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2008 Marion P. Hammer Women Of Distinction Award Winner

NRA honors Linda Hill of Pueblo West, Colorado

The National Rifle Association has selected Linda Hill of Pueblo West, Colorado, to receive the 2008 Marion P. Hammer Woman of Distinction Award. This award recognizes exceptional contributions to the preservation of the Second Amendment and the shooting sports through education, advocacy, volunteerism, and legislative activism in support of the goals of the NRA.

Hill serves as treasurer on the board of directors of the Pueblo Municipal Shooting Range in Colorado. An NRA Life Member, she was instrumental in starting a local youth shooting program and a women's shooting group, the Pueblo Pistoleras. Hill is involved with numerous training events, including Women On TargetĀ®Instructional Shooting Clinics, NRA Basic Pistol classes, NRA Range Safety Officer training, and personal protection seminars.

"This year's applicants were up against a prestigious group of women," Hammer said. "The winners' dedication to the cause of Freedom sets an example for all to follow. Their grassroots involvement and the progress they have made in their communities should make us all proud of their leadership and gives us all hope for the future of Freedom and the Second Amendment."

Hill is also an experienced hunter education instructor, having taught courses in both Alaska and Montana while living in those states. She was named one of the top 10 hunter education instructors in the state of Alaska in 1994.

"She has taught us all, never wavering in her professionalism," Esther Mabry said in her letter nominating Hill for this prestigious award. "It is her constant nurturing encouragement that gets many of our more shy members out of their shells and into the middle of the competitions."

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