Traditions 2012 Q.3
Traditions is The NRA Foundation's quarterly publication, designed to inform readers about the successful mission of the foundation to promote and expand our shooting sports traditions.
CONTENT Traditions Q3/2012 Cover Story 4 Y.E.S. On the Cover: High School junior and 2012 NRA Y.E.S. attendee, Nick Johnson, gives a speech about the costs and benefits of college, outside of the Washington Capitol. Staff Editor: Melissa Betts Editor& Design: Jeremy Greene Mission Statement 10 14 26 28 16 Features Friends of NRA: 2002-2006 Tech Talk: NRA Smartphone App Friends of NRA Volunteer Workshops Program Profile: NRA Gunmithing School Friends Update What's New & Exciting with Friends of NRA Established in 1990, The NRA Foundation, Inc. ("NRA Foundation") is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization that raises tax-deductible contributions in support of a wide range of firearms-related public interest activities of the National Rifle Association of America and other organizations that defend and foster the Second Amendment rights of all lawabiding Americans. These activities are designed to promote firearms and hunting safety, to enhance marksmanship skills of those participating in the shooting sports, and to educate the general public about firearms in their historic, technological, and artistic context. Funds granted by The NRA Foundation benefit a variety of constituencies throughout the United States, including children, youth, women, individuals with physical disabilities, gun collectors, law enforcement officers, hunters, and competitive shooters. Board of trustees Mr. Frank R. Brownell, III President The Honorable Bill K. Brewster Vice President The Honorable Joe M. Allbaugh Trustee Ms. Sandra S. Froman Trustee Mr. Steve Hornady Trustee Mr. Eric Johanson Trustee Mr. David A. Keene ExOfficio General P.X. Kelley, USMC (ret.) Trustee Mr. George K. Kollitides II Trustee Mr. Wayne R. LaPierre ExOfficio Mrs. Carolyn D. Meadows Trustee Mr. Owen P. Mills Trustee Mr. James W. Porter II Trustee Mr. Dennis J. Reese Trustee Captain John C. Sigler Trustee Mr. H. Wayne Sheets Executive Director Mr. Wilson H. Phillips, Jr. Treasurer Mrs. Sandy S. Elkin Secretary Traditions is published quarterly by The NRA Foundation, Inc., for the benefit of its donors and other interested parties 11250 Waples Mill Road . Fairfax, VA 22030 . www.nrafoundation.org Guest Editorial By Matthew Thompson Volunteer Intern, National Rifle Association Dedicated Intern and Friend of NRA puts stamp on NRA headquarters Friends of NRA has played a significant role in my life. With my grandparents serving on the Midland Trail Friends of NRA committee since inception, my father was destined to join, with the rest of the family to follow throughout the years. Spending half the year planning and preparing for the event is followed by boasting to others of items won from raffles or auctions. It's something we look forward to every year. I attended my first banquet when I was eleven and was recognized for participating in the annual West Virginia Governor's Outdoor Youth Challenge, a NRA Foundation funded program. By thirteen, I was leading the banquet opening and calling orders for the flag ceremony performed by my Boy Scout troop. After receiving my Eagle Scout award and graduating high school, I began volunteering at the banquet and continue to do so today. In addition to volunteering for my local Friends of NRA banquet, I volunteer to work the NRA booth at the West Virginia National Hunting and Fishing Days, the West Virginia Hunt Show, as well as the annual West Virginia Putnam County Gun Club Youth Outdoor Shooting Day, another NRA Foundation grant-funded event. In 2006, I represented my state and my Friends of NRA committee by being selected to attend the NRA Youth Education Summit (Y.E.S.) in Washington, D.C. I had dreamed about attending this program since my sister and cousin attended in 2003. This week-long leadership summit encouraged me to become more active not only in school, but also in my community. I was selected in 2009 to chaperone Y.E.S. and was thrilled to return to a program I had become very passionate about. It is a joy to help high school students realize their true potential while also having the opportunity to award life-changing scholarship money. I believe Y.E.S. truly prepares high school students as they enter college and helps them grow as individuals, aware of their civic duty. These students all believe in our Second Amendment rights but represent the full-spectrum of political and social beliefs. I credit much of my life's success to the Y.E.S. program. After chaperoning the Y.E.S. program for three years, I wanted something more. I wanted to help Friends of NRA on a national level and I was ecstatic to be selected as the first Friends of NRA intern at NRA Headquarters in Fairfax, Va. After completing a two month long internship, I fulfilled requirements for both my degree in marketing and a certification in nonprofit leadership and management at Glenville State College in Glenville, W. Va. I learned a significant amount about graphic design, marketing, social media, and the inner-workings of a nonprofit organization. Friends of NRA is extremely special to me. The funds this program raises allows national and local shooting sports programs to exist, and is why my family has remained involved for twenty years. The shooting sports have brought my family together and Friends of NRA has strengthened that bond even further. Individuals I have met through Friends of NRA have made me the person I am today and for that I am grateful. I could not thank the program or staff enough for all the opportunities I have been given. To volunteer for a Friends of NRA banquet visit: friendsofnra.org/volunteer Cover Story By Wendy LaFever Managing Editor, NRA InSights, National Rifle Association *Photos by Peter Fountain 4 Traditions . Quarter 3: 2012 E It began as it always does, with teens from all over the country touching down at Dulles Airport to meet their new friends for the first time. There was a getting-to-know-you party, with trivia questions and a run-through of how the week would go. The Y.E.S. students don't just passively sit back and watch the D.C. scenery go by--they engage in debates and give three-minute persuasive talks on a variety of subjects. These debate and discussion topics may or may Traditions . Quarter 3: 2012 very year, the Youth Education Summit (Y.E.S.) brings 45 talented rising juniors and seniors for a week-long, expenses-paid trip to the Washington D.C. area. They come to learn about the Constitution and what it means by experiencing the workings of our federal government up close; they come to meet and learn from NRA leaders; they come to compete for $30,000 in scholarships. That, however, is where the similarities from year to year end. Each Y.E.S. experience is its own adventure, and the 2012 Summit was no exception. not be in line with their own personal beliefs, which is part of the point: The Summit is meant to help these scholars learn to stretch their intellectual muscles, and to learn the best ways to successfully argue a point. "My team had to debate whether universities should be gun-free zones," said Nicholas Radzykewycz, from Park City, Mont. "We lost, but we did a good job." However, it wouldn't be a proper trip to the D.C. area without first stopping at NRA headquarters in Fairfax, Va. In addition to a morning spent learning how your NRA works from the people who run programs like Eddie Eagle, Collegiate Shooting and NRA University, the youths got to meet Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre. Of course, NRA headquarters is more than just an office building. Here is found the NRA National Firearms Museum, with its thousands of guns-- guns of every imaginable kind--that trace the course of history from the 13th century all the way up to today. After a personal tour of the Museum, it was time to experience the NRA's state-of-the-art firing range and to shoot some of the very same kinds of guns they'd just seen behind glass. Smiled Eli West, from Omaha, Neb., "I was telling my brother about shooting on the range, just to make him jealous. It was a lot of fun!" Another universal favorite was visiting all of the incredible memorials and monuments that grace our nation's capital. Over the next three days, the Summiteers would visit the Washington Monument, the World War II Memorial, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, the Korean War 5 Veterans Memorial, the Jefferson Memorial, the Lincoln Memorial, the newly dedicated Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial and the Pentagon Memorial. These humbling, solemn structures range from hauntingly stark to stunningly elaborate in their design, but all of them elicit a stir of patriotism that can be something of a shock the first time one takes them in. "I've never been anywhere so historically important," mused Upton, Wyo.'s Kjersti Buckley. But the Youth Education Summit is far more than a tour of the sights of Washington, D.C. It's also an insider's access pass to the workings of our government, and that is where the real adventure began for the 2012 Summiteers. One day out of the week is dedicated to visiting the Capitol building as well as the Supreme Court, to observe how the Legislative and Judicial Branches of our government go about their duties. In a stroke of luck, on that very day, two events of huge historical importance took place, and the Summiteers were right in the thick of it. As you may know, the Supreme Court and the Capitol building are more or less across the street from each other. As the Summiteers waited outside the Capitol to begin their tour, a tremendous roar of human voices and drums thundered from across the street. At that very moment, the Court had announced its decision on National Federation of Independent Business et al. v. Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services, et al. (You may better recognize the case as it was known in the press: "Obamacare.") What the Summiteers were hearing was the peaceful crowd of protestors from either side of the issue reacting to the decision. Later, after the human throng had dissipated, the Summiteers would visit the Court itself and see the vast, echoing marble halls where the 6 Traditions . Quarter 3: 2012 decision was made. But first, it was time for their Capitol tour. As they marveled at the statues and paintings, the frescoes and the marble, they knew that the real treat would be to visit the actual floor where the House of Representatives holds their debates. Filing into that chamber, they realized that the Congressmen were debating another topic of huge importance to America and to the Y.E.S. group in particular... whether or not to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress for his alleged withholding of documents in the Congressional inquiry into "Operation Fast and Furious." (If you're not familiar with the story of "Fast and Furious," an excellent round-up can be found at www.nraila.org.) As it turns out, they voted to hold him in contempt--the first time in American history that this has happened to a sitting Cabinet member. "It's real," marveled Caitlin Hester, of Colchester, Vt. "You see something like this on TV, and now we're seeing it in person. It's so cool." There were other adventures to be had, of course. The Summiteers also got to meet both Indiana's Congressman Stutzman and California's Congressman Hunter, in person, and to ask them questions. (They also had some time to speak with Congressman Stutzman's aide, James Wegmann, himself a Y.E.S. alumnus Traditions . Quarter 3: 2012 from several years ago!) They rode a bus to Marine Corps Base Quantico, where they got to experience what life as a newly-minted Marine is like. There was a scavenger hunt in the American History Museum, with the teens divided into teams competing to find--and photograph--the most items of historical importance. And because Y.E.S. is about fun and friendship as much as it is about scholarship, they even got to take a break at a local arcade to play a rousing game of laser tag and enjoy some pizza. There was one final adventure that nobody had planned on. The evening after visiting Marine Base Quantico, the event organizers had a funny feeling that it would be better to have the Summiteers skip the famous "8th and I" parade at the Marine Barracks Washington. "God was on our side," noted Senior Event Services Coordinator Nicole McMahon, because this decision meant that the teens were safe in their hotel when a record-breaking storm--known as a "derecho," with 80-mph straight-line winds--rushed through the D.C. area. As frightening as it was, the storm capped off an unforgettable week in a particularly unforgettable way. Each year's Youth Education Summit is unique, but some things are constant: scholarships, for example. Fifteen thousand dollars in scholarships were awarded to outstanding Summiteers at the close of the week, with an additional $15,000 to go to the Y.E.S. student or students who best demonstrate the lessons they've learned in D.C. once they return back home. Are you thinking about going on an adventure in citizenship? The Y.E.S. students have a message for you, best articulated by Summiteer Emily Trout: "Jump in right away--don't hold back!" National News There's only one program at the NRA that flies 45 students to Washington, D.C. for a week, teaches them about government and active citizenship, and also provides them with the tools to be NRA ambassadors in their community--the NRA Youth Education Summit (Y.E.S.). Although each student who attends Y.E.S. is positively affected by the tremendous opportunity, only a handful of the most passionate and dedicated students will go on to compete in the Grand Scholarship. By Nicole McMahon Senior Event Services Coordinator, National Rifle Association 8 The Grand Scholarship application requires students to submit a portfolio nine months after they've attended the summit. The portfolio outlines the NRA programs they've brought to their community, speaking engagements at Friends of NRA banquets and other organizations, and article submissions to local newspapers and media outlets. This year, $20,000 was divided among six outstanding students who went above and beyond the call of duty of an average American teenager. "I have introduced shooting sports to an underserved audience through the Women on Target� Instructional Clinics, promoted Y.E.S. at numerous Friends of NRA banquets and at Ohio's 4-H Shooting Sports program, and promoted firearms safety through the Eddie Eagle GunSafe� program," said Rebekah Abel of Johnstown, Ohio. "The NRA Youth Education Summit was a wonderful life changing experience and I have really enjoyed sharing it with other people in my home state." Abel was one of two top scholarship winners from this year's entries, earning $6,500 for college. Amanda Krpan of Alachua, Fla., also won $6,500 for implementing similar programs--becoming a Women on Target� Clinic Instructor, a Friends of NRA volunteer, and promoted Eddie Eagle at a local Boy Scout camp. "This experience changed me," said Krpan. "By going to Y.E.S. and championing for NRA programs, I was awakened to a new way of thinking. It led me to think about new career paths, new organization skills, and about what really matters!" A $3,500 scholarship winner, Sarah Cox of Southern Pines, N.C., chaperoned the North Carolina Youth Education Summit, spoke at multiple Friends of NRA banquets, and presented Eddie Eagle to local elementary schools. However, Cox's most inspiring project was her work bringing Refuse To Be A Victim�(RTBAV) to her community. Cox became the youngest RTBAV instructor in the history of the NRA, taught the class alongside Capt. Ed O'Carroll of the Fairfax County Police Department, and helped certify 11 more RTBAV instructors in North Carolina. Patrick Gower of Bentonville, Ark. and Andrew Zobel of Shelbyville, Ind. both received $1,500 for their hard work in their communities. Gower and Zobel implemented the Eddie Eagle GunSafe� program while also speaking about Y.E.S. with groups in their hometowns. Alex Pearce of Red House, Va., was awarded $500 for his amazing presentations of Y.E.S.--at shooting sports camps, Friends of NRA dinners, and 4-H clubs. What separates Y.E.S. students from the average, run of the mill teenager is their intense drive to make a difference in their communities. Although not every Y.E.S. alum becomes a Women on Target� Clinic Director or an Eddie Eagle instructor, each student is a vigilant member of society who protects their rights and safeguards their traditions. These are the patriots of today and the leaders of tomorrow, bringing America a renewed hope and faith in the next generation. Join the call! Apply for the 2013 NRA Youth Education Summit by visiting www.friendsofnra.org/yes. Traditions . Quarter 3: 2012 9 10 With a decade of friends, food and fellowship behind them, the Friends of NRA program had gained a respected name in the outdoor industry. The evolvement of the program rested on its next hurdle, developing a brand that would define the mission and purpose of the instrumental fundraising program. Since its inception in 1992, Friends of NRA had developed an association with America's Patriots. The image was an appropriate match, symbolizing liberty, peace, and justice. The program sought to develop a logo that would encompass the idea of a patriot as its new brand mark. Finding little success working with logo and branding agencies, Friends of NRA just had to look down the halls of the National Rifle Association for a spark. The inspiration came from a piece that was created by Harry Jaecks, NRA's Publications Art Director and freelance artist. Jaecks had recently created a beautiful painting of the "Battle of Concord" where he brilliantly captured the essence of the patriots who fought for freedom during the American Revolution. This piece was a featured item in the Friends of NRA Merchandise Package and had a strong following among event attendees nationwide. Jaecks and the Field Operations department wrestled with the idea until the logo was finalized in 2003. The final product consisted of a silhouette image of a patriot holding a musket with Friends of NRA ornately displayed across. Once the logo was finalized it wasn't long before it made its appearance on various Friends of NRA merchandise, Traditions magazine, and an assortment of promotional materials. The Friends of NRA program expansion continued and started to incorporate bigger and better products in the Merchandise Package. 