Each year numerous organizations apply to achieve NRA Gold Medal status – an elite level that sets clubs apart from others in the area. The clubs that are recognized as Gold Medal status must meet specific criteria and continually promote and support the purposes, objectives, policies and programs of the NRA.
The criteria for Gold Medal status includes:
Be a 100% NRA Club – All members of your club must also be members of the NRA.
Have a club newsletter – Newsletters help clubs communicate with its members; having a newsletter will help clubs keep membersin the loop of club activities and community issues
Belong to the NRA State Association of your state – Belonging to the NRA State Association of your state shows your support at the state level. Their mission is to support the purpose and objectives of the NRA while providing programs and support to clubs on the local level.
Have administered, or currently incorporate an NRA Youth Program within the club’s agenda – Incorporating a youth program helps introduce new generations to firearms and firearms safety. Encouraging young shooters to participate in the shooting sports helps preserve it for generations to come
Actively participate in NRA’s Membership Recruiting Program – participating in the NRA recruiting program helps bring new members in at a reduced price, and helps generate income for your club.
Clubs that meet the above criteria are awarded a plaque along with inscribed bar listing the year. Current Gold Medal clubs are encouraged to renew their status every year and will be given an inscribed bar with the renewal year.
The 2016 Gold Medal Clubs include:
Airfield Shooting Club
Alaska Interior Marksmanship Committee
American 1800 Adventure Club
Anne Arundel Fish & Game Assn
Apple Valley Gun Club
Arnold Rifle and Pistol Club
Ashe County Wildlife Club
Blue Ridge Cherry Valley Rod & Gun Club
Branford Gun Club, Inc.
Buccaneer Gun Club
Cairo Sportsman Club
Castleton Fish & Game Protective Assn.
Central Florida Rifle & Pistol Club
Centralia Rifle Club
Coastal Georgia Gun Club
Delaware State Pistol Club, Inc.
Devil's Hollow Gun Club
Douglas Ridge Rifle Club & Jr Div.
Downers Grove Sportsman's Club
East Hook Sportsmen Assn. Inc.
Eastern Nebraska Gun Club, Inc.
Elgin Rifle Club, Inc.
Elm City Gun Club
Emerald Empire Gun Club
Escondido Fish & Game Assn
Estacada Rod & Gun Club
Factoryville Sportsman Club
Florence Gun Club, Inc.
Foosland Sportsmen Club
Fort Hill Rifle and Pistol Club
Franklin Revolver & Rifle Assn, Inc.
Gopher Rifle & Revolver Club, Inc.
Hat Creek Rifle and Pistol Club
High Rock Shooting Assn, Inc.
Humboldt Rifle And Pistol Club
Jefferson State Shooting Association
Kalicoontie Rod & Gun Club, Inc.
Kent Rod & Gun Club
Kern Shooting Sports, Inc.
Lafayette Gun Club Of Virginia, Inc.
Martin County Sportsmen's Association, Inc.
Miamisburg Sportsmen's Club, Inc.
Michigan City Rifle Club, Inc.
Monumental Rifle and Pistol Club
Negaunee Rod and Gun Club, Inc.
Nescopeck Hunting & Rifle Club, Inc.
New Milford Rifle & Pistol Club, Inc.
New Paltz Rod and Gun Club
New Sportsman Club
Northwestern Connecticut Sportsmen's Assoc.
Northwestern Gun Club
Old Post Rifle and Pistol Club
Old Trails Rifle & Pistol Club, Inc.
Rappahannock Pistol & Rifle Club, Inc.
Richwood Gun & Game Club
Ridge Rifle Association
Roanoke Rifle & Revolver Club
Rochester Rod & Gun Club
Sandia Gun Club, Inc.
Sandusky County Sportsmen's Club
Santa Clara Valley Rifle Club
Scotts Valley Sportsmen's Club, Inc.
Sebastopol Rifle & Pistol Club, Inc.
Silver State Shooting Sport Association
Smith Mountain Lake Pistol Shooting Association
South Cuyahoga Sportsmen's Assn
Southampton Pistol & Rifle Club, Inc.
Southern Chester Co. Sportsmen's and Farmer's Association
Southport Gun Club, Inc.
Stone Bank Sportsmen's Club, Inc.
Stonycreek Shooting Center Inc.
Streetsboro Sportsman Association
The Great Lot Sportsman's Club, Inc.
Tremont Sportsman's Club
Tri-City Gun Club
Twin City Rifle Club
Upper Savannah Shooters Assn
Van Wert Co. Outdoorsmen Assn
Waldwick Pistol & Rifle Club, Inc.
Walla Walla Gun Club, Inc.
Waynesburg Sportsmen Association
White Oak Rod and Gun Club Inc.
Wilkes Barre Pistol & Rifle Club
Winnequah Gun Club
The annual deadline for NRA Gold Member Awards is February 15. To apply online, visit us at http://clubs.nra.org/nra-gold-medal-clubs.aspx