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
Basic Hunter Education Course Announced (Posted
November 19, 2019)
A training course has been tentatively set for
Saturday, February 29, 2020 (yes, it is a leap year and
we get an extra day in February). This will be a
Basic Hunter Education Course which will be taught at
the chapter house. Additional details will be
announced later. And there is another education
course being planned for a date in August, 2020.
Rainbow Trout waiting to be caught at the Chapter Pond
December 1, 2019)
It should be good fishing at the pond.
Events for the week of December 15 and Our Next
Chapter Work Day on January 4 (Updated
December 14, 2019)
- Friday, December 13-Sunday December 15, Boy Scouts
at the grounds.
- Sunday, December 15, at 2 PM, Annual Wreath Making
at the Chapter House, At the chapter house from 2 pm until 5 pm. We will provide wireframes, greenery clippings, and decorations to make and take home your own fresh holiday wreath. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org .
- Tuesday, December 17, 1:30 - 3:30 pm, PHWFF
fly-tieing class at the chapter house
Next Monthly Work Day, Saturday, January 4,
- Saturday, Grounds Maintenance Tasks begin at 8:00
- Saturday, 9 am, Prospective Member Interviews
and New Member Orientation at chapter house
- Saturday, 9:30 AM to 12
noon, Next scheduled All-in-one Badge
issue at the chapter house for new members and those
members that have never had a photo ID issued
Note: Firearms ranges closed until workday is complete.
No other events are presently planned, however, it is
always prudent to check with the official Chapter Calendar
for any last minute
Chapter Receives Two National Awards at Most Recent
Convention in Des Moines (Posted
Your chapter was recognized twice at the 2019 National
Convention. See National Convention tab
New to Fishing or Do You Want to Become More
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
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,
July Work Day Accomplishments (Updated
Jim Rector reports we had a successful work day on
Saturday, July 6. The following was accomplished:
to everyone for your hard work today.
had four people to help with the roadside clean-up,
(there won’t be road clean-up for August but it will
resume in September)
on the berms on Ranges 1 & 2 were cut
limbs were removed from the grave site
sites were weeded
brush around Range 1, next to Range 2, the roadway
between Range 2 & 3, and the entire Bowmen area
was cut back.
around the flag poles was weeded
of the new fence line was installed.
grass in the parking area was cut.
For several workers the work day was extended into
Sunday in order to complete the installation of a fence
out to the new parking area on the far side of the pond.
project is shown in the attached series of photos.
Herbert Pritchett, Darrell Schultz, Joe Web, Dirkland
Talley and Jim Rector gave up their Sunday to complete
this nice addition to the property.
Darrell P Schultz Awarded the Annual Tobin Award for
The Power of Change (Posted
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.
Adopt-a-Highway Schedule set for 2019 (Posted
Notice: New Trash Policy for Ranges (Posted
The Chapter has instituted a new policy for trash disposal
at the ranges. Simply, if you bring any material
into the range areas, to include targets, temporary target
stands, cartridge boxes, food or drink, etc., you are to
remove it from the property and dispose with your personal
household waste. You may leave bullet casings in the
supplied bucket (not on the ground) and lead in the berms.
That's it. Details of this new policy were
distributed by an email reminder
on March 15.
Passcode for the Member Login Page has been changed
All members should have received an email reminder from
the Social Media Manager indicating the new 4-digit
passcode that allows members to access the Memberhip
page The old pass code has been replaced
and will no longer work
New Members Inducted in June 2019 (posted
new members were inducted on Thursday, June 7,
Welcome our newest Ikes, from left to right:
John "Cal" Cox and Frank Robinson
welcome to our newest Ikes!
Membership Meeting Minutes for November have been Posted
for Review by Chapter Members (posted
Go to the Member Login page
to access and read
the draft minutes for the recent membership meeting,
These will be offered for membership ratification at the
next monthly membership meeting
Also note that last month's minutes were read and
ratified at the recent meeting and those minutes and many
others are also found in the same Member Only
Do You Plan to Host an Event at the Chapter? (updseted
The Chapter is an amazing asset if any member want to host
an event on the premises. If you have an intent to
host a group, make sure you do some advance planning and
contact the Chapter's Event Planner, Greg Raines.
Earlier in May, we updated the Chapter's House and Ground Rules
and at the
same time established a requirement for anyone desiring
the use of the Chapter to access, download, read and
complete the Request for Use of Chapter Premises
This document outlines requirements for use,
releases the Chapter from liability and assures the
requester the full knowledge of the Chapter's
expectations. The document can always be found
midway on the Facilities page
. Please submit
your completed application to Herbert Pritchett at email
well in advance of the anticipated use so that you
are assured of permission to use and no conflicts with
other events. Always look at the Chapter Calendar
Our Chapter was Awarded Twice during the Recent
National Convention (Updated
Tab for Several Recent "News" events
22, 2018 )
See Conservation page for the latest
Adopt-a-Highway report (posted
3, 2019 )
Communications Capability at Our Chapter (updated
6, 2018 )
The long awaited change from our previous Internet
supplier to Comcast Business has been accomplished.
