Volunteers – The Life Blood of NASSA
Many Non-Profit Organizations stall and fail due to their leadership underestimating the amount of volunteer resources required and the alliances/partnerships needed to sustain their organization. A lack of a succession plan can also derail efforts when no qualified candidates can be recruited.
While we have cultural differences throughout the North American continent, all of us are united in our passion for our Rifle Silhouette shooting sport. We can leverage this critical mass to aid in finding the NASSA volunteer resources needed for leadership as well as support functions.
Specifically, this means:
- Identifying and recruiting a critical cadre of shooters in key areas of North American that will work to help launch NASSA. NASSA leadership must have a common consensus on the vision/mission
- Creating a “Regional Federation” that can leverage the many potential volunteers from members of the Rifle Silhouette clubs in Canada, Mexico and the USA already supporting our sport.
- Better organizing and distributing information such as club information, match programs, etc., as well as new digital information processes implemented from this pool of volunteers.
- Drawing our support from our volunteers will also ensure we stay connected at a grass-roots level with all the shooters in our Rifle Silhouette community. Bring value to our shooters!
One element that is critical to making all this happen is to recognize the hard work and contributions of those that go beyond the norm to make NASSA a success. That is why, early our journey, we are establishing a NASSA Awards Program.
NASSA Awards Program & Administration
The objective of establishing a NASSA Awards Program is to recognize and reward Rifle Silhouette-affiliated rifle clubs, kindred organizations, our industry partners or individuals for an act, achievement or services rendered that has directly contributed to the growth and sustainment of NASSA.
To be eligible for a NASSA award, the act, achievement or service must generally represent an effort beyond that normally expected of an organization or individual and may extend over a period of time.
With the goal of NASSA becoming a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization in the future, a NASSA Board of Directors would administer such an awards program. Since the NASSA Awards Program is something that we wish to implement sooner than later, the NASSA Implementation Team will take on the responsibility of starting this NASSA Awards Program.
The NASSA Implementation Team shall appoint a volunteer as Chairman of a NASSA Service Awards Committee. The Chairman shall form the committee with representatives from Canada, Mexico and the USA. Its purpose is to compile and present the nominations for NASSA Service Awards to the NASSA Implementation Team. Any NASSA members may nominate another rifle club or individual for a NASSA award.
Prior to any service awards given, a NASSA Service Awards Handbook will be created to govern the NASSA Awards Program. The NASSA Implementation Team, in this interim, shall be the sole governing body to determine final award recipients and the level or type of award to be granted.
The following NASSA Service Awards are being proposed at this time and will be further described in the NASSA Service Awards Handbook that will be prepared:
NASSA Service Medals
DISTINGUISHED SERVICE MEDAL (DSM)
The DSM Medal in Gold may be awarded to Rifle Silhouette-affiliated clubs, kindred organizations, our industry partners or individuals for an extraordinary achievement or for a particularly distinguished period of service to NASSA. To justify the award of the Distinguished Service Medal, the achievement or period of service must be far above normal expectations and have materially contributed to the success of the association.
MERITORIOUS SERVICE MEDAL (MSM)
The MSM Medal in Silver may be awarded to Rifle Silhouette-affiliated clubs, kindred organizations, our industry partners or individuals for an exceptional achievement or outstanding period of service to the Association. To justify the award of the Meritorious Service Medal, the achievement or period of service must be above normal expectations and of sufficient merit to distinguish the member from those in similar circumstances but of a lesser degree than required for the award of the Distinguished Service Medal (DSM).
COMMENDATION MEDAL (CM)
The CM Medal in Bronze may be awarded to Rifle Silhouette-affiliated clubs, kindred organizations, our industry partners or individuals for a particular act or period of service that has significantly benefited the Association, but less than required for the award of the Meritorious Service Medal (MSM).
NASSA Service Medal Recipients
All NASSA Service Medal Recipients so honored will be listed below. Since the program is just getting off the ground no awards have been given at this time.
DISTINGUISHED SERVICE GOLD MEDAL (DSM):
(No awards to date)
MERITORIOUS SERVICE SILVER MEDAL (MSM):
(No awards to date)
COMMENDATION BRONZE MEDAL (CM):
(No awards to date)