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Table of Contents
2009 Youth Education Summit 4 Mr. Allan D. Cors
Mr. Frank R. Brownell, III
Tech Talk Vice President
Friends of NRA Online Ticket Sales 8 The Honorable Joe M. Allbaugh
Mr. William A. Bachenberg
Industry Corner Trustee
The Honorable Bill K. Brewster
Benelli U.S.A. 10 Trustee
Ms. Sandra S. Froman
National News Trustee
General P.X. Kelley, USMC (Ret.)
Friends of NRA, In the News 11 Trustee
Mr. Wayne R. LaPierre, Jr.
Camp Perry: National Matches 12 Trustee
Mr. Owen P. Mills
Friends oF nrA Update Mr. James W. Porter II
Eastern Region 14 Mr. Dennis J. Reese
Central Region 16 Mr. Ronald L. Schmeits
Southern Region 20 Captain John C. Sigler
Mid-West Region 23
Western Region 28 Mr. H. Wayne Sheets
Mr. Wilson H. Phillips Jr.
Program Profile Treasurer
Mrs. Sandy S. Elkin
Personal Protection Video 29 Secretary
NRA Foundation Donors 30
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About the Cover: including children, youth, women, individuals with
2009 Youth Education Summit attendees physical disabilities, gun collectors, law enforcement
with Congressman Mark Souder on the steps officers, hunters, and competitive shooters.
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Y.E.S. For American Patriotism
A little over a year ago I was awarded an opportunity to attend the National Rifle Association’s Youth Education Summit
(Y.E.S.) in Washington, D.C. I did not realize the magnitude of this opportunity. I looked through the week’s itinerary
and thought it sounded amazing, but I was unprepared for how amazing it actually was.
Attending YES was literally a breath of fresh air in a polluted world. It was so refreshing to talk with other youth with firm
convictions on the importance of the Second Amendment and to realize there are still those who treasure freedom and
will fight to protect it.
I entered Y.E.S. already very patriotic, but that one week substantially increased my patriotism. Those events shaped my
life and the lives of all those involved. I cannot begin to describe the atmosphere of that week: 45 American youth with
an overwhelming patriotic zeal united in the cause of liberty. I know the experiences I had during that week will forever
shape who I am.
Walking through Capitol Hill where I hope to walk again, pausing in front of the Vietnam and Korean Memorials to take
a moment to reverence those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedoms, and laying a wreath at the Tomb of the
Unknown Soldier while viewing the majestic beauty of Arlington National Cemetery; seeing these monuments and real-
izing just how precious freedom is made me recognize that it requires sacrifice, great and small, from every citizen to every
soldier, to keep the flame of freedom burning bright in a dark world.
Conferences like Y.E.S. keep freedom’s flame burning. Y.E.S. was one of the best weeks of my life. The lessons I learned and
the increased pride I have in being an American citizen will stay with me forever. I now fully understand what President
Truman meant when, upon ending his last term as President, he said, “I am not leaving the highest office. I am assuming
the highest office, that of citizen.” Above all, Y.E.S. taught that we must stand steadfast, united as defenders of freedom,
as “one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.” To all those who make Y.E.S. a reality, I am forever
grateful and in your debt, thank you.
Above is an excerpt from an original speech given by Jake Hart at a
Utah Friends of NRA banquet where he received a standing ovation.
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By Nicole McMahoN
Event Services Coordinator, Field Operations
of A Lifetime
t is rare to find a summer program that gives high the students as well as speaking on how to become involved
school students not only the once-in-a-lifetime op- with Friends of NRA. During the day, students also learned
about NRA programs such as the Eddie Eagle GunSafe®
portunity to visit the nation’s capital in an in-depth
Program, Refuse To Be A Victim®, and Women On Tar-
setting, but to also give them the tools to take what they get®, and how to implement these programs to benefit their
learned back to their communities. Since its inception in communities.
1996, the National Youth Education Summit (Y.E.S.), has At the NRA Range, students received expert instruction
on the safe handling and use of firearms by shooting an
been accomplishing this goal. Although the NRA and The
AR-15, Ruger .357 revolver, and Glock 9mm semi-auto
NRA Foundation sponsor the Y.E.S. program, it is more pistol. Certified NRA instructors from throughout NRA
than just a way for students to learn about gun laws and Headquarters helped out at this event by coaching both in-
lobbying. Y.E.S. takes students into a world where com- experienced and experienced shooters. “The NRA Range
was my favorite part,” Christine Talens, from Los Angeles,
munity involvement, the United States Constitution, and
Calif. said. “Never having shot a live fire before, it was an
active participation in government is essential to continu- extremely exciting experience.”
ing our American freedoms and traditions. Y.E.S. gives fu- The National Firearms Museum staff took students on
ture leaders a place where their views and opinions can be a detailed tour of the National Firearms Museum where
they answered questions and gave an explanation about the
expressed freely and where being an individual is the most
history and evolution of firearms. At the end of the day,
significant power they have in changing their lives and the students had the opportunity to see a demonstration by
world around them. the staff entitled “Musket to Machinegun” which helped
A total of 45 rising high school juniors and seniors from strengthen the earlier lecture by actually shooting the fire-
across the country attended the 2009 Summit, on July 6-12. arms discussed.
They were chosen from over Mid-week, students en-
300 students in a competitive gaged in exciting question
process that required an essay “YES is a week of non-stop and answer discussions with
on the Second Amendment, Virginia Thomas, wife of Su-
a personal statement, along thinking and unforgettable preme Court Justice Clarence
with a high school transcript Thomas, and Congressman
and three recommendations. experiences. The people you meet Mark Souder from Indiana.
During the first days of
the Summit, students visited
will challenge your opinions.” Students learned from these
notable figures about leader-
NRA Headquarters in Fair- ship and the political process
fax, Va. Since most students who come to the program from a judicial and congressional point of view. However,
don’t know Friends of NRA provides the funding that makes students’ leadership abilities shined through during their
it possible for them to attend, for the first time they re- debates and speeches they prepared before coming to the
ceived a hands-on lesson by partaking in a mock Friends Summit. Debate and speech topics ranged from “Should
of NRA event held at the NRA Café. Pennsylvania Senior the U.S. Government use torture as an option to interro-
Field Representative Kory Enck held the lunch banquet for gate known suspected terrorists?” to “Are unions still perti-
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nent in today’s economic environment?” to say the museum was the most beautiful, inspirational
In the midst of lectures and debates, students learned museum that I’ve ever been to,” Lisa-Marie Rieckhoff from
about the key places and historical significance of Ameri- West Allis, Wis. said. “It’s filled with information and it’s a
can military and government institutions by experiencing beautiful tribute to the United States Marines.”
them personally. Students went on tours of the Pentagon, For dinner, students got a taste of real Marine Corps. life
National Archives Museum, the Capitol and The American by eating MREs (Meals Ready-to-Eat) at the Iwo Jima Me-
History Museum. They also visited various memorials in morial in Arlington, Va. To close out the day, the students
Washington, D.C., such as the Lincoln, Vietnam, and Ko- attended the prestigious Marine Corps. 8th and I parade
rean War Memorials. where they saw a performance by the United States Marine
“My favorite part [of YES] was simply an equal balance Band, Drum and Bugle Corps, the Marine Corps Color
between the speeches/debates and going around to differ- Guard and Silent Drill Platoon.
ent locations in Washington, D.C.,” Nicholas Coover from On the last day, students witnessed the Changing of
East Berlin, Pa. said. “It was absolutely wonderful to see our the Guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arling-
nation’s capital from a different perspective never explored ton National Cemetery. Four students were chosen based
before by my town’s school.” on their participation throughout the week to assist the
Later in the week, Y.E.S. stu- guard during the wreath-laying
dents partook in various activi- ceremony. After the ceremony,
ties at the Marine Corps. Base several students had the unique
in Quantico, Va. These activities opportunity to speak with the
included the night-vision ob- soldiers of the Tomb while oth-
stacle course and a ride on the ers went to the Robert E. Lee
Riverine Assault Craft, which House and the JFK Eternal
everyone unanimously enjoyed. Flame before closing out their
“The Riverine Assault Craft was visit at Mount Vernon, George
the coolest thing I have ever Washington’s Estate. For cer-
been on and it really added fun tain students, visiting Arlington
to the day!” said Chase Killer National Cemetery and Quan-
from Wickenburg, Ariz. tico were especially meaningful.
The students then went to the “They were my favorite because
National Museum of the Marine they showed me what was nec-
Corps. where they learned that essary to ‘protect and defend
sometimes freedom comes with the Constitution’,” said Ryan
the ultimate sacrifice. “I have Hunton from Harrison City, Pa.
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Clockwise from top left: James Wegmann, a 2005 YES alumni, scholarship winner, and
Staff Assistant for Congressman Mark Souder, gives a tour of the U.S. Capitol. YES
Students Alex Porter from Eureka, Nev., Chase Killer from Wickenburg, Ariz., and Alec
Janda from Chagrin Falls, Ohio at the National Museum of American History. Scholar-
ship winner Steven Johnson of Louisiana, gives a speech at the Rayburn House Office
Building in Washington D.C.
