TABLE OF CON TEN TS
Breanna Lincoski: 2010 NRA Y.E.S. Attendee
Hittin’ the Road with Friends of NRA
Mr. Frank R. Brownell, III President The Honorable Bill K. Brewster Vice President
2011 Friends of NRA Merchandise Package
2011 Friends of NRA Sponsor Program
Friends of NRA National Corporate Sponsor Program
The Honorable Joe M. Allbaugh Trustee Mr. William A. Bachenberg Trustee Mr. Allan D. Cors Trustee
Friends Update Eastern Region
Ms. Sandra S. Froman Trustee
General P.X. Kelley, USMC (Ret.) Trustee
Mr. Wayne R. LaPierre, Jr. Trustee
Mid West Region
Mr. Owen P. Mills Trustee Mr. James W. Porter II Trustee
Industry Corner Colt Manufacturing Co.
Mr. Dennis J. Reese Trustee Mr. Ronald L. Schmeits Trustee Captain John C. Sigler Trustee
Camp Perry: From Start to Finish
NRA Foundation Donors
Mr. H. Wayne Sheets Executive Director Mr. Wilson H. Phillips Jr. Treasurer Mrs. Sandy S. Elkin Secretary
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2010 NRA Y.E.S. Attendee
Texas was the hunt of a lifetime. Words truly cannot describe how awesome the trip was— I can only tell you that I had the best time of my life. Breanna Lincoski (far left) is a 2010 NRA Youth Education Summit (Y.E.S.) attendee who was chosen to participate in a hunt with Friends of NRA TV Show Co-Hosts Matt Duff and Jessie Abbate for the upcoming season premiering the first week of January on The Outdoor Channel. Right, Lincoski recounts her experience hunting in Texas with Duff and Abbate.
From the warm sky of Texas to the beautiful clear nights— out there in the great open country it is just you and nature— I was so happy to be out there just clearing my mind and truly enjoying the time I was able spend getting to know Matt and Jessie, the film crew, and the ranchers. Filming with Matt and Jessie was a blast, they are both such wonderful, down-toearth people who really made the trip fun for me. The filming crew was the best and the owner of the ranch we were hunting on, Jack, helped me rattle in my first big buck. I learned so much from every person who played a part on the trip and even today, I still find it hard to breathe when I think back on the week I spent in Texas.
National Y.E.S. to the Hunt in Texas and filming with the entire TV show crew, it has all been a life changing experience and impacted me in a way that I know has changed my life forever. I am so excited to see the premier of the Friends of NRA TV show, and am forever grateful to Friends of NRA for sending me on the trip with Matt and Jessie. I know that I am the luckiest person in the world right now for the people I have had the opportunity to meet in the last year. I never would have thought any of this to be possible for me, just a regular and everyday girl from a little coal-mining town south of Pittsburgh.
I will take back with me memories of the beautiful scenery, the way my heart pounded as I got my first buck, and most of all the conversations I had with everyone at night as we just sat around and talked. From my state Y.E.S. to the
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Former MLB baseball player and current television personality of the wildly-popular Buck Commander series, Matt Duff, teams up with world-class shooter and all-American girl, Jessie Abbate, for a brand new series unlike any other on the airwavesâ€Ś
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raveling coast to coast in their custom Ford F250 truck, Duff and Abbate will unveil one of NRA’s best kept secrets— the multi-million dollar, grassroots fundraising movement making up the heart of the shooting world— Friends of NRA. Every year, thousands of individuals and local businesses take charge of the nation’s shooting future by raising money through the ever-expansive Friends of NRA program, providing millions of dollars in grants for youth shooting teams, building shooting ranges, or implementing educational and training firearm programs in their
hometowns. But the dynamic duo won’t just be attending Friends of NRA banquets; they’ll uncover every aspect of the shooting world inside and outside of Friends of NRA. “The show is about Friends of NRA, but it also covers all the people and programs keeping our shooting traditions alive,” said Kyle Weaver, Managing Director of NRA’s Field Operations Division and an Executive Producer of the new series. “Friends of NRA is really just the vehicle for the show. It exposes people to aspects of The NRA Foundation and the NRA that they’ve never seen or known before. It’s everything firearms related, brought to you by Friends of NRA.”
