Janet NyceThe National Rifle Association has selected Janet Nyce of Green Lane, Pennsylvania, to receive the 2010 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.

Nyce was introduced to hunting by her huband, James, nearly 45 years ago. Since then, the two have raised three children, nurtured six grandchildren and shared their passion for the outdoors in their Pennsylvania community.

An accomplished shooter, Nyce hunts with a rifle, shotgun, inline, primitive muzzleloader, and compound bow. Her devotion to training and education led to her becoming an NRA Certified Instructor in shotgun, rifle, and Refuse To Be A Victim. She also volunteers with her community’s Women On Target® Instructional Shooting Clinic and serves as a shotgun Range Master at the NRA’s Youth Hunter Education Challenge.

Janet Nyce

“Being a mentor and instructor are two of the greatest joys in my life. The return factor is amazing,” Nyce said. “I always have felt this quote is so true: ‘the leader who shares experience ensures a bright future and leaves a legacy of success behind.’”

A legacy of success is guaranteed with Nyce. As an appointee of the Governor’s Advisory Council for Hunting, Fishing and Conservation, Nyce mentors 30 young people who make up the Governor’s Youth Council for Hunting, Fishing and Conservation.

In 2005, Nyce was a finalist of the Budweiser Conservation Award. She is a member of many hunting and conservation organizations; a Patron member of both the NRA and the National Wild Turkey Federation; a life member of both Safari Club International and Second Amendment Sisters; and countless others.

To honor the pioneering spirit of Ms. Marion P. Hammer, the National Rifle Association bestows the Marion P. Hammer Woman of Distinction Award in her name. Hammer has influenced many in her fight to preserve Second Amendment freedoms. From her role as lobbyist in the passage of Florida's Right-to-Carry legislation, to her grassroots efforts in educating youth about firearm safety, ownership and responsibility, Hammer exemplifies activism. As the creator of the Eddie Eagle GunSafe Program and first woman president of the National Rifle Association, she has significantly impacted her community, state and the nation.

Visit this website to learn more about the Women’s Programs offered by the NRA.

2008 Marion P. Hammer Woman Of Distinction Award recipient Ms. Patricia Stoneking has not slowed down. She is the first person to hold the position of President of the Kansas State Rifle Association for three consecutive years.

This article in the Lawrence Journal-World & News chronicles her accomplishments:  

Passion for firearms inspires woman leading rifle group

Patricia Stoneking’s life path seems to have taken a natural flow. The Bonner Springs resident naturally got involved with firearms through her family of hunting enthusiasts; she naturally found a role as activist for firearms that led her to lobby the Kansas government to change laws; and she naturally made a career out of educating people about proper firearm use.

Each milestone has led her to where she is today — the first woman to be elected president of the Kansas State Rifle Association and the first president to hold the position for three consecutive years.

Stoneking, a Shawnee native, first held a gun at age 8. It was a BB gun that her father gave her.

“My dad thought it was a cool thing to do,” she said. “I had a brother three years younger, so I don’t think he could wait for him to be old enough.”

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Donna Vandermolen is in the news!

The 2009 Marion P. Hammer Woman of Distinction award recipient is featured at KBTX.com in both a video and a written article.

“If you’re going to shoot, you need to be able to handle your firearm safely,” the NRA Certified Instructor says to the camera. Vandermolen was awarded with the Marion P. Hammer Woman of Distinction award in honor of her dedication to instructing women to shoot, and spreading the love of firearms and firearms safety.

“Let’s support the Second Amendment and keep our freedoms intact,” she said.

Watch the video and read the story here

NRA's Marion P. Hammer Woman of Distinction Award, Sybil Ludington Women's Freedom Award We know there are many women diligently working in the field to promote and defend the Second Amendment, hunting, or the shooting sports. But are they being recognized for their efforts? If not, maybe you should probably nominate them for one of NRA’s Women’s Awards. But do it fast as the deadline is November 1, 2009.

The NRA annually presents two awards to women who, through education, volunteerism and legislative activism, have made exceptional contributions to Second Amendment rights and/or the shooting sports in support of the goals of the NRA. The first of those awards, the Sybil Ludington Women’s Freedom Award, recognizes women who have made such contributions at the national level. A second award, the Marion P. Hammer Woman of Distinction Award, honors achievements made at the state, regional and local levels.

Named for a heroine of the American Revolution, the Sybil Ludington Women’s Freedom Award has been presented annually since 1995. The Marion P. Hammer Woman of Distinction Award was created in 2004 and is named in honor of the first female president of the NRA.

Time is running out to nominate someone you know for these prestigious honors!

The National Rifle Association’s office of Women’s Programs is still accepting nomination applications for both the Sybil Ludington and Marion Hammer awards.

The NRA Women’s Policy Committee meets annually to select women for these two prestigious awards. Criteria for consideration include:

  • NRA membership
  • Outstanding performance in competitive shooting events
  • Dedication to hunting ethics
  • Outstanding educational contributions to the NRA, including public appearances
  • Meritorious, lawful use of a firearm in self-defense or in the defense of others
  • Dedication to the protection of the Second Amendment
  • Outstanding volunteerism for NRA programs

For more information or to nominate a candidate for these prestigious awards, call 703-267-1378 or log onto www.nrahq.org/women/awards.

