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Fairfax, Virginia – The National Rifle Association is now accepting applications for its 2015 Women’s Awards.

The annual awards recognize the exceptional accomplishments of women who dedicate their time to preserve our Second Amendment freedoms and the shooting sports through volunteerism, activism, and involvement in the shooting community. Nominations must be submitted by November 1, 2014. Access a nomination at http://womens-awards.nra.org/.

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Honor female heroes of the Second Amendment with NRA's Women's Awards

Carol Katona is presented with the NRA's 2014 Marion P. Hammer Woman of Distinction Award

Fairfax, Virginia - There's no shortage of outstanding women who dedicate their time to preserving our Second Amendment freedoms and the shooting sports. NRA's Women's Awards, the Marion P. Hammer Woman of Distinction Award and Sybil Ludington Women's Freedom Award, recognize outstanding achievements in volunteerism, activism, and involvement in the shooting community and are presented to those who exemplify the qualities of a true NRA supporter.

The Marion P. Hammer Woman of Distinction Award is named in honor of the first female President of the NRA, who is widely respected for her grassroots efforts and pivotal role as a lobbyist for Florida's Right-To-Carry legislation. This award recognizes exceptional contributions to the preservation of the Second Amendment and the shooting sports through advocacy, education, volunteerism, and legislative activism in accordance with the goal of the NRA.

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Second Amendment activist honored by NRA for unmatched impact on community

Carol Katona is presented with the NRA's 2014 Marion P. Hammer Woman of Distinction Award

Fairfax, Virginia - The National Rifle Association has selected Carol Katona of Trenton, New Jersey, to receive the 2014 Marion P. Hammer Woman of Distinction Award. This award recognizes exceptional contributions to the preservation of the Second Amendment and the shooting sports through education, advocacy, volunteerism, and legislative activism in support of the goals of the NRA.

“Carol’s passion for hunting, competitive shooting, conservation, legislative work, and the promotion of NRA’s programs made her truly deserving of this year’s Marion P. Hammer Woman of Distinction Award,” said Rosemary Herr, manager of NRA’s Women’s Awards. “She touched so many lives through her work to educate people on becoming safe, skilled marksmen and responsible, ethical hunters.”

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Women enjoying NRA's progams

Fairfax, Virginia - Each year, the NRA recognizes outstanding women who demonstrate a dedication to the preservation of the Second Amendment and our shooting sports. The Marion P. Hammer Woman of Distinction Award and Sybil Ludington Women's Freedom Award are presented to those whose actions exemplify the qualities of a true NRA supporter.

The Marion P. Hammer Woman of Distinction Award is named for the first female President of the NRA, known for her grassroots efforts and pivotal role as a lobbyist for Florida's Right-To-Carry legislation. This award recognizes exceptional contributions to the preservation of the Second Amendment and the shooting sports through advocacy, education, volunteerism, and legislative activism in accordance with the goal of the NRA.

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Nikki Goeser - Photo Courtesy of Michael Ives
She recently sat down with 2012 NRA Sybil Luddington Women’s Freedom Award winner Nicole “Nikki” Goeser of Nashville, Tennessee. Take a look:

Shooting Starr: Nikki Goeser on life, death and the Second Amendment

Britney: Congratulations on being awarded the NRA’s Sybil Luddington Women’s Freedom Award. Thank you for all of the hard work you have been doing; you are most deserving of the honor. What does receiving this award mean to you? Can you tell us about your background and what you want people to know about you?

Nikki: I feel extremely honored to receive this very prestigious award from the National Rifle Association. It means a great deal to be part of such a powerful organization that puts everything they have into trying to prevent innocent people from being helpless victims. I have a firsthand account of what that feels like. I have worked very hard to educate others about the importance of our right to keep and bear arms for our own self defense and it is nice to be recognized for that.