2002 - 2006 were key years in establishing relationships with industry partners and enabled the Traditions . Quarter 3: 2012 program to build and create exclusive products. Bunsinesses around the country saw the impact Friends of NRA was having and wanted to help in any way possible. Friends of NRA made great strides in developing merchandise during these essential years, concentrating on more American-made, custom items that would be featured at all events. "Attendees had many expectations of all products displayed at banquets," said NRA National Manager of Events and Marketing John da Silva. "We wanted to ensure they were exposed to quality products that were made in the USA and collectible." "The more items made in the USA really hit home with the attendees," said NRA Field Representative of Eastern Virginia David Wells. Wells was a volunteer at this time before coming on board with the NRA and remembers seeing "a drastic difference of interest in the items that ultimately helped raise more money. Incorporating more exclusive pieces made attendees excited to see what was at the events and curious of what was to come the following year. Custom pieces also made attending a Friends of NRA banquet and taking home a prize that much more special. These weren't products you could just go purchase off a shelf. Friends of NRA is considered to be a "unique family" shared da Silva. "Our vision to produce exclusive merchandise was challenging but made our products appealing and kept the interest of attendees." The program has continued to evolve with quality merchandise. "We've tested some items to get a feel for it and are not afraid of trial and error," said da Silva. "This process has helped the program to grow to what it currently is." The branding and merchandise efforts made during these five years allowed for continued success and growth, bringing in unprecedented dollars to support the shooting sports. The Friends of NRA program saw over 8 percent growth, raising over $55 million for The NRA Foundation, a lot of meaningful dollars that helped develop youth shooting programs around the country. From defining the successful program with a unique logo to growing relationships with the shooting and outdoor industries, Friends of NRA has made an incredible fundraising journey. 11 Avid outdoorsman, devoted supporter of the Second Amendment, shooting sports enthusiast, and mentor to the community- characteristics that describe a man of many traits who has left a lasting impression, wherever he goes. 12 Traditions . Quarter 3: 2012 John Smithbaker, a wellknown name in the outdoor industry, has had a longlasting presence with the Friends of NRA program and The NRA Foundation for over 20 years. Coming to the NRA as Director of Field Services in the summer of 1991, Smithbaker made strong efforts in furthering the organization's mission and purpose. Almost immediately, Smithbaker along with Wayne Sheets, NRA Executive Director of The NRA Foundation, Larry Potterfield of MidwaysUSA and others developed the Friends of NRA program, which has grown tremendously since its launch. After an accomplished four years with the NRA, Smithbaker journeyed west in pursuit of his next calling with Brunton Outdoor Group in Riverton, Wyo. Brunton manufactures products for the outdoors and is known for its famous pocket transit. While at Brunton, Smithbaker made sure to continue his relationship with the Friends of NRA program because of his passion for the Second Amendment and the shooting sports. Brunton's involvement over the years has included donating thousands of dollars to The NRA Foundation, sponsorships of NRA Foundation Annual Meeting events, monetary donations to various NRA Programs, and title sponsor of the Friends of NRA TV show. Smithbaker's understanding of the mission of The NRA Foundation to educate the public about firearms, and increase participation in the shooting sports, only encourages him in his efforts to give back to young people. Having taught his own three children about firearms, Smithbaker knows the importance of instilling an appreciation for the shooting sports and outdoors along with our individual rights. "At a time where individual freedoms and rights are at risk, it is important to inform and teach the current generation of what's in jeopardy for their future," said Smithbaker. In a society filled with charitable enterprises and volunteer programs, the opportunities of reaching out to young people in need are endless. Children are recognized as an impressionable group, in need of positive structure and stability. With the current generation's outdoor experiences being replaced by television and addictive video games, there is no greater time than now to be a role model to a child. The NRA Foundation and Smithbaker value the importance of investing in the future of our country. NRA Foundation grants help educate and train young people to safely handle firearms. Many programs directed at young people benefit from NRA Foundation funds. If it wasn't for the Friends of NRA program and The NRA Foundation, many of these programs wouldn't exist. Once the money has been raised and allocated, we need individuals like Smithbaker to step up and volunteer their time to work with young people in the shooting sports. "We can no longer assume that someone else is taking care of these rite of passage issues," said Smithbaker. "In a current generation where firearms are spoken about negatively and hunting is portrayed as inhumane, children are losing the traditional meaning of these sacred rights." A child gains so many things from an adult passing on their shooting heritage. It instills a strong sense of confidence, respect, and well-being in their everyday life. "The greatest reward is having the privilege of sharing a cherished legacy," said Smithbaker. With more individuals willing to reach out and pave a positive, influential path, the upcoming generation will only guarantee a bright future ahead for the Second Amendment and the shooting sports. Traditions . Quarter 3: 2012 Tech Talk Today, businesses no longer ask why they need to go mobile. With 49 percent of Americans having access to smartphones, a large audience is in reach that is seeking quick and easy information. Smartphones are now common devices for our modern society. With so many people depending on them for information, businesses are jumping on the bandwagon to develop ways to communicate with the masses. 14 Traditions . Quarter 3: 2012 With this in mind, the National Rifle Association has made another leap into the digital age, allowing Second Amendment enthusiasts the ability to stay connected with the organization by using their smartphones. The NRA announced the official launch of the new smartphone app in December, 2011. Premiering on iOS devices only, the app has now been made available to Android users as of July. The app offers everything you need to stay on top of what's going on with your favorite organization, including news alerts, videos, activities, voter registration information, and access to NRA social media sites. The NRA has tried to stay ahead of the digital curve and has developed several useful apps over the years. In 2010, the NRA Annual Meeting app allowed annual meeting attendees in Charlotte, N.C. an easier way to map out their convention center visit. The app provided easy navigation on the show floor, information on special speakers, details on seminars and workshops, the ability to create a personal itinerary and receive updates on schedule changes, and much more. The app was well received, prompting the NRA to think of additional ways to inform the masses about all the organization has to offer. Soon the NRA was working on an app that could provide information on NRA programs for individuals on the go. The final product features contact information and website links for all NRA programs, as well as informaTraditions . Quarter 3: 2012 tion on where to receive NRA certified firearm training, contacts for NRA business alliance companies and NRA affiliated clubs & associations, and where to find Friends of NRA events in your communities. When searching for a Friends of NRA event near you, the new app uses the location feature on your smartphone and presents information on any upcoming events in your hometown. With listed contact information for each event, you won't have problems planning to attend an upcoming Friends of NRA event near you. And make sure you also use the Community feature to connect with Friends of NRA's Facebook page. This is a great way to join the Friends of NRA community and stay informed about what is going on with the extremely successful fundraising organization. Mobile app use continues to be on the rise among individuals and businesses for the convenience and usability the apps provide. By taking advantage of this technology, Friends of NRA is now able to promote events to the smartphone community. Stay connected with Friends of NRA while you're on-thego. Download the new NRA smartphone app by visiting the Apple or Android store on your phone and searching for NRA. The app is free for a limited time so download today! 