Orlando, Florida -
One speaker at NRA’s Club University in Orlando was Florida native Howell “Trip” Lancaster. An NRA Field Representative for the past two years, Trip has been part of the NRA family even longer.
“NRA has always been part of my life,” explained Trip. “Growing up in rural Florida, shooting and hunting was always there. My first bb gun, that Daisy Red Ryder – that was a big moment. We were moving up! When I finally went dove hunting with my dad and had the opportunity to shoot, deer hunting too – those were big steps.”
Now he focuses on sharing NRA’s message through speaking engagements, recruiting drives, and fundraisers.
“One big thing have down here is the Wild Beast Feast,” said Trip. “It’s a one-night shot where we bring in venison, quail – even some Florida gator of course. Lots of fish and all kinds of frog legs and all kinds of delicacies of sorts. Last year’s dinner raised a little over $35,000. That, along with other programs, helped us raise $100,000 that was split evenly with 100 different applicants. If they apply, they get it. That’s our goal. Help get as many kids to college as possible."
The meeting ended as Trip rambled out to parking lot when I caught up to him for one last question: What’s the best part about working for the NRA? “It’s the people,” he said, smiling. “It really is.”