A few weeks ago, the Field Operations staff was working on quite the project in atrium of NRA headquarters. Watching from above, all we could see was that they unpacking and sorting a variety of banners into piles ... the task took up practically the entire atrium floor.
I asked Event Services Coordinator Amber Niblock Shorter for the scoop behind the production. She explained that they were sorting and repackaging the banners to go out to various Friends of NRA committees.
Each NRA Field Representative receives a Highest Attendance banner and a Highest Net banner that they award to the committees in their area that earns said title. Additionally, every committee that raised more then $25,000 at last year's banquet receives a High Caliber Club banner to show off at their next event. In 2011, 282 committees became members of the High Caliber Club!
With that many committees receiving awards all over the United States, the Field Operations staff had quite a lot of un-boxing, organizing, sorting and re-boxing for shipping ahead of them.
The 2012 season of Friends of NRA banquets starts this week, so keep your eyes out for these banners at your events this year. If your committee didn't earn one in 2011, then it's up to you to help support your Friends of NRA events so you'll have better luck next year.