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WARREN COUNTY VIRGINIA IZAAK WALTON LEAGUE

A PROUD HISTORY - A BRIGHT FUTURE

For 89 years, the WARREN COUNTY CHAPTER has worked to protect our natural resources in Virginia's Northern Shenandoah Valley.

Warren County is our primary membership area, but we maintain a waiting list of applicants from adjoining counties

Our MISSION is "...to strive for the purity of water, the clarity of air, and the wise stewardship of 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 the heritage and to man's sharing in it."

We do this in a fun, family-friendly environment from our beautiful 120 year-old, 155-acre farm park, nestled in an arm of the Blue Ridge near Browntown.

Check out our FACEBOOK PAGE for late-breaking news.

Welcome to our online home!

CONTACT THE CHAPTER

MAIL: P.O. BOX 556 - FRONT ROYAL, VA 22630PARK: 3364 GOONEY MANOR LOOP, BROWNTOWN, VAPHONE: 540.636.3666 (Often there's no one there to answer. See the LEADERSHIP tab at upper left for emergency contacts)
Current as of November 4, 2018
I'm changing the look and feel of the website to make it more mobile friendly and give it a cleaner look.
More and more of us are checking it on tablets and phones. The old desktop monitor is becoming a dinosaur. Editing has become easier, but we give up a lot of flexibility in layout and control. It's somewhat time-consuming, (and a bit scary) so I'll edit sections one at a time.
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COMING EVENTS AND MEETINGS

DECEMBER "THIRD MONDAY" DINNER

We have a tradition of getting together mid-month for dinner & fellowship. December's event is on Monday, Dec. 17. The menu includes rotisserie chicken, parsley potatoes, and broccoli casserole.

This time of year, the weather can be challenging. Watch the chapter's Facebook Page for any late-breaking news about weather.

Dinner starts at 6:00, but of course everyone is welcome to come up and enjoy the Park earlier. The new storm windows are up on the porch, so the house will be warm. Thanks to Jim Sylvester for the expert carpentry! If it's too cold, we'll serve in the living room.

You're always welcome to bring a side dish, salad, dessert or other treat. If you don't bring food, it would be nice to toss a few bucks into the can to offset the cost of the main course.

"FIRST DAY OUT" GET TOGETHER

Harry Reed is continuing the tradition of organizing a get-together on New Years Day at the Park. Bring traditional new years foods & beverages! More details to follow as we get closer to 2019.

BROWNTOWN ROAD CLEANUP

Our last Browntown Road cleanup of the year was on December 9th.

The turnout was good, and about a dozen workers showed up, The the group picked up 37 bags of trash, including three tires and about 100' of ¾" cable (which weighed about a gazillion tons). The weather was deteriorating, but held off 'till the major work was done. By the time of the last dump run, the roads were getting slippery and were covered in snow and ice.

Thanks to all who attended, and made both this pickup and the Chapter's Anti-Litter program such a success throughout the year.

Call Dennis Mosher if you have any questions about the program, or need further details.

CHAPTER MEETINGS RESUME IN MARCH 2019

Our last dinner of the year was Monday, December 3. Winter weather in the mountains can be challenging, so we don't meet in January and February.

This was our Annual Shrimp Dinner where we recognized our active members' support that helped ensure the Chapter's success throughout the past year.

The water will be turned off December 8th. When the weather thaws in March, Chapter meetings will resume. Of course, members are welcome to use the park and house throughout the year. Just be aware that the plumbing will be turned off.

DECEMBER . . . NO BOARD MEETING

Unless something major comes up, there's no need for a Board meeting in December. The next Board meeting will be January 15, 2019.

Chapter business goes on between meetings. If any issue requires the Board's immediate attention before the next meeting, please contact President Harry Reed or another Board member.


NOTICES

MEMBERSHIP RENEWAL COUNTDOWN

You should have received your renewal package in mid-November. Payment is due by the end of December, after which you will be considered "inactive" unless dues are paid. After the end of January, you will no longer have access to the Park or be able to vote in meetings. Please send in your renewal as soon as possible.

Your renewal will be processed when received. But remember that your new card will not be mailed until January 15, 2019 in a bulk mailing. This saves postage.

SATURDAY ARCHERY

Saturday Kids' Archery is over for the season. The range remains open for members and their kids. You're free to use the range any time, but you'll need to bring your own equipment.

HOLD HARMLESS AGREEMENTS

The Chapter needs to have a "Hold Harmless" agreement on file before you or your guest(s) use the Park facilities. Blank forms are in the living room.

WHERE CAN I GET...?

...MEMBERSHIP APPLICATIONS

A file attached to the front wall of the Trophy Room (i.e., to the left as you go through the door) contains current copies of the Chapter membership application. It includes an explanatory cover letter, an application form, and copies of the "Hold-Harmless" agreement. If you have a prospective new member, please give them an application package only from this source or the link on the Chapter web page. Old (ancient!) application forms periodically show up and they have misleading information on them. Please... only the current forms. Thanks for your help!

...HOLD-HARMLESS FORMS FOR GUESTS...

The file also contains a supply of "Hold-Harmless" forms. Park Policy requires them to be filled out by any Guest that will use the shooting range, archery range, or hunting areas. It must be completed and signed by an individual guest... but only the first time he/she uses one of those facilities... then left in the marked slot in the wall file. The Membership Secretary will keep the forms on file as proof to our insurance company that the Chapter emphasizes personal responsibility for safety and implementation of the Park Policy.

LOCK COMBINATION

The lock combination for the gate and house is changed regularly. You received the new combination when you renewed or joined. The combination will be changed on or about January 31, 2019.

REMEMBER... Providing the gate combination to anyone that you do not KNOW to be a Chapter member (even relatives) is not allowed.

FACEBOOK

Social media are great for rapid communication. Most of the news on what's happening is on the Chapter's Facebook Page.

Think of this website as your reference library. The Facebook Page is like your daily newspaper.

We actually have more than one Facebook Page. There's the main page, linked above. Then there's the Warren County IWLA Info Exchange page, at https://www.facebook.com/groups/394588077581008/, where members can share ideas, suggestions and comments. There are also two closed group pages for Walton Wednesdays and for the Grounds Crew.

If you're not yet comfortable with computers, the Samuels Public Library offers free beginning computer instruction. If you're still stumped, ask your grandkids!

SHOOTING RANGE

The Grounds Crew is working all over the park from about 8:00 a.m. to about 2:00 p.m. every Friday of the year. Crew members may be working on the trails around the range.

Please schedule your range time outside these hours. Unless you absolutely have to shoot on Friday mornings, pick another day.

When shooting is going on, the Grounds Crew can't work in about ¼ of the Park. If you can't resist, please let Gene Mathews know that you will be shooting, so that he can schedule work away from downrange areas.

SCHEDULED FIREARMS RANGE CLOSINGS:

Next Closing: Sept. 23 for the ANNUAL MEMBERS' FAMILY PICNIC

The Range is closed every Sunday 'til 1:00 p.m. during services at Cool Spring Church.

On Sunday, July 1, someone began shooting well before 1:00 p.m. Being a good neighbor with the Church means we honor our commitment.

BLAZE ORANGE and PINK

Blaze orange or pink is not just for hunters. Dress defensively. When you're in the woods, even if you're just hiking, wear blaze orange or pink to be safe and be seen. Especially during hunting season.