Events for the week of April 14 and Our Next Chapter Work Day on May 4 (Updated April 14, 2019)
The Power of Change (Posted April 10, 2019)
The Power of Change recently awarded our Chapter with funds for our Honey Bee conservation effort. If you are in the REC service area enroll today at the Power of Change web page to allow REC to make grants like this to worthy programs like ours.
Adopt-a-Highway Schedule set for 2019 (Posted April 3, 2019)See Conservation tab
Wild Game Dinner 2019See the Activities Tab for an article on the recently held Wild Game Dinner at the chapter house on March 16.
Notice: New Trash Policy for Ranges (Posted March 16, 2019)The Chapter has instituted a new policy for trash disposal at the ranges. Simply, if you bring any material into the range areas, to include targets, temporary target stands, cartridge boxes, food or drink, etc., you are to remove it from the property and dispose with your personal household waste. You may leave bullet casings in the supplied bucket (not on the ground) and lead in the berms. That's it. Details of this new policy were distributed by an email reminder on March 15.
Passcode for the Member Login Page has been changed for 2019
(Posted March 2, 2019)All members should have received an email reminder from the Social Media Manager indicating the new 4-digit passcode that allows members to access the Memberhip Only page The old pass code has been replaced and will no longer work
Save Our Streams (SOS) Training Scheduled at the Alexandria Chapter in Stafford (posted February 28, 2019)The president of the Virginia Division, IWLA has notified us that the Alexandria Chapter, in Stafford Virginia, is hosting an SOS Training Workshop on March 30, starting at 09:00. Ernie Padgette says that "If you, or anyone from any Virginia Chapter is interested in attending, the link to sign up is below. This is a great chance for all SOS volunteers and managers to get hands on training in the local area. Thanks; Ernie P.
Here is the link www.vasosalexandria.eventbrite.com
New Members Inducted in February 2019 (posted February 10, 2019)
Several new members were inducted on Thursday, February 7, 2019.
elcome to our newest Ikes!
Welcome our newest Ikes, from left to right:
John Dupue, Ryan Ames, Rich Lieberman, and Bruce Norton
(not shown in the photo are new members Amy Lieberman and Bryce Hanson)
Draft Membership Meeting Minutes for November have been Posted for Review by Chapter Members (posted November 5, 2018)Go to the Member Login page to access and read the draft minutes for the recent membership meeting, These will be offered for membership ratification at the next monthly membership meeting
Also note that last month's minutes were read and ratified at the recent meeting and those minutes and many others are also found in the same Member Only web location.
Do You Plan to Host an Event at the Chapter? (updseted September 4, 2018)The Chapter is an amazing asset if any member want to host an event on the premises. If you have an intent to host a group, make sure you do some advance planning and contact the Chapter's Event Planner, Greg Raines. Earlier in May, we updated the Chapter's House and Ground Rules and at the same time established a requirement for anyone desiring the use of the Chapter to access, download, read and complete the Request for Use of Chapter Premises. This document outlines requirements for use, releases the Chapter from liability and assures the requester the full knowledge of the Chapter's expectations. The document can always be found midway on the Facilities page. Please submit your completed application to Herbert Pritchett at email at firstname.lastname@example.org well in advance of the anticipated use so that you are assured of permission to use and no conflicts with other events. Always look at the Chapter Calendar when planning.
Our Chapter was Awarded Twice during the Recent National Convention (Updated August 3, 2018)See News Tab.
See the News Tab for Several Recent "News" events (Posted June 22, 2018 )
See Conservation page for the latest Adopt-a-Highway report (posted May 6, 2018 )
New WiFI Communications Capability at Our Chapter (updated May 6, 2018 )The long awaited change from our previous Internet supplier to Comcast Business has been accomplished. We now have a high speed Internet, TV and telephone. If you want to access wifi at the Chapter you may use our guest access network line by setting up your device to receive the signal (you may find the credentials in the Member Only Login page). This access was fixed on May 6 so now it should work easily for all.
Our new phone number, accessible at phone boxes outside the Chapterhouse, at the tool shed and a remote phone in the kitchen, is 540-412-9330. You can make outgoing and incoming calls. The bell does not riing loudly for incoming calls outside and if no one is close by do not rely on it being answered if it is an emergency. The previous phone service was limited to outgoing 911 and was "copper wire"; this new phone is VOIP and can be used for any local dialing which is especially useful for those members that do not have good cell phone service at the Chapter. .