“Those trips gave me a new direction in life and made me gettable experiences. The people you meet will challenge
want to join the military.” your opinions,” Parry Draper from Scott Air Force Base,
The week ended with the Awards Banquet, where special Ill. said. “You will see important monuments, memorials,
guest speaker, NRA Secretary Major Edward Land, spoke and museums that celebrate the birth and life of our nation.
to students about his life-changing experiences and how You will visit Capitol Hill, the Pentagon, and Quantico; all
Y.E.S. can be a life-changing experience for them. After are important places of our nation’s leadership. But most
the speech, several students that excelled in their debates, importantly, this week of summer will not be wasted with
speeches, and participation throughout the week, were boring instruction; this week is fun.”
awarded college scholarships that ranged from $750 to
$2,500. Although only certain students can receive scholar- NRA is issuing a call for all young leaders interested in making
ships, every person leaves Y.E.S. with newfound knowledge a difference as the National Y.E.S. Class of 2010. Plan to apply
along with memories and friends they will cherish for years by visiting www.friendsofnra.org/YES or email YES@nrahq.
to come. “Y.E.S. is a week of non-stop thinking and unfor- org for more information.
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veryone agrees face-to-face ticket selling is still the to reach each individual personally. It helps us out in rural
best method of selling tickets for a Friends of NRA areas as well. People don’t have to drive into to town to pick
banquet. After all, Friends of NRA banquets are up their tickets, instead they can just buy online and print
meant to be a community affair and nothing says “com- them right at home.”
munity” like one-on-one interaction with the people who Online tickets has helped draw in new attendees as
are putting on the events. But even so, times are changing well. In fact, Central Florida Friends of NRA leads the on-
and the convenience technology provides us with on a daily line ticket sales record with 141 tickets sold online and
basis has been instrumental in helping not only the world Trip Lancaster, an NRA Field Representative for Florida,
grow, but the Friends of NRA program as well. estimated that 65-70% of the tickets sold online were pur-
Some may imagine NRA headquarters is wired with all chased by brand new attendees, which helped double their
the latest technology— flat screen monitors, the most-up- event size over last year.
to-date software, the works. But as a non-profit organiza- “I had confidence it would work. However, ‘seeing it
tion, NRA likes to focus is believing it’,” said
their time and money daSilva. “We projected
in ways that better serve “I had confidence it would work. $10,000 in sales via the
their supporters. Some- web for the first year
times technology can
However, ‘seeing it is believing it’.” and I'm glad to report
provide the best of both the projection was only
worlds, serving supporters while increasing efficiency. That’s a fraction of what we've been able to accomplish with the
why when the National Manager of Volunteer Fund-Rais- new technology. To date we've sold almost 3,000 tickets
ing and the Friends of NRA Program, John daSilva, began and $100,000 worth in just the 9 months since we began.”
researching in-house system capabilities while developing The ever-growing popularity has made online ticket
Friends of NRA state web pages, he was constantly consider- sales a worthy endeavor, but without the support of Friends
ing how to use new web-based technologies to reach more of NRA committees behind it, the program wouldn’t be as
potential attendees. successful as it is today. “When headquarters told me we
“Now, we are doing just that with on-line ticket sales on were going to start offering online ticket sales, I went to my
each Friends of NRA state web page,” said daSilva. “Each committees and told them it was up to us how well they
week I speak with volunteers and staff who share with me sold online,” said Webb. “When we came across someone
how this technology enabled them to get new attendees who wasn’t able to purchase tickets at that moment, it was
at our Friends of NRA events simply by searching the web great to be able to direct them to the website. Everyone of
and sending the "Buy Now" link to friends and family via my committees just really supported it and its helped us
email. It's a simple, easy, and cost effective way to reach an expand how and who we sell tickets to.”
audience.” In the future, daSilva hopes to offer additional options
Some committees were hesitant though about using on- online when purchasing tickets, such as creating a shopping
line ticket sales when they first arrived on the scene. After cart feature, offering sponsorships, and other pre-event op-
all, with new endeavors comes complications and some portunities. As for online ticket sales, he anticipates the sys-
feared they would lose that personal-feel to their banquets. tem could process two or three times as many online ticket
But daSilva was confident they would work for events rath- purchases in the future.
er than against them, and soon committees were reaping “We hope more folks will continue to buy tickets on-
the benefits. line,” daSilva said. “This method saves our volunteers and
“We don’t allow ticket sales to let us lose that communi- the program time, money, and resources. Simply put, we
ty aspect,” said Mike Webb, the NRA Field Representative reach more people and are more efficient.”
for Tennessee. “Ticket sales just offered us another avenue
for getting tickets to the people, especially in larger towns To purchase tickets for Friends of NRA events online, log-on to
and cities where our committee members may not be able www.friendsofnra.org and find an event near you!
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Traditions co-editor Amber Niblock-Shorter sat down with Jason Evans, Senior Product Manager with Benelli USA to learn
about their relationship with Friends of NRA, their commitment to the Second Amendment and what’s on the horizon at
Can you give me some baCkground on your Company and how benelli’s relationship began with the national rifle
Benelli USA is predominantly a shotgun company which Imports/Markets Benelli, Franchi, Stoeger, Uberti, and Stoeger
Air. What makes the company unique, is the Inertia Driven™ operating system on our semi-automatic shotguns. We offer
this high-tech simplicity at three distinctly featured and priced levels in our Benelli, Franchi and Stoeger shotgun lines.
Inertia Driven™ actions are the most reliable, simplest to maintain and most durable actions in production; earning the
reputation of being named “Simply Perfect”.
From the start, Benelli USA has worked to support the NRA. Our company is very young when compared to some of the
industry giants, but we’re very aware of the key role the NRA plays in protecting the Second Amendment rights of gun
owners. Benelli USA understands the long term, strategic importance of conservation groups and organizations. With that
in mind, Benelli USA’s executive management created an internal structure to support these organizations. Fortunately for
us, Laurie Kayser and I were tasked to manage these special accounts – we feel privileged to be a part of their teams and
both of us are committed to help support these organizations.
i would like to know more about what you do at benelli and why you feel it is important, speCifiCally to your
Company, that you maintain strong ties with the nra. why speCifiCally the Friends oF nrA?
Money provides the tools that allow each organization to achieve its stated goals. Friends of NRA is the fundraising pro-
gram within the NRA organization; its degree of success will directly affect the performance of the overall mission. Our
exposure to the rest of the world’s firearms markets have highlighted the importance of the NRA organization; no other
countries enjoy the protection of individual ownership right like the USA. A strong relationship with the NRA and The
NRA Foundation will allow Benelli USA to do its part in protecting these uniquely American rights.
how has benelli grown and Continued to grow throughout the years?
All of us at Benelli USA have been very busy, in 09, with the launch and roll out of the Vinci project. Now that the product
is well accepted by the market and enjoying robust sales; we can focus on the next launch. Our new MR1 rifle is Benelli’s
first rifle for Home defense: a .223 with the A.R.G.O. operating system, based on the “Choice of the Marine Corps”
M1014. The new Benelli engineered, ultra-reliable MR1 rifle will be available at dealers this fall.
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“Promoting the [Friends of NRA] program to the general public
is extremely important. In most cases, we basically want to take
the initiative to get the ball started and we do that by taking a
picture of a grant check presentation or of a grant in action and
then take that picture with a few lines written about what is
taking place, and send it out to different [media] outlets and
that takes away half the work for them.”
“I can remember one time when on the front page of a
newspaper publication the headline read ‘NRA Promotes
Firearm Safety’ in 1 inch wide letters. We all know that,
we’ve always known that, but rarely does the general
public get the message about who we are and that we
are serving the public good. When we take the initia-
tive to send these stories out, every now and then we
get lucky and get something great like that printed
- Jay ruSNock
NRA Field Representative, Upper New York
Federation Newsletter - Of Duchess County Fish & Game Club
Friends of NRA
“In the News”
For more local Friends of NRA stories
visit www.friendsofnra.org or www.nrablog.com
“I personally try to encourage each com-
mittee to contact their local radios, news-
papers, TV stations, and any other type of
media they can reach. Not everyone you
come across is going to be as friendly or
supportive, but there are a lot of people
out there that work within these different
publications and that, if asked, would be
more than willing to help. Every type of
publicity helps, and sometimes all it takes
is to ask.”
“Occasionally you’ll come across someone like Butch Rhea who is a strong
supporter of the Second Amendment and the owner and editor of the Fayette
Falcon newspaper. Butch has shown Friends of NRA tremendous support
throughout the years not only by printing numerous advertisements for us
free of charge, but also by coming out to two or three events around the area.”
- Mike WeBB
NRA Field Representative, Tennessee
Fayette Falcon Newspaper - Sommerville,Tenn.
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Stories From By larS DalSeiDe
Senior Media Specialist, Media Relations
he National Rifle and Pistol Championships in nothing could be further from the truth.
Port Clinton, Ohio concluded a few weeks ago. "We only shoot during the summer months," said Ser-
There we experienced sunny skies and torrential geant First Class Praslick. "The rest of the time we're train-
rains, longtime shooters and novice plinkers, new cham- ing the troops. All the troops."
pions and returning victors. All rolled up into six weeks of The purpose of the AMU, after all, is not to win cham-
summer fun that can only be experienced on the grounds pionships. That’s just an unintended consequence. Their
of Camp Perry. mission is to "(r)aise the standard of marksmanship profi-
Pistol started things off with a bang as Sergeant James ciency and combat readiness throughout the Army by shar-
Henderson returned to 2007 form and earned his second ing knowledge gained from competing and winning in na-
national pistol title. Not an easy task considering nine-time tional/ international competitions ... " Obviously they can't
national champ Brian Zins as well as nine-time National share their knowledge if they're always on the range. As it
Police Shooting Championships winner Philip Hemp- was explained to me, they compete and win so they can tell
hill were nipping at his heels. Sergeant Henderson's feat any Captain, Colonel, or General that you should listen to
was followed by fellow Army Marksmanship Unit (AMU) us when it comes to shooting because we consistently beat
member Joseph Hein who won both the 3-Position and the best in the world. And with four out of this year’s top
Prone Smallbore Championships. High Power finally gave five trophies in hand, they have a pretty convincing argu-
way to a civilian face as Rhode Island's own Norman Houle ment.
took home his third title. And wrapping things up for the Specialist Sherri Gallagher of the AMU took home her
Championships and the AMU, Sherri Gallagher joined her first Long Range High Power title. But that’s not the first
sister and mother in the winner's circle for Long Range such title to find a place on the Gallagher family mantle.