Rosemary Herr“I’m in charge of the women’s welcome mat,” said Rosemary Herr, manager of Women’s Programs for the National Rifle Association, told NRAblog.

Herr has been with the association for twenty years, working with shooting sports programs and managing NRA youth programs.

Now she oversees Women on Target® Instructional Shooting Clinics, Women on Target® Hunts, the Women's Wilderness Escape, Refuse To Be A Victim® seminars, qualification, marksmanship matches – all tailored specifically for women.

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The National Rifle Association’s office of Women’s Programs is now accepting nomination applications for both the Sybil Ludington and Marion Hammer awards.

The NRA has awarded the Sybil Ludington Women's Freedom Award since 1995. The award is named in honor of a woman, who at the age of sixteen, etched her name as perhaps the American Revolution’s most revered heroine. As British troops approached the town of Danbury, Connecticut, in April of 1777, Ludington’s father, a New York militia colonel, asked his daughter for help. On her father’s orders, Ludington mounted her horse, raced through the town, and rallied the patriots in time to counter the attack.  More

And now for the Sybil Ludington Women's Freedom Award winner. 

To honor women’s contributions in support of the Second Amendment at the national level, the Sybil Ludington Women’s Freedom Award has been presented since 1995. It recognizes exceptional accomplishments of modern heroines through their legislative activism as well as advocacy, volunteerism, and education of others to the goals of the Second Amendment and the NRA on a national level.

Linda WalkerThis year's winner of the Sybil Ludington Women's Freedom Award is Linda Walker of Alexandria, Ohio, who received the Sybil Ludington Women’s Freedom Award for her outstanding history of achievements.

A positive presence in the Ohio Statehouse, Linda Walker contributes greatly to legislative work and was instrumental in the passage of SB 184, Ohio’s Castle Doctrine, referred to as “one of the most sweeping firearm reform bills in the United States.” Linda, a NRA Certified Instructor, regularly holds classes hosted at her own private firing range; one of which meets the Ohio requirement for education to apply for a concealed handgun license. A strong advocate in gun legislation and a teacher of the next generation of safe gun owners, Linda also serves as NRA’s Election Volunteer Coordinator for the 12th Congressional District for the State of Ohio.

The award is named for Sybil Ludington, a heroine of the American Revolution who made a night ride to alert colonial forces in the same way as Paul Revere. 

On the night of April 26, 1777, Sybil was putting her younger siblings to bed when her family received word that the British had begun burning Danbury, Connecticut, a town only 25 miles away. Her father was a colonel in the local militia at the time and his men were spread out over a large area around the Ludington house. Sybil persuaded her father to let her ride out and alert his men so they could attempt to drive the British back. Riding alone, she covered over 40 miles on dark, unmarked roads, warning militiamen of the approaching threat while avoiding British soldiers and loyalists in the area. The men she helped gather were able to assemble just in time to help drive the British force back to their ships in the Long Island Sound and save many American lives. 

The National Rifle Association has selected one woman to receive the 2009 Sybil Ludington Women’s Freedom Award and three women to receive the 2009 Marion P. Hammer Woman of Distinction Award for their outstanding contributions to the Second Amendment and the shooting sports in support of the goals of the NRA.

First up, we will cover the Marion P. Hammer Woman of Distinction Award winners.

Presented since 2004, the Marion P. Hammer Woman of Distinction Award is named for the first female president of the NRA and recognizes the achievements of women who have worked at the local, state, or regional levels to promote the shooting sports and defend the Second Amendment. This year's winners are:

Susan Bierly, who has worked on and helped promote many NRA programs including Friends of NRA, Eddie Eagle GunSafe® Program, Women In The Outdoors, Refuse To Be A Victim®, and Women On Target® Instructional Shooting Clinics. A Refuse To Be A Victim® Regional Counselor and an NRA Certified Training Counselor in multiple disciplines, Bierly’s supportive mentoring attitude and extensive networking have established her as an instructor of preference. Since 2006, Bierly has trained more than 1,000 students at NRA programs and other events.

Marlene Duncan has also volunteered countless hours to the promotion of the shooting sports, and is an accomplished shooter herself. Marlene has volunteered for fifteen years with Friends of NRA and has helped direct many Women On Target® Instructional Shooting Clinics in addition to instructing JROTC and NROTC units in her area. Together with her husband, who is also an NRA Training Counselor, Marlene has trained over 3,000 NRA Certified Firearms Instructors since the 1980s.

Donna Vandermolen became the first woman Five-Gun Expert with the International Defensive Pistol Association, who she is also a Safety Officer for. Being a NRA Certified Pistol Instructor, Personal Protection In the Home Instructor, and a Range Safety Officer, Donna teaches many practical skills to all who are willing to learn. She has a strong interest in introducing women to the use of firearms and helping them learn proper safety habits and firearm-handling skills while overcoming preconceived notions that the shooting realm is for just men.

For more information on both awards, or to find out how to nominate a deserving woman, visit www.nrahq.org/women/awards/index.asp or call (800) 861-1166.

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