By Kyle Jillson | June 18 2013 17:59

Friends of NRA reviews banquet season progress and prepares for second half of 2013

NRA Field Representatives at the winter meeting in NRA Headquarters

Fairfax, Virginia - The Friends of NRA program is a large family of individuals dedicated to preserving our country's shooting sports heritage. This past week we finished highlighting the Volunteers of the Year; the best of the best among the thousands who donate their time to the organization each year.

There's another group within the program that is integral to its success. NRA's Field Representatives works tirelessly year round to make sure all 1,100 events run smoothly and grants go to deserving organizations.

Field Reps are NRA employees and, unlike volunteers, are able to devote all 365 days of the year to Friends of NRA. It isn't a job just anybody can do. Field Reps are constantly on the move, driving around their territories from committee to committee and helping organize events.

All this week the Field Reps are getting a break - if you want to call it that - when they gather for the 2013 Field Operations Division Annual Planning Meeting. A biannual event, meetings bring both Field Reps and NRA Headquarters staff together to review the last half year and plan for the remainder. Days will be filled with training workshops on new and updated Event Services, Insurance, Clubs & Associations, Database Administration, Grants and more services and products. Reps will even begin selecting merchandise for next year's Friends of NRA banquets.

The December meeting is always held at NRA Headquarters in Fairfax, Virginia, but the June meeting jumps around the United States. Last year the attendees found themselves at Seven Springs Mountain Resort in Seven Springs, Pennsylvania. This time? Keystone Ski Resort in Keystone, Colorado.

Although the week will be tremendously busy, it is a relaxed atmosphere in a beautiful location. The reps have truly earned the break and somewhere in the midst analyzing the past and preparing for the future, they will find time to kick their feet up and get some rest. At least they're staying in one location, right?

The amount of Friends of NRA banquets will thin out over the next month. July is a big month for vacations and potential banquet attendees dwindle as beaches become more crowded. Friends of NRA's volunteers, who dedicate their time at no charge, deserve a well earned break themselves. But once vacations wind down and the new school year begins, Friends of NRA banquets will be back full force through the end of the year.

Enjoy the rest while it lasts. This ain't over yet.

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