Danger Notice!! Raven Clay Pigeon Thrower (Posted April 17, 2018)On range 4 is a clay thrower that is stored in the large green box that is locked by a combination lock.. Only those that have been trained are allowed the combination and access. On the Facilities tab near the bottom there is a Raven Clay Thrower manual of operation. It is linked here for your convenience. Always work on the thrower from the left side and to the rear of the thrower and outside the swing arc of the throwing arm. Please review the instructions and be sure you understand the steps for preparing, operating and storage of the thrower. Users are performing the incorrect steps in using the equipment. The electrical leads have been damaged several times over the past year. The throwing arm is being jammed/forced into the wrong position as users seem to think that the safety pin needs to be inserted when the arm is in line with the main structure of the frame at the 6 o'clock position. The safety pin is inserted only when the arm is left naturally after the last pigeon is thrown and the power removed. Looking from behind the thrower out to the range the arm will naturally end up being in about the 7 or 8 o'clock position. Do not force it into any other position.(see step 3 in the procedure to understand that the throwing arm is not in line with the structure of the thrower and the pin is inserted in front of the arm. The arm moves in a counter-clockwise direction. The pin prevents the arm from reaching the cocked position at the back of the thrower. The pin is never inserted behind the throwing arm.) Disconnect the power leads to the large terminals of the battery but do not disconnect the charging circuit from the solar panel. (see step 2 and step 6 of the procedure to note how solar leads should remain connected and never removed. The power leads (larger wires) are attached to the larger terminals of the battery when operating the unit and removed when ready to stow the unit.) Remember: Red goes to positive and black to negative poles. If you do not understand these procedures do not operate this thrower as any deviation from the procedure has the potential to serously injure you. Remember: Never set up for use with anyone to the right or front of the thrower. Always work from the left side of the thrower (archery range side of the thrower). Seek instruction from a range officer that knows how to operate the unit and if one is unavailable, call either Jamie Branham or Sandy Stanford to arrange a lesson. Their contact information can be found in the Contact tab of the web site
Our Chapter Apiary is in the Local News (posted April 15, 2018 )See article
Chapter Awarded Monetary Grant from Rappahannock Electric Cooperative (posted March 28, 2018 )See the Conservation tab for more information.
Spanish Speaking Person SoughtGreg Raines indicated at the March Membership Meeting that the VA Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (VDGIF) is asking for volunteer Spanish interpreters for a class they will be holding for children. Anyone interested may contact Greg at 540-287-2628 (A text message works best).
We Now Have a Work Van for Facility Maintainance Chores (posted March 18, 2018)Thanks to the efforts of one of our members, we have a vehicle that we can use for chores around the Chapter and to support our activities off-site. The Chevrolet E3500 van looks and runs like new and was donated to the Chapter by Dominion Electric. The decals were added so that we can be visible in our community and project our image of Conservation and community service. The van will become very useful in July when we need to transport cargo to the site of the National Convention we are hosting in Fredericksburg.
Project Healing Waters Social Media Sites (Posted August 3, 2017)Members may learn more about Project Healing Waters by accessing the web sites at http://www.projecthealingwaters.org/programs/locations/virginia/ or the more detailed information on the Fredericksburg Facebook page of Project Healing Waters
Archery Ranges (posted June 15, 2017)Members are reminded that the Manahoac Bowmen organization operates an archery range which is inside the woods beyond the flag pole on the west side of the pond. No IWLA member is allowed to use that range for archery purposes without the permission and guidance of the Manahoac Bowmen. There is a series of ranges for use by IWLA members to the right of the Bowmen's building. It is situated between the Shotgun Range and the Bowmen's building. There are several shooting lanes of varying distance for targets primarily for arrows with field points. Archers shall not be using broadhead arrow tips on any target not designed for their use. If you are not familiar with this prohibition please reference the Chapter's range rules. If you do not understand the basis for the requirement, do not shoot broadhead arrows without consulting someone in charge of the Manahoac Bowmen organization. Shooting broadhead arrows at targets meant for field points damages the targets severely. Broadhead arrows are razor sharp and designed to rip and tear flesh. If shot into a target meant for field points they can easily break off and present a very severe hazard to anyone left with the task of repairing the targets. Violators of this prohibition will be severely penalized. Again, do not use broadhead arrows unless you know what you are doing. The person or persons that shot these arrows into field targets obviously did not know what they were doing or were maliciously/willingly damaging property. Please direct any questions about the archery ranges and range requirements to Eugene Slagle at email@example.com. You can obtainin additional information about the bowmen organization at their web page.
Assured Access to Advanced Health Care Directives (posted April 6, 2017)At the April Chapter Membership Meeting, George Lear reported to the membership the existence of a service that the Commonwealth of Virginia provides to its citizens. This service is a secure website that can be used to store important documents that protect your legal rights and ensure your medical wishes are honored if you are incapacitated and unable to manage your own care. The database of Advance Directives at this website is held in a confidential and secure site, protected by the most up-to-date web and database security standards. All information submitted is used only by authorized individuals and kept completely confidential. If you are interested in learning more about this service you can obtain all the information and subscribe by linking here.
Free Money for the Chapter (posted February 11, 2017)If any of our members (or anyone else for that matter) shop using Amazon, it takes just a few adjustments of your account to have the Amazon company donate a percentage of the sale to the account of the Fred-Rapp Chapter at no cost to the member. The percentage is small but just in the last quarter the Chapter has earned nearly $10 through this no cost feature of Amazon. See our Donations tab for access to the steps to make this happen for the benefit of the Chapter. Or learn more about Amazon Smiles and how to use this feature by clicking here.
Lost and Found (reposted
May 1, 2018)
Several items have been found at the Chapterhouse: