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President's Budget Proposal  (posted March 16, 2017)  

The President released his 2018 budget proposal in the last several days.  The budget has a number of cuts in funding from executive department agencies that are funded from the non-discretionary part of the overall federal budget. The Izaak Walton League National organization has evaluated the proposed reductions and has stated its position on the consequences the proposed budget represent.  Here is the stated position of the Izaak Walton League of America on the President's proposal.

March draft Membership Meeting Minutes have been Posted for Review by Chapter Members  (posted March 6, 2017)

Go here to access and read the draft minutes for the March membership meeting,  These will be offered for membership ratification at the April 2017 membership meeting.

Also note that the February minutes were read and ratified at the March meeting and those minutes and many others are also found in the same Member Only web location.

Events for the Week of March 26 and Our Next Chapter Work Day on April 8 (updated March 26, 2017)

  • Thursday, March 23,7:30 TO 10:00 pm Manahoac Bowman's Archery Business Meeting at the Chapterhouse, Contact - Eugene Slagle - 540 661 8693 or Nikki Metterman - 540 229 9878 
Next Work Day, Saturday, April 8
  • Saturday, April 8, Grounds Maintenance Tasks begin at 8:00 AM.  
  • Saturday, April 8, 9 am, Prospective Member Interviews and New Member Orientation at Chapterhouse
  • Saturday, April 8, 9 AM, Adopt-a-Highway  (see Conservation tab for details)
  • Saturday, April 8, 9:30 AM to 12 noon, Next scheduled All-in-one Badge issue at the Chapterhouse for new members and those members that have never had a photo ID issued.
No other events are presently planned however it is always prudent to check with the official Chapter Calendar for any last minute changes

The Shoreline of the Pond has been Seeded (posted March 5. 2017)

The shorelines have been finished graded and the last of the seeding and straw laying was done during the work day on Saturday.  we had a number of volunteers that made the work load balanced.  After the seeding task, the seeded gounds were staked and caution tape was draped between the stakes.  For the next several months as the seeds germinate and the grass matures, members are asked to stay away from the seeded turf.  Fishing needs to be confined to the pier and the dam area.  Your cooperation will result in the best looking pond in this part of the region  If we can now get some gentle and steady rain the seeds will germinate quickly and the pond level will begin to return to normal level.  It is as much as 4 feet below normal pool in the recent weeks.

Volunteer Positions Available (updated March 2. 2017) 

Apiary (Bee Colony) Assistants
The caring for the bees is labor intensive and Jim Ashcraft indicates that his volunteer workforce has recently been reduced to himself and two others.  He needs some assistance with this conservation effort.  Those that are interested in bee keeping should contact Jim at jashcraft@comcast.net or Greg Raines at onehrdwkr@hotmail.com
Conservation Committee Chair  The task is to coordinate conservation projects and activities and seek conservation experts for presenting at Membership meetings for the Chapter.  Anyone interested should contact Greg Raines at onehrdwkr@hotmail.com
We have received some new green shirts with yellow  Izaak Walton logos that will soon be available for purchase.

Fred Rapp Chapter Facebook Page
The Chapter is seeking a new administrator for the Chapter's Facebook page.  This element of our social outreach is meant to reach a wide audience to communicate the goals and objectives of our local organization.  If you are interested in ivesting a few hours a month in keeeping the site fresh and attractive contact Jim Lloyd at james.d.lloyd@homemail.com or Greg Raines at  onehrdwkr@hotmail.com

Member Login site -- Passcode to change tomorrow (posted March 2, 2017)

Members are advised that the passcode for the Member Login site will be changed sometime before Saturday.  If you try to login with the code you have been using for the past year and cannot gain access you will know that the code has been changed.  Members that are on distribution for email from the Chapter will receive an email blast sometime on March 3.  If you are not on distribution for email, request you be added by either using the method located in Member Login.  If you miss this opportunity in the next few hours, send an email request to newsletter@iwlafred-rapp.org.  Be sure to include your name and the email address you want to receive your email. 

Adopt-A-Highway Schedule now Set for 2017  (posted March 2, 2017)

Please look at the Conservation web page to see the schedule that has been set for this year's series of roadside trash cleaning that has been established for our assigned 2 mile section of road.  The first pickup is on Chapter work day in April (April 8)

Save our Streams -- Do you know how to identify an aquatic macroinvertebrate?  (posted February 26, 2017)

 First, what exactly is an aquatic macroinvertibrate? Let's break down the term. "Aquatic" means water, "macro" means big (or big enough for us to see without using a microscope) and "invertebrate" means without a backbone. So an aquatic macroinvertebrate is a water bug that we can see with our naked eye. 
If you want to know more about the categories of identification here is a good place to start  Another good chart can also be used for ID.

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 February 1, 2017)

Several items have been found at the Chapterhouse
  • Eyeglasses  and case at the shot gun range a few weeks ago in January 2017
  • A down filled vest coat a few months ago at the Chapterhouse porch (December 2016)
  • A pair of Foster Grant reading glasses left November 14 maybe during the Project Healing Waters Benefit event
  • A very nice electronic camera found at the Chapter several years ago.
  • A pink, black, and blue woman's scarf left in Chapterhouse on December 5, 2015
Send an email to newsletter@iwlafred-rapp.org describing your lost item and we will figure out a good time to get the item back to its proper owner.

