2011 Sybil Ludington Women's Freedom Award Winner Marlene Duncan on NRAblog The National Rifle Association has selected Marlene Duncan of Lake Havasu City, Arizona, to receive the 2011 Sybil Ludington Women’s Freedom Award. This award 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.

For the past 30 years, Duncan’s involvement in and support of the shooting sports and Second Amendment has been invaluable not only to the NRA, but to her community and the many lives that she has touched through her hard work.

“Marlene is one of those special women that you can’t help but admire,” said NRA Women’s Programs Manager Rosemary Herr. “She has taught us all the meaning of service and dedication and as a role model for women of the NRA, Marlene is second to none. We are very proud to have her as our 2011 Sybil Ludington Women’s Freedom Award winner.”

An NRA Benefactor Life Member, Duncan holds numerous certifications with the NRA, including NRA Appointed Training Counselor, Chief Range Safety Officer and NRA Coach School Instructor. During her tenure, Duncan has trained hundreds of people, from creating more NRA Certified Instructors, Coaches, and Range Safety Officers, to serving as a Clinic Director for Women On Target® clinics.

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2010 Marion P. Hammer Woman of Distinction Award Winner Janet Nyce.
Each year, NRA presents outstanding women with two presitigious awards, and the deadline for nomination is drawing near. 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.

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

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