Back in March, Friends of NRA announced the recipients of their Volunteer of the Year awards.
From the pool of Area Volunteers of the Year, who are nominated by their Field Representatives, Region Volunteers of the Year are chosen by a select committee of senior NRA staff. These exceptional volunteers were invited to the NRA Annual Meeting as honored guests where they received special recognition at the National NRA Foundation Banquet.
NRAblog is going to highlight the six Region Volunteer of the Year recipients starting with the Central Region's Brian Mrnak.
Hailing from Ashland, Wisconsin, Brian Mrnak is the current co-chairman and FFL of the the Chequamegon Bay Area Friends of NRA committee. Created in 2008, Brian was there from the start when the committee's first banquet had just 45 attendees and raised over $2,000. In just four short years, that number has grown quite a bit. The 2011 banquet season saw 129 friends of the NRA show up, raising over $32,000.
Brian does so much more for the Second Amendment than just help put on Friends of NRA banquets. Despite Ashland, Wisconin’s isolated location on the the shores of Lake Superior, Brian displays and runs raffles year-round at all gun shows within 50 miles. He also received his Range Technical Team Adviser training in 2009 and acts as the main contact for all the gun clubs in his area.
Along with his wife, Brian owns Sports Hollow, a local shooting range in Ashland. He attends volunteer workshops and has even hosted a few at the range. Brian has also served on one of the NRA Foundation's State Fund Committees who review and recommend projects for funding. He even has a great working relationship with the local media – always a good thing.
“Brian is a strong community leader with all local youth groups and in the shooting sports community. He owns and operates his own gun store which includes multiple trap, skeet, pistol, and rifle ranges, ALL free for public use," said Scott Taetsch, Senior NRA Field Rep, Wisconsin. "He has built such a respectful reputation, not only as the community leader, but also as a business man of honesty and integrity.”
The NRA is truly lucky to have such a stalwart supporter of the Second Amendment on its side. Congratulations on your award, Brian.