Fred-Rapp IWLA 2017 Budget (posted January 31, 2017)

On Thursday, February 2, the 2017 budget will be presented at the February membership meeting which is to begin at 7:00 PM at the Chapterhouse.  For your prior information you may access the presentation material at the Member Login web area.

Drone Video Survey of Pond Shore just prior to Excavation  (posted January 28, 2017)

Before the excavation of the pond shoreline there was a video survey of the shoreline done by a drone.  Tbe file is a .wmv file and should play with a Windows Media Player.  Click on the drone video file to download it so you might play it from your computer.  It is a 12 mb file so make sure you are willing to take the necessary time to transfer it over your internet service.  A broadband service is highly recommended.  The video is about a minute in length to keep the file small

New Chapter Events  (posted January 17, 2017) 

See the newly listed events at  Upcoming Events

Dredging and Collateral Effects (posted January 22, 2017)

Because of the dredging project and relocation of dredging spoils to other spots on the property, Range 3, the 100/50 yard rifle range and Range 4, the shotgun range, will be closed when the dredging operation is relocating dredging dirt to the berms starting January 18, 2017.  Make sure you are aware of the needs to close these ranges and if the range is needed please be considerate and end your shooting and vacate when requested.  Early dirt moves will affect the Shotgun Range and then move to the Rifle Range.  The ranges will be very muddy so dress appropriately and try to keep the pavilion as clean as you can.

update February 11, 2017

The dredging is entering its final stages.  Range 3 has had dirt piled against the 50 yard berm.  Target line needs to be fixed so the berm ight not be accessible unless you use your own wooden stand.  Additional dirt might be drawn in to increase the berms behind the 50  yard berm and on the face of the 100 yard berm.  When this happens, please vacate the ranges while the work progresses.  These brief interruptions will result in better facilities for shooting.

Pond Restoration - Video Documentation (posted January 1, 2017)

Work on the pond will begin this month.  The water is still being lowered to aid in the dredging of the shoreline.. The Chapter would like to do some aerial photo documentation of the shoreline while the water is down and during the work phase.  We are seeking a member that would be willing to volunteer some time, expertise and drone hardware/camera to perform the video documentation.  If you have a drone and a camera set up  (Christmas gift maybe?) and would like to help on this project contact Joe Webb, Pond Manager.  See his contact information on the Contact Us page.

Beaver Traps have been Removed from the Chapter Property   (posted December 29, 2016)

Chapter member, Art Foltz, has reported that he has removed all the beaver traps from the Chapter property.  Members are able again to walk their pets around the pond with the normal precautions of walking an animal in the "wild."  The beavers are probably not all gone but will be slowed in their destructive pursuits.

Izaak Walton League of America Trout season opened Monday, Nov 7th at the IWLA Pond!   And Catch Limit Eliminated (Updated December 23, 2016)

The Chapter and Project Healing Waters have pooled resources to stock the Chapter pond for the fishing pleasure of members and their guests only. Because of the introduction of the fish the Chapter pond will be CLOSED to ALL fishing from Thursday morning, November 3rd until Monday morning, November 7th. Starting on Monday morning, November 7th, members and guests may enjoy the sport fishing but must abide by the following rules:
  1. Members may bring guests to the Chapter to fish, however, members are allowed no more than two guests per member per day.
  2. No other people, particularly groups (families, church, Scouts, etc.) using the Chapter grounds for any purpose, are allowed to fish from the pond.
  3. No trout are to be released back into the pond; in other words there is no "Catch-and-Release" for any trout caught.  The one exception to the rule for trout is for fly fishermen using small barbless hooks, nets and a "no touch" catch and release technique.  Note: Bass are to be released as always.
  4. The catch limit has been eliminated as of December 23.  Please catch as many trout as you can and take them with you. {hint for successful fishing: Try a tandem fly rig, trout magnets, or Power bait (rainbow) just off the bottom to catch the trout.}
  5. Please do not litter.  Clean up all trash, including power bait, bait containers, bags, fishing line, etc. 
  6. Joe Webb would like a report from any member that has taken trout from the pond. Just send him an email at joegwebb@yahoo.com and let him know the total number of trout taken by you and any guest(s).
Thank you for your consideration,  Joe.

Check out Two Presentations at December's Membership Meeting  (posted December 5, 2016)

See Chapter Meeting web page.

Beware the Mud Flats  (posted December 5, 2016)

Evryone should be aware that the pond is being lowered for several months to be able to conduct some major renovation around the perimeters near the dam and between the wood lines on bioth sides of the dam.  This has exposed large expanses of shoreline and wide flats of water logged soil and muck.  Be careful going out on this newly exposed soil as it is very muddy and possibly deep enough to make it very difficult to extricate yourself if you get sucked into the bog.  Also, the boat ramp could be a real problem as you need to back your trailer further into the pond to launch your boat.  This might place your vehicle in jeopardy of getting stuck in the exposed mud flats.  Also, there is a dramatic drop off beyond the noraml launch point.  If you back the boat in too far your trailer may go off that drop off and there is no telling how badly you might get stuck in the boat ramp area.  It is suggested that you very careful and maybe wait until the pond has returned to full pool in the spring before launching a boat with a trailer.