15 Friends Update J ust outside our nation's Capital, and adjacent to the Potomac River, is a vast metropolitan area in Northern Virginia. Occupied by professionals of all ages working for government entities to the hospitality industry, it's a cultural melting pot, and prime territory for Friends of NRA growth. Since moving to the Eastern Virginia NRA Field Rep position from North Carolina, David Wells has found tremendous success with Virginia's established committees. It was a goal of his and the Friends of NRA program to continue to build upon that success, restoring old committees and generating new ones across the state's northern region. Wells, raised in the sparsely populated and predominantly rural southern portion of Virginia, admits to "being a little intimidated by Northern Virginia," which consists of over one million residents. Putting his focus on the ern Virginia event. Loudon County has over 283,000 residents and is considered among the fastest growing in the state. With a large audience to target, the committee worked hard to spread the word about its upcoming event. Wells was pleasantly surprised with the dedication displayed by the group from an early start. Exceeding $30,000 in pre-event fundraising alone "the group took raffles to a whole new level," said Wells. "They have raised the most in pre-event raffles I've seen." Wells made one last stop through the region to one of Northern Virginia's largest counties, Fairfax, where Wells anticipates to have a "premier event." With the NRA Headquarters right in their backyard, the Fairfax Friends of NRA is back in full swing. "NRA staff are excited to bring back the Fairfax event to the community," said NRA Director of Volunteer Fundraising Sarah Budi. "Our goals are to establish a strong Virginia's potential is endless and great things will continue to be seen from the state immense potential, Wells jumped right in and started networking. Earlier this year, Wells got off to a great start in Front Royal, Va. Located 70 miles west of the District of Columbia, the longstanding Northern Valley Friends of NRA took on a new challenge of hosting back-to-back banquets after a successful event last fall. The committee hosted its second affair in March 2012, raising over $15,000, a $3,000 increase in net funds from its previous event. "It was challenging to have these two dinners so close in date but the committee came together and worked incredibly hard to have a successful turnout," said Wells. Nearby, the Culpeper Friends of NRA kicked off its annual event in May. The quaint area, described as Virginia horse country, had one of the greatest percentage increases in net revenue in the program's history, and a personal best for the committee. "We were all extremely proud," boasted Wells. "With a 494 percent increase over last year, the banquet surpassed all our expectations!" Wells continued to work the area and traveled to nearby Loudoun County Friends of NRA for his third North16 foundation for the Fairfax Friends of NRA event that we can build on in the years to come." Working area gun shows and securing event sponsors, the Fairfax committee is confident in its upcoming October event. This year marks the 20th anniversary for Friends of NRA and the program is determined to make the NRA hometown banquet the most successful since its inception. In a growing metropolitan area, the Friends of NRA program anticipates developing a strong presence in the region. With the experience and dedication of Wells and volunteers all over the commonwealth of Virginia, the legacy of shooting sports will remain steadfast for the next generation. "Virginia's potential is endless. Great things will continue to be seen," said Wells. "Stay tuned!" Get in on the ground floor in Virginia! Attend an upcoming Friends of NRA banquet or volunteer today! Contact NRA Field Representative David Wells at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.friendsofnra.org/VA to order tickets online. Traditions . Quarter 3: 2012 Central Region A 18 l-Qaeda, an Islamic terrorist organization carried out a series of four suicide attacks that flooded the country in tragedy. Whether directly or indirectly, every American was affected as two of our cities, New York and Washington, D.C., fell victim to the attacks. Al-Qaeda took down the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center complex in New York City with two planes hijacked by members of the group, and soon after flew another into the Pentagon in Arlington County, Va. A fourth attempt on the U.S. Capitol Building failed resulting to the crash of United flight 93 into an open field in Pennsylvania due to the heroic efforts of the passengers on board. As the tragic events continued to unfold, al-Qaeda claimed responsibility, leading to the launch of the "War on Terror" declared by George W. Bush. Over a decade later, the war continues and Americans remember the brave efforts of those involved in the events of September 11, from firefighters and paramedics to our military forces. In remembrance of the attacks on 9/11, the Friends of NRA merchandise selection team created an exclusive "9/11 Flag Display" for its upcoming 2013 Standard Merchandise Package. Proposed by the NRA Central Region field staff, this project was designed by Indiana Senior Field Representative, Maj. John Crone and Director of Field Staff Phil Gray. Crone and others in the Central Region met briefly before Crone's departure to Iraq for duty in late 2010 to discuss future projects for Friends of NRA. In tribute to the tenth anniversary of 9/11, the group knew they wanted to incorporate a piece that would memorialize the events in respectful fashion. Being an American Military Serviceman, Crone knew that developing a product, both significant in meaning and respectful of the events of that day, was ideal. The thought of somehow incorporating the American flag came naturally, and Crone and Gray employed their creativity as the project developed. Michigan's Trijicon, Inc., was moved by the concept and honored to provide Traditions . Quarter 3: 2012 underwriting for all of the flag patches to be flown during the mission. One day, while serving his country in Iraq, Crone was in the mess hall with others when he met a pilot who was a big supporter of the NRA. Crone and the pilot worked up the idea that would complete the Friends of NRA project. On the tenth anniversary of 9/11, the F-16 pilot would be flying a mission from Balad, providing close air support for central Iraq. The mission, in the final months of Operation New Dawn, was to engage IED targets as they were planted along the roads around Baghdad. During this important mission, the pilot stuffed 1,100 American flag patches in his flight jumpsuit. Once the mission was over, Crone and the pilot met up and Crone successfully brought back the patches when he returned home later that year. The "9/11 Flag Display" piece will be framed beautifully in a cognac leather frame and triple matted in navy and pewter. This humbling piece will feature a picture of an F-16 fighter jet and one of the American flag patchs Traditions . Quarter 3: 2012 that was flown over Iraq on 9/11/11. Additionally, the piece is detailed with a brass tag, including the respective branches of the U.S. military. "The actions of 9/11 have forever changed the United States. The military, security procedures, everything has changed since this occurrence," elaborates Crone. "This flag is a simple reminder of a horrendous event that happened to our nation and will be a memorable way to show your support for our country and our armed forces." M Southern Region arble Falls, Texas, a rural town with a population just over 6,000, hosted its first Friends of NRA banquet in over a decade. In an area full of supporters, this small town couldn't miss out any longer on the fun, fellowship and fundraising experience the Friends of NRA events bring. Located near Austin and San Antonio in the "heart of Texas," Burnet