Events for the week of October 18 and Our Next Chapter Work Day on November 7 (Updated October 17, 2020)
We are hopeful that we might get back to a more normal chapter meeting schedule in September but it depends on how the governor decides to reopen the commonwealth. See chapter calendar for any 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.
Standby while we assess changes for November. As soon as we determine what can be done we will post it here. It is important to maintain social distancing and masking requirements as much as possible while inside the chapter house. Wash hands and use hand sanitzer.
No other events are presently planned, however, it is always prudent to check with the official chapter calendar for any last minute changes.
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 September 30, 2020)Thanks to the generous monetary donations from our members, the pond will be stocked with rainbow trout on Nov 19th after the water temperature cools to the safe level for stocking.
Trout fishing is “catch and keep” only, i.e., there is to be no releasing of caught trout back into the pond. There is a daily 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. A member may bring in two guests per visit. We are asking that after November 19th that the guests be registered in the kiosk used for registering guests for shooting on the range. Use the clip board for registering shooting guests but annotate that the guests are registered for fishing only. Guests are allowed three visits before they will be asked to apply for membership. Also, there will be a clipboard at the “fishing shelter” near the fire pit for you to report name, date, and number of trout caught.
And a general reminder about trash: There has been an increasing amount of line, hooks and other trash around the shoreline of the pond. Please do not litter! As a reminder, the fire pit is not a trash can and is there for burning wood for warmth and nothing else. If you brought it in, please take it out and dispose of at home.
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 September Business Meeting (Posted September 5, 2020)
At the September Business meeting of the chapter there were a number of new candidates for membership introduced and elected to membership. The following photo of another large group is pictured here on Saturday, September 5, 2020 after their orientation.
From left to right:
Richard Schwartzman, Dominique and Melissa Ramirez, Jamie Kunsman, Robert Hayden, April and Todd Edwards, Gilbert Devey, Norman Churchill, Teddi and Anthony Boyda.
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
August 2020 Chapter Membership Inductees (Posted August 8, 2020)
We had a total of 6 family and one individual members added to the chapter roster on August 8, 2020. The chapter welcomes our newest 13 members.
From left to right; Joseph Svadvari (Laura not present); Erica Ell; Craig and Wanda Rawlett; John and Kathleen Shafer; Michael and Maria McElyea; Steve and Karen Ennis; and Steven (Diana not present) Noonen
Trap Shooting at the Chapter - Ernie Meier Memorial Trap Shoot - August 15 (Posted July 25, 2020)As August is National Sports Shooting Month, the Chapter is hosting an event befitting the National theme and in honor of a shotgun enthusiast and range 4 supporter, Ernie Meier. As you might be aware, Ernie passed away earlier this month and we are dedicating this trap shoot to his memory. The event will be held on Saturday, August 15, at the Chapter, from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. The event will be held on our shotgun range and we will devise some means to schedule shooters so everyone will not show up at the same time to shoot.
For the event, the range will be configured to allow the launching of up to four and maybe five clay targets at once—making it exceedingly challenging. The Chapter will provide both the shells and clays for the event. If any shooter cares to attempt to shoot consecutive clays for an award, the chapter has “IWLA 25 Straight” patches to award to those members that can shoot 25 straight clays without a miss.
This is an event for chapter membership but as we would like to use it for the recruitment of prospective members, each member may invite one non-chapter member to participate. Remember, the chapter is providing all the shells and clays for the event. The chapter will also offer food and beverages at a nominal cost for participants to enjoy in between flights.
In order to properly arrange for the event, please let us know if you plan to attend. To register, simply provide your name, the shotgun gauges that will be shot for yourself and a guest if you bring one to one or all of us (Jamie Branham, Sandy Stanford and/or Jim Lloyd). You may find our contact email addresses at the Contact Us page. We will establish a schedule and procure the clays and shells to serve the registrants. There is no entry fee (as said above, the food will have a reasonable price). Just come and enjoy it.
This is the first attempt at hosting an event like this but we are sure it will be fun for all.
Annual Election of Officers and Half the Directors on August 6 at 7 PM (Posted July 25, 2020)
Dirkland Talley Awarded the Annual Justice Tobin Award for 2019 (Posted July 11, 2020)See News Tab for details
New Temporary Traffic Pattern at the Chapter (posted May 2, 2020)
The Temporary traffic pattern will remain until a fence has been erected within the next month..(updated July 18, 2020)
Starting Sunday, May 3rd at 3 PM a section of the road through the Chapter will be changed due to construction work starting for the new steel pavilion on the morning of May 4. The alternate routing will run through the parking lot to the range 1 entrance road and back out to the main road through to the back part of the property. This alternate routing will remain this way until the job is completed. This could take up to 3 weeks depending on the weather.
This temporary alternate routing of traffic will be marked clearly so there should not be any confusion. As is always expected, please observe the posted speed limits.
If you have any questions about this matter please contact Herbert Pritchett at 540-786-7711.
Issued 4 All-in-One Badges and Inducted 3 New Members for July 2020 (posted July 11, 2020)On July 11 we issued 4 All-in-One badges which did not account for nearly 10 badges that have been issued as temporary badges without photo. These will need to be taken at the August meeting or the access to all temporary badges will be suspended until a proper All-in-One badge with photo is prepared. This is normally done one month after a member is oriented.
Summary... if you have an orange temporary badge or a blank white temporary badge you need to come on August 8 to have your photo taken and have a permanent All-in-One Badge issued with photo.
New Members Inducted July 2020
New Members inducted July 2020
L to R Rusty Duggins, James Minter, and Jeffrey Newman
Darrell Ferrell Pavilion Razed to Make Way for Larger Structure (posted March 20, 2020)
The main pavilion at the Chapter (named for one of its long-time and prominent members, Darrell Ferrell) was razed on March 13, 2020, in advance of a renewal project that replaces it with a larger, modern metal constructed building that will serve multi-purposes. You can see the former pavilion in the photo above.
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.
Revised Schedule for Adopt-a-Highway Roadside Pickup for Remainder of 2020 (posted July 11, 2020)
Bill Hudson had announced that the chapter will resume Adopt a Highway activity on April 4 (our next chapter workday). Scheduled dates for pickups included chapter work days for the months of April, May, June, August, and September. (None scheduled for July). It has not happened as planned due to the COVID-19 virus!
Bill actually did lead a pick-up in July. He was able to finish a good share of our assigned highway but not able to complete a full sweep. He remarked that the trash was not near as bad as he expected especially since it had been since last fall since we had done a pick-up.
Due to the circumstances he has modified the schedule to include the August workday, the September workday and, possibly, the October workday.
See our Conservation page for details including important safety requirements. Bill Hudson will provide a safety brief just prior to the scheduled pickup events at the parking lot in front of the chapter house.
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 email@example.com
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.