Delinquent 2021 Dues (Posted January 15, 2021)
There are roughly 70 people who are delinquent in paying their annual dues and fees for 2021. An email was sent to the members who have an address on file in our email distribution application, Mailchimp. This email is unable to reach all that are delinquent so if you are reading this and have not paid please consider sending in your dues and fees today before it is too late. If not postmarked or otherwise received by the Membership Chairman by February 1, 2021 your membership will permanently lapse and you will be expelled as a member. If you have not paid your dues please read the details in the email message sent to delinquent members who have an email address in Mailchimp. If you have any question send an email to newsletter@ iwlafred-rapp.org and either I or Sandy Stanford will try to answer your question.
Events for the week of January 17 and Our Next Chapter Work Day (tentatively scheduled) on February 6, 2021 (January 9, 2021 workday canceled) (Updated January 16, 2021)
The membership meetings scheduled for the first Thursday of each month are cancelled until further notice because of the occupancy restrictions levied by the governor. See the chapter calendar for any changes to the official event schedules. The COVID-19 guidance might change any of our scheduled events so check back frequently. I will keep the COVID-19 restrictions for the workday until advised otherwise.
(modified schedules in red due to coronavirus (Covid-19) restrictions) and other changes These might be altered so sometime before next month's workday check back for refinements
It is important to maintain social distancing and masking requirements as much as possible while inside the chapter house. Wash hands and use hand sanitizer.
No other events are presently planned, however, it is always prudent to check with the official chapter calendar for any last minute changes.
Trout Stocking of the Pond
See the Conservation Tab for the story and two videos of the trout stocking and fishing today at Izaak Walton Fred-Rapp Chapter.
Temporary Process for Prospective New Members (for prospective new members and sponsors) (Updated December 17, 2020)
The governor of the commonwealth has again tightened the restrictions in the face of increased infections from covid-19. The one restriction that causes us to modify the schedule for chapter meetings is the one limiting any indoor meeting to no more than 10 people even if socially distanced and masked.
It is therefore decided by the chapter board of directors that all meetings of the chapter membership (the board meeting on Monday, January 4, the meeting on Thursday evening, January 7 (known as both the membership meeting and the business meeting) and the workday on January 9 are canceled. The meetings in February will be decided later if the assembly restrictions are given any relief. We expect this change might continue at least through early 2021.
This will affect the process for new member induction. New prospective members have been informed of a change in their induction process.
As restrictions change we will provide modifications for these meetings and new member intake.
Pond is Overflowing its Banks and the Dam (Posted November 12, 2020)
Heavy rainfall in the area has raised the level of the pond and it is flowing out from the main spillway and the secondary (emergency) spillway. It is still raining so this will continue until the weather pattern changes.Not sure whether we are losing fish but the main spillway has a fence. Luckily the trout have not yet been stocked. That will take place on November 19 so the water should subside by then.
New Information Available on the Member Login site (Posted November 12, 2020)
At the membership meeting on November 5, 2020, the chapter budget for 2021 was presented and approved by membership affirmation.
Also, it was announced that the chapter has WiFi coverage across the park on both sides of the pond. Information on the SSIDs can also be found in this web page as well as posted in several locations at the chapter house.
For access to this information please go to the Member
Scouts Retire American Flags (Posted September 24, 2020)In a private ceremony at the chapter on the evening of September 22, Troop 171, Boy Scouts of America conducted a solemn ceremony to retire worn and damaged American Flags. In accordance with the Flag Code the flags were prepared and burned in our fire pit near the pond. Ashes from the fire will be interred in our flag cemetery.
The Fish are Coming (Updated November 3, 2020)Thanks to the monetary donations from some of our generous members, the pond will be stocked with rainbow trout on Nov 19th when the water temperature has cooled to the safe level for stocking. If you are interested in watching the stocking process, we expect the delivery to be at some time between 10 and 11 AM on November 19. That is the best time window we can provide as the fish are delivered by Sugar Grove Trophy Trout Farm, Sugar Grove, West Virginia.
Trout fishing will begin immediately after stocking. There is not a requirement for a license or trout license for fishing at the pond. Once stocked, trout fishing will be strictly “catch and keep”, i.e., there is to be no releasing of caught trout back into the pond. There is a daily creel limit of four rainbows per angler. After an angler catches (and keeps) four fish, he/she must cease fishing with anything that would (reasonably) catch a trout. Said another way, after you catch your four, you must stop fishing for trout. You can give your fish away if you wish, but it is still on your creel limit (for example, a fisherman could leave with more than their four fish, only if others give them theirs).
The trout are provided for the enjoyment of Chapter members and their families, but guests are permitted per the following guidelines. A member may bring in two guests per visit. We are asking after November 19th that fishing guests be registered in the kiosk used for registering guests for shooting on the range. Use the same clipboard used for registering shooting guests but annotate that the guests are registered for fishing only. Guests are allowed only three visits before they should apply for membership to continue to benefit from the perks of the chapter.
Also, there will be a clipboard at the “fishing shelter” near the fire pit for you to report your name, the date, and the number of trout caught. Whether you are a member or a guest please record your catch as you prepare to leave so we know the outtake of trout.
Ernie Meier Memorial Trapshoot (Posted September 13, 2020)
See the Activities tab for a brief article on the event and a special scoop on a more extensive article submitted to the IWLA national organization for publication in the next National Magazine, "Outdoor America."
New Members Inducted in November Business Meeting (Posted November 9, 2020)
At the November Business meeting of the chapter there were a number of new candidates for membership introduced and elected to membership. The following photo of this month's group is pictured here on Saturday, November 7, 2020 after their orientation.
From left to right:
Diana and Richard Crespo, Joe and Amy Gilkerson and son, and Marilee and Edward Kenlon
Welcome to our new members.
Chapter Board Electees Installed at Membership Meeting on September 3
(Posted September 3, 2020)
As a result of an election held at the August membership meeting, the elected officials were formally installed this evening for their 2021 term. The President of the Virginia State IWLA organization, Ernie Padgette, visited the chapter to preside over the oath of installation. The new officers and board directors elected are pictured below.
L to R: Jamie Branham, director (2 year term); Barbara Pritchett, secretary (1 year term); Herbert Pritchett, president (1 year term); Ralph Kinch, treasurer (1 year term); Jim Lloyd, director, (2 year term)
Not present for the photo were Joe Webb, vice-president (1 year term); and Jim Rector, director, (1 year term)
You may contact any of the board members by using the information accessed at the "Contact Us" web page
Barbara Pritchett is Elected to the National IWLA National Hall of Fame (Posted August 8, 2020)
Barbara Pritchett, Secretary of the Fredericksburg-Rappahannock Chapter of the Izaak Walton League of America, Inc. was recently elected as a member of the IWLA Hall of Fame. At the August membership meeting of the local chapter on August 6, Ms. Pritchett was presented with a plaque signifying her election. Ernie Padgette, the president of the Virginia State Division made the formal presentation. Each year there are only 5 Hall of Fame awardees nation-wide. An article in the Izaak Walton National magazine, and a press release about this prestigious election is forthcoming. Congratulations, Barbara, the chapter is proud of you.
Picture L. Barbara Pritchett and Ernie Padgette presentation
Picture R. Barbara Pritchett with Hall of Fame Award
Dirkland Talley Awarded the Annual Justice Tobin Award for 2019 (Posted July 11, 2020)See News Tab for details
The Concrete Pad for the New Pavilion has been Poured (posted May 31, 2020)This week at the chapter saw more progress on the new pavilion project with the construction of the forms, the installation of steel reinforcing rods and the pouring of the concrete for the floor. The next step will be for the steel structure to be fabricated at the manufacturing facility. Measurements of the slab will guide the fabricators into making the final precise pieces to be brought on site and erected. We should see this started in the early weeks of June.
The steel framework was erected (posted July 14, 2020)The steel framework was erected on Monday, July 13 and these photos were taken on Tuesday after the frame was made "true" and when the steel siding was beginning to be placed. The building shell, including roofing, should be complete by Friday, July 17. The new pavilion is going to be large!
The New Building has been Enclosed in Steel (posted July 18, 2020)
The new steel building is 97 percent complete. It would be 100% if not for damage to two doors - one roll-up overhead and a smaller swing-out door. These missing/damaged doors will be installed/replaced late next week. The building is not yet ready for any activities until we get the final occupancy inspection from the county. And there is still electrical work that needs to be done. Please feel free to stop by and walk inside by entering through the open space where a door is to go near the last roll up door near the end of the building on the road side. Please do not open any other doors at this time. Any questions on this please call Herbert at 540-226-0015. Here are some photos for those that cannot visit personally.
The 2020 National IWLA Convention (Posted February 1, 2020)
Read more at the National Convention page. The convention has been canceled due to COVID-19 impacts.
Interested in Our Apiary? (Posted March 7, 2020)
Go to our conservation page to see a newly created information sheet. If you are interested in becoming more expert on beekeeping contact Bryce Hanson at firstname.lastname@example.org
Beekeeper Photos posted (Posted December 6, 2019)
Go to the Conservation page to see several photos of our Chapter Apiary Volunteers as they work to put the apiary into winter hibernation.
Chronic Wasting Disease Information of Interest to Members (Posted December 31, 2019)
On December 11, 2019, Tom Ciarula of the Arlington-Fairfax Chapter attended a Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fishery (DGIF) Meeting in Richmond. Tom represented both the Arlington-Fairfax Chapter and the Virginia Division at the meeting. Attached is a presentation providing the latest information from DGIF on Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) in the deer population in Virginia. Ernie Padgette,President, Virginia Division, IWLA has asked us to disseminate to all interested parties.
Rainbow Trout waiting to be caught at the Chapter Pond (Updated December 1, 2019)It should be good fishing at the pond.
Chapter Receives Two National Awards at Most Recent Convention in Des Moines (Posted August 4, 2019)
Your chapter was recognized twice at the 2019 National Convention. See National Convention tab.
New to Fishing or Do You Want to Become More Proficient? (Posted August 3, 2019)An excellent place to start is the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries web page where you can do everything from purchase your license and read about the regulations as well as learn much about the art of fishing. Become a more educated angler then grab your pole and tackle and come out to the chapter to practice what you learn.
Fredericksburg- Rappahannock Chapter Board 2019 Elections (Updated September 7, 2019)In accord with the chapter's bylaws, each year around June, the current officers and, in alternating years, half the directors are canvassed for their desire to be placed on the ballot for the next year's term. This year, all incumbents canvassed expressed a desire to again compete for their elected positions. The election was held at the August membership meeting of August 1, 2019. While there was barely a quorum of members at this mid-summer meeting, the election was held and all incumbents were re-elected to their positions. All officers will serve an additional year and each of the re-elected directors will serve for 2 additional years. Those individuals that were on the slate of candidates ballot can be viewed in the Member login area of this web site or here. These electees formally took their offices at a swearing in ceremony at the September membership meeting on Thursday evening, September 5.
The Power of Change (Posted April 10, 2019)
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
Change web page to allow REC to make grants like
this to worthy programs like ours.