High Power. That is what you'll see when you look at the Her sister and mother have three a piece.
scorecards. What you won't find are the stories behind the "Growing up, every summer vacation was spent travel-
scores. ing from tournament to tournament watching my mom
Stories like what happens to the AMU when they're not compete,” recalled Sherri. “After a while, it was either sit in
at Camp Perry. If you're like me, you probably thought the the sun or grab a rifle. It was an easy choice."
Army Marksmanship Unit was shooting year round. But Now that she has a title of her own, perhaps the family
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Gallagher will make room for some other shooters? “Not anything, much less compete.”
just yet,” smiled Sherri. Then he met Brooks Harris of the Nashville Police De-
Another lost tale is the junior shooting camps. At full partment. Detective Harris soon convinced Greg that there
capacity, seventy or so youths receive a week's worth of en- was more to do. There were boundaries to push to goals
lightenment from seasoned instructors in their respective to achieve. “Winning wasn’t important,” recounts Greg.
discipline. “What is important is that if I train properly, keep mentally
“It's a wonderful opportunity for any young shooter,” fit, and shoot to the best of my ability, then I have a chance
explained Smallbore Match Director HQ Moody. “The in- to win. And if I do, I might inspire someone else with a dis-
structors bring the kids together and talk about nutrition, ability to get out of bed, get over the disappointment, and
they'll talk about rules, they'll talk about match develop- get back to living.”
ment, safety and caring for your gun. At the end of it all, This year, Greg won the 3-Position Smallbore Any Sight
they'll even shoot a match.” title. A feat that inspired the sole standing ovation from the
Sound like a good place to learn? Well you couldn't be Awards Ceremony crowd.
more right. “The camps have had some great success,” said Every year the National Rifle and Pistol Shooting Cham-
Moody. “We've had Olympians come out of the camp, pionships hands out another batch of titles. We remember
we've had national champions. It's a wonderful place for the champions and discard the back stories to history. Sto-
young people to come learn about competition and develop ries of triumph, of sportsmanship, and of friendship. The
their skills.” stranger who helped you read the wind, the instructor who
A final story you’d never hear is that of Greg Drown. provided the final piece of your shooting puzzle, or the
A Smallbore shooter who captained the Ohio State Rifle shooter who inspired you to keep going back to the range.
Team, won Big Ten Championships, and earned an invi- Those are the reasons why we travel the road back to Camp
tation to the Olympic trials. A respected competitor who Perry every summer.
appeared destined to win numerous titles, his hopes were
crushed about fifteen years ago when a trip to the doctor To find out how you can get involved with the 2010 National
ended with a Multiple Sclerosis diagnosis. Championships at Camp Perry, visit www.NRAblog.com or
“It got to me for a while,” said Greg. “I didn’t want to do www.nrahq.org/compete.
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Friends of NRA Update
he thought of a Teacher’s Day at the Range may Day at the Range boiled down to a two-part question. The
sound far-fetched to some, and even when the Citi- question first asked how each participant regarded them-
zens Range and Recreation Club of Central, NJ, selves as far as supporting or not-supporting the Second
(CRRC) received a grant from The NRA Foundation to Amendment before they attended the event, followed by a
follow through with plans to “Educate Educators” with a question asking how they would describe themselves after
“Teacher’s Day at the Range” they too were surprised at the attending the event. The feedback was phenomenal as the
overwhelming positive response they received. percentage of pro-Second Amendment responses jumped
After all, it’s teachers, who through their own passion- from a 53% pre-event to an incredible 77% post-event.
ate pursuit of knowledge, stress a love for learning to their By the educators’ responses, as well as general comments
students including times when it may take them somewhat made during and after the event, it was evident many came
outside their comfort zone. Thus, some 70 elementary, with misinformed or skewed perceptions of guns, and
middle, high school, and collegiate-level teachers from over through experiencing first-hand the enjoyment and positive
24 different school districts, became the students for a day. aspects of shooting sports, left with a more open-mind on
As attendees arrived, each received a comprehensive the subject. The shift in mind-set among attendees testified
booklet with the Second Amendment and its history as well to a correlation between a positive perception of firearms
as quotes both for and against upholding it. The handout with exposure to a comprehensive firearm safety program,
also served as a detailed reference on information about am- followed by handling firearms, and engaging with other
munition, firearm disciplines, how to purchase a firearm, law-abiding gunowners and shooters.
and the process for applying for a New Jersey Firearms I.D. For many, Teacher’s Day was the first time a participant
Card and Permit to Purchase, as well as places to shoot in had handled a firearm and through partaking in the day’s
the state and other educational opportunities. events, many of the misguided preconceptions were eroded
After welcomes and introductions, attendees spent just and replaced with an appreciation for the Second Amend-
over an hour learning safety procedures along with an in- ment or minimally, required participants to re-evaluate
troduction on the fundamentals of successful shooting. their stance and beliefs in regard to it.
Specific guidelines were presented detailing the workings of Considering its overall success, CRRC foresees another
equipment that would be available to shoot throughout the Teacher’s Day at the Range in its future. “This program was
day. assembled by CRRC Vice President Walt Eggert, with help
Under the supervision of Certified NRA Instructors, from CRRC President Carol Katona and CRRC Secretary
students became the teachers when, in a twist to an already Betty Barrs, along with many others involved at the range,”
interesting day, members of the University of Princeton said NRA New Jersey Field Representative Brian Swartz.
Rifle Team, including U.S. Olympic Shooter Abigail Fong, “Because of their great work on setting this up we are hop-
and the local Junior Rifle Team came to help assist the ing to institute this program at several other sites around
shoot. The students were well-received by the educators, the state next year.” As for a follow-up, they’d like to host a
who were impressed with the constant concern for safety, spin-off event as well, “Legislator’s Day at the Range.”
attention to detail, and overall knowledge demonstrated by “After all,” said Swartz, “they are making the laws for
the students. All in all, 41 instructors and volunteers as- law-abiding gun owners and many, possibly even most, are
sisted during the course of the event, allowing for one-on- uninformed. Participation in a similar program, will hope-
one attention that contributed to the event’s overall success. fully have the same outcome.”
At the event’s close, teachers were asked to evaluate their
day on a 1-10 rating scale. The overall event rating received To get involved with next year’s Teacher’s Day at the Range, or
only 9s and 10s and in response to “Do you feel what you other events in New Jersey, contact NJ & MD NRA Field Rep-
learned today was useful?” the response was 100% “Yes”. resentative Brian Swartz at firstname.lastname@example.org or at (973)
The hard work that went into orchestrating Teacher’s 343-2104.
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By toM BalDrige
NRA Field Representative, Western Pennsylvania
am always amazed at the dedication and commitment bronze bear statue as a token of their appreciation for his
of our volunteers. As a senior field rep, I have seen many longstanding and generous support. Before the visit was
dedicated volunteers in the past fifteen years and Jack over, the whole family joined in on the celebration. Jack
Wilkinson is one of the best. As I started to put into words and his family represent all that is good about our country
what I wanted to say about this man and how I came to and our NRA members. Hard-working, bolstered by faith
know him, I thought of my good friend, Tim Fisher. Tim, and family, the community around them also benefits from
who is now the Director of Planned Giving for The NRA their generous giving of time, talent, and treasure. No sur-
Foundation, was my chairperson of the Fay-West Friends prise there.
of NRA committee in Greensburg, Penn. and through his So thank you to Jack and thank you to the Wilkinson
time as chairman he came to know Jack and the Wilkinson family for so faithfully keeping a promise made so very long
family very well. In speaking with him, Tim spoke in length ago. The NRA and freedom are in your debt for all that you
about Jack and his many have done and for all that
virtuous qualities: you have inspired others
“No matter how large to do.”
a successful and dynamic Like Tim, I too cannot
program becomes it al- say enough about some-
ways has at its core a small one who is such an end-
group of individuals who less supporter. I know
place the success of the Jack as an unbelievable
program above their own. volunteer who will stay
Their unselfish devotion dedicated to the NRA for
becomes the heart and as long as time permits.
the life blood for all in- Those kind of people are
volved in the program as rare in this world and we
it grows. Such devotion have been lucky to have
aptly describes the com- him on our committee
mittee volunteers of the for so long. He has done
Pennsylvania core volunteer Jack Wilkinson
Fay-West Friends of NRA everything to make the
and explains why they have been one of the top Friends of Fay-West Friends of NRA banquets successful and we owe
NRA events for nearly a decade now. him a lot for all that he has done.
Of course it wasn't always that way. The mighty oak, af- This year, Fay-West banquet had their second largest
ter all, comes from an acorn. Successful programs also have banquet ever and raised over $75k; we couldn’t have done
a core of committed patrons and so on a spring day in May it without him. At the banquet, we presented Jack with a
2009 it was fitting that the Fay-West Friends of NRA com- special NRA coin for being a great asset to the committee
mittee paid a visit to the home of Jack Wilkinson. In 1994, over the years. The entire Wilkinson family is an incred-
when the committee was just an idea, Jack was asked if he ible group of people who are always available to help the
would attend the fundraising banquet if one was started. community and Jack is a perfect example of one of this
Jack said, ‘My boys and I will be there.’ And so it has been. country’s special patriots.