Whether it be going behind the scenes at leading firearm-related enterprises, showcasing the world’s top-notch shooters and competitions, or introducing America to the unsung heroes who work everyday to keep shooting traditions alive— viewers never know what Duff and Abbate will uncover next in the unseen facets of the shooting sphere. The first season has already been filmed, and the episode line-up is jam-packed with fun and engaging accounts by Abbate and Duff, including a recent Texas hunt with two of NRA’s Youth Education Summit participants, a friendly-round of competitions by the always-dueling co-hosts at NRA’s
“ It exposes people to aspects of The NRA Foundation and the NRA that they’ve never seen or known before. It’s everything firearms related, brought to you by Friends of NRA” 6
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Whittington Center, and a surprise appearance by the two at the 2010 NRA Annual Meetings. “I get to travel all over the country, getting to do what I love the most- shooting, hunting, fishing, hanging out with friends and meeting new people— and all in the name of Friends of NRA,” said Abbate. “I love it!” The ever-smiling and lighthearted Abbate lights up on and off the camera as she talks about Friends of NRA. Exposing America to Friends of NRA is not only a passion of hers, but has become a deep-rooted way of life. “I am truly proud to say that I am an NRA member and a Friend of NRA,” said Abbate. “It doesn’t get any better than this.” “This is a passion for people,” Duff concurs. “People from all over the country work countless hours just to promote this organization, it is a really awesome thing to be a part of.” Together, Duff and Abbate are an Traditions . Quarter 4: 2010
electric pair; their back-and-forth commentary and wily sense of humor lends the show a playful energy that is both entertaining and engaging to watch unfold. The two really epitomize what Friends of NRA is all about— fun and fellowship. “The idea behind doing this type of show is that hopefully it will get more people interested in finding out about our program and eventually prompt more people to get involved,” said Weaver. “Matt and Jessie are going to give us a great face for the Friends of NRA program.” Behind the scenes is the awardwinning Warm Springs Production Company and Executive Producer Marc Pierce along with a stand-out television crew led by seasoned Director, Producer, and Photographer David Abbott. The quality of both the show’s cutting-edge filming and editing techniques is indicative of the enthralling experience for which the first-rate outdoor and reality television produc-
ers are known. Premiering the first Sunday in January on the Outdoor Channel, 10:30 PM Eastern Time, Friends of NRA is already on its way to being an instantaneous hit. Nowhere else but with Friends of NRA will audiences be able to watch one series covering so many sides of the shooting industry. America will tune in to the most tuned-in show on shooting and finally get a taste of what really keeps our firearm industries and traditions thriving. Watch as Matt Duff and Jessie Abbate lead the way and introduce the world to Friends of NRA. There’s more to the NRA than meets the eye, and Friends of NRA TV hits all the marks. Get a jump start before Friends of NRA TV hits the airwaves- enter Friends of NRA’s X-Ring by visiting www.friendsofnra.tv, becoming an official fan at www. facebook.com/XRingTV and following Matt and Jessie on Twitter at twitter. com/XRingTV. 7
NATIONAL NEWS Friends of NRA is jumpstarting Twenty-Eleven with the highly-anticipated release of its annual Friends of NRA Standard Merchandise Package, a hallmark of every Friends of NRA banquet. Brimming with an exceptional assortment of exclusive and specially-produced items, the 2011 Friends of NRA merchandise package combines the old with the new to forge a line of one-of-a-kind products certain to captivate attendees of all ages.
Pulling it all together was a team of highly-intuitive NRA Field Representatives and NRA Headquarters Staff armed with committee input and a knowledge of what works at Friends of NRA banquets around the nation. Companies from industries across the board submitted items to this year’s Standard Merchandise Package Meeting, where the selection committee eagerly poured over hundreds of products and suggestions ultimately narrowing it down to what has become one of Friends of NRA’s most impressive packages to date. “Every year we strive to step outside the box and take chances, and the 2011 Standard Package is no exception,” said Justin Cross, Merchandise Manager for NRA’s Field Operations Division. “The 2011 package includes many conceptual ideas, both from manufacturers and the selection committee. Many of the items featured were developed specifically for the program over the course of several years.” One such item that spent over two years in the development phase is also one of the most highly-anticipated items— the 2011 Friends of NRA Gun of the Year, an NRA Centennial Edition Colt 1911 Pistol. A communal Friends of NRA favorite already, it is no wonder why the Colt 1911 has become “The Standard” firearm of choice by the U.S. military. Working with Colt Manufacturing and Baron Technology, Friends of NRA crafted a distinctive 1911 pistol celebrating the 100th Anniversary of its creation through scores of custom
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military-inspired embellishments. “The Gun of the Year is a once-ina-lifetime collectors item,” said Senior NRA Field Representative for LA, Dick Kingsafer, who served on the 2011 selection committee. “My personal favorite item for 2011 though is the Knife of the Year. It’s made by W.R. Case & Sons and is accompanied by a collector’s display stand with NRA imagery prominently portrayed across it. I think it will really be a hit with guests.” The stunning 2011 Friends of NRA Knife of the Year is an all Americanmade 6” fixed blade knife secured with a natural bone handle featuring the rounded NRA monogram and twotoned NRA seal artwork on the left side of its handle. The knife is displayed in a stunning solid American walnut-framed patriotic display spotlighting Patricia Pepin’s “Royal” eagle artwork alongside the American flag, “We the People” script and Second Amendment text. Also headlining the upcoming merchandise package is the 2011 Friends of NRA Print of the Year, “Unbearable Itch” by the widely-acclaimed and fivetime Friends of NRA outdoor artist Dan Smith. Using his signature attention to detail, Smith transports audiences to a rare moment in the wild depicting the powerful yet graceful grizzly as he delights in the simple pleasure of discovering the perfect scratching tree. This limited edition giclee is sure to
enchant outdoor and art lovers alike, as Smith brilliantly unifies the wholesome yet amusing scene in a picturesque mountain woods setting on a gray summer’s day. Just as exciting to see every year are those items which quickly make themselves known as the leading crowdpleasers of the merchandise package. Typically, such forerunners spawn from the corresponding blend of traditional and imaginative items. “We wanted to have some new items like the tricycle, the shotgun lamp with CCW drawer, the HD7 Red Dot Sight as well as some of the items that have been a main stay in the Friends of NRA program like the Red Ryder, the NRA Neon Wall Clock, and the custom wall art,” said Jason Quick, Senior NRA Field Representative for Central California and 2011 selection committee participant. “It’s a great mix of the old and the new to please everyone.” Take a look at all the items in the 2011 Friends of NRA Merchandise Package over the next few pages. To get your hands on one of these exclusive items log-on to www.friendsofnra.org/events to find an upcoming event near you!
