Next up on highlighting this year's Region Volunteer of the Year award winners is Gail Bussell from the Mid West Region.
Region Volunteers of the year are chosen by a select select committee of senior NRA staff from the pool of Area Volunteers of the Year - nominated by their Field Representatives. These exceptional volunteers for Friends of NRA were invited to the NRA Annual Meeting as honored guests where they received special recognition at the National NRA Foundation Banquet.
Gail Bussell, who lives in Oklahoma City, has eight years of service with the Heartland Friends of NRA committee and currently sits as chairwoman. Founded in 1996, the Heartland Friends of NRA committee started out with 178 attendees at their first banquet who raised nearly $6,000.
Her committee's banquets have grown considerably in the past 16 years, swelling to 550 attendees in 2011 and raising nearly $110,000 for the NRA Foundation. A total of 5,365 people have come out to their Friends of NRA events and the committee is closing in on half a million raised, sitting at $489,377.
Like the other Region Volunteers of the Year, Gail was chosen for her exceptional contributions to Friends of NRA. Last year Gail was a real trooper, attending 14 of the 26 banquets held in Oklahoma. She helped set up and work 10 of those banquets and solicited donations for six of them. Gail led her committee in getting sponsorships, tallying eight with Blaser - out of 95 available nationally - for $5,000 each.
“I can’t imagine a better person based on her productivity to be selected volunteer of the year. Gail will go anywhere, anytime if needed, she is a great ambassador for NRA, and the most unselfish volunteer in my tenure with NRA,"Darren Delong, Senior NRA Field Rep, Oklahoma, said of her. "Without Gail, Oklahoma would not have had the year we had.”
As an exemplary Friends of NRA supporter, Gail keeps volunteers reminded of the program's mission statement and the big picture; she represents NRA with integrity, enthusiasm, and a positive attitude.