updated May 24, 2023
Two SignUp events added to the Member Login web page posted May 20, 2023
The SignUp links for the Fredericksburg Dog Mart and the recently scheduled Fall Spotsy Wine Festival have been added to the Member Login page so members may access the links and volunteer support for the events later this fall. Sign up soon and often!
The Prestigious Judge John Tobin honor was awarded at the May Membership Meeting
See the News Tab.for details.
Work Day, May 6, 2023 posted May 6, 2023
Jim, Darrell and Gib cleared out the tree line near the front of the property. The chipper was tuned up today and is running like a top (with a heavy flywheel it is almost like a top). And the flywheel was also greased! The battery needs to be replaced but we can get by with a jump start. It's a "mean mulching machine!" Like all fine machines and would-be athletes, it needs a more frequent workout. Over by the sheds, Terry, the other Darrell, and new member Jeffery removed the old metal-clad doors on the tool shed and replaced them with "newish" metal-clad doors. That project will extend the life of the tool shed by at least another half century! Others were clearing the pond weeds. At noon, Nona fed the hungry crew Angus beef hamburgers. Three new members received their membership orientation and 2 received their All-in-One credentials today (see below).
Come out to your chapter next month to keep these tools properly exercised!
May 2023 New Member Induction posted May 6, 2023
On May 6, 2023, Mike Weiss and Sandy Stanford gave an orientation to 1 family membership and 1 new individual member at the chapterhouse. The newest members of the chapter are pictured below and are, from left to right, John DeVincenti, Billy Jean Claytor, and Steve Harmon. Steve Harmon was voted into membership at the April membership meeting but had his required orientation this month. Welcome our newest members of the chapter.
April 2023 New Member Induction posted April 8, 2023
On April 8, 2023, Mike Weiss and Sandy Stanford gave an orientation to 2 new individual members at the chapterhouse. The newest members of the chapter are pictured below and are, from left to right Daniel Nefferdorf and Jeffery Bryant. Absent were new members Stephen Harmon and Richard Jones, who were also voted in on Thursday: Welcome our newest members of the chapter.
Large Rainbow Trout Caught (Posted February 24, 2023)
Has anyone caught a larger rainbow this year from the chapter pond? Believed to be about 4 pounds.
Events for the week May 28 and Our Next Chapter Work Day on June 3, 2023 (Updated May 28, 2023)
See the official chapter calendar for events during the month and for any changes to the official event schedules. Note especially our monthly slate of meetings and dates where there are range closures.
Note also that our seasonal schedule of lawn mowing and weed trimming has started and will recur very week on Thursday morning unless there is a steady rain. The season ends when the weeds stop growing around the latter part of October. Work hour credits will accrue for new members and there will be a sense of appreciation for all members if they come to help keep the grounds looking neat and tidy. It will make the perks of chapter membership, like shooting and fishing, camping, hiking, etc. much more enjoyable knowing you are part of an organization that cares for and has pride in the entire facility. Come and participate with the other volunteers who toil every week to make the chapter a showplace. A few more volunteers will lessen the load on what now is a small percentage of the organization. If you can't make it on a weekday, come out on the first Saturday monthly work day.
If you desire an event to be placed on the calendar, please communicate with the president, Herbert Pritchett Sr at his cell phone number 540-226-0015 or his email address email@example.com. You should also reference the event requirements detailed in the Premises Use Agreement located on the Facilities web page.
Our active mowing season ended the week of October 27. During the active mowing season, each Thursday is designated as a mowing/string trimming day starting in early spring. The activity will usually start at 8 am or earlier and last until the grass and weeds have been cut. This schedule will commence again in another week or so and will continue until first frost curtails the growth near the end of October. If the day is a washout, it might be rescheduled. Watch for an email notice.
Usually in the first week of the month, the chapter will hold our board meeting on Monday (sometimes Tuesday if there is a holiday or event such as Halloween) evening at 6:30 pm and our membership meeting on Thursday evening at 7 pm. Both meetings will be in the chapter house.Scheduled monthly workdays (first Saturday of the month typical schedule):
No other events are presently planned, however, it is always prudent to check with the official chapter calendar for any last minute changes.