2011 FRIENDS OF NRA M Custom Wall Art “Freedom is not Free”
Taurus M44 Tracker Revolver .44 Mag
NRA Rolling Duffle
Porta Aim Portable Shooting Rest “Night of Liberty” by Brian Hart
Custom NRA Dress Buckle
Savage Model 93R17 .17HMR
“Labrador Bull” by Cole Johnson Shotgun Lamp with CCW Drawer
HD7 Red Dot Sight
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Sturm Ruger Hawkeye 7mm-08 REM
20â€? NRA Neon Wall Clock NRA Toaster
Beeman Air Rifle Friends of NRA Blanket Smith & Wesson M&P15 Rifle .22LR
NRA Ammo Box NRA Custom Tricycle
NRA Declaration of Independence Plaque
Custom Shelburne Museum Decoy
NRA Double Barrel Table
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2011 FRIENDS OF NRA MERCHANDISE PACKAGE
Polished Copper Musket Weathervane
NRA Shotshell Coat Rack “First Hunt” Sculpture
NRA Red Ryder 1938 BB Gun NRA Pilsner/Carry Crate
NRA Double Rifle/Shotgun Case Eagle Sculpture Mt. Bronze Finish
Fred Boyer Whitetail Bronze
Kahr Arms Semi-Auto 9mm Pistol
NRA Double Pistol Range Box BRK Tactical Rifle Bag
Bow Hunter Sculpture
Brass Hitch Plug
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n 2011, Friends of NRA formally launched its newest opportunity for companies to support the shooting sports while supporting Friends of NRA and The NRA Foundation. Through the development of the Friends of NRA National Corporate Sponsor Program, companies are able to directly affect millions of NRA members through the widely-popular and successful fundraising program. “It’s a chance for companies to give financial support to The NRA Foundation while also aiding in the expansion of many of the programs our volunteer and attendee base work so hard to sustain,” said Jeremy Greene, Event Services Manager in the NRA Field Operations Division. Greene is of course referring to the old adage in corporate sponsorship benefits of companies “doing well by doing good.” There are numerous businesses across the nation that support Friends of NRA in its everyday efforts to raise money for The NRA Foundation, but this new sponsorship program takes the grassroots support to the national scale— allowing companies to broaden their scope full-scale and benefit an even larger audience. Which is precisely what the Friends of NRA National Corporate Sponsorship program allows companies like MidwayUSA, Friends of NRA’s 2011 Guardian Sponsor, to
accomplish. “Everyone knows Friends of NRA has been a tremendous financial success for NRA and the shooting sports programs in the states,” said MidwayUSA CEO, Larry Potterfield. “But often overlooked is the grassroots networking value it brings to the NRA organization. At every event you get to see and talk with ‘Friends of NRA’.” Friends of NRA gives companies large and small the opportunity to sign on at the Guardian, Defender, or Protector sponsorship levels to truly intertwine their company with the Patriot Nation. “Friends of NRA is heavily woven into the shooting industry through our relationships with vendors and industry leaders across the board,” said Greene. “Now, great businesses seeking to widen their impact on the vitality of America’s shooting traditions are able to do so through Friends of NRA and The NRA Foundation’s instrumental role in funding such worth-while programs.” If your company is interested in becoming a Friends of NRA 2012 National Corporate Sponsor, contact Event Services Manager, Jeremy Greene at (703) 267-1354 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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FRIENDS UPDATE EASTERN REGION
By Anthony P. Colandro
Essex County Friends of NRA Chairman
n a damp, rainy night in September, the Essex County Friends of NRA huddled together at the beautiful Mayfair Farms in picturesque West Orange and proceeded to break records. It was the first-ever Friends of NRA dinner for one of the most anti-gun counties in New Jersey and with the help of the volunteers, sponsors, and the remarkable number of attendees present, the Essex County committee set out on the task of showing the crowd just what they were missing in New Jersey. Three hundred seventy-one people attended that September night— a
tee compiled and utilized an internal email list to drive across to people what a Friends of NRA banquet was all about and, most important, who really benefits from the money raised— most people in the area assume it is just another fundraiser. At the banquet, the committee kicked it up a notch by enticing the hall owner to offer a premium menu instead of the typical hall fare as well as to provide valet parking, a move that was ultimately well-received by its older patrons. In addition, the committee coupled up a man and woman to sell tickets for each raffle; it was their way of ensuring they could talk anyone
present at our dinners. This is a large part of why we have never before had a High Caliber Club committee in the state before,” said Swartz. “But by their hard work and thinking outside the box, Essex County Friends of NRA was able to draw more good folks to the dinner than ever before.” Now that the new New Jersey High Caliber Club committee has reached the top, it plans to push the envelope even further next year to offer more prizes and implement new incentives. Play musical chairs at the 2011 Essex County Friends of NRA banquet; save your seat before someone else takes it.
“by their hard work and thinking outside the box, Essex County Friends of NRA was able to draw more good folks to the dinner than ever before” record number of attendees for New Jersey. But even more exciting and monumental was at the night’s end when the Essex County Friends of NRA could call themselves the first New Jersey committee ever to earn the distinction of High Caliber Club status. During the journey to the top, the committee was guided by NJ NRA Field Representative Brian Swartz, who at various times, energized, kept in check, and downright scared the committee into pulling off a successful event. But with his knowledge and expertise, and a keyed up committee bent on breaking records, the Essex County banquet would go down in Friends of NRA history. To take the New Jersey event to the next level, the Essex County commit-
into purchasing more tickets. On the donor side, the committee sought out premium donations in the firearms industry like Henry Rifle, Sig Sauer, Armalite, Colt, and Smith & Wesson who all gave guns to the cause. A total of thirteen firearms were auctioned off, not including the soft air firearms the committee acquired to keep it interesting for the kids in the crowd as well. Matched with an assortment of items for the non-shooting patriot, great food, great people, and a feeling of patriotism, the entire Essex County Friends of NRA banquet was a combination that’s hard to beat. “The fundraising landscape in NJ is as gnarly as the gun laws themselves, which don’t allow us to have guns even
The earlier you reserve your tickets for the 2011 event, the better your seats will be. And look out for the Golden Ticket; on the back of the 2010 Essex County Friends of NRA program is a very special ticket that ensures you the opportunity to win one of the biggest items in the 2011 raffle. Whatever your reason for coming, you can be sure you’ll experience a night unlike any other— the Essex County Friends of NRA High Caliber Club committee wouldn’t have it any other way. Attend an upcoming Friends of NRA banquet in New Jersey! Contact NRA Field Representative Brian Swartz at (973) 343-2104 or by email at bswartz@nrahq. org for more information.
