July 7, 2020 Chapter Member Advisory Status Update: Our chapter board of directors has approved a members “brown-bag bring your own lunch” members meeting at our chapter park on August 22nd, Saturday at 11AM. See the latest July, 2020 newsletter for more information.

    All other scheduled chapter events are canceled through August 31st, 2020. Our chapter board of directors will be regularly reviewing the Governor’s revised executive orders covering phase 3 restrictions as they pertain to COVID19 with regards to whether to cancel other chapter events as we go forward.

    Note: All members and guests must continue to follow appropriate social distancing while using our park facilities.

August 2019 Guest Speaker

The chapter’s guest speaker for the August member’s dinner meeting was Joel Wiedel. Joel is a Virginia Conservation Police Officer. Officer Wiedel is a Virginia native born and raised in Surry. He is also a United States Marine veteran, graduated from Virginia Weslyan University and served as a Norfolk City Policeman prior to becoming a Conservation Police Officer. As a Conservation Police Officer, formerly known as a Game Warden, he is assigned to the 13th District. This area includes Suffolk, Portsmouth, Chesapeake and Virginia Beach.

During Officer Wiedel’s talk he discussed the differences  as well as the overlapping responsibilities of the Virginia Marine Police and the Virginia Conservation Police. He explained some of his duties which included boat patrols of the areas rivers and creeks, watercraft inspections, involvement with search and rescue operations and  the enforcement of hunting and fishing regulations.

Officer Wiedel finished up the discussion by answering questions from members. Topics discussed ranged from dog hunting issues to issuing  kill permits for deer and bear to  farmers in order to limit damage to their crops. He also explained how his job is to educate people regarding rules and regulations as well as issuing citations for violations.

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