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For 87 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 near Browntown. 
    
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WARREN COUNTY CHAPTER - 
IWLA
P.O. BOX 556 - 
FRONT ROYAL, VA 22630

                                                                                                                                                                                                                               

Updated NOVEMBER 28

, 2016

   






DEC 5TH CHAPTER MEETING  
  
 
This is our Annual Shrimp Dinner for members (only). For the program, we'll hear from each of our board chairs on the State of the Chapter. It'll be a chance to hear where we've been over the past year, and where we're going in 2017.
  
Fried chicken will be available, too.
  
Traditionally, the "cost" of your meal is bringing non-perishable food items which will be donated to C-CAP of Warren County. This is a good time to clear the pantry and share those things you might not like, but would be a blessing for those in needPlease bring as much as you can. If a food donation is not your thing, cash donations will be welcome, too.

This meal is a special benefit for members, and the cost is substantial. It's therefore limited to members only. Guests are welcome at all of our other meetings. 
  
It's our final chapter meeting of the year. We don't meet in January and February because the weather is unpredictable and the water will be turned off. Of course, members are welcome to visit the park any time. Just be aware that in the winter, it'll be more of a pioneer experience using the outhouses and bringing your own water.
  
How about a fun "Ugly Sweater" contest at our December meeting? Anyone in attendance wearing a really ugly sweater stands a chance of winning one of Evelyn Ricci's famous home-made pumpkin pies!
  


  
Between Chapter meetings, you're also welcome to attend the Board meetings at the County Government Center on the third Tuesday of each month.

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THANKS RAPPAHANNOCK
ELECTRIC COOP!

The Warren County Izaak Walton League Chapter recently received $200 from Rappahannock Electric Cooperative's (REC) Operation Round Up ® (ORU) program for the purchase of a digital microscope for teaching young naturalists. 
  
Operation Round Up receives its funding from REC members who volunteer to have their electric bill "rounded up" to the next highest whole dollar. If REC provides your power, we would ask that you consider joining the ORU program to help others in need. Once enrolled, the extra change from your electric bill will be dedicated to charitable causes. Members can sign up by visiting the REC website (http://www.myrec.coop/res/community/operation-round-up.cfm)
or by calling 800-552-3904 for more information. 
  
The average member contribution is approximately $6.00 per year and is tax deductible. An annual statement of your charitable contribution will be mailed to you.










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KIDS' ARCHERY

The Kids' Archery program on September 25th was a great success! Our Archery Team (Beth and Stacy) are thinking about the next offering. They've been trained by the IWLA national office, and have become Level II Archery Instructors. Congratulations! 
  
Members and their families are welcome at future programs. Age is generally 5-  and up. Any adults out there who want to learn - or get back into - archery?


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NOVEMBER 15 BOARD MEETING

The Board will meet on November 15th at the Warren County Government Center. 
Our board meetings are usually held the third Tuesday of each month.
  
If these meetings sound less than interesting, maybe you haven't been to one. There's plenty of room, for both you and for your ideas on how to keep our Chapter the best in the League. You - and your input on Chapter issues - are always welcome.

If an issue comes up that can't wait for the Board meeting, call Rich Crawford or another Board member.


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ATLANTIC COAST PIPELINE

ALERT! Our Conservation Chair, Herschel Finch has been following recent developments on the Atlantic Coast Pipeline issue and how it could impact our own Shenandoah River. Link to his article below.
  
Guidance on how to respond, along with a framework of ideas, is on our chapter Facebook page. Click on the link to our Facebook page about 15 lines down this page.
  
The Shenandoah Riverkeeper has highlighted this issue, and we all should be aware of what is being proposed. If you need more info, or guidance on how you can make your opinion known, call Herschel.

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CONCEALED CARRY TRAINING

Chapter Member (and Certified Instructor) Buz Grover is scheduling the next offering of his handgun/self defense training at the Chapter Park. Great training, and useful even if you already have a permit. Or just how to be less of a victim in a tense situation.  
        
More info is on the Chapter's 
facebook page.
       
Anyone who's interested in a follow-on class, let Buz know.




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We're on Facebook. This web page gets updated every few weeks. Our Facebook page gets updated much more often. Check it out, bookmark it, and maybe even "like" it. Here's the link:
 

If you need help getting online, accessing our Facebook page or receiving FB notifications, ask your grandkids!



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LITTER PICK-UP SUNDAYS!
   

   
Three times a year, Anti-litter chair Dennis Mosher leads an enthusiastic group of volunteers in picking up trash from Browntown Road and Happy Creek. Sometimes, not enough people show up. For the next pickup, let's turn out a crowd! The more people we have, the quicker it'll go. 
   
Call Dennis at (540) 635-3559 to volunteer for the next litter pickup. Or JUST SHOW UP!  
 Let's get lots of volunteers out to spread the work!


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SHOOTERS
  
Please keep in mind that 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 there's shooting going on, the Grounds Crew is prevented from working in about ¼ of the Park. If you can't resist, please advise Gene Mathews that you will be shooting, so that he can schedule work away from the areas near the range.
 


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BLAZE ORANGE
  
There may be shooting (firearms or archery) in the Park just about any time of the year, especially during hunting season.
  
Spring gobbler season starts in early April, so be especially careful!
  
VDGIF advises wearing blaze orange in the woods . . . in or out of hunting season. It's the law for hunters, and not bad advice for all of us whether hunting or not. Without it, you might just disappear!
   
Blaze orange is not just for hunters. Dress defensively. When you're in the woods, wear blaze orange to be safe and be seen.