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ometimes, with the right blend of passion, hard-work, research, and determination, a little inspiration can go a long way. For shooting and hunting enthusiast Colleen Gaskill, taking note of her disappointment in the small number of women who belonged to her shooting club was enough motivation to get her asking questions and shaking things up. While attending her local Niagara Frontier Friends of NRA banquet, a committee member approached Gaskill to tell her just where all the monies raised through events around New York would go and furthermore, who stands to benefit should they apply for a grant. It didn’t take long before Gaskill officially launched her quest to share her love of the shooting sports with as many women as she possibly could. Gaskill quickly began work on submitting a grant request for the Friends of NRA Upstate New York State Fund Committee to ask for help funding her monthly “Shoot and Hoot” group. Much to her delight, the grant was accepted and Gaskill was on her way to bringing in more women to the shooting scene. Every month, about thirty women gather together at the “Shoot and Hoot” for a few hours of shotgun sports at various gun clubs in the area. Attendees— many of whom have never shot before— participate in a variety of shooting sports, including skeet, trap, 5-stand, and sporting clays. By days’ end, many are hooked and end up joining their local clubs.
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But Gaskill did not want to stop there. After attending an all-day women’s event in Central New York, she wanted to bring it back home to integrate the same format within her beloved Shoot and Hoot group. Rolling up her sleeves once again, Gaskill planned an all-day event. With the support from her local club, the North Forest Rod & Gun Club, who agreed to host the event, participants were able to sign up for up to four of the numerous sessions offered that
day. Women were able to gain a new understanding and enjoy many of the same things Gaskill had grown to love throughout her years as an outdoor enthusiast— including rifle, shotgun, air pistol, archery, digital photography, fly fishing, and turkey calling, just to name a few. Each session was taught or spearheaded by experienced volunteers and NRA instructors to offer each attendee a truly valuable experience. Gaskill even had a Buffalo Bills cheerleader come for a few hours to talk about her archery skills. The cheerleader, a champion archer, was thrilled
to be able to reach out to so many women to talk about her love of archery and really impressed everyone with the demonstration of her skills. NRA’s own Women on Target program also supplied goodie bags equipped with safety glasses and earplugs, brochures on women’s programs, as well as hats and vests for the volunteers that assisted the attendees in easily recognizing the program’s instructors. Not only was the event successful in reaching out to women, getting more people hooked on the shooting sports, growing the local gun club, but Gaskill’s efforts were also well-received by the local media. The television station interviewed Gaskill prior to the event to help her get the word out, and the local newspaper jumped on board sending a reporter to the club the day of the event to interview women participating in the sessions after which following it up with a frontpage story the next day. Gaskill’s enthusiasm, the local Friends of NRA committee, a grant from The NRA Foundation, the overwhelming support by the local gun club and community— it all added up to an extremely successful day which will not only remain as a testament to the successes of the Friends of NRA program— but will prevail in the hearts and minds of every woman who has since benefited from it all. Apply for an NRA Foundation Grant in New York! Contact NRA Field Representative Jay Rusnock by email at jrusnock@ nrahq.org or visit www.nrafoundation. org/grants.
“During the 1930s Depression, many Americans, nearly helpless against forces they didn't understand, made heroes of outlaws who took what they wanted at gunpoint. Of all the lurid desperadoes, one man, John Herbert Dillinger, came to evoke this Gangster Era and stirred mass emotion to a degree rarely seen in this country.”
– FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION (fbi.gov)
xaggerated by some and glamorized by many, the story of John Dillinger, an Indiana-born and raised gangster, is one which lives on in infamy. Seen at that time as the tale of a Depression-Era Robin Hood, the American outlaw wasn’t known particularly for his generosity, but more so for his affinity for stealing from the banks rather than the people.