Every year since 1994 the Wilkinson family has attended
the annual event, always opening their wallets widely in Volunteer for an upcoming Friends of NRA banquet in Penn-
symbolic gesture of their deep and abiding love for all of sylvania! Contact NRA Field Representative Tom Baldrige at
the freedoms secured by the Second Amendment. (724) 861-0447 or via email at email@example.com for
During the visit, the committee presented Jack with a more information.
Traditions . Quarter 3: 2009 15
By alBert BoeviNg
Co-Chairman, Southeast Missouri Friends of NRA
t’s safe to say the Southeast Missouri (SEMO) com- the time, seemed out of reach; for instance, pre-event draw-
mittee has a history with Friends of NRA. Though char- ings that included 4 full-size “fully-loaded” pick-up trucks,
tered in 1993 when the Friends of NRA program was numerous 4-wheelers, a John-Deere Gator, and hundreds
just beginning, they are hardly stuck in the past when it upon hundreds of firearms. And although they’ve been
comes to their fundraising approach. Instead, 17 banquets surpassed by several committees in their inception-to-date
later, the SEMO Friends of NRA are still going strong and figures, SEMO considers themselves as pioneers in setting
consider their extensive experience as merely good ground- goals for many of the smaller, rural communities.
ing for putting on a great event. Today, the committee has raised over $650k since their
Back when the now-distinguished committee was get- inception, and strives year-in and year-out to be a fundrais-
ing machine. They stay strong by keeping
attendance over their 500 attendee mark
and by moving their fundraising goals up
the ladder further and further each year.
Their goal is to not burn bright and then
burn out, but to remain as a strong and con-
stant flame in the Friends of NRA program.
This year’s SEMO Friends of NRA ban-
quet was wildly-successful with over 575
people in attendance. Their focus was on
refining the running of a smooth event—
adjusting games to fit the crowd, applying
the “what would I play?” test on themselves
and finding ways to send as many people
as possible home with memories of a good
time, knowing they contributed to a great
cause. Because when a community under-
stands how they are helping, they are more
willing to give and give generously. Their
hard-work and thorough planning paid off,
Attendees fill the Black River Colliseum for the lively SEMO Friends of NRA evet
raising $55k net at their 2009 event.
From the past and into the future, the
ting started, the NRA Field Representative at the time was SEMO Friends of NRA has used innovative fundraising
invited to speak about the new program. The informational ideas to enthuse and instill in attendees the rewarding spirit
meeting was attended by an astounding 90 people, made of contribution to what they believe to be one of the most
up of local gun enthusiasts, Poplar Bluff Gun Club mem- worthiest of causes— a belief which every committee mem-
bers, and local gun shop regulars. From that fortunate day, ber holds in his or her own heart.
the SEMO Friends of NRA committee emerged and began
its long-standing tradition of raising money for The NRA Attend an upcoming Friends of NRA banquet in Missouri!
Foundation. Contact NRA Field Representative Gregg Pearre at (573) 761-
Throughout SEMO’s history, a lot has happened. The 5466 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org for more informa-
committee has shown innovation through projects that, at tion.
16 Traditions . Quarter 1: 2009
By taMMy BarNett
Webmaster, Tennessee Friends of NRA
t was a picturesque day for the recent Tennessee State the Second Amendment. It’s important to get these young
Skeet, Trap, and Sporting Clay Statewide Competition. people involved so they will continue to protect and sup-
For the Haywood Young Guns though, the weather port the shooting sports in the future and that’s what we’re
was only icing on the cake. doing when we support teams like the Young Guns.”
That’s because the Young Guns’ Varsity Skeet Team The Tennessee State Skeet, Trap, and Sporting Clay
brought home the championship title in the state competi- Statewide Competition was held in May at the Montgom-
tion, as well as many other titles. ery County Sportsman Association in Clarksville. Team
members Rachel Baggett, John Evans, Will
Taylor and Hayden Combs won the impres-
sive championship title under the guidance of
Coach Ray Powell who led the team to victory.
The Varsity Sporting Clays Squad brought
home third place in the state competition.
Team members for this award were the same
as the Varsity Skeet with the addition of Ethan
Williams, who was awarded the Highest Over-
all Alternate in the Sporting Clays competition.
John Evans received the Highest Overall Male
in the Skeet Competition with a score of 100
out of 100 and Rachel Baggett was the Highest
Overall Female in the competition with 95 out
The Haywood Young Guns Varsity Skeet Team is pictured on the right with their trophy
Coach Travis Baggett lead the Intermediate-
Good teams don’t develop overnight though, and sup- Advanced Trap Squad and the Intermediate-Advanced
porting a shooting team can be a pricey process. Practices Sporting Clays Squad to a 3rd Place win in both divi-
alone can take a lot out of a participant’s pocket, not to sions. Team members consisted of Daniel Antwine, Drew
mention purchasing the proper equipment needed to pre- Baggett, Robert Allen King, Josh Perry, and Jake Winters.
pare for competitions. That’s why Friends of NRA has made Daniel Antwine, who scored 98 out of 100, tied with an-
an important point to take part in helping support the other competitor and won in the sudden death shoot-off.
Haywood Young Guns through NRA Foundation grants. At the Tennessee 2009 Friends of NRA State Fund Con-
In 2008, the group received a NRA Foundation grant ference, the Haywood County Young Guns were presented
for $5k to purchase a trap machine, and in 2009 they re- with two Charles Daley Shotguns from the Boy Scout Ven-
ceived an additional grant for $3,243 to purchase a Dry ture Crew. Donations like these and grants from The NRA
Fire System and laptop computer. Young Guns aren’t the Foundation has aided the Young Guns in reaching their
only ones seeing the benefits of a grant in Tennessee; sup- goals as a shooting team, all of which are made possible by
porting teams like Young Guns is a popular trend in the the communities who support Tennessee Friends of NRA
Volunteer State. events.
“In Tennessee, 93% of all State Fund Committee grants
go to youth programs,” said Mike Webb, NRA Field Rep- Apply for an NRA Foundation Grant in Tennessee! Contact
resentative for Tennessee. “We give so much money to these Mike Webb at (901) 382-4789 or by email at mwebb@
youth programs because they are the future protectors of nrahq.org or visit www.nrafoundation.org/grants.
Traditions . Quarter 3: 2009 17
Big Rivers Friends of NRA: Bringing Shooting Sports Full Circle
wensboro, Ky lies on the southern bank of the learn how a gun is supposed to be used and with the grants,
Ohio River and while it may be the third larg- the Owensboro Rifle and Pistol Club is able to extend those
est city in Kentucky, it still maintains that small- opportunities to more people in the community.”
town quality, making it an ideal place to host a Friends of With a grant received by the Owensboro Rifle and Pis-
NRA banquet. But this news is not new, as Owensboro is tol Club from The NRA Foundation, the club was able to
home to the Big Rivers Friends of NRA, a High Caliber build two new shooting bays and a range shelter building
committee which just celebrated their 17th Annual Friends with a canopy. The club was also able to provide space to
of NRA banquet and has gained a reputation throughout build an archery range, where participants like Jon Payne, a
the years for boasting the largest attendance and highest net five-year veteran of the Big Rivers Friends of NRA commit-
profit in the state. tee who helped construct the range, could work toward his
To produce a successful banquet year-in and year-out, Gold Award in 4-H – the first person in Hancock County
a committee needs good motivators, and with the chair- to ever receive the prestigious award.
man of the Big Rivers committee, Scott Smith, and the Co- Local businesses in Hopkins County also helped with
Chairman Dennis Duke keeping the team working hard additional supplies for construction. “Takes a team effort,
with pre-event activities like an annual pistol shoot, they’ve not just one person to make an event happen,” said Smith.
got all the motivation they need. “The great thing is that anyone can get involved or par-
The idea for a pistol shoot to benefit Friends of NRA ticipate. If you have Friends of NRA in your community,
came five years ago when a couple of committee volunteers you have something you can offer them. Nobody should
decided to approach the Owensboro Rifle & Pistol Club hesitate to get involved.”
where they were members about doing a pre-event fund- And community is what Friends of NRA banquets and
raiser to benefit The NRA Foundation. Since then, the Big NRA Foundation grants are really all about, Smith ex-
Rivers Friends of NRA have worked closely with the Owens- pressed. “It starts out with a community effort and getting
boro Rifle & Pistol Club to host an Annual International a lot of people involved,” Smith said. “We have many dif-
Practical Shooting Confederation (IPSC) benefit match ferent individuals interested in keeping the heritage and
each year. tradition of shooting sports going through the next genera-
Working hand-in-hand with Big Rivers Friends of NRA tion and they’ve been instrumental in making the banquet
every year has brought the Owensboro Rifle & Pistol Club happen and getting grants in our community.”
at the center of the Friends of NRA community. And so And when the entire community gets involved, it brings
when they needed to raise money for range improvements, the tradition of shooting sports full circle. From the com-
it was no surprise the club turned to The NRA Foundation munity who supports the banquets and the money they
for a grant. raise, to the grants made possible and the people who ben-
“For some time we didn’t have anybody in our area ap- efit from them, and back to the community who grows be-
plying for grants and the Owensboro Rifle and Pistol Club cause of them— the continued community support of The
was helping us raise money long before we even convinced NRA Foundation is able to sustain the cycle of carrying on
them to apply for a grant,” said Smith. “It is very important the shooting sports.
for any area to have a place where anyone has the opportu-
nity to really learn about the shooting sports and shooting Apply for an NRA Foundation Grant in Kentucky! Contact
safety and not just about how they see guns used on TV. Larry Summarell at (207) 586-5031 or by email at lsum-
There are a lot of people who don’t have those chances to email@example.com or visit www.nrafoundation.org/grants.
18 Traditions . Quarter 3: 2009
Get to know your NRA Regional Directors!
