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The 317th Fredericksburg Dog Mart Activities and Tasks "Gearing Up" (posted July 2, 2015)

The annual Dog Mart, one of the premier activities sponsored by our Chapter, is less than 3 months away on Saturday, September 26, 2015.  It means that much needs to be started in order that our special single day event is a success.  Darrell Schultz, the Dog Mart Manager has a number of positions that need people to volunteer and help share the workload.  This is a good way for new members with certain talents and connections to quickly work off their volunteer commitments.  The following coordinators are needed immediately to get the activity rolling:
  • Awards Coordinator:
    • Assess number/type of awards we currently have on hand and order additional items if needed
    • Obtain funds from the board and purchase the “Best in Show” Bowl
  • Children’s “Passport” Coordinator:
    • Gather materials (rulers, coloring books, erasers, stickers, etc…) for the children’s goodie bags, coordinate on filling bags.
    • Coordinate on other donations for the goodie bags
    • Determine the “Passport stations,” i.e. displays where the children should visit, so that these can be printed accordingly
    • Ensure number of stamps (actually hole punches) are available and coordinate with Girl/Boy Scouts to act as stampers
    • Determine and acquire what “prize” children will receive when they have the passport completed (in years past we offered large cookies from BJ’s/Costco)
  • Sign/Banner Coordinator
    • Coordinate the set up/take down of the signs and banners 1 week prior to the Dog Mart, removal after the Dog Mart
  • Donation/Raffle Coordinator
    • Solicit donations from various businesses/organizations within the area.
    • Conduct the raffle for the donated items.
  • Parking Coordinator
    • Coordinate with those volunteering to help the day of the Dog Mart with parking.
  • Announcer
    • Make various announcements during the Dog Mart.
  • Dog Show Registrars
    • Assign dogs based on breed to the appropriate “classes”
If you desire to volunteer for any of these positions be sure you contact Darrell and let him know which coordination task you will manage to make the 317th edition of the Fredericksburg Dog Mart a success.  His contact information is
Darrell Schultz tel. 540-786-3281

First of Four FRILS Events coming up soon (posted June 27, 2015)

The first of four FRILS events is coming on Friday, July 17.  Michelle Chowaniec has scheduled a series of four events (shotgun, muzzleloader, rifle and handgun) to be available on a Friday in each of the months of July, August, September and October.  Visit the Lady Shooters page for additional details and the Member Login page for signups using VolunteerSpot.  The event in July will be for shotguns.

A Statement Expected Soon on the Use of Biosolids (updated June 25, 2015) 

As discussed in several past membership meetings of the Chapter, the topic of the use of biosolids in Spotsylvania Country has been disussed publicly with the VA Dpeartment of Environmental Quality and the State Water Control Board.  The public meeting on May 7 was, in part, precipitated by a letter to the DEQ from the Board of Supervisors of Spotsylvania County. Six thousand acres of land area in the county are identified to be treated. We understand that the Board might be issuing a statement on this topic in the near future.  Also. an informational presentation on the topic of biosolids entitled "Biosolids and why we should care" has been prepared for members to educate themseleves on this topic.  Stay tuned for more on these developments.

June Membership Meeting Minutes have been Placed in the Member Login web page (posted July 5, 2015) 

Go here to read,  These were ratified at the July meeting.

Conservation Topic to be Presented at August Membership Meeting (posted June 12, 2015)

One of our members, Art Folz will address the membership at the August 6 Membership Meeting at 7 PM.  Art will tell us a little about trapping, how trapping serves as a conservation approach and the tools of the trade.  He might even share a recipe on how to prepare beaver stew if it is not a highly guarded family secret.  Mark the date on your calendar.

Chapter will Elect its Officers/Eligible Board Members for the Next Year at the August Membership Meeting (updated July 5, 2015)
The annual Chapter elections will be held on August 6 and the newly elected officials will be installed at the September 3 Membership Meeting.  A single ballot will be used with all candidates nominated by the election nominating committee listed for each position being filled.  At the August meeting candidates will be canvassed from the membership and may be nominated "from the floor" and will be written on the ballot before the election balloting.  Refer to the Contact Us list to see which positions are up for election as indicated by dates of term completion.