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Prevalent to today’s times, banks were in an unpopular position during the Depression-Era. As many banks folded under the failing economic system, millions of families and individuals’ life savings were obliterated as a result while surviving banks foreclosed on many others’ businesses and homes. In a time of hardships, the American public chose to glamorize the Mid-West Crime Wave rather than condemn it. Dillinger’s notorious and celebrated reputation stems not only from his audacious day-robbery escapades, but just as much for his title as a two-time prison escapee— one of which from what was considered then as an “escape-proof ” prison— as well as his status as a vital redistributor of wealth amongst the recession-ridden Indiana communities he frequented. Today his story has become ultraromanticized and more popular than ever, if not through history books alone but movies and TV like actor
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Johnny Depp’s portrayal of Dillinger in the recent blockbuster hit, Public Enemies. In the spirit of re-telling the stories of some of America’s most infamous outlaws, Friends of NRA’s Central Region has set out once again to develop a print unlike any other around The Patriot Nation— a sensational John Dillinger print beside a spent casing and bullet from the Colt Thompson Model 1921, Serial Number 6444, the very sub-machine gun the legendary villain stole from a police guard during his spectacular escape from the Lake County Jail in Crown Point, Ind. on March 3, 1934. The “Public Enemy Number One” Dillinger project is the latest in a series of American Outlaw pieces conceptualized and created by the Central Region over the span of three years. Previously, the Central Region experienced colossal success through similar projects like the 150 Bonnie & Clyde prints produced in 2009 and the 300 Jesse James pieces produced in 2010. Central Regional Director, Phil Gray, and three NRA Field Repre sentatives from the area made a trip recently to the Lake County Indiana Sheriff’s Department, where the firearm is currently held, and were permitted by the police department to fire
and retrieve over 500 rounds for the Central Region “Public Enemy Number One” Dillinger piece. The final framed piece includes a recessed .45 caliber bullet and cartridge fired from the Colt Model 1921, a Lake County Sherriff Department Patch, and NRA coin accompanied by a replica wanted poster, a certificate of authenticy from the Lake County Sherriff’s Department, as well as a photo of John Dillinger holding a Thompson sub-machine gun and the wooden gun he used to escape. “This is a unique opportunity to own a bullet and case shot from a handgun that is documented as being owned by John Dillinger,” said Phil Gray. “While he was definitely an outlaw, John Dillinger was also a historic figure throughout the early 1900s. This Dillinger cartridge print is an opportunity to own a piece of history and the chance to get one won’t come around again.” Only 500 of these John Dillinger bullet and casing prints are being produced for the 2011 banquet season. Every Central Region (Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, Tennessee, and Wisconsin) Friends of NRA committee will have one available to their event along with select events throughout the nation. To find a 2011 Friends of NRA event featuring the Dillinger print near you, visit www.friendsofnra.org/events today.
By Nicole McMahon
Senior Event Services Coordinator
othing subsides that insatiable hunger for success like finally reaching a major milestone. For the fairly new West Pasco County Friends of NRA banquet in Land O’ Lakes, Fla., that moment came when they earned the coveted High Caliber Club status. Founded in 2002, West Pasco County Friends of NRA has always been a successful committee with dedicated and hard-working volunteers— joining the HCC ranks is just the accumulation of it all finally coming together. Ecstatic about their recent achievement only elevated when they found out they were also the highest netting committee for brand new NRA Field Representative for South Florida, Tom Knight. Like starting any new job, when a new NRA Field Rep takes the reigns, it isn’t always an easy transition. But there are certain things that make the transition a whole lot easier— like already being a devoted Friends of NRA volunteer. A passionate supporter of the Second Amendment, Knight volunteered on the South Bay committee in Sarasota, Fla. for the past seven years before he started working for the NRA in August. “I had experience working with Friends of NRA banquets prior to becoming a field rep, but being on the other side of the operation is much different,” said Knight. “The nuts and bolts of pulling it all together are more time consuming.” The nuts and bolts of the West Pasco County banquet were
strongly secured by Knight, but the volunteers were ultimately the ones who fastened it all together. “It’s a very large committee and they all have been working extremely hard for the past ten months,” said Knight. “Everyone on the committee was pulling their own weight, especially Charlie [Amaral], the chairman. He put a lot of time and effort into the banquet.” The banquet itself was also unique. Friends of NRA banquets everywhere pride themselves on being family-friendly events, and what could be more welcoming than a BBQ-style dinner? Set outside at the Concourse Rotary Pavilion, the laid-back dinner and friendly, patriotic attendees added to the charming atmosphere. Not to mention, when it’s 85 degrees and sunny, it’s hard to imagine more perfect weather for an outdoor fundraiser. It was a night of new all-around— new NRA Field Rep, new self-set record for the committee, and new heights for which to strive. In the end, over 400 people were in attendance for the West Pasco event and with the energy and enthusiasm of the volunteers and attendees, the banquet raised over $28,000 for the future of the shooting sports, all of which will go towards fulfilling a lot of new grants. Attend an upcoming Friends of NRA banquet in Florida! Contact NRA Field Representative Tom Knight at (941) 923-7676 or by email at email@example.com for more information.