County attracted an astounding crowd of over 200 attendees to its May 2012 event held at Lakeside Pavilion. Among the attendees at the event were first-time volunteers Jimmy and Debbie Balsam. The couple who had never attended a Friends of NRA event before, could think of no better way to get involved in their community. Debbie, an area native, and her husband Jimmy greeted their community at the front entrance and took tickets. "It is such a good feeling to see people we know come together as a whole in support of NRA and our right to bear arms," Jimmy Balsam shared. Not accustomed to the agenda of a Friends of NRA banquet, the event's festivities were all an experience in itself for the couple. In a comforting atmosphere surrounded by their friends from the area, the Balsams described the evening as "spectacular" and an "enjoyable experience." The evening began with a meet and greet social hour where attendees could observe the auction items while mingling with their fellow Texans. The event officially commenced with an invocation lead by a local minister and a presentation by local Boy Scout Troop #284. In traditional Texas fashion, the Texas Pledge was recited following the Pledge of Allegiance before this rousing group was seated for a home-style BBQ dinner. Near the end of dinner, South Texas NRA Field Representative Elizabeth Foley congratulated the Burnet County committee's hard work and preparation. It had been over 10 years since the last Friends of NRA banquet in Marble Falls, and volunteers like the Balsams did an outstanding job re-invigorating their community. "This committee came together and did an amazing job bringing in over 200 attendees working their circle of influence to have an incredible turnout," Foley said. Foley also took the time to recognize the Burnet County Sherriff's Office and the Constables Offices and presented them with a $6,517 grant check. Burnet County Sherriff W.T. Smith accepted the grant on behalf of the Sheriff's and Constables Office for the 2012 Burnet County Body Armor and Ammunition Project, which will provide qualifying ammunition and new body armor to county law enforcement officers. "We have seen an increase in the price of ammunition and body armor in the last few years and this grant will save local tax dollars and provide items we always need," Smith said. Texas state law requires law enforcement officers to qualify in firearms use at least once per year, and thanks to The NRA Foundation grant the officers will have enough ammunition for 1-2 additional qualifications this year while also providing county constables with new bullet proof vests. With excitement encompassing the room, the crowd was eager to bid on items. The Balsams, intrigued by the aspects of the auction, leant a helping hand taking down winning bids and sending the Boy Scout volunteers to the winners to complete auction bid forms. "The evening went incredibly smooth and the auction was a huge success! It seemed everyone was in a charitable spirit and was having a great time," said Jimmy Balsam. David Biegel, Co-Chairman of Burnet County Friends of NRA, elaborated on the inaugural event by revealing, "Burnet County is supportive of the mission of Friends of NRA and we feel like we tapped into a vein of pro-Second Amendment people at our banquet." Biegel continued, "The most common comment we received from attendees was to be sure to include them on the invitation list for next year!" The Balsams hope by sharing their experience, other NRA supporters who have not yet attended a Friends of NRA banquet will consider doing so in the future. "You'll be glad you did!" With enthusiastic feedback from the event, Burnet County aspires to raise the bar even higher for their next Friends of NRA event. Join the fundraising bandwagon and attend an upcoming Friends of NRA banquet in South Texas! Contact NRA Field Representative Liz Foley at efoley@nrahq. org or visit www.friendsofnra.org/TX to order tickets online. Traditions . Quarter 3: 2012 20 F reedom can have various meanings around the world and when groups of people disagree on an important issue, the evitable struggle will ensue. In America, the battle for freedom has spanned throughout our history, from the patriots at Concord and Lexington to Theodore Roosevelt's Rough Riders. Little Rock, Ark., the largest city in the state, is home to the Capital City Friends of NRA committee. For over a decade, the committee has hosted events and is always striving to reach new people in the community. In search of a new and exciting way to raise funds for shooting sports, a group of like-minded and enthusiastic motorcyclists came together during their time volunteering with the Capital City Friends of NRA. Sharing their love of the open road and their motorcycle riding pasttime, the group presented its idea of a "Freedom Ride" to NRA Field Representative of Arkansas, Greg Stephens. The Friends of NRA Freedom Ride would operate as a "motorcycle poker run" on a course that roamed for 105 miles through the beautiful rolling hills and winding rural highways of scenic central Arkansas. A playing card station at each stop allowed bikers to build a hand that awarded a discount for food or drink and activities later on. The ride would conclude at the Defensive Tactics Institute (DTI) firing range in a neighboring city outside of Little Rock. Once the rider finished the Freedom Ride at DTI, they would be exposed to an assortment of activities involving a Wall of Guns, t-shirt sales, musical entertainment, a spread of delicious elk burgers and BBQ, and an exciting shooting opportunity at the range where riders could improve their poker hand. With a unique event in the palm of its hands, the group took a different route for advertising. In addition to utilizing the typical media channels, the committee contacted various motorcycle groups including Blue Knights, H.O.G.S., CMA, CVMA and others. The group was pleasantly surprised when various motorcycle dealerships stepped up and committed to sponsoring the event, even aiding the promotion by reaching out through their social media networks. The first ever Friends of NRA Freedom Ride took place on June 9, 2012. Comprised of over 75 eager "steel-horse cowboys," this group was ready to feel the wind in their Traditions . Quarter 3: 2012 faces, the power in their hands, and the freedom of the open road with a common passion close to their hearts. It wasn't just about riding in support of the shooting sports, there were prizes at stake as well. The high-hand prize was a DPMS Panther Sweet 16 .223 rifle and the low-hand prize was a Ruger LCP .380 pistol. When the smoke finally cleared, Isaac Barger from Little Rock, Ark. had pulled out the high-hand with a little help from his shooting prowess. As the activities came to a close at the day's end, the "steel-horse cowboy" participants rode off one by one into the hills. Word of the Freedom Ride quickly spread across the state to Eureka Springs- one of the most scenic destinations in mid-America and a favorite amongst motorcyclists across the country. The community of Eureka Springs, is looking to support a brand new Friends of NRA event and a 2013 Freedom Ride is in the works. The Friends of NRA Freedom Ride, an alternative way to spread the word about the ever-growing program, was a huge success. What started as a hobby enjoyed by members of a committee developed into a fun-filled and successful pre-event fundraiser. Not only did motorcyle enthusiasts get to enjoy the open road, they also came together for a cause to support the shooting sports in communities all over the state of Arkansas. Attend an upcoming Friends of NRA banquet in Arkansas! Contact NRA Field Representative Greg Stephens at email@example.com or visit www.friendsofnra.org/ AR to order tickets online. It's about freedom! 21 O Mid West Region klahoma Friends of NRA proved to have an outstanding year in 2011. Ranking fourth in the nation in total funds raised and earning the number one seat for most sponsorship sales and revenue, this state shows no sign of slowing down. Since the inception of the Friends of NRA program, Oklahoma has continually grown to become one of the top fundraising states. In 2011, they awarded an astounding $457,124 in grants to 93 recipients and earned an exceptional $600,900 in sponsorship revenue. "It is accomplishments such as these that make the long hours and hard work worthwhile," said NRA Senior Field Representative Darren Delong. The Sponsorship Program has illustrated significant importance, accounting for over 36 percent of its revenue in 2011. "High level sponsors make all the difference to these events," said Delong. "It is an important effort that every state makes in the Friends program." The south central state's fundraising molds its efforts around three key words: "Committed, Caring, and Connected," shared Rhonda Carpenter of Southeastern Friends of NRA. As a member of the committee for the past two We work toward the same goal of raising money for the future of the shooting sports and the state only benefits by each committee helping one another. years, Carpenter has experienced the thrill of fundraising during a thriving time. Working together for the same cause is the mission all 26 Oklahoma Friends of NRA committees share. Consisting of dedicated volunteers, many of these individuals have been involved with the program in Oklahoma since its start, resulting in years of valuable experience. 