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Sybil Ludington Women’s Freedom Award recognizes modern day heroines and their legislative work to protect the 2nd Amendment

Nicole 'Nikki' Goesler, winner of NRA's 2012 Ludington Women's Award, at the Tennessee state capitol Fairfax, Virginia - If you don't know the name Nicole Goeser, well, you should. Think again. Maybe you know her by the name of Nikki. In either case, you will know her now as the winner of NRA's 2012 Sybil Ludington Women’s Freedom Award.

On April 2, 2009, Nikki was working with her husband Ben in a Tennessee restaurant. It was a family karaoke business. During the night's shift, Ben was shot and killed by a man who had been stalking Nikki. She was there.

Though a conceal carry permit holder, Tennessee law did not allow Nikki to carry inside a bar or restaurant. She decided to change that.

After countless weeks and months of meeting with lawmakers and testifying before committees, Nikki was able to help change that law in Tennessee.

"She lives what she believes," said NRA Women's Programs Coordinator Diane Danielson. "As a strong and fervent advocate for gun rights, Nikki has demonstrated her dedication through her actions."

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A group of newly appointed NRA Training Counselors at the NRA Whittington Center.

NRA Training Department staffers Andy Lander and Sean Thornton headed out west to the NRA Whittington Center in Raton, New Mexico to teach an NRA Training Counselor Development Workshop. From April 20-22, 16 candidates took part in the training and earning their appointments at Traning Counselors. The group included 2012 Marion P. Hammer Woman of Distinction Award Winner Donna Vandermolen.

Candidates came from all across the country including Texas, Wyoming, Colorado, California, Arkansas, Indiana, Oregon, Michigan and even as far as Hawaii.

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Women enjoying NRA's progams

November 1st is right around the corner, and that means you've got less than a week to either apply for the Women's Wildlife Management/Conservation Scholarship or nominate someone for one of the NRA's Women's Awards.

Full-time female college juniors or seniors with a GPA of at least 3.0 majoring in Wildlife Mangement, Conservation, or a related area are eligible to apply for the Women's Wildlife Management/Conservation Scholarship. This one-year, renewable scholarship of $1,000 from the NRA Foundation will be awarded to one lucky young woman to help pay for her education.

NRA's Women's Programs Department is dedicated to providing programs and services for the women of the NRA and for honoring ladies who show a dedication to the Second Amendment and the shooting sports. The NRA Women's Awards program recognizes two women each year by awarding the Sybil Ludington Women's Freedom Award and the Marion P. Hammer Woman of Distinction Award.

Time is running out, so apply now for the Women's Wildlife Management/Conservation Scholarship or nominate an outstanding lady for the Sybil Ludington or Marion P. Hammer Award. The deadline is November 1st, so don't wait another minute!

2011 Marion P. Hammer Woman of Distinction Award Winner Margi Constantino on NRAblog

Each year, NRA presents outstanding women with two presitigious awards, and the November 1st deadline for nomination is just around the corner. Earlier this year, our Women's Program Department awarded Margi Constantino (pictured) the Marion P. Hammer Award and Marlene Duncan with the Sybil Ludington Award for their efforts. 

Named for a heroic young woman who helped America achieve independence, the Sybil Ludington Women's Freedom Award recognizes women for their exceptional accomplishments through legislative activism, advocacy, volunteerism, education of others, and additional pursuits towards the goals of the Second Amendment and the NRA.

The Marion P. Hammer Woman of Distinction Award is named for the first female President of the NRA, known for her grassroots efforts and pivotal role as a lobbyist for Flordia's Right-To-Carry legislation. This award recognizes exceptional contributions to the preservation of the Second Amendment and the shooting sports through advocacy, education, volunteerism, and legislative activism in accordance with the goal of the NRA.

In order to be considered for this award, women must be nominated no later than November 1st. If you know a woman who is making a difference and should be recognized for her efforts and support of the NRA and the Second Amendment, don't hesitate! Nomination forms are available online for both the Sybil Ludington Award and the Marion P. Hammer Award, so review the forms to see if an incredible woman that you know meets the criteria.

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