Report on the Execution of FY 2022 Budget Available posted February 2, 2023
Members can access the report that was presented at the February 2023 Membership Meeting by opening the Member Only login web page
AmazonSmile Charitable Contributions posted January 27, 2023
On February 20, 2023, Amazon
will be closing AmazonSmile to focus its philanthropic
giving to programs with greater impact. Member's
purchases will continue to generate Amazon donations
to the chapter until that date. See Amazon
explanation of reasoning for closing this
philanthropic means after a decade. Over the
years the chapter has received about $380 in
New Chapter Operational Policies Approved (Posted January 8, 2023)
On January 2 , 2023, the chapter board of directors met, discussed and approved updates to the Attachment 1 to Bylaws constituting the Operational Procures. As the policies were last modified in 2018, this constitutes an update to this document required at least every 5 years. The new Attachment 1, Operational Procedures can be located as a link to a PDF file in the Member Lggin area of this website.
New IWLA Logo Replaces the Old - Effective Immediately (Posted December 31, 2022) New logo pictured above
Absolute Final Deadline for Chapter Membership Renewal is January 31 and you must Pay a late fee of $20 in Addition to Other Fees (Posted January 23, 2023) If your 2023 dues payment is not postmarked before February 1, 2023, you will be dropped from the membership rolls and must submit a new application if you want to become a member of the chapter and the league. That means you will be a new member and must pay the initiation fee and commit to a service hour obligation as a prospective member.
Remittances received on or after January 18 (the last envelope opening session) will be opened and processed before the end of the month by the membership chairman. Your payments will be processed and your access to the property, suspended if not paid by December 31, will be reinstated. Any dues submitted will require a $20 late fee per our operating policies. Checks received after January 18 will be processed near the end of the first week of February by a small group of volunteer and deposited in the bank soon thereafter. That will be the last organized renewal session of 2023.
Our Pond has been Stocked with Trout posted November 19, 2022
On Friday morning, November 18, a truck from a trout farm in West Virginia entered our gates at the property and drove immediately to our boat launch ramp and began to unload about 300 nice sized rainbows and at least two sizeable brown trout. Angling is allowed immediately and you must keep each trout you catch with a daily creel limit of 3 trout with the possibility this will increase later. Each fish placed into the pond probably averages a pound and a half. Before you leave the pond, please register your catch on the clipboard attached inside the fishing shelter so we know how many fish we have taken from the pond. There will be a second stocking sometime before Christmas so fishing at the Walton pond should deliver some pleasure and excitement well into the winter season. A couple photos of the stocking follow:
Status report (Sunday, November 20): It appears from the catches recorded that the trout are acclimated and hungry. Several nice catches of 17 inch fish have already been recorded. It was also noted that an angler recorded 4 fish taken on two separate days. His name has been hidden so as to protect the identity of the guilty. It looked like he might not have read the catch limit rule at this stage of the season. I have attached a copy of the clip board and recorded catches. Also a photo of the enclosure containing the clip board in its outer water resistant wrapping. Please remove the clip board when recording your catch and replace the clip board with care so the paper does not get wet. With the warmer weather in the coming week, the fishing should be fun! Who is going to catch the brown trout?
Remember: The daily limit is three trout and then you are done!
Dues Renewal Envelope Opening Session Number Two posted November 14, 2022
On Wednesday, November 9, 2022, a group of dedicated Ikes gathered at the chapterhouse to perform the ritual opening of membership renewal enveloped for the 2023 membership year starting in January. Almost 150 envelopes were opened and payments processed for the renewing members. The gate access periods were adjusted to expire on January 1, 2024 so the permanent membership cards will be operational until that date and will open the gates for entry and exit. If you have not renewed yet you have roughly 6 more weeks to postmark your submission before the grace period in January 2023 when an added late payment fee is levied. If not paid by February 1, 2023, your membership will lapse.
A big thanks for the sacrifice of time made by the renewal processing crew that gathered for session 2. This result of this effort added to that of session 1 places our renewal rate at almost 50%. The next call will come when we have approximately 150 envelopes in hand for processing and it will be on a Sunday. Watch for the notification.
Here is a photo of the group that staffed three tables on last Wednesday.
Winners of the 324th Fredericksburg Dog Mart Featured Raffle (posted November 2, 2022)
We conducted a featured raffle this year for two prizes... a Charles Daly, 12 gauge shotgun that was donated by member Kevin Maxwell and a YETI cooler donated by Green Top Sporting Goods, Ashland, VA.
