By Thomas L. Day | July 19 2009 11:48

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.

There couldn’t be a better teacher than Herr. Herr was a civilian dispatcher for the Grafton Police Department in her native Wisconsin before coming to the association. She shot competitively for eleven years – competing at the state and regional level and at the NRA National Rifle & Pistol Championships at Camp Perry, Ohio.

It was an interest she clearly passed to her three sons, two of whom competed in NRA Collegiate Shooting competitions for The Citadel and the U.S. Military Academy. “I started teaching them gun safety with BB guns,” Ms. Herr said. “From BB guns, they just progressed.”

After moving over from the association’s youth programs, she has turned her attention toward women shooters, figuring that she could still teach young shooters by training other mothers. “Once you get the women, you get the children,” she said.

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