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The National Rifle Association is pleased to announce their 2018 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 recognized 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 2018 Region Volunteers of the Year will be recognized at the National NRA Foundation BBQ and Auction at the 2019 NRA Annual Meetings & Exhibits on Thursday, April 25, 2019. 
 
Below are the 2018 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: Jon Hirons, Rhode Island
Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont: Mike and Jennifer Young, Central Maine
New York (Upper): Toni Dragotta, Finger Lakes
Ohio (Northern): Kenny Unkefer, Tuscarawas Valley
Ohio (Southern): Don Pagath, Zanesville Area
Pennsylvania (Eastern) and Delaware: Micheal and Theresa Craley, White Rose
Pennsylvania (Western): Bob Tekavec, Mon-Valley
Virginia (Eastern), Maryland (Eastern), and Washington, D.C.: Richard Holbrook, Pittsylvania Danville
West Virginia, Maryland (Western), and Virginia (Western): Roy Gross Jr., Roanoke Valley

 
EASTERN REGION VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR:
Ohio (Southern) : Don Pagath, Zanesville Area
 
Central Region:
Illinois (Northern): Robert Schlichting, U.S. Grant
Illinois (Southern): John and Tracey Warren, Kaskaskia River Valley
Indiana: Steven Raquet, North Central Indiana
Iowa: Tim Cartee, Frontier
Kentucky: Kenny Ruckel, Lewis County
Michigan: John Oldani, Oakland-Macomb
 Missouri (Northern): Brad Scarbrough,  Greater Northland
 Missouri (Southern): Tony Kalna , Big River
Nebraska: Jay Vavricek,  Central Nebraska
Wisconsin: Paul Ryan, Superior Area

 CENTRAL REGION VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR:
Indiana: Steven Raquet, North Central Indiana
 
South Central Region:
Arkansas: Wanda Calloway, Buffalo River
Colorado: Lynette Cerise, Garfield County
Kansas: Kendell Roberts, Garden City
New Mexico: Jessica Gonzales, Taos County
Oklahoma: Brian Scoles, Ada
Texas (Eastern): Sarah & Kenny Lamb, Brazoria County
Texas (Northern): Melissa Mann, Frisco
Texas (Southern): Doug Nicholson, Hill Country
Texas (Western): Josh Smith, Sandhills

SOUTH CENTRAL REGION VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR:
Texas (Western): Josh Smith, Sandhills

Southern Region:
Alabama: David Neely, Wiregrass
Florida (Northern): Bill Elrod, Clay County
Florida (Southern): Frank Narki,  Central Florida Ridge
Georgia: Harold Smith, East Metro
Louisiana: Tim Leger, Ark-LA-Tex
Mississippi: David Chancellor, Laurel
North Carolina (Eastern): Tony Forte, Cape Fear
North Carolina (Western): Todd Hady,  High Country
South Carolina: Theresa Ramsey, Lowcountry
Tennessee: Mitch Dean, Memphis

 SOUTHERN REGION VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR:
Tennessee: Mitch Dean, Memphis

Western Region:
Alaska (Northern): Austin Mahalkey, Copper Basin
Alaska (Southern): Greg Collins, Homer
Hawaii and Oregon: Bryan Broadfoot, Blue Mountain
Idaho: Trudy and Rich Jackson, Treasure Valley
Minnesota: Joseph Martinson, North Metro
Montana: Paul Tribble, Tobacco Valley
North Dakota: Steve Langlie, Burleigh County
South Dakota: Gary Stadlman, Mitchell
Washington: Nathan Reitz, Lewis County
Wyoming: Alan Cantley, Thunder Basin

WESTERN REGION VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR:
Idaho: Trudy & Rick Jackson, Treasure Valley

Southwest Region:
Arizona: Steve Miller, Zane Grey
California (Central): Tim Benedix, King City
California (Eastern): Debbie and Bruce Anderson, Roseville-Rocklin
California (Mid): Kimberly Shirkey, Clovis
California (Northern): James Walker, Lake County
California (Southern): Don McDougall, Los Padres
Nevada: Darren Norcross, Reno
Utah: Denise Knight, Ogden
 
   SOUTHWEST REGION VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR:
Utah: Denise Knight, Ogden

 
 "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.