22 "We work together as a state and share our experiences among each other," said Carpenter. "We work toward the same goal of raising money for the future of the shooting sports and the state only benefits by each committee helping one another." The Sooner State has remained consistent with its committee development and retention throughout the years and has no plans on making major changes any time soon. "Volunteer retention is above average in Oklahoma," said Mid-West Regional Director Tom Ulik. "This is in credit to the strong working relationships they have with one another and with their field representative and other NRA staff." Delong characterized his committees with having "great direction and focus" on raising money for shooting sports and operating as a unit. Emphasizing their strong will, he credits the existing volunteer leadership for providing the drive for success. Honoring four regional volunteers in the past four years demonstrates how proud this state is for all of those involved with making each Friends of NRA banquet a remarkable one. Rick Cook received the Regional Volunteer of the Year Award in 2008; Ron Tarrant was honored in 2009; Travis Mann continued the state's achievement in 2010; and, Gail Bussell received the honors in 2011. Oklahoma's volunteers take a lot of ownership in the program and strive to raise more money each year for the shooting sports. Ulik shared, "our volunteers work extremely hard to assist every worthwhile program with paramount effort," and "are good stewards of how the grant money is used in state." The volunteers are extremely proud of what they do and are grateful that The NRA Foundation can assist Oklahoma in furthering the shooting sports. Are you Committed, Caring, and Connected? Volunteer for an Oklahoma Friends event by contacting NRA Field Representative Darren Delong at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www. friendsofnra.org to signup to volunteer online! Traditions . Quarter 3: 2012 O nce a year, a collective group of elite youths gather for the National High School Rodeo Association (NHSRA) Finals. Having been labeled as one of the fastest growing youth organizations around, the NHSRA is notorious for providing non-stop action packed events for any cowboy enthusiast. Since evolving from an idea started over 60 years ago by Claude Mullins, a native Texan educator who was a big fan of the rodeo sport, the NHSRA has drawn the attention of over 10,500 students. The association wanted to continue its progress and started by taking a closer look at its members, finding over 500 who were actively involved in the shooting sports. The NHSRA recognized the potential immediately and reached out to the NRA for ideas of what it could incorporate at the rodeo. The NRA Family Fun Event was the result. Taking place in between rodeo matches, the NRA Family Fun Event is a time for contestants and their families to compete for a shot at bragging rights while attempting to earn a Championship Belt Buckle. Stemming from the Family Fun Event, the NHSRA and the NRA developed a close relationship and eventually began working on an organized shooting competition that could be incorporated into the rodeo's program. The competition that emerged was offered to both junior and senior high school students, first involving light rifle (.22) and later, trap shooting. "It was a natural fit for the NRA to work with a youth organization such as NHSRA," said NRA National Youth Program Coordinator Claudia Olsen. "Rodeo participants enjoy shooting events and the NRA has developed these events to suit their additional interests." Only four individuals from each state or province can qualify at regional events to compete at the national rodeo, making the competition for a spot at the NHSRA finals that much more intense. This year featured a remarkTraditions . Quarter 3: 2012 able 440 participants who qualified for the national finals, over 300 more than when the program first began in 2007. This 259 percent participation increase means that the NHSRA/ It was a natural fit for the NRA to work with a youth organization such as NHSRA. Rodeo participants enjoy shooting events and the NRA has developed these events to suit their additional interests. NRA competition is the fastest growing youth program at NRA. "We are thrilled to see the growth of the program each year," said Olsen. "Students arrive eager and ready to earn a chance at a championship title." NRA Foundation grants and sponsorship dollars play a huge role in allowing this event to continue at the NHSRA. $8,400 at this year's shooting championship was divided among the top ten contenders of both light rifle and trap in the high school division. The junior division also received an impressive $3,450 that was awarded to the top five students in the light rifle division. The funds this program receives assist with training for instructors and provides rifles and ammunition for the participating students to use. "The event itself is really amazing and has grown significantly over the years," said NRA Senior Field Representative of Wyoming Dave Manzer. "People continually ask where raised funds go and I always recognize NHSRA as a thriving program because of it." Learn more about the National High School Rodeo Association and the NRA Shooting Program! Visit www.nhsra.com for information on the 2012 finals and visit www.nrahq.org/youth for up-to-date information about all of NRA's outstanding youth programs. 23 T Western Region raveling from the far corners of the state of Oregon, volunteers and committee members gathered for the annual Oregon Friends of NRA State Fund Committee meeting earlier this year. It was over casual conversation with members of the committee where an idea was generated to make an impact among the youth in Oregon. It has been the mission of the Friends of NRA program and The NRA Foundation to look to the youth when determining how to allocate funds raised. We all know that the future of the shooting sports rests in the generation that always comes next. This is exactly why programs like 4H, junior ROTC, Youth Outdoor days and Youth Hunter Education Challenge (Y.H.E.C.) are among the most consistently supported by NRA Foundation grants. It was with the youth of Oregon in mind that the committee developed a new scholarship program that would support the next generation's champions of the Second Amendment. The newly appointed program would provide financial support to five graduating high school seniors from any county in Oregon. "We had briefly discussed this idea in the past but the concept never took off," said Dr. Maurizio Valerio, Chairman of Oregon Friends of NRA State Fund Committee. The Oregon Friends of NRA wanted to get off the ground and running as soon as possible after the State Fund meeting. "We felt this was a priority that needed to be put into practice," shared Valerio. With a long list of grant requests to review and the brand new scholarship program to develop, the committee decided that appointing a scholarship committee was needed to proceed with the launch. Quickly, a group of four enthusiastic committee members were selected for the task. Jason Thorne, Katie Jones, Dave Purcell, and Joe Wolford graciously accepted the opportunity and immediately got to work. Using a modified version of the criteria that had been developed for the NRA Youth Education Summit, the group was on the road to developing an efficient application and review process. Approved to award five $1,000 scholarships, the committee constructed a competitive course of action to ensure five deserving students would receive the funds. Including submission of personal and school information, each student also needed to provide a written essay, personal statement, list of extracurricular activities and letter of recommendation. Having little time to first ensure the program was approved by The NRA Foundation and then spread the word to public and private high schools across the state, the committee was grateful when NRA Senior Field Representative of Oregon and Hawaii, Mike Carey stepped up to help. "Things moved more swift with Mike's help," shared Valerio. "Now we just needed to wait and see what would happen." Not long after, 30 applications were received and each went through the painstaking review process. Impressed with the academic achievements and dedication to the community each student possessed, the committee was pleased