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  updated November 27, 2022





  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.

Session Two

  November 2022 New Member Induction posted November 6, 2022

On November 5, 2022 we gave an orientation to 1 new member at the chapterhouse. The newest individual member, Kearn Knowles, is pictured below:

Kearn Knowles

   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.

Daylight Saving Time to End Early On Sunday, November 6 (Posted October 31, 2022)

At 2 am on Sunday, November 6, Daylight Saving will end and Eastern Standard Time will resume.  For most of us, it is best to set the clocks back one hour before retiring on Saturday evening so that Sunday morning when you awaken all will be on the proper schedule. What does that mean to Ikes?  Well, the most noticeable change is to the range use hours.  The ranges will now be closed at 4 pm each day. The firearm ranges will continue to open at 8 am except for each Sunday, which remains a noon opening. With the extra hour "gained" on the morning of November 6 due to the change in Daylight Saving, it might be a good time to review the range requirements embodied in both the following:

Pistol, Rifle, and Shotgun Range Rules

and

Special Stepped Up (Zero Tolerance) Range Rule Enforcement reminder

Yes, range safety officers are still listening for shots fired in rapid succession.  Except for double taps (an allowance), we are asking for a one second interval between trigger pulls. If you are cited for any violation in the stepped up enforcement list of violations you will be asked to leave the range and to attend the next meeting of the board where you will be asked to explain your action.  Your access to the grounds will be suspended until you meet with the board and have your violation adjudicated.


Events for the week of November 27 and Our Next Chapter Work Day on December 3, 2022  (Updated November 27, 2022)

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.

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  hwpritchettsr@yahoo.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 this past week (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 at the end of April 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.

Thanks to all who volunteered for working the Dog Mart this year.  It was better than last year which was also a success  Work has already begun on next year's Dog Mart 325th Anniversary.

Scheduled monthly workdays (first Saturday of the month typical schedule):
  • Saturday, grounds maintenance tasks begin at 8:00 AM,  All new members need to sign the roster sheet to obtain credit for work hours.  You must sign in when you arrive and sign out when you leave.  There are no exceptions. The kitchen area of the chapter house is off-limits except for kitchen crew on work day.
  • Saturday, Adopt-a-Highway roadside pickup event at 8:30 am (A roadside pickup is usually planned for work day if there is trash; Watch here for a notice For safety reasons a pickup will not be scheduled if the roadways are wet and slippery even if the rain has subsided.) There will not be  need for a pickup in November. . IMPORTANT: When a pick-up is scheduled and you are intending to participate, review and heed the safety requirements on the Conservation page.
  • Saturday, 9 AM, Prospective member interviews in the Activity Center temperature permitting (or chapterhouse-- ask) and new member orientation in chapterhouse.
  • Saturday, All-in-One badging photos between 9:30 AM to 12 noon. The photo sitting will be first come first served. If you are possessing a temporary access badge (either orange or white), please come in to obtain a proper photo ID. If you are replacing a badge (where a photo exists but the badge has failed due to misuse) there will be a new photo badge reissued for a fee of $10 using either your archived photo or a new photo taken at the time of issue.
  • Saturday, around 10 AM, a trap thrower training session will be offered as needed and weather permitting for the auto clay pigeon thrower with wobbler base on shotgun range (range 4). This is a 15 minute tutorial and demonstration (if demand exists; please advise Sandy Stanford if you want an orientation.)
  • Saturday after work has completed there will be a lunch served in the activity center or the chapterhouse if weather is too cold before workday is considered complete.
Note: In consideration of the fact that members are volunteering their efforts in support of the chapter on monthly workdays other recreational pursuits (fishing or shooting as prime examples) are closed until workday is complete. It could be as late as 2 PM although it might end as early as 1 PM when work has completed. The workday tasks have priority and all members are requested to participate whether or not required new member work hours have been met. 
No other events are presently planned, however, it is always prudent to check with the official chapter calendar for any last minute changes.

See some drone photos of the Fredericksburg Dog Mart on the Activity Web Tab posted October 16, 2022


October 2022 New Member Induction posted October 8, 2022

On October 8, 2022 we had 5 new members given an orientation at the chapterhouse. The newest members of the chapter are pictured below:


From L to R: Robert and Deanne Lawrence, Family membership; and Ann Michelle Steinberger, Individual membership.  Absent from the photo are John and Karen Ottenberg, Family membership.

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.

Welcome to our October 2022 members.

September 2022 New Member Induction  posted September 3, 2022

On September 3, 2022 we had 2 new members given an orientation at the chapterhouse. The newest members of the chapter are pictured below:


From L to R: Sherry Marcini (Family membership) and Mark Hunter (Individual membership)

Welcome to our newest members of the chapter!

 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 newsletter@iwlafred-rapp.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, 2022

On 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.