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Attention Geocachers (Posted January 28, 2015)
The Chapter would like to hold a geocache search during the Family Picnic on May 31st. However, we need help in planning and setting it up! Anyone experienced with geocaching, please contact Pat Aubert at iwlafredrapp@gmail.com. Also, there is a meeting planned to discuss the project on Saturday, Jan 31st at 1:00 PM at the Chapter House. Please attend if you can help us out with understanding what’s involved.

The Entry Gate Code Change Date has been Postponed until February 7, 2015  (posted: January 26, 2015)   For those that have renewed and not yet received Membership Cards and Shooting Badges by the end of this month, there is a low likelihood that you will receive them much before February 7, 2015 due to a backlog at the National Chapter.  For that reason, the gate code will not be changed until February 7, 2015.  All members should continue to use the current 2014 gate code until then.

Final Notice -- Membership Renewals for 2015 are Past Due (Updated January 26, 2015)

New Year's Eve was the last opportunity to renew membership without incurring a $20 penalty.  And, if not paid by February 7, 2015, {note just-relaxed date} the delinquent member will be expelled. Postmarks on envelopes will be honored but make sure the Post Office is open.  Membership Cards and Shooter's badges for 2014 will be honored until the Gate code is changed, which has been postponed until February 7, 2015 (a Saturday work day).


Meeting Minutes for January Membership Meeting (posted January 21, 2015)
Click on the "Member Login" tab to access the member's only area and to read the January 8, 2015 Meeting minutes.

Clay Pigeon Thrower has been Repaired (Posted January 19, 2015)
The battery operated clay pigeon thrower, broken for several days, has been fixed and is ready for use once again. Thanks, Drake.

Anyone Walking Dogs Near the Pond - Be Advised of a Hazard (updated: January 26, 2015)
Some industrious rodents are creating some serious problems out at Walton Pond by cutting down trees, building dams and flooding the headwater areas of the flow into the Pond. Some volunteers have already damaged some portion of the dams but dams will be more thoroughly removed/destroyed so the water flows freely again as weather and temperatures permit. That is but a temporary solution as beavers are persistent. For a more permanent solution the Chapter has arranged for a trapper to place some traps that will eliminate the beavers. The mechanisms (traps) can be lethal to any animal that happens to step into them. The traps will be in the water but dogs having an affinity for water might unexpectedly bound into the places where the traps might be set. Either do not bring your dogs until the "all clear" is given or make sure your dog is restrained securely by leash (as required by the rules) if you choose to walk your animals near the pond on or after this date. This hazard should not be of long duration (could be several weeks). Several beavers have been removed so far but there are more.  As for the humans, there is to be no walking on any ice that might be forming on the pond for the same reason and it is also not allowed under any conditions besides. Another notice will be provided when the traps have been removed. View pictures of the types of damage done by the beavers at the south east shore and the stream inlet of Walton Pond.

Happy New Year 2015! --  Chapter Calendar (posted: December 31, 2014)  Sweep out the old and welcome the new. You can find the 2015 calendar of Chapter events 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 2015.  New events for 2015 are being added as they are identified. Check it periodically as the events can change without notice.

Events for the Month of January 2015 (updated January 26, 2015)
  • January 5, 2015 at 6:30 PM Fred-Rapp Chapter Board Meeting .
  • January 8, 2015 at 7:00 PM Chapter Membership Meeting at Clubhouse.
  • January 10, 2015
    • 8:00 AM Chapter Work Day
    • 9:00 AM New Member Orientation at Clubhouse
    • 9:00 AM Prospective Member Meeting with Membership Committee at Clubhouse.
  • January 18, 2015, 1-6  PM Private Event at Chapter House
  • January 29  7 -9 PM  Manahoac Bowmen's Meeting, See Chapter Calendar for details
  • 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 change.

Wreath Making Party (posted December 19, 2014)
Click on the News tab above to read an article and see photos of the Wreath Making Party held at the Clubhouse on December 7.

Winter Usage of the Dam (updated January 11, 2015)
It is cold and the potential for snow will be increasing. When it snows, sledding on the inclined face of the dam at Walton pond is prohibited as it will damage the grass structure that is there to prevent erosion.  The caution tape that remains around the dam area will continue to serve as a reminder to avoid undue walking on the dam.  Good news:  members and their families are again allowed access to the fishing pier on foot by walking only on the flat surface at the top of the dam.  If the top of the dam seems muddy please avoid creating foot prints.  But, unauthorized motorized vehicles of any kind are strictly forbidden anywhere on the dam.

Upcoming Events Web Site Page Completely Revised (posted December 15, 2014)
The Upcoming Events page has been revised to reflect known and tentative events for the new Chapter Events year. As events are added to the schedule the page will be revised and corrected to reflect changes as these develop.

Membership Web Site Page Completely Revised (posted December 08, 2014)
As a consequence of the adoption of the new bylaws and operational policies, the process for the induction of new members to the Chapter has been modified.  Accordingly, the "Membership" web page (to go to it click on "Membership" in the green banner above this paragraph) and the application for membership (obtained by using a link in the membership page) have each been modified to reflect the new membership process.  The first time the new process will be used will be for induction of new members at the February 2015 Membership Meeting.  New prospects will need to meet with the Membership Committee on the Saturday work day in January 2015.