Events for the Week of July 5 (updated July 5, 2015)
  • Note that the previously scheduled Chapter Member's Family Picnic is postponed until a later date.  Watch the web site and calendar for a new date.
  • Saturday, July 11, Chapter Work Day at 7:30 AM and firearms ranges are closed until work activities are complete.
  • Saturday, July 11, 9 AM, Adopt-a-Highway, meet at Chapter House to convoy to highway roadside.  See Conservation tab for details.
  • Saturday, July 11, 9 AM  New member orientation at Chapter House
  • Saturday, July 11, 9 AM Prospective members interview at Chapter House
  • Saturday, July 11, 9 AM to 3 PM Bowmen Archery 3D &/or Hunter Shoot; Registration 9 AM to 12 Noon
  • 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.

Adopt-A-Highway Schedule Set for Remainder of the Year  (posted June 4, 2015)

Bill Hudson, our new leader for the Adopt a Highway Program has announced the remaining schedule for the program which must be conducted four times per year.  The remaining three events for 2005 are scheduled for July 11, September 5 and Novemeber 7.  See the Conservation tab at the left for details of each event.

Guest Speaker (posted June 4, 2015)

Our membership meeting on the evening of June 4th was special. Our guest speaker was Chief Ranger, Visitor Experience, Lauri Schular from Lake Anna State Park. Ranger Schular spoke to us about Lake Anna State Park and other parks in the area and around Virginia. She informed us about programs and activities that are important to the parks and its customers. She was very informative and even brought a few creatures that were sure to keep our attention. A very nice little turtle and a corn snake made their appearance for all to see and touch. The group asked many questions and Ranger Schular answered them all with wit and candor. We thank Lauri and her assistant Mariya for sharing their time with all 60 of us and making sure we improved our educational awareness in the world of nature.  

No, that is not a bracelet on Ranger Schuler's left arm!
Ranger Lauri Schuler addresses the members of Fred-Rapp Chapter

Raven Clay Pigeon Thrower (posted May 25, 2015)

The Chapter installed a Raven Clay Pigeon Thrower on May 21 and it is ready for use.  It differs in operation from the previous model.  You can find instructions for the thrower by clicking here or by going to the Facilities page and scrolling down to near the end.

Honey Processing Facility Update  (updated June 4, 2015)

Inside and outside painting and exterior siding is completed. Now there is a need for outfitting the building.  For anyone that is renovating a kitchen with new cabinets and appliances, this would be an ideal purpose for the old materials and appliances being replaced.  We need the donation of the following: 
  • 110v AC unit
  • Kitchen wall cabinets
  • Kitchen floor cabinets
  • Counter tops
  • Med/small chest type freezer
  • Laundry sink
If anyone has any material to donate please call Jim Ashcraft at 540-972-2038.
Steel Targets Banned from Use at Fred Rapp Chapter Ranges: Effective Immediately (posted May 4, 2015) Effective immediately, steel targets are banned from use at the Chapter Ranges. All permits for approved targets are revoked. The Range Rules have been updated to reflect this decision by the Board of Directors at their meeting earlier this evening, May 4, 2015.

Contact List Revised and Updated (posted: April 10, 2015)

The Chapter "Contact Us" list has been revised and updated to include the terms of Chapter officers and directors and add new volunteers to assignments.  A vacant box remains and is awaiting someone to become a Newsletter Editor.  Wouldn't you want to include your name on the web site and provide the Chapter with important assistance?

Volunteer Sought for a Vacant Position (Help Wanted) (updated April 10, 2015)

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.

Help Wanted with the Chapter Beekeeping Conservation Effort (posted: April 10, 2015)
Click on the Conservation tab for more information; no volunteer effort refused and no qualifications required.  Contact Jim Ashcroft using the information at the Contact Us page.

Chapter Requesting an Endowment Grant for Apiary Operations (posted April 1, 2015)

The 2015 IWLA Endowment Grant will be submitted for consideration on May 1st!  This multi-year grant provides IWLA conservation funds in support of the Chapter Sustainable Honey Bee Habitat (Apiary) and Honey Production Program (2014-2017). The Chapter investments and commitments regarding this grant are provided in the proposal.  The Board enthusiastically supports submission of this grant and has made it available for review in the secure section of the website.  Go to the Members only login page for the details concerning this grant request.

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 June 16, 2015)
The Chapter would like to hold a geocache search during the Family Picnic on TBA. 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