Gets twofer helping NRA Foundation grant recipients and crowning new Miss Montana
Glendive, Montana - For more than 25 years, Rick Tedrick, CFO of the NRA Foundation, has been involved with judging the Miss America pageant. Beginning with local pageants in Maryland where he worked for Ernst & Young - who audits the pageant - Tedrick has remained involved nationally despite his demanding job here at the NRA.
"It would almost be easier to list the states I haven't judged in," Tedrick says with a chuckle.
This past winter, Rick accepted an invitation to judge the 2013 Miss Montana pageant, held in Glendive, Montana. As it turns out, the Executive Director of the Miss Montana pageant is very active in the local Trails End Rifle & Pistol Club, who had just finished receiving a series of grants from the NRA Foundation, and had an idea: While he was out there, how would Rick like to join the reigning Miss Montana, an active shooter herself, and tour the renovated club, and do a gun signing at a local gun shop?
The answer: Absolutely.
Rick checked with the NRA Foundation and noticed the nearby Dawson County 4-H Shooting Sports program had also just received a series of grants for equipment and program expansion. In a trip that kept getting better, Rick suggested he invite the 4-H club to Trails End and hold a check presentation ceremony for both groups.
Five months later, Rick arrived in Montana with two giant checks and was greeted by the Dawson Friends of NRA committee, who have put on the state's largest banquet the past two years, and Miss Montana 2012 Alexis Wineman.
Going through the newly-renovated Trails End Rifle & Pistol Club, Rick saw the aid the NRA Foundation's grants has brought to the club's NRA Shooting Sports Camp, junior small-bore program, youth training materials, and the range itself.
Each year, the NRA Foundation conducts over 1,100 banquets that benefit a variety of programs from 4-H to ranges. Half of the net proceeds raised at these events are kept in the state where the banquet occurred and half go back to the NRA for national education and safety programs.
In a great presentation, Rick thanked the Dawson County community for supporting the NRA Foundation and its efforts to preserve our Second Amendment rights.
From there it was off to the local gun store, where Rick and Alexis took part in a gun signing that would go to help future Miss Montana pageants. One attendee, seven year-old Bailey Boese, even had Rick sign her very first gun.
Lastly, Rick was called upon to perform the duties that originally brought him to the big sky country, the Miss Montana pageant. Taking over for Alexis Wineman, Sheridan Pope was crowned the new Miss Montana and will go on to represent her state in the Miss America pageant this winter.
It was a busy trip for Rick; busier than he had originally expected. But he doesn't mind being busy when he's able to help two of his passions in a single weekend.
"It's a pretty cool gig," Rick said with a smile.