Once a year, the National Rifle Association calls on their Field Representatives to attend a week-long seminar here at headquarters. This is where they'll receive the latest and greatest updates on Event Services, Insurance, Merchandise, Database Administration, and much, much more. Part of the more is Grants – the funds that go out clubs, associations, ranges and other groups to support their work with the NRA. So what are some of the highlights?
"First thing that comes to mind are the Women On Target Instructional Shooting Clinics," said Oklahoma Senior Field Rep Darren DeLong. "Down at the Oklahoma City Gun Club, they run the largest clinic in the United States. You want to see something fun then that's the place to go. Last one had more than 400 women come from five states. The grant basically covered the ammo cost, but the smiles on their face was more than worth every penny. I've never seen anything like it."
Steve Teutsch, our Field Rep from Indiana, offered another opinion.
"I've always liked the kids programs," said Teutsch. "Especially Eddie Eagle. Go into the classrooms, see the interaction, and know that they're learning an invaluable lesson. We've also set up some air gun ranges, one of which I run for the older kids at no cost, so it gives them something to do besides play video games in the afternoon."
But no matter where the money goes, be in range improvement, instructor training, or Women On Target events, the important thing is that it reaches the right people in the right places at the right time. And that's just one of the things the Field Reps are learning about here at NRA Headquarters.