By Kyle Jillson | June 3 2013 13:47

Tim Heuiser is Friends of NRA's Central Region Volunteer of the Year

Friends of NRA Eastern Region Volunteer of the Year Tim Heuiser

Fairfax, Virginia - Following Friends of NRA's Eastern Region Volunteer of the Year William Shank, the 2012 Central Region recipient is Missouri's Tim Heuiser.

Heuiser, who resides in Poplar Bluff, Missouri, has been a member of the South East Missouri Friends of NRA committee since it started in 1993 and has been an officer for 19 of those 20 years. Between banquet tickets sold, sponsorships, underwriting and donations, he raised over $67,000 during last year's banquet season banquet season.

Mustering 349 attendees and raising $16,000 in 1993, the South East Missouri Friends of NRA has nearly doubled their attendance and quintupled the monies raised at its annual banquet over the past 20 years. Since inception, they have seated over 10,000 guests at their banquets and raised nearly $1,000,000 for the shooting sports.

A great deal of the committee's impressive growth has been thanks to Tim. This year's banquet, which raised more than $100,000 for The NRA Foundation, comes from a town of less than 17,000 people in a county of less than 40,000.

And like the other great Friends of NRA volunteers, Tim's reach extends into the community where he helps write grants with his local gun club to provide the high school trap team with equipment and facilities.

“Tim has played a big role in the entire Friends of NRA program for the state of Missouri. Many of the things I do and the way I do them are based on conversations I have had with Tim. His willingness to try new things, new techniques, and new approaches has been very helpful," Gregg Pearre, Senior NRA Field Representative, Missouri. "Working with Tim over the years has helped me grow as a Field Rep.”

Pearre is so confident in Tim's abilities that he has, on occasion, asked him to take on NRA Field Rep duties in the event of scheduling conflicts.

Receiving a Friends of NRA Area Volunteer of the Year award is a great honor among the thousands of people who lend their time to the grassroots fundraising organization. Even greater still is to be named a Region Volunteer of the Year. Tim and these other spectacular individuals are chosen from the pool of Area recipients by senior NRA staff for their exceptional contributions to the future of the shooting sports.

Congratulations Tim! You've earned it.

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