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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