to award $1,000 college scholarships to: Jerika Wallace Oregon City, OR Skylar Waters Wallowa, OR McKenzie Farlock Clatskanie, OR Jasmine Adams Eugene, OR Laura Kost Aloha, OR "With our first experience complete, we are now looking forward to expanding this program in 2013 and encourage other Friends of NRA State Fund Committees to do the same." said Valerio. "Let's send more deserving children to further their skills and education and let them know that Friends of NRA supports them." NRA Foundation grant funds are available! To apply for a grant in your state contact you local NRA Field Representative or visit www.nrafoundation.org. Traditions . Quarter 3: 2012 24 F rom coast to coast, Friends of NRA volunteers are working hard to raise money for the future of the shooting sports. NRA staff search all over local communities for volunteers, from local gun shops to shooting ranges. It's no surprise then, that many of the volunteers who have time to support the organization are older, but Friends of NRA is always on the lookout for outstanding young people to take on a leadership role and support the organization whose mission it is to give back to their age group. One of these astounding youths is Chandler Peay, a seventeen-year old high school student from northern California. Peay has been involved with the Friends of NRA program for the past four years; two of which as a volunteer in Quincy, Calif. and Reno, Nev. "Being both an attendee and volunteer with the program has given me an in-depth look at how much work goes into these events," an enthusiastic Peay shared. Excited with anticipation for this year's event in Quincy, Peay was surprised to find out that an event was nowhere to be found on the calendar. With concern, Peay spoke to the former volunteers and was met with disappointing news that the group didn't have a leader ready to organize the event. Knowing that his "community would be let down if it didn't have an event," Peay leapt at the opportunity to take the lead in organizing the annual banquet as newly appointed chairman of Quincy Friends of NRA. "We have such a great community here in Quincy and lots of great people who love to support the shooting sports," noted Peay. With guidance from NRA Senior Field Representative Steve Wilson, Peay outlined his priorities to get the event in order. Given a timeline of three months, Peay faced an array of challenges including going to multiple businesses to ask for donations, booking a caterer and bar, and most importantly, a venue. With the unfortunate occurrence of a vendor canceling two weeks prior to the event, Peay kept his composure and immediately searched for replacements. "Chandler handled the obstacles he faced head on and with maturity. He got right to work finding a replacement to ensure the event would go on," Wilson shared. Being a high school student has its own pressures, but even with the added pressure of committee chairman, Peay refused to settle for anything less than great. With Traditions . Quarter 3: 2012 the encouragement he received from his friends and family, Peay knew he had the support system he needed to succeed. "My friends and family were encouraging through the entire process and a great help making the event possible," said Peay. Turning to social media outlets and making personal phone calls, Peay utilized his resources as best he could to advertise and spread the word to his community that an event was indeed happening this year. Anticipating an estimated 70 attendees, Peay was surprised to sell an additional 26 tickets at the door. Everything was falling into place. With the evening's auctions underway, the live auction proved to be the most exciting among the crowd. A featured "must have" auction item was an African Hunting Safari. Donated by NB Safaris, this exclusive hunt made Quincy Friends of NRA a net profit of $2,000. Many other attendees left with prizes and the event distributed a total of 28 guns at the dinner. For all his hard work and determination for making the event possible in his community, Wilson thought Peay deserved congratulations at the conclusion of dinner. "Chandler is a fine young man and has a great head on his shoulders," said Wilson. "He is hard working and did not let anything get in his way of holding a great dinner." Bringing in over $19,000, Peay had accomplished a successful turn-out for his first ever Friends of NRA event. Pulling in $8,000 more than the prior year, Peay proved to be a suitable leader for Quincy and hopes to accomplish more in the coming years. "Friends of NRA to me is the future," said Peay. "The shooting sports are a great thing for a child to grow up with and be part of so it's up to us to prepare the next generation to get on board!" Are you the next amazing Friends of NRA volunteer? Support the shooting sports and signup to volunteer for your local banquet by visiting www.friendsofnra.org/volunteer. We can't do it without you! 25 National News Once a year, NRA Field Representatives rally their volunteers for informative state workshops. These workshops are an opportune time for all committee members to come together as a state to discuss and plan for the year ahead. Utilizing the valuable time together, these workshops set an impressive tone and energize the volunteers while many serve a dual purpose and conduct the State Fund Grant Meetings at the same time. 26 Traditions . Quarter 3: 2012 H Having committee members from all over a state makes it difficult to plan a time in the year that accommodates everyone's schedule. The best solution- wait until the winter holiday celebrations pass and conduct the workshops at the beginning of a fresh new year. With another accomplished year behind them and a clean slate at hand for the New Year, committee members arrive with determination to exceed. Allowing time where volunteers can shoot the breeze with their peers and NRA Field Rep is a great way to improve on one's own event. "There's always room for improvement and this is the time and place for them to do so," said Brad Kruger, Western Region Director. The best way to describe these gatherings would be a "meeting of the minds," said Kruger. Each state's workshop varies from one another; however, they typically run one to two days in length and cover a variety of essential topics. The volunteers walk into a room and immediately notice charts, booklets, and print-outs of Traditions . Quarter 3: 2012 the results from the previous year's pre-event raffles, live and silent auctions, sponsorships and others. "It's not always about the end result but how we got there," said Kruger. "If we don't take a closer look at what's been done then we won't learn or grow from it." The mindset of each Friends of NRA group is competitive by nature and reviewing these numbers as a group only promotes even more competition. No volunteer wants to see his or her committee at the bottom of any list and will do what it takes to make sure that doesn't happen next year. Field Reps take this time to not only review each committee's numbers but encourage them in their continued efforts. Sharing stories from the previous year is a favorable moment at these sessions while providing an opportunity for groups to discuss their event and receive feedback. These workshops are not just about discussion of numbers and stories but also a fun-filled time for the volunteers to view the new Merchandise Package. Volunteers are always anxious and excited when the new merchandise makes its entrance, and everyone wants a chance to play with the "new toy." No other volunteers are able to get this sneak peek, so it's always meaningfull to the committee members who are invited to attend the workshop. This is also a time that can be utilized for committee members to become familiar with the merchandise and develop ideas as a group on how to promote each piece to maximize revenue. After discussing the merchandise, NRA Field Reps take time to recognize their volunteers- some more humorous than others. From handmade gag gifts to certificates of recognition, the NRA staff leaders ensure that their volunteers know how appreciated they are and how much their dedication to the Friends of NRA program is valued. While some Field Reps organize a formal workshop, others take it upon themselves to host a more casual gathering for their volunteers. Clay Pederson, Senior Field Rep of North and South Dakota, hosted a Volunteer Appreciation weekend for 26 volunteers who traveled to his personal cabin. A designated time for the group to relax and have fun was also utilized to discuss matters of 2012 and upcoming goals for 2013. "It was a great weekend of fellowship with the volunteers and everyone had a great experience," said Pederson. "It was a fun and productive time spent in an informal setting where everyone was able to share ideas and discuss the pros and cons of their events." Volunteer workshops, whether in a hotel conference room or alongside a lake, are all important to the future of the Friends of NRA program. Having an opportunity to come together as a group, even if it's just once a year, is a valuable experiece that promotes camaraderie and a team atmosphere. They are something that committee members look forward to and provide a great start to the next banquet season! 