Traditions Magazine brings readers a profile of Central Regional Director Phil Gray.
what states do you Cover in your region? of its responsibilities and our uncompromised standards
I cover the Central Region consisting of Ohio, Kentucky, of excellence are clear to everyone. Event attendees and
Tennessee, Indiana, Illinois, Missouri, Michigan, and their commitment to the promotion of shooting sports
Wisconsin. ultimately defines our success.
when did you start your Career at the nra and what is it Challenging to work with field representatives
drew you to the job?
with different personalities? how does that affeCt
I started working as an NRA field representative for Ohio your leadership style?
on January 4, 1994. I became interested in working for Of course anytime you work with a group of people, they
the NRA upon reading an article in the American Hunter have different personalities. It is not difficult because we
about the start of the Friends of NRA fundraising program. have similar values and work toward a common goal.
I had been a volunteer for one of the wildlife conservation My field representatives know I will give them honest
groups for seventeen years and I started hunting when I feedback. At the same time, I promote upward commu-
was eight years old and have always believed in the Second nication and feedback from my team. I believe that as a
Amendment. To work for the organization that fights for leader, I must create effective feedback loops to engage
our right to keep and bear arms is like a dream to me. the team in determining what they need to be effective.
Consistent and constant communication and interaction
what makes your region unique from the rest of the
must be a priority.
The Central Region is a diverse area of several large
metropolitan areas, the great lakes and millions of acres of what is the best part about working as a regional
farm-ground. Most of the region is referred to as the “rust direCtor?
belt” of the old manufacturing base of the US. I enjoy teaching and sharing ideas with my team to best
motivate and engage their committees in working towards
how do you keep your field representatives motivated a common goal for the shooting sports. It is very reward-
and foCused throughout the year? ing to provide the tools and knowledge and then watch-
I work to keep a focus on how important our success is ing the field representatives transfer their enthusiasm and
to the future and promotion of the shooting sports. Our commitment to their committees. Working with the team
team in the Central Region has a clear understanding and attaining success is most rewarding.
For more Regional Director profiles visit NRAblog.com
Traditions . Quarter 3: 2009 19
mall, rural, low number of NRA members, and a rose to the challenge and made beating the odds look easy.
weak local economy: sounds like a potential site for Working every avenue, the committee spread the word
a successful Friends of NRA committee, right? While about the coming banquet through internet, television,
Allen Parish in Louisiana can be described as any of the pre- radio, newspaper spots, and most effectively, talking to
viously mentioned descriptors when it comes to building a people face-to-face. Come banquet day, the committee had
Friends of NRA committee, there is something to be said for sold 230 tickets and 19 sponsorship tables. The committee
presevering against the odds. was also pleasantly surprised when 40 some people wanting
In late 2008, Kenny Blackwell contacted Senior Field tickets to the banquet walked through the door the night of
Representative Dick Kingsafer about starting a Friends of the event.
NRA committee in Allen Parish, an area located in cen- “It was something we didn’t expect,” Blackwell said.
tral Louisiana forest and nursery country with a population “But the facility added more tables, the caterer was able to
of about 26,000 and a total of only 200 NRA members. work it out, and we had many self-sacrificing committee
Blackwell had volunteered on a Friends of NRA committee members who didn’t eat to make sure there was enough
in Arkansas before moving to Louisiana and sought to start food to go around.”
a committee in Oakdale, the largest community within Al- Food seemed like the least of their problems though
len Parish that contains only about 8,200 people. when mid-banquet, the air-conditioning inside the ban-
“I believe very strongly in the Second Amendment and quet hall failed; with a temperature of near 100° outside,
what the NRA is doing,” said Blackwell. “When I moved to the temperature inside hovered at a stifling 80° all evening.
Allen Parish nothing was going on and the people weren’t Still, attendees liked what they saw and chose to endure the
traveling to the surrounding areas to attend banquets. I just heat to enjoy what the banquet had to offer. “There was lots
saw a need to have a banquet to locally support the NRA.” of excitement in the room,” said Kingsafer. “Everyone was
Kingsafer gladly agreed to hold an organizational meet- having a good time.” High aspirations, like raising money
ing, but needed Blackwell to rally some potential commit- for the shooting sports, proved to be good motivation for
tee members to attend. As a preacher in the community, the Allen Parish committee.
Blackwell’s network of people cast a wide net over the Parish When the summer heat subsided for the day, the Allen
and he was able to easily find people willing to help. “We Parish Friends of NRA had a gross revenue of about $28k
wanted to not only support the Second Amendment, but with a 46% net-to-gross. Games sold out, the entire auc-
the kids in our community as well,” said Blackwell. “We tion had exceeded $10k, and the 2009 Gun of the Year sold
want to build a facility so that we can provide an atmo- for $4,400. By any measure, whether it be a first-year event
sphere for kids to learn how to handle a firearm with respect or a long-standing banquet, the Allen Parish Friends of NRA
and to teach them how to shoot.” And money raised at a banquet can be called a success.
Friends of NRA banquet helps communities reach objectives “That’s what can be expected time after time,” said King-
just like theirs. Needless to say, a committee charter was safer, “when you tap into the passion and dedication of vol-
signed by meeting’s end and the first Allen Parish Friends of unteers in the NRA family.”
NRA banquet was set for July 9th in Oakdale. Next year, Allen Parish Friends of NRA plans to bring
As event plans ensued, Kingsafer relayed to the commit- that same enthusiasm to the table, hopefully this time in a
tee the average first-year event statistics, and advised that, larger facility with working air-conditioning.
if they wanted to beat the odds working against them, they
needed to aim for 200 attendees with a minimum of 20 Attend an upcoming Friends of NRA banquet in Louisiana!
sponsorships to ensure a successful outcome. “The statis- Contact NRA Field Representative Dick Kingsafer at (601)
tics,” said Kingsafer, “were not in their favor.” 794-0068 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org for more in-
Led by Blackwell, 20 hearty Allen Parish volunteers formation.
20 Traditions . Quarter 3: 2009
fter eleven years on the sideline, Hood County buying a firearm.
Friends of NRA are back in town. With a new vi- The result – a Friends of NRA committee whose hard-
work succeeded not only in providing the area with a fun-
tality, fresh ideas, and strong ambition to succeed,
filled, family-oriented event, but whose banquet boasted a
old committee members along with new ones united to gross-to-net ratio of more than 44% and gained the coveted
form today’s Hood County Friends of NRA. NRA Foundation's High Caliber Club status.
Concerned about the future of shooting sports, and de- Excited about their achievements, Dunagun said they
siring to see NRA back on the local level, former committee were also energized about being able to raise funds for
member Briscoe Dunn decided to contact his NRA Field shooting programs in the area. "Youth shooting programs
Representative, Tommy Easterling. Rounding up friends are vital in our society today for they provide learning and
and business associates, Dunn and Easterling held an infor- life skills the young can take with them for the rest of their
mational meeting where they saw an overwhelming show of lives,” said Dunagun. “If it were not for organizations such
support. They were able to enlist volunteers from all walks as Friends of NRA, our local 4-H Shooting Club would not
of life. Busy professionals, educators, and prominent local be as successful as it is now. The individuals that volunteer
businessmen all volunteered and participate in Friends of
to work tirelessly together to NRA are a necessary element
make sure the event would be to keep these programs alive
a success. The meeting resulted and active."
in a re-organized and revived It takes a community
committee that soared to new though, and Hood County
heights under the leadership of couldn’t have done it with-
the new chairman, Jill Dunna- out the support of local busi-
gun. nesses, who helped spread
On June 11th, Hood the word of the event by sell-
County Friends of NRA hosted ing tickets at their places of
their comeback event. And business. “Yes, we gave up a
what an event it was! There few hours of our free time,”
couldn’t have been a better said local business owner,
setting for it than picturesque Hood County Friends of NRA Attendees enjoy some good ‘ole Texas bar-b-que Eddie Steele, “but the results
Granbury, a town located in North Central Texas rich in of helping to fund the shooting sports was well worth the
history and centered around the revitalized downtown small sacrifice.”
square which lies on the bank of Lake Granbury. Some 238 "The Hood County Friends of NRA committee achieved
guests piled into the newly built Granbury Resort Confer- an extraordinary feat, they more than doubled the average
ence Center to participate true Texas-style in the newest old income for a first-time event,” said Easterling. “Each and
event in town. every one of the volunteers are dedicated to the mission of
Filled to maximum capacity, the room was stirring with The NRA Foundation and to Friends of NRA and they are
excitement as guests dined on delicious Texas barbeque, all excited about their potential in 2010!"
bid on limited edition items in live and silent auctions,
and crossed their fingers for special drawings. The real fun Attend an upcoming Friends of NRA banquet in North Texas!
was centered around the firearms though; everywhere you Contact NRA Field Representative Tommy Easterling at (903)
turned there was a game, special drawing, or auction dis- 677-6803 or via email at email@example.com for more in-
play where attendees could try their hand at winning or formation.
Traditions . Quarter 3: 2009 21
eventeen years ago, Southern Regional Director Al he has done over the years and he shows the same amount
Hammond was the Florida Field Representative in of respect for their commitment.” Lancaster adds, “He has
charge of starting the Florida Friends of NRA program. been instrumental in helping me get off to a fast start. I rely
To help him create awareness about the new program, he on his advice and insight as well as dealing not only with
enlisted one man’s help as a volunteer – Bud Fisher. With events, but the dynamics of the committees and volunteers.
a keen knowledge of the state of Florida and Fisher’s help, I talk to him almost daily and consider him a great friend
Hammond built the program from the ground up and to me.”
made it into what it is today. Florida is the second highest As well as training new volunteers, Fisher also volun-
fund raising state in the Southern Region and ranks in the teers his time at events, helping in set-up and working the
top ten nationally in terms of the number of banquets held night of the event. Hammond remembers how they used to
per year. be in such a routine they would not talk for hours during
Hammond relied on Fisher’s leadership background in set-up because they knew what the other was going to do.
the United State’s Navy “We’ve always clicked
and his strong commit- and developed a great
ment to the principles friendship,” Hammond
of the NRA to help added. “His heart is in
him lead and guide this program and he is
volunteers in starting very passionate about
new Friends of NRA it. I owe a tremendous
programs all across the amount of my success to
state. As a Navy pilot, him because of all of his
Fisher was stationed in hard-work, the time he’s
several places across the committed to NRA, and
world, from Iceland to most of all his friend-
Italy, before becoming a ship.”