espite the state of a desperate economy, Friends of NRA banquets across the nation still seem to prevail over other fundraising programs. One area in particular seems to have the inside scoop on what is making their banquets thrive in a time when it seems many other are on the decline. Not too many other states in the U.S. have seen such difficult times in the past as the state of Louisiana— but all of that is water under the bridge for Friends of NRA as they pulled out another record-setting year in 2010. Beginning in February with the Ark-La-Tex event in Shreveport and rounding out the year early in September with the new Florida Parishes Friends of NRA banquet in Hammond, Louisiana held a total of 21 fundraising Friends of NRA banquets in the state and raised in excess of $400,000 for The NRA Foundation. But their secret to success was anything but extravagant, as Louisiana’s achievements were a mere product of sticking to what they know best. “It was up and down all-around for the Louisiana events,” said Dick Kingsafer, Senior NRA Field Representative for the state of Louisiana. “If there is one thing I think that really made this year a record-setter it is that the bigger events really seemed to hold their own and even grow a little bit. But for the most part, they just kept everything the same and built on
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an already really strong foundation.” The other theory— the recent economic environment led many of the former businesses that the committee worked with closed down indefinitely leaving Friends of NRA committees looking in other, new directions of people and businesses from which to secure donations, sponsorships, and even attendance. Just foreseeing the hurdles that lay ahead and working even harder to overcome their circumstances turned the underdog world of fundraising during these times on its side. Whatever the secret or not-so-secret key to the Louisiana Friends of NRA’s success, it seems that staying on the beaten path isn’t always a bad thing. Sometimes it just takes expanding on what you already know best to give your team that extra edge. “It was a great effort by the volunteers this year, they all worked really hard to build every Friends of NRA event even bigger— more sponsorships, more guests, more donations, just more all around,” said Kingsafer. “Now we have more money to give out in grants through The NRA Foundation, which is always our ultimate goal.” Attend an upcoming Friends of NRA banquet in Louisiana! Contact NRA Field Representative Dick Kingsafer at (601) 7940068 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
By Nicole McMahon
Senior Event Services Coordinator
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n a society where it’s more common to find kids playing shooting games on computers than learning real-life firearm safety outside, one school district recognizes the need to introduce its students not only to the shooting sports, but to outdoors activities as a whole. For the last 20 years, the Weston County School District in Wyoming has made the important American tradition of outdoor education an integral part of its fifth-grade curriculum. Set in a remote location in the picturesque black hills of Northeastern Wyoming called Mallo Camp, students are immersed in a three-day experience at the end of September featuring gold panning, fishing, ecosystem education and archery, among other outdoor activities. But it wasn’t until 2006 that funds from an NRA Foundation grant helped mark the beginning of air rifle education at the camp. Melissa Cade, Mallo Camp Director from 1996 to 2009, and Dave Manzer, NRA Field Representative for Wyoming, were brainstorming ways to add more shooting sports to the curriculum. Cade brought the idea of air rifle marksmanship to the local school board in early September 2005 and was surprised to find unanimous support for the program. “I honestly did not know if our school board would go with adding the shooting sport, so I thought I better get their input before we went to work writing the A Mallo Camp attendee [NRA Foundatakes target practice tion] grant,” said with his NRA FoundaCade. “We have a tion granted air rifle
nine-member school board and not one even batted an eye at the idea. Isn’t that awesome? I was so excited to call Dave and tell him that I got the green light to write the grant.” Many of the volunteers were enthusiastic about the latest addition to Camp Mallo, including Greg Gregory, one of the archery instructors. “I was really excited about the new air rifle program,” said Gregory. “It really turned into a neat program and now our students can walk away with a deeper respect for the shooting sports.” Through the archery and air rifle curriculum, students get the opportunity to experience sports they may never have the chance to participate in again, or if they do, the camp offers them a safe learning environment to prepare them for the future. “Instructions some of these kids get through their family and friends may not always be the proper way to handle firearms and bows and arrows,” said Gregory. “We really emphasize safety
in our programs. There are so many kids that at first they don’t really want to shoot. We don’t force them to shoot, but encourage them to just try it. I have yet to have one kid turn around and walk away. They love it.” Manzer, a volunteer with the program for over 10 years, says Mallo is not only a place for students to partake in outdoor education, but also a place for the community to come together and make an impact in their children’s lives. “Mallo is a way to continually feel connected with our children,” Manzer said. “It’s a huge undertaking and without the support of the community we wouldn’t have this wonderful program. It really is one of the more fun things I’ve been involved in and it’s very close to my heart.” Apply for an NRA Foundation Grant in Wyoming! Contact NRA Field Representative Dave Manzer at (307) 746-2520 or by email at email@example.com for more information.
By Lissa Davis
NRA Field Representative, Southern California
It’s the rallying cry many Southern California Friends of NRA committees use while vowing to produce an event that isn’t just the “same old banquet.”
n a recent Traditions article, SoCal was featured for hosting the first-ever Single’s Night Friends of NRA banquet— a night filled with chance, whether at the game tables or in romance. But the buck doesn’t stop there, as SoCal events use their creativity, connections, and camaraderie to maintain a reputation for innovation and fun across the board and they do it by keeping just a few things in mind.
Don’t Be Afraid to Aim High! Western-themed and held at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library— the Simi Coneja Friends of NRA banquet was a crowd pleaser from the get-go. But what the committee is really known for is its long-standing reputation for hosting high-profile guest speakers year after year. This year, Sandra Froman, only the second female ever to be elected President of the NRA, headlined the night. Her visibility, and others like her, offer the Simi Coneja banquet that exclusivity that few others can pull off. The presence of John Sigler or Grover Norquist, help bring in high-dollar sponsorships, secure specialized donations, and increase attendance and proceeds across the board.
Offer Something For Everyone “It’s the best Friends of NRA fundraiser I’ve ever attended, and I attend a lot of them,” said Cathy Rankin, a Dillon Precision Products model who donated her autographed calendars to the SW Riverside Friends of NRA banquet. Despite freak thunderstorms in the days leading up the event, the committee was still able to wow attendees through gusty winds with their various games, a live “shoot out” show by the Old Town Temecula Gunfighters, and a supervised kids air rifle shoot. The SW Riverside County Friends of NRA committee packs an adaptabilityfactor rarely seen in committees, but they whip up a truly unique event with their motivation to give everyone in attendance a good time.
Keep the Mission In Mind For the South Orange County Friends of NRA banquet, spirit is everything. “No one in the group should be given special recognition, especially me,” said the committee member who happened to donate the most, spend the most, and worked every gun show in SoCal
this year to ensure the success of the banquet. The South OC banquet is new to the program, but it excels at securing so many donations that it easily has enough prizes for a committee twice its size. The committee’s attitude and enthusiasm for stimulating support for the cause is a driving force in making its unique mark on the Friends of NRA program. The South OC Friends of NRA reminds us what the mission is all about.
Take Pride In Presentation The East County Friends of NRA committee was so impressed by one volunteer’s woodsy game decorations last year that they asked her to dress the entire room this year to create a memorable experience. Guests were greeted by a winter wonderland of deer and other critters amidst pine tree forests and log cabin centerpieces with glowing “fireplaces” inside. And their decorations justify their means, as their special couple and table packages including a bonus firearm boosted attendance over last year, raffle sales jumped 300%, auction proceeds increased 130%, and overall net income was up by 41%.