27 Program Profile The program is constructed to provide individuals with the opportunity to take courses at a convenient pace without attending school full-time. Generalized around basic gunsmithing fundamentals, the classes are designed to build an educational foundation to better understand the trade. Though predominately adhering to the needs of beginners, the school also encourages professional gunsmithers to enroll in classes to improve existing skills while learning new techniques. In 1977, The NRA Short-Term Gunsmithing School commenced its program at Trinidad State Junior College in Colorado, offering a series of summer classes. In a concerted effort to build a network of schools offering the program, it soon expanded to Troy, N.C. in 1978 establishing a second program at Montgomery Community College (MCC). MCC hired Gene Anderson, a graduate of Pennsylvania Gunsmithing School as the program's first instructor. Taking his vast knowledge of the trade into consideration, MCC tasked Anderson to develop the program and mold it as he saw fit. Before he knew it, classrooms began to fill up and by 1981 the program had 50 students enrolled, along with two new instructors. 28 Traditions . Quarter 3: 2012 Today, MCC's Gunsmithing School has made significant progress, expanding its program and offering over a dozen courses, with a wait list of over 140 applicants. "We can only take 30 students every two years," shared Wayne Bernauer, Director of the MCC Gunsmithing & NRA Programs. "I would love to see us expand the facilities so we can accommodate more students in the future." The gunsmithing program at MCC has gained a reputable name in the industry and is nationally renowned. Ranging from several days to several weeks in length, students are able to participate in courses and receive valuable one-on-one instruction from top experts in the field. Offering an assortment of courses such as metal finishing, stock making and finishing, firearm repairs and servicing, MCC also educates its students with an in-depth understanding of the current laws and regulations. Though the school is not a degree program, students are given a certificate indicating completion of each course. The 5,400 square foot classroom accommodates a maximum of 65 students and the school also features a top-notch lab facility that includes a fiveposition, 100-yard, outdoor range for test firing and reloads. "The Gunsmithing Program at MCC has been my life's work," said Bernauer. In his 28 years with the program, Bernauer has taught countless students the art of gunsmithing at its state-of-the-art facility and "enjoys seeing his students applying skills learned in the field after they've moved on from his classes." MCC students have gone on to apply their acquired skills and work for well-known companies such as Remington, Benelli, Gander Mountain, Para Ordnance, Hyatts Coin & Gun and many others. For many, the education they received at MCC was made possible with grants received by The NRA Foundation. The NRA Foundation began providing student scholarships to MCC in the 1990's and have aided more than 40 MCC students, contributing over $67,000 in scholarship funds. These funds are extremely important to the students who receive them and the school who provides their gunsmithing education. Long time friend of NRA and President of MidwayUSA, Larry Potterfield shares the value in providing for the future of the shooting sports and America's gunsmiths. In 2007, Potterfield generously donated over $30,000 to MCC's gunsmithing school which allowed for the purchase of handguns, rifles and shotguns to be used by students in the classroom to perfect their skills on multiple firearms. Students enrolled at MCC's gunsmithing school used to be required to provide their own firearms as learning tools. However, with the generous contribution provided by MidwayUSA, the classes now have a collection of firearms to educate their students. "MCC has been blessed with many donations from the firearms industry over the years," said Bernauer. "The donations we've received have helped the students immeasurably." With the financial support the school's received, MCC has been able to supply its students with new work benches, vises, tool chests, and towards an indoor range. "This has greatly improved our ability to teach design and function and the student's understanding of gunsmithing." Recently, four MCC students from North Carolina were awarded $6,000 in NRA Foundation State Fund grants. Matthew Altieri, Billy Athay, Mike Black, and Wesley Wright received the grant money that can financially support them as they work to become talented gunsmiths. MCC is currently one of four other schools across the country offering the NRA gunsmithing program. The support received by The NRA Foundation and generous donations continue to leave an impact on the students who come through the program. The valuable set of skills students obtain in these courses ultimately prepares them for great opportunities as they lead the continuation of shooting sports across the country. Traditions . Quarter 3: 2012 29 NRA Foundation Donors Gifts of $25k+ Mr. Robert R. Parsons Arizona Kamps Propane California Brownell Family (Foundation) Iowa Fidelity Investments Charitable Gift Fund Ohio Greater Houston Community Foundation Texas Kent Distributors, Inc Texas Kent Lubrication Centers Texas Ohio Gun Collectors Association Ohio Shikar Safari Club International Foundation Arizona Mr. Robert A. Unkovic Pennsylvania Michigan The San Francisco Foundation California Services Group Nevada Spirit Global Energy Solutions, Inc Texas Ms. Catherine B. Taylor Texas Tech Management Texas New York Investigator Lance R. Olson Iowa Mr. Wilson H. Phillips Jr. Virginia Mr. and Mrs. Donald L Prater Oregon Mr. Sherratt Reicher California Safari Club International - National Capital Chapter Virginia Mr. Scott B. Sanwick Colorado Mr. David Smith Colorado Social Entrepreneurial Enterprises Inc. Florida Mr. L Herbert Stumberg Texas Mr. S. Adam Sufrin Pennsylvania Mr. Leonard J. Sullivan Louisiana The Pittsburgh Foundation Pennsylvania Mr. James David Vargo Florida Mr. Dana Vutera Louisiana JoAnn Weisenford Florida Widener's Reloading & Shooting Supply, Inc. Tennessee Woods Foundation Texas Mr. John H. 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Gifts of $1k-$5k 448 Supply Inc. Texas Ammo.net Georgia Auctionarms.com, Inc. Utah Ms. Tammi Baker New York Bald Eagle Sportsman's Association Minnesota Bell Hydrogas, Inc. Texas Mr. and Mrs. Barney E. Berlenbach California Mr. and Mrs. William J. Berry Texas Bolick Foundation North Carolina Mr. Nathan Crain Texas Mr. J. Gregory Dawson Indiana Mr. Michael A. deGanahl Florida Dillon Precision Products Corp., Inc. Arizona Mr. W. Hague Ellis Utah Mr. and Mrs. Walter M. Embrey, Jr. Texas Mr. Michael Fuljenz Texas Gartner Group Florida The Gornick Fund Michigan Mr. Joel Harms Colorado J & G Sales, Ltd. Arizona Mr. Larry L. Kieft Michigan Mr. Paul Kleinpeter Louisiana LT Colonel Robert C. Kraus, USAF (Ret.) California Mrs. Nina Leibfacher Ohio Llagas Foundation California MG Microsoft Corporation/Matching Gift Program New Jersey Mr. Eugene Leon Mleczko Missouri Nelson Puett Foundation Texas Numrich Gun Parts Corporation Gifts of $5k-$25k Mr. and Mrs. Richard Antonich Minnesota Briley Trucking, LTD Texas Anonymous Iowa Charity Partners Foundation, Inc. Massachusetts Cheaper Than Dirt Texas Collectors Firearms, Inc. Texas Crimson Trace Corporation Oregon Mr. George Goddard Daniels Florida DBSi Pennsylvania Denny Snelson's Pumping Unit Service, LP Texas Mr. and Mrs. Jason T. Hoisager Texas Mr. and Mrs. Terrence Holtz Minnesota The Jenkins Family Florida Jerry L. Head Investments Texas Mr. Scott LeNoir Texas Lipsey's Inc. Louisiana Minnesota Weapons Collectors Association Minnesota Mr. Johnny W. Mulloy Texas Dr. and Mrs. Joseph A. Murphy Pennsylvania Anonymous New York Natchez Shooters Supply Tennessee Pace Energy Solutions, Inc Florida Mr. John D. Pearson Gifts of $250-$1k AmVIEWnition Florida Artic Air Refrigeration, Inc. Oklahoma Mr. and Mrs. Richard L. Boos Arizona Chattanooga Shooting Supplies, Inc. Tennessee Dr. Inger J. Christensen Utah Mr. and Mrs. Brian W. Clements Pennsylvania Mr. Charles B. Coffman California Mr. Kenneth N. Connaughton Connecticut Mr. Raymond A. Corliss, USN (Ret.) New Hampshire The Daniel-Mickel Foundation South Carolina Flir Systems, Inc Oregon Galco International Arizona Mr. and Mrs. Frank W. Ghilarducci Colorado Anonymous Arizona Harris Illinois Mr. and Mrs. Mike Hollander 30 Traditions . 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