Primary Flight Instruc- Bud Fisher is pictured here with Field Representative Trip Lancaster (left) and Southern Region Fisher has worked
tor in Pensacola, Fla. In Director Al Hammond (right) at the Suwannee River Friends of NRA banquet July 30, 2009. Fisher with hundreds of vol-
1975, he retired from was awarded the Marlin .270 rifle for his extraordinary achievements with the committee. unteers and has partici-
the Navy as a Lieutenant Commander and possessed all the pated and volunteered at over 300 banquets in the past two
skills needed to aid Hammond. decades. He has also attended numerous State Fund Com-
As a key factor in the success of Florida and surrounding mittee meetings and volunteered at over half a dozen An-
states, Hammond would describe Fisher as the man behind nual Meetings. Today, Fisher focuses most of his efforts on
the scenes who knows the Friends of NRA program from A the Suwannee River Friends of NRA committee in Trenton,
to Z. For 15 years, Fisher traveled many times with Ham- Fla., the First Coast Friends of NRA in Jacksonville, Fla.,
mond to committee meetings all over Florida, Alabama, and still remains involved with the first-ever Florida com-
and Southern Georgia to offer a different perspective as a mittee, the North Florida Friends of NRA in Gainesville,
volunteer. Fisher still plays a pivotal role in training new Fla.
volunteers for committees and State Fund Committees.
“He has helped [North Florida Field Representative] Trip Volunteer for an upcoming Friends of NRA banquet in Flori-
Lancaster the same way he has helped me,” Hammond said. da! Contact NRA Field Representative Trip Lancaster at (352)
“Many committees today continue to ask Bud questions 463-8379 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org for more in-
and rely on Bud’s expertise. Volunteers respect him for what formation.
22 Traditions . Quarter 3: 2009
Nothing can stop Cherokee Strip Friends of NRA from holding a fabulous event.
nly a month out from their 12th annual ban- Wall Clock, which went for $1,100. “We had three guys
quet and the Cherokee Strip Friends of NRA were who wanted the clock, so it was an intense auction,” De-
faced with a difficult decision: to move or not to long said.
move. Earlier this year the expo center, where the event was Along with the auction, the number of sponsorships had
Mid West Region
originally supposed to take place, suffered severe wind dam- a significant impact. The Cherokee Strip committee had
age from a storm and instead of waiting around to see if 131 sponsors, which raised approximately $80,000. “Okla-
it would be fixed in time, Cherokee Strip Friends of NRA homa is the number one state in the U.S. for having spon-
decided to look elsewhere. sorships,” Delong said. “It being the most pro-gun state in
Fortunately, the Oakwood Mall in Enid, Okla. had a re- the U.S. really makes a difference.”
tail space not currently in use and with room to spare. “The Good committee members make all the difference too,
banquet is one of the major events in town,” said NRA Delong conveyed. Committee volunteer Jimmy Hawk was
Field Representative for Oklahoma, Darren Delong. “A lot the top producer of selling sponsorships, bringing in $40k
of people show up for our banquet every year and it had the alone on sponsorship sales.
room so we decided to turn it into an event center.” The committee has been well-established in the area for
The sudden switch in location worked out well for the some time, including Adkins who has served as chairman
Cherokee Strip banquet where some 539 people attended for 10 years. Delong believes that while experience helps,
the banquet, an increase over last year of more than 100 at- the committee’s success is due in large part to good lead-
tendees. But more surprising was the amount of the tickets ership within the committee and the attendance of good
sold the day of the event. “We sold 118 tickets at the door,” quality people both serving on the committee and attend-
said Committee Chairman Dale Adkins. “We had one guy ing the banquet.
from Louisiana that was visiting relatives, saw an advertise- “Everyone in the community and on the committee is
ment and decided to come.” very dedicated to the Second Amendment, they are pas-
“We try to make this event a family affair,” Delong said. sionate people who truly believe people should have the
“It’s all about community, and making it a family-friendly right to own a firearm and at the end of the day that’s what
event and getting the whole community to come out. The the success of an event all boils down to,” said Delong.
entire community being apart of it- that’s what makes the The total net income for this event was over $66k, which
event successful.” is a considerable amount for an event like this one. “A lot
Their community-centered event was reinforced by the came together for us, which made this event very success-
80 or so kids in attendance at the Cherokee Strip banquet, ful,” Adkins said.
which attested to their “something for everyone” theme Even with its exceptional and long-standing record,
of the event. The committee gave away six youth .22s and Cherokee Strip Friends of NRA still holds high hopes to
made sure each youngster leaves with some kind of trin- become even more extraordinary in the future. And with a
ket to remember the event by. “It does cost a little extra town like theirs, this unstoppable committee foresees many
money to give each kid something to leave with,” Delong good things to come.
said, “but it is well-worth the community and family atmo-
sphere you create, and people remember that when it comes Attend an upcoming Friends of NRA banquet in Oklahoma!
to next year’s event.” Contact NRA Field Representative Darren Delong at (405)
The auction also contributed to the success of the ban- 692-8672 or via email at email@example.com for more in-
quet. One specific item auctioned off was an NRA Neon formation.
Traditions . Quarter 3: 2009 23
By aDaM BallarD
Chairman, Central Minnesota Friends of NRA
hen I was asked to write a biography of our We knew other committees and organizations drew
committee, I was faced with the daunting task big crowds and big dollars so we decided to study our col-
of identifying exactly what we did that led to leagues and our target market. In short, we started attend-
the success we experienced at our 2009 dinner. Truth be ing and supporting more events. I started taking note of
told, I am not certain there is any specific mathematic for- what prizes they had, the local businesses that supported
mula that will work with every committee. I’ve heard of, them, the games they used, and the people in attendance.
or read about, committees that focused on auctions, spon- We began strategically allying ourselves with members
sorships, or receiving of the committees, pro-
underwriting for event moting the common
expenses. In the end, interests of all our con-
all of these tactics lead servation, hunting, and
to higher profits and Second Amendment
successful events. The organizations. We sup-
more I thought about ported them, and they
it, the more I realized returned the favor. We
that we differed from sent invites and dona-
other committees in tion requests to the
two major areas. First, if businesses that sup-
one of us came up with ported the other din-
an idea, we ran with it. ners. From 2008-2009,
Second, we begin the we doubled our event
next year’s fundraising attendees and sponsors,
the morning after our several of them being
last event, and don’t stop until we start planning the next members and sponsors of the other events we attended.
I should back up a moment to highlight our committee Limited funds
history. In 2007, chapter members that had run the com- Anyone involved in fundraising knows of a rule: at any
mittee selflessly for many years decided it was time to hand given time, only so much money will exist in a room. The
the reins over to new blood and enter the ranks of event trick is getting as much of it as you can. We found that
attendees. Several of us felt we were up to the challenge. spur-of-the-moment games and contests or a surprise live
After all, we were self-motivated, pro Second Amendment, auction brought in some money, but we felt we could get
sales-driven individuals that loved attending fundraisers. more in the end if we spread it out. To this end, we pursued
How tough could it be? We have received quite the educa- two strategies.
tion. First, we started mailing invites nearly five months in
We stumbled through 2007 and 2008, slowly learning advance. Each reservation form had the option to pre-pay
the rules and traditions involved for a Friends of NRA din- bucket tickets. The theory; if someone has a “fun” budget
ner. After we came short of our goal in 2008, netting a little of $200 a month, they will bring that to the dinner in July
over $6k, we decided we needed to change things up. The and we can get their March $200 in prepaid bucket tickets.
morning after the event, our committee met to start analyz- It worked even better than we had anticipated. Our goal
ing what went wrong and what went right. We decided on for bucket tickets was $7k. Two weeks before the dinner,
several key factors that we needed to address. we had surpassed that goal. By the end of the event, we had
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collected nearly $12k in bucket ticket sales, netting more
than our last year’s dinner total.
Second, our committee sought out events attended by
our target market – shooters and hunters. We set up tables
at vendor areas during local shooting events to display our
dinner information, and we even raffled off extra merchan-
dise we acquired to generate pre-event funds. These events
led to over $6k net in additional funds, plus at least two
sponsors and several event attendees that otherwise might
not have known about the dinner.