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Fun. Fun. Fun. The concept for the SoCal Gun-ORama event was simple: No auctions, no speeches, no decoys – just a dozen different games with multiple, limited rounds to sell out quickly, draw winners, and create excitement. Over 30 volunteers from a dozen different Friends of NRA committees worked the event with the sole purpose of helping the entire area meet its fundraising goal for the year. Holding the event in the parking lot of the Bass Pro Shop in Rancho Cucamonga allowed winners to choose from a wide arrange of prizes and receive their guns on consignment. During the frenzied first two hours, it seemed a gun was awarded every 10 minutes. Advance tickets were sold online only, with bonus “game bucks” if purchased by the early bird deadline.
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Themed games punched up the energy and sense of fun, with volunteers dressed in costume and correlating gun prizes like the Wild West Wheel of Fortune run by a cowboy and offering an Uberti Cattleman Revolver, Stoeger Coach S/S shotgun, Puma Legacy Rifle, and a Henry Lever Action Rifle. But not many could have predicted the Guns’n’Roses game selling out the fastest all three rounds, with dozens of men snapping up Hello Kitty gift bags for a chance to win a pink gun? Originality is a staple quality of SoCal Friends of NRA, and every year they find new ways to reinvent the area. They may stick to the Friends of NRA motto of fun, fellowship, and fundraising, but SoCal Friends of NRA events are no run-of-the-mill banquets. Attend a Friends of NRA event in Southern California! Contact NRA Field Representative Lissa Davis at (714) 832-1355 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
By Brad Kruger
Western Region Director, NRA Field Operations Division
For a long time, Friends of NRA committees in Alaska made excuses. Home to some of the most patriotic people in America, they were never lacking the spirit they each needed to reach their potential, they simply underestimated their presence in the typically smalltowns in which they reside. That is, until 2005, when the Ketchikan Friends of NRA surprised everyone. Located in the Gulf of Alaska on the southern tip of the Revillagigedo Island and in the heart of the U.S.’s largest National Forest of Tongass lies Ketchikan, a little city by the sea home to approximately 7,500 people. Often referred to as Alaska’s “first city” or as the nation’s “wettest city,” Ketchikan is more well known in the Friends of NRA realm as the first committee in the state to reach the prestigious High Caliber Club status back in 2005. Up until then, Alaska Friends of NRA committees knew about the High Caliber Club— a faction of Friends of NRA committees earning over $25,000 at one event— but most considered it unobtainable for their lowly-populated, small merchant-based areas. Basically, Alaska Friends of NRA committees had settled for mediocrity. But in one fell swoop, the Ketchikan Friends of NRA committee changed the outlook for them all. Word spread fast about Ketchikan’s achievement. The committee had
even beat out Alaska’s biggest city of Anchorage. Some were impressed, some were envious, but most were more curious. Ketchikan’s success had other committees asking, “if they could do it, why can’t we?” Ketchikan changed the way Alaska Friends of NRA thought, and suddenly every committee was striving to reach High Caliber Club status. Ketchikan just kept pouring on the accomplishments, with huge increases every year, and before long, it was a race to catch Ketchikan. Now travel back to today and go roughly Northwest out of Ketchikan over a thousand miles and you’ll end up on the other side of Alaska in a town called Barrow, or more affectionately, “The Top of the World.” Barrow lies on the coast of the Chukchi Sea and is the most Northern city in Alaska, as well as the United States. But unlike Ketchikan’s Tongass National Forest, there are no trees in Barrow— just endless miles of tundra that meet the sky somewhere far off in the distance where, for 324 days out of the year, the average temperature is below freezing. The town is known for having the U.S.’s longest day and longest night where the sun doesn’t set between the months of May and August every year and where the sun doesn’t rise from late November to late January. But believe it or not, the 4,438-per-
son town of Barrow just so happens to be the perfect place to hold a Friends of NRA event. If Alaska learned anything from Ketchikan, it’s that the tiny town and unusual atmosphere Barrow boasts will only prove to be a testament to all Friends of NRA committees that if they can make it work, anyone can. This year was Barrow Friends of NRA’s first event, and the committee spent their opening meeting picking an event date that worked well around the whaling season. The town shuts down when whaling season comes around, and energized from the very beginning, the committee wanted to optimize its chances to nail one out of the park from the get-go. After setting a banquet date, they came out swinging— launching right into an exciting series of gun raffles. Selling out their first three-gun raffle, Barrow jumped right in with the next eight-gun, or “Crazy 8,” raffle to entice the whole town. The committee’s early-bird raffles were just what it needed
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to start off on the right foot. Needless to say, the first-ever Barrow Friends of NRA event ended in monumental success. When the night came to
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a close and the smoke had all cleared, Alaska had their newest High Caliber Club Friends of NRA committee. In the small town on the Chukchi Sea, at an event hosting only 118 people in the room— the Barrow Friends of NRA committee managed to raise over $30,000 net and instantly shot into the elite High Caliber Club. Not bad for a first-year committee. The Barrow committee simply followed in the Ketchikan spirit and leaned on what Alaska likes to call the 3-Legs of the Stool— sell out your pre-event raffles, sell out your banquet tickets, and amass donations and
sponsorships. It is a formula Alaska uses time after time and those rules have helped lead to 15 out of 20 Alaska Friends of NRA events making it to the High Caliber Club. There’s a lot of room in the High Caliber Club. Ketchikan holds the honorable distinction of not only being the first Friends of NRA committee but paving the road for others to realize their true potential too. In Alaska, the Ketchikan Friends of NRA committee was the first to call themselves a High Caliber Club Committee, but we’re sure Barrow won’t be its last.