The raffle tickets were sold over the course of several months and at the Dog Mart on September 24th. The drawing was held on October 6 at the October membership meeting at the Fredericksburg-Rappahannock Chapter. As the winners drawn that evening did not need to be present, the manager of the raffle, Tammie Pasterak, chapter board member, contacted each winner and made arrangements for the prizes to be delivered. So, without any further ado, the winners of this year's featured Dog Mart Raffle are:
IWLA Member, Dave Burgess won the Charles Daly, 12 gauge Shotgun
Non-member, Toni Kelley, won the YETI Cooler
Congratulations to our winners and a big thank you to Green Top Sporting Goods and Kevin Maxwell for providing these fine prizes, to Tammie for managing the raffle, and for all the people that purchased the raffle tickets. We will be having another featured raffle for next year's 325th Fredericksburg Dog Mart on the last Saturday of September 2023, i.e., September 30.
See some drone photos of the Fredericksburg Dog Mart on the Activity Web Tab posted October 16, 2022
Directors and Officers Sworn in for 2022-2023 posted September 5, 2022
At the membership meeting on September 1, 2022, the new directors and officers that were elected in August were installed for the 2022-2023 board. The past president, Steven Kotowski swore in the members that were elected. The following photo was taken by Shannon Christopher:
From L to R: Jim Lloyd, vice-president; Herbert Pritchett, president; Barbara Pritchett, secretary; Jamie Branham, director (2 year term); Ralph Kinch, treasurer; Tammie Pastorek, director (2 year term). Jim Rector, director (2 year term) was absent for the photograph.
Workday Report on August 6, 2022 (Posted August 7, 2022)
We had a successful workday on Saturday with a group of volunteers that braved the humidity to continue trimming the overhanging branches on the tree line. Some of the Troop 21 scouts continued to outfit the pontoon boat that will eventually allow wounded veterans to venture out on the pond for some fishing tours. And a number of members took advantage of some training on the newly modified skeet thrower that now has a "wobbler" base to make shooting clays more challenging. We oriented 3 new members (see below). We had a great lunch of pulled pork on fresh rolls, potato salad, cowboy beans and rice and pickled onions. After lunch, a large audience listened to Darrell Schultz discuss the planning and needs for setting up Dog Mart on September 24, 2022. Much work is defined and volunteers ares still needed. Go to our Fredericksburg Dog Mart SignUp application and choose your task. Many openings still exist and your help is needed. More items are needed for this year's raffle. One of our members has obtained several items from Green Top which will be raffled. Green Top donated one of these items and the member donated the other. Raffle tickets will be sold soon for these quality items with a desire to bring in much more than their value in return. If you want to contribute to the raffle, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org along with an accurate description of the donated item.
Judge John W. Tobin Award for 2021 Presented Posted May 6, 2022
At the May membership meeting the prestigious Judge John W. Tobin Award was presented to member Al Saunders. See additional details at the News page.
Earth Day Celebration updated May 5, 2022On April 23, Fredericksburg and the surrounding area celebrated Earth Day. And the Fredericksburg-Rappahannock Chapter of the Izaak Walton League of America participated in the celebration of Earth Day on the Rappahannock at Old Mill Park. We had four tables at the event... our chapter membership table, the Healing Waters Fly Fishermen was there and the Apiary had a table as will Troop 21, Boy Scouts, who helped with our barrel train attraction.
Thanks for those that volunteered and supported at this annual event:
New Additions to the Range Rules have been Published (Posted March 18, 2022)
The range rules have been updated. You may read those rules and the changes on the Facilities Web Page and at the Member Login page.
Welcome to the Boy Scouts of America Troop 21 (Posted March 5, 2022)The Fredericksburg-Rappahannock Chapter of the Izaak Walton League of America, Inc. signed an agreement with Boy Scouts of America, Troop 21 to make them an affiliate of the chapter. You will notice that our calendar has already placed a weekly meeting of the Troop on Monday evening at 7 pm. You will also notice in the near future and as the weather gets better additional activity by the troop on the grounds as they begin to move their equipment to the property. When you see the troop out at the chapter give them a welcome.
Here are two photos from March 7, 2021 at their very first official meeting at our chapter house:
Members of BSA Troop 21 shown with Scoutmasters Jason Stone and Craig Kibler
Scout led small discussion group
A big Welcome to BSA Troop 21
Zero Tolerance Policy Issued for Firearms Ranges (Posted January 2, 2022)
On December 28 an email was sent to all subscribed members announcing the initiation of a zero tolerance policy for certain violations of the range rules. All members are advised to read the email and the current chapter Pistol, Rifle and Shotgun Range Rules thoroughly. This policy was instituted to increase the safety of range operations and was effective on New Year's Day. Note: If you are not receiving email reminders from the chapter you might not be on the distribution list and you are not informed about chapter functions and operations. You can add yourself to distribution, if a member, by applying here. If you are not a member you will be removed after review by the moderator.