also will correspond with about 6 or 7% of the Chapter membership through old fashioned Post Office mail. The newsletter is assembled quarterly and other important email communications(Reminders) are created and sent as needed. 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.

The 2015 Coupon Books for Fredericksburg Attractions and Restaurants are Here (updated: August 12, 2014) We have received the 2015 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 2015! These will sell fast so get one soon 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! Consider buying extras as it is not too soon to think about giving these as Holiday gifts.
Qualified Beekeeper Still Wanted (updated: August 10, 2014)
Click on Conservation tab for more information if you can help.
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)