Fairfax, Virginia - Volunteers are the backbone of Friends of NRA. Every year thousands of men and women donate their time and effort to help Friends of NRA raise money for our shooting sports.
With the 2012 Friends of NRA banquet season almost behind us and 2013 right around the corner, we're looking for people who are all about fun, food, firearms,
fundraising to help out. And because you can sign up to volunteer on the Friends of NRA website, it's easier than ever to contribute to our vital mission.
If you've ever been to a Friends of NRA event, you know our volunteers are some of the most dedicated, hard-working,
and enthusiastic people in America. From selling
banquet tickets to hanging flyers, working games or
seeking sponsorships and donations, volunteers tackle every task with the
knowledge that they are helping secure our Second Amendment freedoms for
generations to come.
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Matt and Jessie set the pace for Friends of NRA's second season with a trip to Vegas. You didn't miss it, did you?
Fairfax, Virginia - Friends of NRA's second season started in fifth gear as we found hosts Matt and Jessie in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Beginning away from Las Vegas's famous strip, Matt and Jessie were curious to learn about Friends of NRA's presence in Sin City. Their first stop was at CCS Gunsmithing whose husband and wife owners are active Friends of NRA volunteers that actually host the annual banquet in Las Vegas.
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Bringing the NRA family back together in the "heart of Texas"
This spring Friends of NRA received a warm welcome back in a small Texas town, returning for the first time in over a decade to help raise money for the shooting sports. This touching story was published in the most recent issue of Traditions, a quarterly magazine by the NRA Foundation.
Marble Falls, Texas, a rural town with a
population just over 6,000, hosted its first
Friends of NRA banquet in over a decade.
In an area full of supporters, this small
town couldn’t miss out any longer on the
fun, fellowship and fundraising experience the Friends of
NRA events bring.
Located near Austin and San Antonio in the “heart of
Texas,” Burnet County attracted an astounding crowd of
over 200 attendees to its May 2012 event held at Lakeside
Among the attendees at the event were first-time
volunteers Jimmy and Debbie Balsam. The couple who
had never attended a Friends of NRA event before, could
think of no better way to get involved in their community.
Debbie, an area native, and her husband Jimmy greeted
their community at the front entrance and took tickets.
“It is such a good feeling to see people we know come
together as a whole in support of NRA and our right to
bear arms,” Jimmy Balsam shared.
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Motorcycle enthusiasts take to the road for Friends of NRA
Last summer, Friends of NRA volunteers in Arkansas combined their love for the NRA with riding to come up with a unique way to raise funds for the shooting sports. The result was the Friends of NRA Freedom Ride, which involved local motorcycle groups and was a big success. Read about it below in an article featured in the latest issue of Traditions Magazine.
Freedom can have various meanings around the world and when groups of people disagree on an important issue, the evitable struggle will ensue. In America, the battle for freedom has spanned throughout our history, from the patriots at Concord and Lexington to Theodore Roosevelt’s Rough Riders.
Little Rock, Ark., the largest city in the state, is home to the Capital City Friends of NRA committee. For over a decade, the committee has hosted events and is always striving to reach new people in the community.
In search of a new and exciting way to raise funds for shooting sports, a group of like-minded and enthusiastic motorcyclists came together during their time volun- teering with the Capital City Friends of NRA. Sharing their love of the open road and their motorcycle riding pasttime, the group presented its idea of a “Freedom Ride” to NRA Field Representative of Arkansas, Greg Stephens.
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Ten-year volunteer helps children stay safe in the sunshine state
Law enforcement officers aren't the only people spreading Eddie Eagle's safety message across the country. This great article by Eddie Eagle Program Coordinator Katie McDermott highlights just one of the generous volunteers who give their time to ensure our children know what to do if they come across a firearm.
John Gluck of Seminole, Florida,
has been a volunteer with the Eddie
Eagle program for roughly ten years.
During his tenure, he has reached
over 200 children a year in his Florida
community. He strives to get to as many
schools, events, or other gatherings as
he possibly can in order to get Eddie’s
life-saving message out there to the
“It’s a fantastic program,” said Gluck.
“We thank the Friends of NRA for
all they do in order for us to receive
the materials at no cost. I love the
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Compton Hunting & Fishing Club's Friends of NRA Chairman raises big numbers
We've another great Friends of NRA story from Senior Event Services Coordinator Nicole McMahon. This one is about Frank McEnulty, recent Southern California Volunteer of the Year award winner who heads up the Compton Hunting & Fishing Club (CHFC) Friends of NRA committee.
There's a hidden gem in in the town of Compton, California; the Compton Hunting & Fishing Club. In 2011 their Friends of NRA committee's net proceeds more than doubled from about $20,000 to over $45,000. Attendance at their annual banquet had been steady since CHFC started the committee in 1999, so what caused it? Last year's jump couldn't have happened without CHFC club member and committee chairman Frank McEnulty.
More on the Southern California's Friends of NRA Volunteer of the Year ...
Top Friends of NRA committee's chairman visits NRA headquarters from the last frontier
Who is Denny Hamann? The chairman of the Alaska State Friends of NRA, Denny Hamann is one of the most dedicated Friends of NRA volunteers in the country. You could even say he's eaten, breathed, and slept NRA for the past several years.
Hailing from Wasilla, Alaska, Hamann is a pivotal piece of the puzzle for the Alaska State committee and Alaska Friends of NRA as a whole. And 'pivotal' really does justice considering how well he helped his committee in 2011.
This year the Alaska State Friends of NRA were recipients of the Most Outstanding Friends of NRA Committee Award, an honor granted to the committee who raised the most funds at a single Friends of NRA event. This was the first time Alaska State received the award and Hamann, who proudly accepted the award at the NRA Board Meetings last week, has high hopes they'll receive it again.
Nicole McMahon, our Senior Event Services Coordinator at NRA, was able to pull Hamann aside for a few minutes when he was in town and got to ask him a few questions about his history with the committee.
Read about what makes Friends of NRA's Denny Hamann tick below...
Official USMC photo by Staff Sgt. G. S. Thomas
NRA Youth Programs Program Coordinator Samantha Olsen was recently contacted by Jeff Nass in Wisconsin regarding the 9th Annual Armed Forces Camps. It sounded like such a great event that we asked if he could send us more on the event ... here's what we received:
The 9th Annual Armed Forces Camps were again a great success for the Marine Recruits (Poolee’s) here in Wisconsin. Every signed recruit in the 9th Marine Corps District is offered the chance to participate in the program. This year, 419 Poolees signed up. Since its inception in 2004, almost 4,000 recruits have made their way through the Camps.
To begin the day, recruits receive an updated classroom program on firearms safety, sight alignment, trigger control, nomenclature, and basic operation of the M16 type rifle. They then make their way to the range, load and fire 25 rounds of 5.56 x 45 ammunition.
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