Membership information (Updated: January 6, 2023)
Introduction: The Fredericksburg-Rappahannock Chapter of the Izaak Walton League of America (IWLA) is currently accepting new members. The membership year for the Chapter starts on October 1st and ends on September 30th of the following year, and is the same as the membership year for the National level organization. The Chapter offers both Individual and Family memberships and has instituted a simple process for inducting new members.
Ideals of the Izaak Walton League and its Fredericksburg-Rappahannock Chapter: The Chapter is formed as a 501C(3) tax-exempt, charitable and non-profit organization that is devoted to the conservation of natural resources in the servicing area of Virginia. Its service ideals are embodied in the Member Pledge:
To strive for the purity of water, the clarity of air, and the wise stewardship of the land and its resources; to know the beauty and understanding of nature and the value of wildlife, woodlands, and open space; to the preservation of this heritage and to man's sharing in it.
Accordingly, the Chapter is seeking members that are interested in pledging themselves to the furtherance of the ideals. A desired member will join the organization in order to serve along with like minded individuals in the advancement of conservation, and the betterment of the Chapter to serve its ideals. Although the Chapter has other features deemed valuable (firearms and archery ranges, fishing ponds, hiking trails, etc.), which are perquisites intended for recreational use by the members, these are not the reason for being of the Chapter. In short, the Chapter is not a "rod and gun club," and anyone seeking only the benefits of a rod and gun club will not be considered a desirable member, and should seek to join another organization that aligns with their interests.
Prospective Member: A prospective member (or 2 members if a Family application) must first have a Chapter member in good standing for at least a year serve as a Sponsor. The prospective member(s) must be of sound character and must meet with a Membership Review Panel comprised of three Chapter members as defined in the Operational Policies. The prospective member(s) should complete a provisional application and bring it for review at the meeting with the panel.
Typically, the meeting with the Membership Review Panel will be on a Saturday work day before the following monthly membership meeting (for example, the prospective member will need to appear at the Chapter house on December 3, 2022 (a scheduled work day) to meet with the Panel in order to be able to join the Chapter at the next membership meeting on January 5, 2023). The meeting is an opportunity for the candidate and the Panel members to have a dialogue concerning the ideals of the organization, its bylaws and policies, and the organization's expectations of any new member, as well as to answer any questions by the prospective member before the prospect makes a final decision to proceed with an application. The prospective member(s) will be asked if they have read the Chapter's bylaws, operational policies and, if intending to use the ranges, being familiar with the governing range rules. A working awareness of the importance of the Chapter's web site will also be expected.
After this meeting, and if the prospect is interested in proceeding, the prospective member(s) will be required to attend the next monthly membership meeting at the chapterhouse, along with their sponsor, and be presented for a vote of acceptance by the membership body. The Sponsor for any prospective new member(s) must be present when the prospective member appears at the monthly membership meeting to join the Chapter. If the Sponsor cannot be there to vouch for the candidate, the candidate will be asked to return at a future meeting.
At the voting meeting the prospective member should bring a check made out to IWLA for the appropriate fees (Initiation, dues, and shooter’s fees); see Membership Fees below. It should be noted that Membership meetings are held usually the first Thursday of each month at 7 PM at the chapterhouse, and the Membership Review Panel for prospective members to be inducted the following month will be held on the Saturday (2 days later) in the chapterhouse. Check the Chapter calendar to pinpoint the exact dates.
The Sponsor: The sponsor will be accountable for properly preparing the prospective member with the ideals of the IWLA organization as well as its foundational bylaws, policies and safety rules governing the Fredericksburg-Rappahannock Chapter! This foundation of understanding will be key for the success of the initial meeting of the prospective member with the Membership Review Panel. Also, the sponsor must be present to enable a new person to join at the membership meeting as the Sponsor is required to present the prospective member(s) for the approval vote by the membership.
Membership Application: After completion of the meeting with the Membership Review Panel, a prospective member(s) must appear at the next membership meeting on the following month in order to be introduced by the sponsor and voted on for admission by the assembled membership. It would be good form to show up no later than 6:15 PM. Other members arrive at around that same time, and voting on new members is one of the first agenda items at the meeting, which will start promptly at 7 PM. Your check will not be cashed until you have been formally admitted for membership, and will be returned to you if for any reason you do not join at the membership meeting.
Click here to download a copy of the Membership Application.
Because the new member might not have a membership number assigned at the time of the orientation meeting, a photo ID cannot be issued at orientation. Instead, a temporary badge (orange color) will be issued. This will identify the member for the first month of membership and will allow the new member un-escorted access to the Chapter grounds. It will expire on the following Saturday work day so the new member and any family member will be expected to come in that next Saturday work day to surrender their temporary badge, to have a photo taken and be issued the All-in-one card. If this is not done on the next scheduled Saturday work day after orientation, the temporary badge will be rendered non-functional and the gate will not open with the temporary badge From start to finish, becoming a credentialed new member takes a commitment of three consecutive Saturday work days. It is suggested that a prospective member consult the Chapter calendar when planning to start the membership admission process.
The one-time initiation fee for either an individual or a family is $350.00. The annual dues for an individual member is $100 and family memberships are $153.00 and are payable at the time of membership acceptance. If one chooses to apply for membership on or after October 1 of the dues year, the prospective member will be paying the following year's fees and will pay a prorated fee for each month preceding January 1 of the membership year. By the same token, anyone joining before October 1 will be paying the full current year's dues, and will receive a dues invoice for the following year soon after joining. The local Chapter membership dues also provide membership to the National IWLA and the Virginia State IWLA.
As indicated, there is an additional $20.00 Fee for each new member if they plan to shoot on any of the Chapter's firearms ranges. The initiation fee of $350.00, the full amount of the annual dues and, as indicated, twenty dollars ($20.00) for each prospective member that intends to use the firearms ranges, are payable at the time of joining in either cash or by personal check made payable to IWLA.
Included as a benefit of your annual membership is a subscription to IWLA's Outdoor America magazine; the award-winning quarterly magazine of the Izaak Walton League of America.
Each quarterly issue is filled with articles about the conservation work of League members as well as an in-depth coverage of broader conservation issues. The only way to get this magazine is to become a member of the Izaak Walton League. It comes as a magazine in the mail but can also be downloaded from the IWLA web site if you are a registered member. In addition the National Organization has many publications relating to environmental stewardship. View the extensive library of publications offered by the National organization.
Chapter Affinity Merchandise (Hats and Tees):
The Chapter sells shirts and hats of various colors, styles
and sizes. Usually the merchandise is available for sale
at the Membership meetings on the first Thursday of each
month. It may also be available at other times (Saturday
work days) if a sales person is at the Chapterhouse and the
merchandise room is open. The prices vary according to
this price list.