One Fewer Volunteer Sought for Vacant Positions (Help Wanted) (updated December 11, 2014)
Newsletter Editor Search Update:The newsletter editor position from the Chapter's communication team that was vacant for several months has now been filled. Welcome new member Jill Farrell to the position of Newsletter editor.  More information on this is forthcoming along with renewed  efforts on the newsletter. Stay tuned.
Facebook communications manager:  Amy Weidle, who has been serving the chapter as manager of the postings on the Chapter's Facbook page is stepping down as the manager of Facebook postings. The leadership very much appreciates the job that Amy has done for the Chapter and wishes her luck as she continues her membership in the Chapter. Of course this means that a new person was being sought to take on this task and as member of the communications team... and we are happy to announce that Dave Riddle has accpted the challenge and is now the curator for the Fred-Rapp IWLA Chapter Facebook page.   Welcome Dave!
Conservation Director: (Still vacant) The Chapter continues seeking a replacement member for the current Director, Mike Sullivan, who is stepping down at the end of the month after 5 years of service.  The Director serves as the lead person for a number of conservation oriented activities including roadside trash collection 4 times a year under the Adopt-A-Highway Program, tree planting in various locations in the area, and securing a slate of speakers for addressing the group at several  monthly membership Meetings on topics aligned with resource conservation.  Mike says he will continue to help with all of these activities as a member and will assure the new person is given a thourough orientation when they take over the various tasks. Interested members should contact our President, Greg Raines for further information. Greg can be reached via e-mail at onehrdwkr@hotmail.com, by phone 540-287-2628, or in person.

REMINDER! Range Hours of Operation (Posted January 5, 2015)
Members continue to use the ranges outside the authorized hours for operation in violation of the Range rules. On September 15, 2014, the new hours of operation for the firearms ranges were changed: 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 and ranges will open only after work tasks are complete. Sunday hours will be: 12:00 PM (noon) until 7:00 PM, (DST); and Sunday hours during EST are 12:00 PM (noon) until 4:00 PM.  These hours are posted on the metal signs at each range; take a moment the next time you visit to refresh your understanding of all the range rules to include operating hours and the firearm and cartridge caliber combinations allowed on each range.
Violations will be subject to disciplinary action.

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


Bylaws and Operational Policies are Now Available for Reading  (Posted: December 2, 2014) The Chapter Bylaws and Operational Procedures were approved at the Novemeber Membership Meeting by a "show of hands" vote of the membership. The documents can now be read on the Member Login page (click on Member Login at the left side of this page to access the page and the Chapter Documents).  These documents apply to all members immediately. Those members that have not yet paid their dues should pay close attention to the penalties associated with delinquent payment as these have changed dramatically.  In addition, if anyone desires to sponsor a new member please read the new process for member induction as there is a new step which requires the prospective member to meet with the Membership Committee before presenting themselves for Chapter approval. This process will start in January 2015.

Membership Renewals for 2015 Were Sent to Members Months Ago and Were Due at the End of December (Updated January 2, 2015)

Dues Statements for 2015 were mailed to all members several months ago. Those that have not yet renewed should take note of the contents carefully for several reasons:

First, starting immediately there is a shorter grace period for getting your 2015 dues paid.  Dues payments were due by the end of December. After December 31 a $20 late payment fee was added to the dues total. If that increased dues plus fee is not paid in full by the end of January, on February 1 the member will be expelled automatically and, to be reinstated, will need to pay an initiation fee of $300.  See the Membership web page (click on Membership tab in the header located at the top of this page) for details that are derived directly from the newly approved Chapter Bylaws and Operational Policies.

Also, 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.

Finally, some members have apparently sent their renewals to the National organization in Gaithersburg, MD. This delays your renewal as National waits until they have received a handful of renewals sent to them in error, then put them into an envelope and mail them back to our local Membership Director. 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.

News on Flag Ceremony (posted November 11, 2014) Click on the "News" item in the header above to read more about Saturday's Flag Retirement Ceremony.

Chapter Email Subscription Form Now Available (updated November 30, 2014)
Several times a month the Chapter distributes an email (called Reminders) to members on the distribution list. The last one  addressed the Wreath Making Party to be held on Sunday, December 7. If you did not receive that email you might not be included on the distribution list or might have been removed in error (it happens). If you want to be included, go to the Member Login area (click on menu item "Member Login" located on the left side of this page) and follow instructions on the new subscription enrollment form to automatically enroll in future distributions. If you have any difficulty send an email to iwlaspotsynewsletter@gmail.com to request assistance. This is a great way to add a second member of the family membership (a significant other) to the distribution of the Reminders.
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.
The 2015 Coupon Book is Still Available (updated: January 17, 2015)
We still have copies of the 2015 ATTRACTIONS coupon 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" opportunities. The use of these coupons will recoup the cost of this book with only 2-3 uses at popular local 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! There are no more when these are sold out! To get yours, contact either Greg Raines, (540) 287-2628 or email: onehrdwkr@hotmail.com or Jimmy Miles,  (540) 220-0706. 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 Beekeepers Still Wanted (updated: August 10, 2014)
Click on Conservation tab for more information if you can help.