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IWLA Chapter Outreach - Recent Events  (posted March 25, 2015)

Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing Program Training Session Sunday, March 22, 2015- Fredericksburg Chapter of the PWFF being hosted by the Fred-Rapp Chapter IWLA.  Members of IWLA Fredericksburg who have volunteered to serve the local IWLA chapter sponsored Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing program for disabled veterans met to receive training on how to launch our local program.  Our lead instructor is Ray Babineau, who is the VA State Coordinator of PHWFF; Dick Barnett is our Chapter Lead Coordinator. See photos by clicking here. Shown in the group shot from left are Andy Messer, Greg Raines, John Gamble, Dennis Verdak, Dom LaPore, Ray Babineau, Mike Weiss, John Dix, Amy Wiedle and Dick Barnett.  Our Instructor was Ray Babineau, the PHWFF Virginia State coordinator - the tall guy in the middle of the group photo who isn't Mike Weiss. 

Wild and Scenic Film Festival 0n Saturday March 21- Films about Conservation, Wildlife and the very same things we stand for with the IWLA Pledge.  Our Display does make a Difference!  The theater lobby was FULL and we had many attendees visiting the Conservation Displays as well as the featured Fantastic Scenic Films!  Click booklet to see the cover of the booklet having details for the Wild and Scenic Fllm Festival
We now have Members from each activity joining our Chapter! 

Chapter Grounds Closed March 27, 28 and 29 for Rites of Spring Preparation and Event  (posted March 21, 2015)        

During the work day on Friday and the event all day Saturday and Sunday, the Chapter grounds are closed for regular membership activities.  This includes the ranges which will be closed all three days.

Events for the Week of March 22 (updated March 21, 2015)

  • Sunday, March 22, 2 PM- 5 PM, The third of three Fly Fishing training sessions (each the same) on  Project Healing Waters Training Session, at Chapterhouse
  • Thursday, March 26, Manahoac Bowmen Archery Meeting 7 - 9 pm IWL RSO & Bowmen Member Niki Metterman is key steward for access to the Chapterhouse
  • Friday, March 27, 11 AM until done, special work day set up for Wine Festival
  • Saturday and Sunday, Rites of Spring Wine Festival, paid admission see event details at Rites of Spring
  • 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.

Volunteers Sought for Two Vacant Positions (Help Wanted) (updated March 23, 2015)

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, by phone 540-287-2628, or in person.
And, the Newsletter Editor position is once again vacant.  A volunteer member is sought to work closely with the Officers and Board of the Chapter to collect and publish a quarterly Chapter newsletter that provides details and ilustrations and photos of key events and accomplishments of the Chapter.  The ediitor will also collect hotographs from the various events (or possibly serve as an additional photographer) and work with the Facebook and Web site media managers to communicate events for which the Chapter has played a key role.  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.

Rites of Spring Wine Festival Special Meeting for Volunteer Workers held on March 10 at 6:30 PM at the Chapter house  (updated March 10, 2015)

The Chapter held a special meeting for member volunteers intending to support the Chapter for the Rite of Spring Wine Festival.  The meeting provided the opportunity to discuss and make assignments in the preparation and operations for the festival on the last week-end of the month of March. The real volunteer work will begin in earnest with a Work Day on March 21 followed by set up starting Friday March 27 at 11 AM at the Chapter Grounds.  The Chapter Grounds will be CLOSED for the event during both the set up and the duration of the Festival - Again, the CHAPTER grounds will be closed during March 21 (work day) and March 27, 28 and 29 (Friday through Sunday).

Rites of Spring 2015 Wine Festival Fundraiser (posted February 6, 2015)

On the week-end of March 28 and 29 the Chapter will host the 2015 Rites of Spring Wine Festival at the Chapter grounds. The Chapter receives the parking concession proceeds. Members are asked to volunteer to help support this 2 day event which promises to be well-attended.  Contact Herb Pritchett to volunteer.  The Chapter grounds will be closed to all other Chapter activities for the duration of this two day event. For more information and advanced ticket purchase click on this link

Earth Month Tree Planting Event for 2015  (posted March 2, 2015)          

Click on the "Conservation" tab to access the the details about this year's tree planting event on April 4 at Lake Anna State Park.
Meeting Minutes for March Membership Meeting (posted March 10, 2015)   Click on the "Member Login" tab to access the member's only area and to read the newly added March 5, 2015 meeting minutes. Actually there was no meeting but minutes are nonetheless posted to reflect that fact

The Password for the Member Login Page has been Changed (posted February 21, 2015)  The access password for the Member Login web page has now been changed to the number that corresponds with the entry gate code.  Look at the back of your 2015 membership card to locate the 2015 gate code. You may now use the 2015 gate code for both entry to the park as well as the password protected Member Login web page

Snowscape at the Chapter Grounds a Fond Memory (updated March 10, 2015)  While many of us think it is better that we should stay inside and enjoy the warmth in these frigid days of winter, some members enjoy the beauty and serenity of the Chapter grounds after the recent snowfall of the evening February 16/17, 2015.  See several photos taken on the day after the snow here.

Membership Renewals for 2015 are No Longer Accepted (Updated March 18, 2015)

New Year's Eve was the last opportunity to renew membership without incurring a $20 penalty.  And, if membership had not been paid by February 7, 2015, the delinquent member will be expelled. Postmarks on envelopes sent on Saturday, February 7 will be honored.   Any former member that had not renewed by February 7 will need to reapply using the New Membership process.  Again, the Membership Chairman is looking very closely at postmarks on mailed renewals to judge whether renewals were submitted within the extended time allowed.

2015 Strategic Planning Update (posted February 6, 2015)
At the February 5th Membership Meeting, Board Director Terry Fellinger presented the status of the 2015 Fredericksburg-Rappahannock IWLA Chapter's strategic planning effort. The presentation can be viewed by clicking here to access the file located in the Member Login area of this website. You will need the gate entry code to obtain access. Use the 2014 code until notified to use the 2015 code.
Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing (PHWFF) Program (posted February 5, 2015)
Earlier today the Chapter distributed an email to members explaining the purpose of the Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing Program. At the February 5 Membership meeting Dick Barnett gave a briefing on the elements of the program and the need for volunteers.  The membership voted to encourage new members to volunteer for this program and for hours worked to be used towards the 20 hour service requirement.  There is an immediate need for volunteers to work several shifts at the upcoming Bass Pro Spring Classic event on February 14 and 15 at the Bass Pro Shop in Ashland (Richmond) VA. If you are interested click here to download a copy of the sign-up form to help you identify where you would like to serve. Contact Dick Barnett at cell/text 703-795-4290 or email to let him know your desire to sign up.

Attention Geocachers (Updated February 7, 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! A seasoned Geocacher is sought to help out with this planned event.; please contact Pat Aubert at

Anyone Walking Dogs Near the Pond or "Playing" Near the Beaver Dams - Be Advised of a Hazard (updated: February 1, 2015)
Some industrious rodents are still 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.

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.

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 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.
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: 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.