The 2015 Region Volunteers of the Year

Each year outstanding Friends of NRA volunteers are recognized for their efforts by being selected by their area field representatives as the area volunteers of the year. From the area volunteers, one from each region is selected as the Region Volunteer of the Year. These select few are given the opportunity to attend the  NRA Annual Meetings and Exhibits to be honored at the National NRA Foundation Banquet. Combined, this year’s volunteers have close to 50 years of experience and raised nearly $600,000 for The NRA Foundation in 2015 alone. Learn more about the dedicated 2015 Region Volunteers of the Year below!
Eastern Region Volunteer of the Year
Charles Steinmetz - Sugarcreek, Ohio
Charles has volunteered with the Holmes County Friends of NRA for the past three years and has volunteered over 100 hours of service just this past year with the help of his wife Tracy. He ventured into an untapped area largely populated by Amish – but felt there was potential for a Friends of NRA event. Within three months, Charles pulled a 350 person banquet together and grossed over $30,000. Charles is a networking genie, always bringing new people to his events and always thinking of new ways to raise money and protect the shooting sports.

Central Region Volunteer of the Year
Kellie Walsh - Freeport, Ill.
Kellie has held the position of Treasurer for 19 years on the State Line committee of Wisconsin. Kellie is a successful small business owner and is well known on both sides of the Illinois/Wisconsin border – yet she still manages to find time to assist with the annual state convention, local Friends of NRA workshops and fosters other Friends’ committees. In 2013, Kellie was Wisconsin’s Volunteer of the Year. In 2014, she won the state’s “Above and Beyond” award and this year she broke another all-time state record for the highest net of $104, 388.00.  She is very passionate about the Friends of NRA cause and all who meet her know exactly where she stands.

South Central Region Volunteer of the Year
Katherine Hinton - Pampa, Texas
For the past three years, Katherine has been Chairman of the Adobe Walls Friends of NRA. After attending her first Friends of NRA event in back in 2012, Katherine jumped in with both feet. She took on an event that never hit 200 attendees and rolled up her sleeves. She single-handedly posted more than 150 posters within a 50-mile radius, hit the media circuit with radio interviews and worked her contact lists to the bone. The result – over 400 in attendance and a $109,000 fundraising effort. Her infectious drive is far-reaching – she is determined that all West Texas banquets succeed. So if they find themselves in troubled waters –it’s Katherine to the rescue.
Southern Region Volunteer of the Year
Mike Odell - Gonzales, La.
Mike has been a volunteer for the Pelican State Friends of NRA for a total of six years including two as Chairman. He took over one of the largest events in the nation during a time when many people in Mike’s area lost jobs and businesses due to a hard hit on the gas and oil industry. He met that challenge with a 12-percent profit increase, raising $145,000 at just one event. During his tenure as Chairman, Mike launched a “Memory Wall” where people can honor a lost loved one by purchasing a spot on the wall with proceeds benefitting the Friends of NRA. With an infectious smile, Mike says he does all this “for the kids”. He is determined to raise enough money to keep the shooting sports alive in Louisiana.
Southwest Region Volunteer of the Year
Rick Meyeres - Bakersfield, Calif.
Rick has held the Chairman title for the Kern County Friends of NRA for the past four years. Rick exceeded expectations and goals by taking one event to a whole new level – not an easy feat in the state of California. Kern County Friends of NRA grossed just over $302,000. Netting over 165,000, with net per person of $320 setting new records for the Southwest region. Rick leads by example. From dawn to dusk – he is hammering calls, picking up donations and creating new ways to improve his events to drive big dollars.
Western Region Volunteer of the Year
Rick Rothleutner - Upton, Wyo.
Rick has held the title of Chairman of the Weston County Friends of NRA for the past 12 years and is responsible for Weston County netting over $100,000 two years in a row. For the past three years, Weston County has netted the most money in the entire state. Rick is also deeply rooted when it comes to the shooting sports. He is the founder of the Wyoming YHEC and even invited neighboring South Dakota kids to join. He is also affiliated with the newly formed, Upton Young Guns and is a proud delegate on the State Fund Committee. Rick has truly helped shape the Friends of NRA in Wyoming.
2015 Committee of the Year
Mid-Coast, Texas
The Committee of the Year goes to the Committee that had the most outstanding achievement and holds the honor of highest net income out of all 1,100 Friends of NRA committees. For the third year in a row – this award goes to the Mid Coast Friends of NRA. Since its inception in 1993 the Mid-Coast Friends of NRA has raised over 1.8 million dollars for the NRA Foundation. Their 2015 banquet consisted of 88 national sponsors, 748 attendees and more than 240-thousand dollars for the NRA Foundation.

The 2015 Volunteer of the Year Program is sponsored by Ripcord Travel Protection