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Membership Renewal Notices for 2015 have been Mailed (Posted September 14, 2014)
Dues Statements for 2015 have been mailed to all members. When you receive your statement note the contents carefully. If you and your spouse intend to shoot at the ranges and you are between the age of 18 and 65 complete the slip of paper "Fredericksburg-Rappahannock Chapter IWLA 2015 Shooter's Fee" by entering your name(s) and 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, if applicable, and a check for the total of your membership and any 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.

Members to Review/Comment Updated Chapter Bylaws (Posted September 7, 2014)
At the September Membership Meeting Patty Nunn introduced the review process for an extensive revision and updating of the Chapter Bylaws. Members are asked to review and provide comments on these changes. Go to the Member Login page to find the Chapter Bylaws and Attachment A, Operational Policies. Comments in writing are to be sent to Patty, in accordance with the instructions. All comments must be received by September 20, 2014.

ATTENTION! Range Hours of Operation Are Changing (Updated September 12, 2014)
Effective September 15, 2014, here are the new hours the firearms ranges will be open. 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. Sunday hours will be: 12:00 PM (noon) until 7:00 PM, (DST); and 12:00 PM (noon) until 4:00 PM (EST).

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

Dog Mart Volunteers are Needed (Updated September 14, 2014)
The Dog Mart is getting more exciting by the day and, as we get closer, we need to focus on our plan a lot tighter and be sure we are all on the Same Page ! We will have a special Dog Mart committee and volunteers meeting at the Clubhouse at 10 AM on Saturday, September 20, 2014. Please be sure any questions, additions or concerns are asked about ASAP to avoid last minute adjustments ! For those wishing to volunteer, a VolunteerSpot signup task roster is available for the tasks leading to and for the day of the Dog Mart on September 27, 2014.
How to volunteer:
Simply go to the member's only page by clicking on the "Member Login" on the bottom, left-side of this page and follow login instructions. Once there click on the appropriate icon and follow instructions to sign up for your favorite volunteer activity. New members can receive hours credited against their 20 hour obligation by working any of these activities. Thank you ALL for what You are doing for the Dog Mart & The Fred-Rapp Chapter ! !
Updated Dog Mart Special Notice:
  Thanks to all members that have already signed up to work in events related to Dog Mart. However, many more volunteers are needed for tasks such as parking attendents and trash collection throughout the event day. Some prepratory tasks were completed on September 6 but another worday on the 20th and tasks for several days leading up to the event still need volunteers. Go to the VolunteerSpot icon in the Member Login area to see what is needed and volunteer as many times as you can. The final push continues. Please pass this along to ALL our Helpers & Volunteers.
September Membership Meeting (posted September 8, 2014)
Click on "Chapter Meetings" on the left side of the page to read about several additional highlights of the September 4th Chapter Membership Meeting.
Events for the Week of September 14 (updated September 16, 2014)
  • Saturday, September 20, 7:30am – 3:00pm  Special Work Day for Dog Mart, Set up Preparations for the Dog Mart on Sept. 27th. All MEMBERS are invited to come out to help ! !  Go to Dog Mart VolunteerSpot within the "Member login" page to sign up.  A great way to earn hours for new members.
  • Saturday September 20, 10 AM Special Dog Mart Meeting at Clubhouse.
  • Special Range Note for Saturday, September 20,  The special work day for Dog Mart, as of now, is not expected to require the FiREARMS RANGES to be closed; members may use the ranges. Although it is believed that range use should not interfere with Dog Mart Preparation, IF the ranges need to be closed in order to accomplish a Dog Mart preparation task the Ranges will be closed for the time it takes to accomplish the task.
  • 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.

Chapter Newsletter Editor Wanted (posted August 11, 2014 & updated September 10)
The newsletter editor position from the Chapter's communication team is vacant.  This volunteer position works closely with chapter leadership and chairpersons to communicate with members the events and plans of the Chapter. As all members are not accessible by electronic means (electronic mail and web pages), this position also will correspond with about 6 or 7% of the Chapter membership through old fashioned Post Office mail. The newsletter is assembled quarterly and other important email communications(Reminders) are created and sent as needed. 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.

2014 Fredericksburg Dog Mart Activities Are This Month  (updated: September 1, 2014)  The Chapter is in the midst of planning the activities and performing the tasks needed for a successful Dog Mart, a 316 year old tradition.
  • Click here to see the 2014 Dog Mart Poster. {Warning: if you have a slow connection this file is 655 K bytes in size.}
  • If you plan on being a vendor or exhibitor at the Dog Mart download a copy of the official application . This application must be completed and returned no later than September 25, 2014.
  • If you want to volunteer, visit the "member login" web page and click on the VolunteerSpot icon to view the range of tasks that need to be accomplished and sign up.

The 2015 Coupon Books for Fredericksburg Attractions and Restaurants are Here (updated: August 12, 2014) We have received the 2015 ATTRACTIONS 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" coupon opportunities. The use of these coupons will recoup the cost of this book with only 2-3 uses at popular 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! These will sell fast so get one soon while there are still some remaining. To get yours, contact either Greg Raines, (540) 287-2628 or email: or Bob Dowling (540) 972-7127 or email: . 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 Beekeeper Still Wanted (updated: August 10, 2014)
Click on Conservation tab for more information if you can help.
The Chapter Calendar is always available online. You can find the calendar 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 2014. (updated: April 4, 2014)