Honors Susan Bierly of Stewartville, Minnesota
The National Rifle Association has selected Susan Bierly of
Stewartville, Minnesota to receive the 2009 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.
Bierly has worked on and helped promote many NRA programs
including Friends of NRA, Eddie Eagle GunSafe® Program,
Women In The Outdoors, Refuse To Be A Victim®, and Women
On Target® Instructional Shooting Clinics. An NRA Life
Member, a Refuse To Be A Victim®Regional Counselor and
an NRA Certified Training Counselor in multiple disciplines,
Bierly's supportive mentoring attitude and extensive networking
have established her as an instructor of preference. Since 2006,
Bierly has trained more than 1,000 students at NRA programs and
In addition to being a member of the NRA, Susan serves on the
board of directors of both the Minnesota Rifle and Revolver
Association and the Southern Minnesota Sportsman's Club, where she
became Chief Instructor around 2000. With a storied list of events
hosted, certifications earned, training given, and competitions
entered, Susan has more than proven her dedication to ensuring the
safety of the Second Amendment and passing her interest in firearms
to future generations.
Marion P. Hammer, former NRA President for whom the award is
named, said that Bierly has "proven her dedication to the
preservation of the Second Amendment. [She is one of] the Freedom
Fighters who are on the front line in our fight to protect and
preserve our Second Amendment rights and freedom."
"Susan is a terrific trainer in most of NRA's instruction
disciplines. She has the respect of law enforcement, teachers and
of sporting, hunting and shooting groups," Senator Pat Pariseau
said in her letter nominating Susan for this prestigious award.
Senator Pariseau recalled the NRA Refuse To Be A
Victim®seminar Susan conducted for legislators and staff
at the Minnesota State Capitol building: "Those who attended loved
it and valued it highly."
"My motivation and enthusiasm come from team instructors,
students, parents, and communities. I have been fortunate to work
with youth and adults and see the gleam in their eyes when they are
practicing safe shooting," Susan said.