Clockwise from top left: Attendees enjoying a delicious dinner from the Sauk Rapids
One of the few successes we continued from 2008 was VFW.The Red Bucket Table, with 15 firearms- from a 9mm Kahr Pistol to a DPMS 308
our idea of special contests and events. We found that busi- rifle, attendees got to pick the gun of their choice as tickets were drawn. The Putt-Putt
green with prizes including an Easy Bird Automatic Clay thrower, DPMS 308L and .50
nesses were more interested in underwriting when we gave caliber muzzleloader.
them a title like “Youth Sponsor”, “Veteran Sponsor”, or
“Event Sponsor”. We had five separate businesses that gave
us between $500 to $2,200 in exchange for these titles and
a couple free dinner tickets. Our committee compensated spot, or else they wouldn’t get entered into the bucket for
donors for about $300 worth of meal tickets, but those at- the prize they wanted.
tendees still contributed to our games and auctions many All our ideas would not have succeeded without the
times over. work of our committee, Jon Fritz, Dustin Emholtz, Evin
We also pushed for more Liberty, Heritage, and Free- Galbraith and Jody Orbeck, or without the acceptance of
dom sponsors by having a separate gun and prize drawing our field representative Scott Lembke.
just for sponsors. In March, we will also be holding our first By the time we closed the books on our 2009 dinner, we
sponsor dinner to specifically thank our donors and spon- had 208 attendees, 20 sponsors, gave away 34 firearms and
sors, and discuss state grant requests and fundraising ideas. thousands of dollars in merchandise. We net about $31k,
more than five times what we did in 2008. Perhaps, best of
Games all, we made some friendships that will continue to benefit
Let’s face it; putting tickets in a bucket is boring. People the chapter for years to come.
still do it, but buckets alone aren’t going to raise all their
money. Taking cues from other events, we constructed Attend an upcoming Friends of NRA banquet in Minnesota!
a plinko board, an 8-foot putting green, and a revolver- Contact NRA Field Representative Scott Lembke at (218)
shaped spin-the-wheel game. These games gave incentives 844-2000 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org for more in-
to attendees to “try again” if they didn’t get the big ticket formation.
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By JaN MaNzer
Volunteer, Wyoming Friends of NRA
The simultaneous occurrence of events which, taken individually,
would be far less powerful than the storm resulting of their combination.
n June, folks in Pinedale, Wyo. are heading to the volunteers were up for the challenge. “We’ll take what we
mountains, where the snow has melted and the scenery can for a date and make it work,” Trotter said. The commit-
and recreation calls. By June of this year though, Sub- tee went to work early.
lette County had been blessed with twenty-three straight “They did everything the right way from the get-go,”
days of rain- keeping Pinedale’s 1,600 citizens around town. said Manzer. They hit the ground running and acquired
Simultaneously, the brand new Sublette County Friends 100% underwriting for the merchandise and secured thou-
of NRA Committee was toiling away in anticipation of its sands of dollars in sponsorships and cash donations. They
first Friends of NRA Banquet and Auction on June 12th. also obtained enough merchandise for the estimated 120
Tuesday before the event, 120 tickets had already been sold. attendees.
The banquet was to take place in the only venue in town In the days following Tuesday’s count of around 120
capable of handling a attendees, Trotter was
large number of attend- flooded with phone
ees – the ice arena. The “The event was an amazing calls for tickets. Fortu-
arena is “de-iced” only
and inspiring event. Everything nately, the venue’s large
and versatile capacity
two months out of the just kept coming together in allowed ticket sales to
year, which left banquet continue and by week’s
dates limited. The Sub- our favor,” said NRA Field end the ice arena was
lette County Friends of
NRA event would be
Representative Dave Manzer. filling fast. Come event
day, the committee was
held during high-travel situated with a fully-
season and follow three other fundraising events hosted in funded banquet and auction, $29k in the bank, and 240
the isolated Wyoming town. banquet tickets sold. To accommodate the emergence of so
When the Sublette County Friends of NRA committee many new attendees, the committee set out on the morning
was formed, Wyoming Field Representative Dave Manzer of the banquet to procure several more quality items and
wasn’t worried about the date, his only request was, “Get us firearms. By banquet time, they were well merchandised for
200 people and as much underwriting and sponsorship as 215 attendees.
you can.” While some shopped, other enthusiastic volunteers pro-
Committee Chairman Ralph Trotter and his team of ceeded to the arena to finalize preparations and set-up for
26 Traditions . Quarter 3: 2009
the still-growing event. Co-Chair Katie McClure heartily The result was a perfect storm, the simultaneous occur-
dedicated herself to the task of designing and decorating rence of events which, taken individually, would be far less
to provide a fitting patriotic ambiance for the event. With powerful than the storm resulting of their combination.
the help of Virginia Trotter, McClure was able to carry the The non-stop rain that kept families from vacationing in
patriotic theme throughout the arena with vibrant red, the mountains, the seemingly inconvenient banquet date
white, and blue decorations, displays, and table arrange- from the only suitable venue in town able to accommodate
ments as well as ensure such a banquet, and most
an easy flow of traffic and importantly, a group of
clear view of the stage passionate volunteers
from wherever you were dedicated to raising mon-
seated. ey for The NRA Founda-
As a site for the Friends tion with a community
of NRA fundraiser, the that exhibited fervent
ice arena was perfect. support through their
The high ceiling and ex- participation, donations,
pansive floor dimensions and gladdening generos-
reflected the open spaces ity. The community, the
of Wyoming. A flatbed committee, the venue,
trailer was easily backed the weather: all came to-
into the arena to serve as gether perfectly to result
a stage. The large-scale in the Sublette County
The Sublette County Friends of NRA Committee
setting allowed for more Friends of NRA’s first ban-
than adequate display areas for the bucket raffle merchan- quet raising $53k, an estimated $220 per attendee, and a
dise and the live and silent auctions. Still, there was plenty net-to-gross of an incredible 67.5%. Furthermore, Sublette
of room for games County Friends of
and other activities, NRA gained the
ample room for at- national title of
tendees to mingle the “Highest Net
and comfortably Dollars Raised at a
enjoy dinner or par- First-Year Friends of
ticipate in the live NRA Event” since
auction from their the program’s incep-
seats. tion- beating out
Wyoming is events in cities sev-
the least populated eral times the size of
state in the United Pinedale.
States. At around “The event was
500,000 people to- an amazing and
tal, the entire popu- inspiring event. Ev-
lation doesn’t add erything just kept
up to a sizable city. coming together
Like other areas of in our favor,” said
Wyoming, Pinedale Manzer. “For a first-
has seen ebbs and tides in both economy and population. year event, I don’t know how much more perfect you can
However, among the citizens a rich pride for the Second get, or a more perfect group of people you could ask for.
Amendment, a dedication to youth shooting sports, and It was an incredible night and the scope of its importance
public education about firearms has always been constant. cannot be underestimated.”
So although the committee faced the prospect of a low
turnout during a popular vacation time, the possibility Attend an upcoming Friends of NRA banquet in Wyoming!
their fundraiser would fall short to the three held just be- Contact NRA Field Representative Dave Manzer at (307)
fore theirs, and the general probability that first-year fund- 746-2520 or via email at email@example.com for more in-
raisers tend to yield average results, they persevered. formation.
Traditions . Quarter 3: 2009 27
By BraD kruger
NRA Field Representative, Alaska
t the Kodiak Crab Festival last May, Alaska big on telling us where the $10,000 has gone and made us
Friends of NRA made friends with Tim Baker, Vice really proud to support Friends of NRA,” said Tim. With
Apollo's help, Kodiak Friends of NRA net approximate-
President and Robert “Bobby” Bonestroo, Opera-
ly $35k with only 84 people in the room, ensuring they
tions Manager of Apollo Medi Trans. Tim introduced him- would have their best banquet to date.
self to the Kodiak Friends of NRA Committee Chairman The great folks at Apollo Medi Trans don’t just talk about
Dave King and was immediately sold on the program when what they believe in, they act and they act in a big way.
“I love what Friends of NRA does,” added Tim. “Alaska
he discovered Alaska Friends of NRA feels the way he does
Friends of NRA is committed to our traditions and working
about giving future generations the same traditions, heri- with people locally.”
tages, and freedoms he had when he was growing up. Apollo Medi Trans is an Alaska based company, currently
Tim and Bobby were invited and attended the Kodiak operating a brokerage firm and a ground ambulance com-
Friends of NRA banquet that pany in Anchorage, Wasilla,
weekend and had a fantas- and Klawock, Alaska. The
tic time. While enjoying the “I love what Friends of NRA founding members of Apollo
atmosphere that exists at Medi Trans have 20 years of
an Alaskan Friends of NRA
does,” added Tim. “Alaska expertise in Alaska primary
banquet, they found out Friends of NRA is committed medical care, health care de-
the Friends of NRA program livery, and medical transport
works tirelessly to promote to our traditions and working systems and 20 years of com-
the shooting sports in Alaska mercial Alaska aviation expe-
and nationwide, giving back with people locally.” rience involving every region
all proceeds in grants that in the state of Alaska. Their
go to the future of the shooting sports. “Steve Smith, who staff includes critical care physicians, and specialists in com-
owns Alaska Guns and Ammo, taught us how crucially im- munications, transportation, and healthcare business solu-
portant it is to support programs like Friends of NRA,” Tim tions.
said. “Friends of NRA is something important to us and we Apollo Medi Trans cares about the people and values of
are really excited about it.” Alaska and by donating to Kodiak Friends of NRA, they
Since the Kodiak Crab Festival, Tim, Bobby, and their showed their commitment to the state. Alaska Friends of
coworkers have been seen at many Alaska Friends of NRA NRA would like to thank Tim Baker, Bobby Bonestroo,
banquets, however the Friends of NRA program in Alaska and the people at Apollo Medi Trans for their generous do-
was not prepared for the commitment to the program the nation and support.
great people of Apollo Medi Trans had in store.
This year, Apollo Medi Trans led the way with a $10k Attend an upcoming Friends of NRA banquet in Alaska! Con-
donation to the Kodiak Friends of NRA banquet, which was tact NRA Field Representative Brad Kruger at (907) 235-
held on May 24. “When we gave the $10,000, it seemed 9059 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org for more informa-
really important to Alaska Friends of NRA. They were really tion.
28 Traditions . Quarter 3: 2009
Program: NRA Basics of Personal Protection Outside the Home Course
What is it?