INDUS TRY CORNER
riends of NRA is an ever-growing network of individuals, communities, and businesses. Whether it is through the local FFL dealer in a small Mid-Western town or through a world-renowned industry leader with its new National Corporate Sponsor Program, Friends of NRA is constantly seeking and forging new relationships with companies both big and small. In a recent Industry Corner, Traditions featured Baron Technology, a company that has a long-standing history, and constantly evolving, relationship with the Friends of NRA program. Almost two years ago, while working on the selection of the 2011 Friends of NRA Gun of the Year, Baron Technology helped expand Friends of NRA’s circle of friends even more by connecting our program with the 1911 specialists over at Colt Manufacturing. With the celebration of the 1911 pistol’s 100th Anniversary coming up, the recent introduction of Friends of NRA and Colt Manufacturing couldn’t have come at a better time. It wasn’t long before Friends of NRA, Colt, and Baron Technology were working together to create what is to become one of the most sought-after items in the 2011 Friends of NRA Standard Merchandise Package- the 2011 Gun of the Year- an NRA Centennial Edition Colt 1911 with custom military-inspired embellishments.
“This gun has been used very successfully in service by all branches of our military over the last 100 years,” said Tim Looney, Manager of Colt Customer Products. “Colt is very proud to be a part of this Friends of NRA project and our employees have been very excited about producing this for the NRA.” Following its success in trials, the 1911 pistol was formerly adopted by the U.S. Army, and later by both the Navy and the Marine Corps, as “The Standard” military handgun providing more effective stopping power. The first to mass-produce the 1911 pistol, Colt Manufacturing met the quicklyrising demand for it during both World Wars— undoubtedly leading to its universal popularity today. “A lot of people realize that Colt has concentrated very heavily on the defense side of our business, and so many don’t know that we are participating in the commercial market,” Looney said. “This new relationship with Friends of NRA helps us to get the message out—
certainly out to Friends of NRA attendees and [also] out to the public that Colt is alive and well and producing beautiful 1911s.” Colt continues cultivating its newly-fashioned relationship with Friends of NRA through its offering of a special anniversary edition master-engraved Colt 1911 as a donation 2011 NRA Annual Meetings Foundation Banquet on April 28th in Pittsburgh, Pa. “In my opinion, the Colt 1911 is one of the two premier guns that we make here at Colt,” said Colt Defense President and CEO LtGen Wm. M. Keys, USMC (ret.) “Really this gun and the Colt single-action are the hallmarks of this company and we are really glad to be able to donate this gun to The NRA Foundation for use at Annual Meetings.” The Colt 1911 has come to serve as a staple of the United States Armed Forces and as a symbol of the military and the freedom it preserves. Through the development of the 2011 Gun of the Year with Colt and Baron Engraving, Friends of NRA has been able to produce a beautiful and custom firearm that not only stands as a tribute to the 1911 pistol, but has also fostered the development and expansion of the Friends of NRA circle. To find out more about the Colt 1911 featured in the 2011 Friends of NRA Standard Merchandise Package, visit www.friendsofnra.org.
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he lawn perfectly manicured, the targets sorted and stacked, the signs painted anew, a fresh line of volunteers ready to pitch in a helping hand; It’s all a part of the NRA National Rifle Matches at Camp Perry— a National Guard training facility in Ohio boasting the largest outdoor rifle range in the world. Competitors from all over come to compete at what is considered to be the “World Series of the Shooting Sports” every year, but not many know just what goes into making all the magic happen. What most people don’t realize is that while the matches begin in early July, preparations begin as early as the last week in April when Joe Decosta, who serves as the Range Engineer, and I travel to Ohio and start setting things in motion. And though the matches end in the middle of August, our job doesn’t finish until around the middle of September. We don’t waste time setting to work on getting Camp Perry up and running, the first thing we do is turn on the electricity and water, take down the trucks we have on blocks and put
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By Ralph Reichman
Assistant Range Engineer for NRA National Matches at Camp Perry
their batteries back in, then get rolling on fixing things that break during the winter months we aren’t around. On any average year, Decosta hires between 50 and 60 kids from the area, ages ranging from 14 to 34, and soon after their arrival, we take to fixing what the bad weather left behind. May is spent constructing number boards and up rites, repairing or building a total of 250 pistol benches, inspecting over 400 Small Bore frames, and producing extras of each in case of damage throughout the matches. Signs all around Camp Perry are touched up with paint and installed, buildings are cleared and cleaned, and approximately 100,000 pistol targets are sorted before pasting to cardboard.
About the first week in June, the real work begins. The kids are broken down into two crews, The Paste Crew and The Range Crew. The Range Crew’s first job is to bring over the equipment like the tractors and wagons, build fences around the motor tables, survey the positions of each range tower, assemble the ready lines, and lay wiring. The Paste Crew sets to work on pasting all the targets, ready to deliver, replace, and repair them during the actual matches. Among other things, a full-time maintenance crew stays on call, beverages are delivered to every site throughout the day, tents are erected, and flags are set in place. And while Camp Perry is in fullswing, the crews never miss a beat- ensuring the world’s top-notch competitors and the NRA are locked and loaded with everything they need to pull off the World Series of the Shooting Sports. It’s demanding and time-testing work to make Camp Perry run smoothly, and it’s all behind the scenes. You’re not getting the whole story, Assistant Range Engineer Ralph Reichman wrote an extensive piece on everything it takes to make Camp Perry happen, but we couldn’t print it all here. To get the expanded edition of this article, visit www. friendsofnra.org/OH.
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