We now have a high speed Internet, TV and telephone.
If you want to access wifi at the Chapter you may
use our guest access network line by setting up your
device to receive the signal (you may find the
credentials in the Member Only
Login page). This access
was fixed on May 6 so now it should work easily for all.
Our new phone number, accessible at phone boxes outside
the Chapterhouse, at the tool shed and a remote phone in
the kitchen, is 540-412-9330. You can make outgoing
and incoming calls. The bell does not riing loudly
for incoming calls outside and if no one is close by do
not rely on it being answered if it is an emergency.
The previous phone service was limited to outgoing
911 and was "copper wire"; this new phone is VOIP and can
be used for any local dialing which is especially useful
for those members that do not have good cell phone service
at the Chapter.
Our Chapter Apiary is in the Local News (posted
15, 2018 )
Monetary Grant from Rappahannock Electric
28, 2018 )
See the Conservation tab
Spanish Speaking Person Sought
Greg Raines indicated at the March Membership Meeting
that the VA Department of Game and Inland Fisheries
(VDGIF) is asking for volunteer Spanish interpreters for a
class they will be holding for children. Anyone
interested may contact Greg at 540-287-2628
text message works best).
We Now Have a Work Van for Facility Maintenance Chores
the efforts of one of our members, we have a vehicle that
we can use for chores around the Chapter and to support
our activities off-site. The Chevrolet E3500 van looks and
runs like new and was donated to the Chapter by Dominion
Electric. The decals were added so that we can be
visible in our community and project our image of
Conservation and community service. The van will
become very useful in July when we need to transport cargo
to the site of the National Convention we are hosting in
may learn more about Project Healing Waters by accessing
the web sites at http://www.projecthealingwaters.org/programs/locations/virginia/
or the more detailed information on the Fredericksburg Facebook page of
Project Healing Waters
Archery Ranges (posted
Members are reminded that the Manahoac Bowmen
organization operates an archery range which is inside the
woods beyond the flag pole on the west side of the pond.
No IWLA member is allowed to use that range for
archery purposes without the permission and guidance of
the Manahoac Bowmen. There is a series of ranges for
use by IWLA members to the right of the Bowmen's
building. It is situated between the Shotgun Range
and the Bowmen's building. There are several
shooting lanes of varying distance for targets primarily
for arrows with field points. Archers shall not be
using broadhead arrow tips on any target not designed for
their use. If you are not familiar with this
prohibition please reference the Chapter's range rules
. If you
do not understand the basis for the requirement, do not
shoot broadhead arrows without consulting someone in
charge of the Manahoac Bowmen organization. Shooting
broadhead arrows at targets meant for field points damages
the targets severely. Broadhead arrows are razor sharp and
designed to rip and tear flesh. If shot into a
target meant for field points they can easily break off
and present a very severe hazard to anyone left with the
task of repairing the targets. Violators of this
prohibition will be severely penalized. Again, do
not use broadhead arrows unless you know what you are
doing. The person or persons that shot these arrows
into field targets obviously did not know what they were
doing or were maliciously/willingly damaging property.
Please direct any questions about the archery ranges
and range requirements to Eugene Slagle at
email@example.com. You can obtainin additional
information about the bowmen organization at their web page
Assured Access to Advanced Health Care Directives
At the April Chapter Membership Meeting, George Lear
reported to the membership the existence of a service that
the Commonwealth of Virginia provides to its citizens.
This service is a secure website that can be used to
store important documents that protect your legal rights
and ensure your medical wishes are honored if you are
incapacitated and unable to manage your own care.
The database of Advance Directives at this website
is held in a confidential and secure site, protected by
the most up-to-date web and database security standards.
All information submitted is used only by authorized
individuals and kept completely confidential. If you
are interested in learning more about this service you can
obtain all the information and subscribe by linking here.
Free Money for the Chapter (posted
If any of our members (or anyone else for that matter)
shop using Amazon Smiles, 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
Several items have been found at the Chapterhouse:
- A set of small keys
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org describing
your lost item and we will figure out a good time to get
the item back to its proper owner.
Some of our Fish at the Chapter Pond were Tagged and
will be Tracked if reported (updated
Our Chapter Pond manager, Joe Webb, has started a fish
tagging program at the pond at the Chapter grounds.
About 60 bass have been caught, tagged and released in a
one month period several years ago. 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. Tagged fish are still being caught. 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 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.
Problems Receiving Chapter Email? Do you use
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