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Adopt-A-Highway Clean-up (posted April 23, 2015)

All members, families and guests - Reminder!  Check your calendars. Our first quarterly Adopt-A-Highway clean-up is Saturday, May 2, 2015. We will meet at the IKEs chapter house at 0900 and convoy over to Orange Plank Road. Come out and have some fun, get some exercise and meet new people. See the Conservation page for more details about the process and suggested clothing.  Hope to see you there.

Our Chapter is Supporting Earth Day and Month Events (updated April 20, 2015)

See the Conservation link for details.  Greg Raines is  seeking some help with the event at Fort A. P. Hill on Thursday, April 23rd.  See the Conservation link and calendar for details.

Events for the Week of April 19 (updated April 20, 2015)

  • Boy Scout Troop 179 will be camping on the grounds from 6 PM on Friday, April 17 until 10 AM on Sunday in and around the Darrell Ferrell Pavilion.
  • On Thursday, April, 23, 2015 from 9 AM to 3 PM  the Chapter Display tent will be at Fort A. P. Hill for an Earth Day Celebration. Middle School Children are attending asnd there will be orientations concerning Conservation and Chapter Community Outreach. Volunteers are sought  and should contact Greg Raines for details.  See Contact Us for Greg's contact information and the Conservation tab for the details on tasks that need to be staffed.
  • 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.

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.

Virginia DEQ Hearing to be Held on Biosolids (posted: April 7, 2015)

Refer to the Announcements page for a verbatim email announcement of a hearing to be held on the proposed application of biosolids to land in Spotsylvania County.  This upcoming hearing was discussed at last week's membership meeting and a Board member has provided the announcement as information of interest to all membership.

Trees Planted by Chapter Members and Guests at Lake Anna State Park (posted: April 4, 2015)

Refer to the Conservation page for a report and photos for the tree planting party at Lake Anna State Park in commemoration of Earth Month.

Wildlife Habitat Workshop (posted: April 2, 2015)

At the April Membership meeting Greg Raines told the assembled membership about the decline of the Monarch Butterfly specie.  He also related an upcoming workshop that is designed to inform individuals how they can help reverse the decline of the Monarchs as well as build habitats for other beneficial wildlife.  The workshop is on Friday, May 1, 2015 in Nokesville VA.  Read more about the workshop here.

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.

2015 Chapter Election Cycle has Begun (posted March 31, 2015)
See the Announcements tab for details.

Honey Processing Facility Update  (updated April 7, 2015)

Several members have been working through the winter on the facility being contructed for processing the honey being produced by the bees.  The exterior shell has been installed on the building on the far side of the pond, the building insulated and the walls enclosed on the interior.  Inside and outside painting and exterior siding is underway. 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: 
  • Used refrigerator(s)
  • 110v AC unit
  • Kitchen wall cabinets
  • Kitchen floor cabinets
  • Counter tops
  • Interior primer and white wall paint
  • Med/small chest type freezer
  • Laundry sink
If anyone has any material to donate please call Jim Ashcraft at 540-972-2038.

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 participants from each activity joining our Chapter!
Meeting Minutes for the 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.