The NRA Basics of Personal Protection Outside the Home Course is a new comprehensive and intensive approach to
equip the defensive shooting candidate with the skills needed to survive serious adversity. As a compliment to NRA’s Basics
of Personal Protection In the Home Course, it covers the basics of firearm safety and protection outside the home, as well
as topics including range instruction, self-defense, and multiple-threat response.
Through experts in the field, video, handbooks and other materials, the course teaches you the knowledge, skills, and at-
titude essential for avoiding dangerous confrontations and for the safe, effective and responsible use of a concealed pistol
for self-defense outside the home. You’ll learn concealed carry techniques, presentation of a firearm from concealment,
defensive shooting skills and strategies, safety, legal aspects of gun-ownership and defense, and the aftermath of defensive
Who is it for?
The NRA Basic Personal Protection Outside The Home Course participants must be a law-abiding adult at least 21 years
old and an experienced shooter able to show mastery of the basic skills of safe gun handling, shooting a group, zeroing the
firearm, and cleaning the firearm to maximize what can be learned from this course.
The NRA Personal Protection Outside the Home is divided into two levels (basic and advanced). Level one is a nine-hour
course and offers the essential knowledge and skills that must be mastered in order to carry, store, and use a firearm safely
and effectively for personal protection outside the home. Upon completion of level one, students may choose to attend
level two, which is an additional five hours of range training and teaches advanced shooting skills. After the classroom
portion, students should expect to spend several hours on the range and shoot approximately 100 rounds of ammunition
during level one. Level two involves five additional hours on the range and approximately 115 rounds of ammunition.
For proof of shooting experience, prospective participants must demonstrate that they have the requisite knowledge,
skills, and attitudes by producing an NRA Basic Personal Protection In The Home Course Certificate, or by passing the
How Can I Get Involved?
Your contact at NRA headquarters is John Howard, NRA National Instructor Trainer in NRA’s Education and Training
Department. He can be reached by calling (703) 267-1423 or by email at email@example.com. For more information,
please visit the NRA’s online course catalog at www.nrainstructors.org/CourseCatalog.aspx.
Traditions . Quarter 3: 2009 29
The NRA Foundation Thanks the Following Dono
May 1, 2009 -
individual donors Mzuri Wildlife Foundation Gun For Hire
Gifts of $25,000+ California New Jersey
Mr. and Mrs. Joe Graham Natchez Shooters Supply Llagas Foundation
Virginia Tennessee California
Mr. and Mrs. K. Michael Ingram Numrich Gun Parts Corporation Mr. Dave Messics
Arizona New York Maryland
Kamps Propane Ohio Gun Collectors Association Network For Good
California Ohio Maryland
The Master’s Table Services Group Mr. Wilson H. Phillips, Jr.
Tennessee Nevada Virginia
Mr. and Mrs. Larry W. Potterfield State Fund Committee of Pennsylvania Mr. and Mrs. Robert A. Ringdahl
Missouri Pennsylvania Virginia
Ms. Susanna Novy MacDonald Wake County Wildlife Club Mr. and Mrs. Raymond C. Roy
California North Carolina New Hampshire
Mr. Clayton W. Williams Safari Club International - Adirondack
Gifts of $5,000 - 24,999 Texas New York
Anonymous Gary, Janice Shepherd & Family
Iowa Gifts of $1,000 - $4,999 Ohio
Armrod Charitable Foundation American Custom Gunmakers Guild Mike and Ann Smith
California Wyoming Virginia
Mr. John Bianchi Anonymous State Fund Committee of Oregon
California Virginia Oregon
Blackhawk Products Group Association of New Jersey Mr. S. Adam Sufrin
Virginia Rifle & Pistol Clubs Pennsylvania
Blue Book Publications, Inc. New Jersey Tawani Foundation
Minnesota Auctionarms.com, Inc. Illinois
Cabela’s California Taylor Pistol Club
Nebraska Mrs. Johnsie G. Benson Michigan
Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin R. Case Georgia Widener’s Reloading & Shooting Supply, Inc.
Virginia Bergquist Masonry, LLC Tennessee
Cheaper Than Dirt New Hampshire
Texas Bolick Foundation Gifts of $250 - $999
Crimson Trace Corporation North Carolina Anonymous
Oregon Mr. and Mrs. Frank L. Cerutti Arizona
DBS International Virginia Dr. and Mrs. Don G. Benson, Jr.
Pennsylvania Mr. Anthony J. Chimblo, III Texas
Donegan-Burns Foundation Connecticut Mr. and Mrs. Richard L. Boos
California Deep River Sporting Clays & Shooting Arizona
Doug Turnbull Restoration, Inc. School Mr. John P. Caporale
New York North Carolina California
Mr. and Mrs George E. Douglass Mr. Will DeRuyter Mr. and Mrs. Brian W. Clements
Michigan Washington Pennsylvania
DPMS Panther Arms Dillon Precision Products Corp., Inc. Mrs. Milissa E. Coder
Minnesota Arizona Virginia
Mr. and Mrs. Donald L. Kriley Mr. and Mrs. George E. Douglass Mr. Raymond A. Corliss
North Carolina Michigan New Hampshire
Mr. Zane N. Markowitz Mr. Robert E. Esch The Daniel-Mickel Foundation
Virginia New Jersey South Carolina
Minnesota Weapons Collectors Assoc. Mr. Alan Gornick, Jr. Ms. Callie Davis
Minnesota Michigan District of Columbia
Listed contributions do not necessarily reflect total giving for the year. We
If you notice any errors or omissions, please contact us at (8
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ors for Their Generosity and Continued Support
- July 31, 2009
Galco International in honor of gifts Richard D. Hanks
Arizona Jeffrey Ahorn’s Retirement Mr. John J. Stimson
Mr. and Mrs. Frank W. Ghilarducci Mr. Charles G. Dietz Luther “Luke” Harmon
Colorado Dr. Craig M. Bereznoff Mr. Herbert A. Lanford Jr.
Mrs. Connie Hamilton LongMont United Hospital Jimmy High
California Chris Coleman Mr. and Mrs. Gayle Gardner
Mr. Paul H. Hellrich Ms. Christine M. Coleman William James Horner
Missouri Byron E. Haney Mr. and Mrs. David M. Dayton Jr.
J & G Sales, Ltd. Mr. Dennis B. Haney William E. Horsak
Arizona Phill Kline Mr. Ralph A. Sanchez
Ms. Ashley Jones Mr. Kyle E. Krull Todd Leslie Howard
Virginia Dr. Amin Musani Mr. Art L. Johnson
Kimmell Family Foundation Ms. Barbara H. Palm Justin Jones
Oklahoma Jim A. Parson Ms. Nancy D. Rydell
Mr. Ben W. Koehler Mr. and Mrs. Merrill E. Dickinson Jr. Michael L. “Jack” King
New Jersey Mr. and Mrs. Warren Barnhart
Mr. Drew Koval IN MEMORY OF GIFTS Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Cipriani
Virginia Anthony Alampi Ms. Sherri A. Kenyon
LongMont United Hospital Association of New Jersey Rifle & Pistol Clubs Mr. and Mrs. William E. Partridge
Colorado Scott L. Bach, Esq. Ms. Susan L Wildman
Mr. Daniel O. Maldonado Dan Charles Asper Martin J. Kinnaird
Texas Mr. Robert H. Adamsen Dr. and Mrs. Roger C. Broyles
Mr. Michael E. Marcellin Alan’s Locksmith Co., Inc. Melvin Clifton Menking
Virginia Mr. Michael E. Creamer Jr. Mr. W. Wayne Spahn
No. Lancaster County Game & Fish Assoc. Mr. William B. Dixon Newt Mills
Pennsylvania Mr. Paul V. Fulton Mrs. Susan Eisenberg
Mr. and Mrs. Edward J. Parry, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. David R. Gossett Joseph W. Moore
Washington Mr. John A Lince Mr. and Mrs. Robert Van Winkle
Mr. Anthony C. Perry Mr. and Mrs. James A. Vargo Randall E. Muncy
Rhode Island Mr. and Mrs. Bruce D. Wells Dr. and Mrs. James T. McMillin
Mr. William J. Proefrock Mr. David H. White Joyce Palmer
New York Mr. Tim Wiggins Ms. Dorothy McKay
Mrs. Anna M. Seidman Dr. Robert P. Beaman Scott Pierce
Virginia Mr. F. J. Graves Mr. Brian Trapp
Mr. Bruce A. Shaughnessy Mrs. Lucille Graves Edwin J. Quick
Oregon Mr. and Mrs. Ray G. Martens Mr. and Mrs. John Bulger
Mr. and Mrs. William R. Slavin Mr. Clifford E. Peters Larry Rabeneck
Oregon Mr. and Mrs. Greg Pickens Mr. John J. Stimson
Mr. and Mrs. Dale Thoen Joseph M. Beidler Irv and Millie Rauch
Arizona Ms. Mae Lucas Mr. Chris Rauch
Mr. Brian Trapp Dewey F. Bullard Sr. Timothy D. Schroeder
Washington Mr. Bruce W. Whitlock Mr. and Mrs. Dave Schroeder
United Sportsmens Club James W. Collison C. W. Slagle
Missouri Mr. Troy E. Minton Mr. Kenneth N. Connaughton
Mr. Terrance R. Whitley Frederic A. Cosgro James Charles Trosino III
Georgia Taylor Pistol Club Mr. John P. Caporale
Mr. Justin Willette Steven Grant Field Michael L. Vidler
Massachusetts Mr. Peter H. Thimm Mr. Thomas L. Bentzoni
Robert and Francis Greer Ms. Jody R. Burton
Mr. Dennis Walter Ms. Terri T. McConnell
e make every effort to ensure accuracy and completeness of donor names.
800) 423-6894 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you.
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