Traditions magazine highlights the work of NRA supporters, volunteers, and grant recipients as they head out into the field to promote and expand NRA's efforts in America's shooting sports. Here's an excerpt about Friends of NRA events in Alaska from Field Representative Brad Kruger:
For a long time, Friends of NRA committees in Alaska made excuses. Home to some of the most patriotic people in America, they were never lacking the spirit they each needed to reach their potential, they simply underestimated their presence in the typically small towns in which they reside. That is, until 2005, when the Ketchikan Friends of NRA surprised everyone.
Located in the Gulf of Alaska on the southern tip of the Revillagigedo Island and in the heart of the U.S.’s largest National Forest of Tongass lies Ketchikan, a little city by the sea home to approximately 7,500 people. Often referred to as Alaska’s “first city” or as the nation’s “wettest city,” Ketchikan is more well known in the Friends of NRA realm as the first committee in the state to reach the prestigious High Caliber Club status back in 2005.
Up until then, Alaska Friends of NRA committees knew about the High Caliber Club— a faction of Friends of NRA committees earning over $25,000 at one event— but most considered it unobtainable for their lowly-populated, small merchant-based areas. Basically, Alaska Friends of NRA committees had settled for mediocrity.
But in one fell swoop, the Ketchikan Friends of NRA committee changed the outlook for them all. Word spread fast about Ketchikan’s achievement. The committee had even beat out Alaska’s biggest city of Anchorage. Some were impressed, some were envious, but most were more curious. Ketchikan’s success had other committees asking, “if they could do it, why can’t we?”
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