WELCOME & NEWS

 A PROUD HISTORY - A BRIGHT FUTURE 

For 88 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. 
    
Check out our Facebook page for late-breaking news. 

Welcome to our online home!

     
 

WARREN COUNTY CHAPTER - 
IWLA
MAIL:  P.O. BOX 556 - 
FRONT ROYAL, VA 22630
PARK: 3364 GOONEY MANOR LOOP, BROWNTOWN, VA

                                                                                                                                                                

Updated October 15, 2017







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NOVEMBER CHAPTER MEETING


Monday
 11/6
will be our next Chapter meeting.    
  
The menu hasn't been set yet, but there'll definitely be a nip in the air with fall well underway. The heat will likely be turned on.  
  
Let's try and get the attendance above 70 again for the next one! 



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THIRD MONDAY DINNER - OCTOBER
  
In 2015, we started a tradition of getting together mid-way between regular Chapter meetings for dinner & fellowship. October's event is on Monday, OCT 16.
  
Dinner starts at 6:00, but of course everyone is welcome to come up and enjoy the Park earlier. If you'd like to add an activity as we go into the fall (movie?, trivia?, etc.) let someone know!  

You're welcome to bring a side dish, salad, dessert or other treat. If you don't bring food, it would be nice to kick in a few bucks to offset the cost of the main course.
  
Hope you can join us!



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HUNTING REMINDERS
  
As we enter the fall hunting seasons, one thing changes, and one remains the same:
  • The firearms ranges will remain open throughout the hunting seasons. In years past, they have closed, but the Chapter voted to keep them open during fall-2017 seasons.
  • There is no Sunday hunting in the Park. Virginia opened Sunday hunting on selected lands this year, but the Chapter voted to keep Sunday available for the whole Chapter to enjoy the Park.  


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FACEBOOK FORUM


We've set up a Facebook page for Warren County IWLA Members to exchange information, ideas, and events that are of interest to Chapter members.
  
Unlike our main Facebook page, it's a "Closed" page - welcoming all Chapter members, but not open to the public.
  
It doesn't take the place of the Chapter's main Facebook page, where we circulate info on the Chapter's activities. It simply supplements the Chapter's page, and gives members a forum for back-and-forth exchange of thoughts and ideas.
  
Thanks to John and Holly for setting it up, managing who participates, playing hall monitor, and curating the content.
  
We're confident that everyone who participates will, "...play well with others." This is NOT a group for political, social or controversial ramblings, but a place for us to share knowledge among our members that contributes to our Chapter, its mission, and the IWLA at large. No running with scissors!






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FOLLOW US ON FACEBOOK

The world is moving more and more toward social media for rapid communication. Most of the news on what's happening  is on the Chapter's Facebook Page
  
This website is more of a reference source. Think of the web page as your library. Then social media like Facebook are your newspapers. 
  
If you're not yet comfortable with computers, the Samuels Public Library offers free beginning computer instruction Tuesdays from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. There are also intermediate computer courses available.  

If you're still stumped, ask your grandkids!


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OCTOBER 17 
BOARD MEETING

  
PLEASE NOTE NEW MEETING LOCATION!
  
The Board will meet on October 17th at the Warren County Sheriff's Office Community Room. It's the building up on the hill across Skyline Vista Dr. from Skyline High School. 

  
Our board meetings are usually held the third Tuesday of each month at 7:00 p.m.
  
If these meetings don't sound interesting, you probably 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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LITTER PICK-UP SUNDAYS!

   

   
The last pickup was on Browntown Rd. on September 10th. The next one will be on October 15th on Happy Creek at the Rural King parking lot at 1:00 p.m.
   
Four 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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HUNTING SEASON IS UNDERWAY!
WEAR 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.