State Chapter Invites Virginia Chapters to Participate (Posted October 14, 2016)

Barbara Pritchett attended the Virginia State Division Meeting on October 1, 2016 at the Alexandria Chapter. She reported at our October meeeting that the newly hired National Clean Water Director, Danielle Donkersloot spoke at the Division Meeting about a new Clean Water Campaign being launched by the National Chapter. Danielle is very knowledgeable in her field and very excited to begin this position. She will be working with the State and regional Chapters to provide information regarding Clean Water and Save our Stream Projects. Barbara also reported that the State Division passed a motion to purchase up to $10,000 in water testing kits. Each individual chapter may receive one of these kits free and may purchase additional kits from the State Division at a reduced price. The state will continue to purchase the kits in a large supply in order to keep prices down for the Chapters. There will be more to learn about our participation in this activity soon.  In the meantime, you can access the information on this revitalized Save Our Streams effort published by the National Headquarters.

2017 Membership Renewal  (updated October 22, 2016)

The 2017 Membership Renewal forms were prepared on Sunday morning, October 2, by a small group of volunteers and were taken to the Post Office on October 3.  Members should all have received their envelope on or around October 6, Thursday.  If you do not receive an envelope for renewal of your 2017 membership to the Izaak Walton League of America, something is amiss and you should contact Sandy Stanford by simply dropping him an email at stanfolr@comcast.net to let him know that we have somehow missed you.
This year, for the first time ever, you will not receive anything back in the mail from the Chapter after you pay your dues.  You have your permanent membership all-in-one card and it will remain in effect for another year upon your remittance of the 2017 dues.  Your card will be extended for an additional 12 months and the gates will continue to open for you.  You will not need to come to the Chapter for any reason related to renewal.

Be sure to read the inserts along with your membership invoice.  There are two from the Chapter:
  1. The annual shooter's fee insert.  If this form applies to you, complete it and send along with your remittance.  If you shoot and are less than 65 years old then you should remit an additional $10 for each shooter's card that you possess.  If you are 65 or older then you have hit the jackpot and may shoot for only your membership fee.  If you decide to shoot and have not been a shooter before you must remit your fee and come to the Chapter on work day to exchange your regular membership ID for a shooter's ID.  You are not allowed to shoot without a shooter's ID.  Likewise if you decide to not continue as a shooter, you must exchange your badge for a regular membership badge.  Your shooter's ID will be deactivated on December 31 and you will need to obtain a replacement all-in-one card.
  2. A membership renewal facts insert.  Very important information is included on this insert as we have discontinued postal mailings during the year except for the annual billing.  All information passed to membership is now passed only by electronic communication.
For your information and convenience the two Chapter inserts that are in your envelopes are replicated here:

            Shooter's fee insert.                                 Membership renewal facts insert.

Our Fish at the Chapter Pond are being Tagged and Tracked (posted September 1, 2016)

Our Chapter Pond manager, Joe Webb, has started a fish tagging program at the pond at the Chapter grounds.  So far about 25 fish have been caught, tagged and released.  This program will help to assess the health of our fishery.  If you fish at the pond and catch one with a tag on the left side of the dorsal fin make sure you take note of the tag number.  You can go to the fish tagging website to see the history of the fish and add your own notations: Go to the main web site front page at www.fishtagger.com. Key in the full Tag ID printed on the tag and click Go. You will now be brought to a web page displaying the tag's history. Please add your new catch information here by clicking Add. You will be asked for information regarding your catch such as angler name/e-mail, fish type, weight, length, location caught, date caught, and any comments. You should print out and take a Fish Tag Log Sheet with you when fishing in order to record this information for entering into the computer after fishing. Please also send Joe an email to let him know you had caught and reported a fish that has been tagged.  Joe also announced that in partnership with the Chapter's Project Healing Waters Fly Fisherman Program the pond will again be stocked with rainbow trout this year.  This stocking will be done after the temperatures of the pond water have dropped to a safe level for survival of the species

Problems Receiving Chapter Email?  Do you use Gmail? (posted May 6, 2016)

If you are having trouble receiving Chapter emails and you are using gmail as your email delivery application, the mail might be located in a tab called Promotions. In gmail, your email typically is received in the Primary tab (known more commonly as the inbox).  Gmail has other tabs located next to the Primary tab and one of those is Promotions.  Look there and see what you can find.  If you want to know more about the delivery of mail from the email distribution tool we use (MailChimp) read this knowledge article:

As it turns out, if Chapter email is being delivered to the Promotions tab, you can correct this tendency by simply moving your Chapter originated email from the Promotions tab to the Primary tab and it will learn that you want future email delivered there  Further instruction about moving email messages can be obtained here: https://support.google.com/mail/answer/3055016?hl=en&ref_topic=3394594