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The National Rifle Association is pleased to announce their 2016 Friends of NRA Volunteer of the Year Award winners. These select volunteers have had an outstanding impact for Friends of NRA at the local and regional levels.
 
Area Volunteers of the Year were recommended by NRA Field Representatives and evaluated on a number of criteria including banquet tickets sold, underwriting received and years of service. Recipients were awarded a “2016 Friends of NRA Volunteer of the Year” jacket along with special recognition from their NRA Field Representative.
 
Region Volunteers of the Year were chosen from the pool of area volunteer award winners by a select committee of senior NRA staff. The 2016 Region Volunteers of the Year were recognized at the National NRA Foundation Banquet at the 2017 NRA Annual Meetings & Exhibits on Thursday, April 27, 2017. 
 
Below are the 2016 Area Award winners (recipient’s Friends of NRA committee listed after their names).

Area Volunteers of the Year:

Eastern Region:
Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York (Lower) and Rhode Island: Daivd Peabody, Central MA.
Pennsylvania (Eastern) and Delaware: Harold Bowman, Swatara Valley
Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont: Charles Hedrick, Greater Androscoggin
New York (Upper): Jim Hemmer, Sullivan County
Ohio (Northern): Ron Salkovick, Mid-Ohio
Ohio (Southern): Pam DeLille, Central OH
Pennsylvania (Western): Dale Emerick, PA's 1st
Virginia (Eastern), Maryland (Eastern), and Washington, D.C.: Matthew Bergstorm,
National Capital
West Virginia, Maryland (Western), and Virginia (Western): Michael Montgomery, Rockbridge

 
EASTERN REGION VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR:
New York (Upper) : Jim Hemmer, Sullivan County
 
Central Region:
Illinois (Northern): Jack Miller, Kankakee River Valley
Illinois (Southern): Veron Auld, Perry Randolf
Indiana: Joe Fackler, Falls of the Ohio
Iowa: Rosea Hamelua, Central IA
Kentucky: Kenny Ruckel, Lewis County
Michigan: Brian Henry, Eastern Upper Peninsula
Northern Missouri: Raymond Sweet,  Northeast MO
Southern Missouri: Gary Kamp , Cape Area
Nebraska: Mark Beacom, Eastern NE
Wisconsin: Brian Mrnak, Cheguamegon Bay Are

 CENTRAL REGION VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR:
Kentucky: Kenny Ruckel, Lewis County
 
South Central Region:
Arkansas: Michael Whitkanack, Johnson County
Colorado: Carol Young, Ark Valley
Kansas: Dixie Cravens, Capital City
New Mexico: Kent Terry, Quay County
Oklahoma: Keith Compton, McCurtain County
Texas (Northern): Ray Hollingsworth, Northeast TX
Texas (Southern): Chris Lyons, Southeast TX
Texas (Western): Dennis Candler, Permian Basin

SOUTH CENTRAL REGION VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR:
Texas (Northern): Ray Hollingsworth,  Permian Basin

Southern Region:
Alabama: Marcia Parsons, Huntsville
Florida (Northern): Laura Watson, First Coast
Florida (Southern): Gary & Pat Graef,  Greater Fort Myers
Georgia: Don Simpson, Allatoona
Louisiana: Tim Leger, Ark-La-Tex
Mississippi: Bill Molitor, Central MS
North Carolina (Eastern): Ray Campbell, Wilmington
North Carolina (Western): Jeff Lassiter,  Montgomery County
South Carolina: Dave Anatra, Lexington
Tennessee: Joe Todd, Stones River

 SOUTHERN REGION VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR:
Alabama: Marcia Parsons, Huntsville

Western Region:
Alaska (Northern): Trevor Burgess, Fairbanks
Alaska (Southern): Greg Collins, Homer
Hawaii and Oregon: Katie Jone, Douglas County
Idaho: Kenny Riedlinger, Mini Cassia
Minnesota: Dan Porter, Kanabec
Montana: Janice & Wendell Weaver, Seeley Lake
North Dakota: Jesse Flath, Sakakawea
South Dakota: Will McCall, Mid-Dakota
Washington: Brian Huss, Kittitas County
Wyoming: Mark Carrico, Great Divide

WESTERN REGION VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR:
Alaska ( Southern): Greg Collins, Homer

Southwest Region:
Arizona: Randy Graf, Santa Cruz Valley
California (Central): Gary & Coleen Morris, Central State
California (Eastern): Scott Sorenson, Yuba / Sutter
California (Mid): Sean Ford, Clovis
California (Northern): Rodney Wilkes, Napa County
California (Southern): Scott & Ramona Lee, North County
Nevada: John Madden, Carson City
 
   SOUTHWEST REGION VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR:
California (Northern): Rodney Wilkes, Napa County

 
 "To Volunteer With Honor"
Thank you to all of our volunteers who spend countless hours supporting the Friends of NRA.
We are grateful for your efforts.


The 2016 Volunteer of the Year Program is Sponsored by Ripcord Travel Protection
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