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Post by brassmaster on Mon May 13, 2019 4:57 pm

We are five days from our annual regional and have not received Regional Competitor Pins, Team Award Points and Gold, Silver & Bronze Regional Open Winner Award Medals. Today, via email, I contacted Beth Martin, Program Coordinator, Pistol Department, Competitive Shooting Division

and asked if  these items had been shipped. Her response was, " sir, our distributor is currently out of stock of our award merchandise and will fulfill our orders as the stock is replaced."

I just do not accept that excuse. This annual regional was registered on the NRA Portal three (3) months ago, which would seem to be a more than adequate lead time. Another aspect of this mishandling is that when the competitor pins and awards are received well after the regional (last year it was months later) our organization will have to bear the tasks and unplanned additional expense of shipping these to every competitor, winning team member and regional open winners. This additional financial burden will come from any potential match net proceeds from an already razor thin budget.

Had this been the first occurrence of this "ball-dropped", we would have been understanding, but this is the third year in a row that this has happened and it is inexcusable! There has been a Spring Regional in West Virginia continuously since regionals began. This will make three years that we have had to inform competitors that Regional Pins and awards will be shipped to them at some unknown date when they are received from NRA. Understandably this does not make for happy competitors or happy match volunteers as we bear the brunt of competitors displeasure. Three years ago when this first happened, we were understanding, but ask for an explanation that was "spin." Last year I again asked for an explanation and requested eliminating the "spin" and give straight answers--same result. This year just more "spin."

As I see the growing frustration regarding many examples of a "devil may care attitude" by NRA officers and staff expressed on this forum, I understand why so many match directors, competitors and NRA members are fed up with the overall negative attitude displayed toward them. I count myself in that ever growing number.
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Post by dronning on Mon May 13, 2019 5:07 pm

I am wondering if the NRA is waiting to order them after they have been paid for from the match fees?  Just a thought.
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Post by brassmaster on Mon May 13, 2019 5:58 pm

dronning wrote:I am wondering if the NRA is waiting to order them after they have been paid for from the match fees?  Just a thought.
- Dave

I've heard the rumors of a "cash-crunch" at NRA and vendors going unpaid for long periods. There is some consideration being given to withholding NRA Match Fees until we receive the regional materials and also deducting the cost of shipping the items to competitors from their fees. Somehow these NRA Drones need to understand if it weren't for competitors and match volunteers there would be no need for the Pistol Competitive Section Staff.
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Post by Multiracer on Mon May 13, 2019 6:46 pm

It will probably get worse before (and that's a big if) it gets better.

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Post by TonyH on Mon May 13, 2019 7:49 pm

Maybe they are saving all their millions (awards and pins cost money after all!!!) for the improvements at Camp Atterbury. Laughing
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Post by cdrt on Mon May 13, 2019 8:00 pm

When I complained that I had not received the medallions, pins and points for our Pistol Sectional, I got a letter from Beth.

First, she said there was a problem with their supplier and I would eventually received the medallions and pins.

Second, she indicated that they decided last year to do away with the points, so they would not be sending those for people who had won something.

She also explained that after this year, points would not be accepted for match fees.

So my take is, I will probably never see the medallions and pins and if you have any award points lying around, unload them now.

If anyone would like a copy of that letter, PM me with your email and I will send you a pdf copy.
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Post by Danehogle on Tue May 14, 2019 7:12 am

Story’s such as this are becoming al to familiar. That is the main reason for the creation of a new  sanctioning body. 

https://www.bullseyeforum.net/t12263-new-option-for-precision-shooting-sanctioned-matches


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