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Old 08-30-2011, 04:08 PM
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Default Anyone know what an NRA Endowment membership is?

I received an offer from the NRA to upgrade to an Endowment membership. Besides the Coleman duffel bag, and the offer to attend a DC convention, is there any advantage to this membership for me? Or is this just an attempt to mark me as a bigger donator?
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Old 08-30-2011, 04:16 PM
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Or is this just an attempt to mark me as a bigger donator?
We have a winner!

Yes, it is.
Is your offer "discounted?" It is much less than it used to be...I think only $200 to go up to that level, from life.

I don't know if you get any other special treatment at the convention other than a different colored badge.
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Old 08-30-2011, 04:44 PM
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as said above, and nothing 'wrong' with being a bigger donator, heavens knows they or any other gun rights groups can certainly use it....yes, we too have gone up the ranks, after all, I had saved a bundle for all the years we were a 'Life' member, and yes, they will continue to "try" and raise even MORE monies to keep YOUR gun rights fight going, as downtown (DC) certainly doesn;t give up trying to take YOUR gun rights away, and yes, when I have a few spare dollars I do give to the others, like the second Amendment Foundation..............
NRA is still the "best bang for the buck........." though
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Old 08-30-2011, 04:48 PM
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It means you will get more solicitation phone calls. I know many people that don't like the NRA. I too, have issues with some of their practices. That said, win, lose or draw there aren't many others that are doing much about your gun rights out there. I'm would be interested in someone showing me a group that is doing any more to protect our rights.

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as said above, and nothing 'wrong' with being a bigger donator, heavens knows they or any other gun rights groups can certainly use it....yes, we too have gone up the ranks, after all, I had saved a bundle for all the years we were a 'Life' member, and yes, they will continue to "try" and raise even MORE monies to keep YOUR gun rights fight going, as downtown (DC) certainly doesn;t give up trying to take YOUR gun rights away, and yes, when I have a few spare dollars I do give to the others, like the second Amendment Foundation..............
NRA is still the "best bang for the buck........." though
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Old 08-30-2011, 08:15 PM
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Where you "Win" is that you gave more money to the NRA who will continue to fight for your 2nd Amendment rights. Yes, they will send you plenty of solicitations, but you can discard those you do not feel inclined to answer. You can contact the NRA and request to receive No Solicitations, and they will honor it and not send you anything but your renewal notices and magazine.
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In case you did not notice, I am a lifetime member. I already donate regularly, so I am asking why I would want to upgrade my membership.
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I think I paid 150 to upgrade from a life member to endowment back in the mid-90's. Jeff
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I am an Endowment Member because I believe in the cause. I don't need any other reasons.

I plan to go up to Benefactor in the future.
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I've been an NRA member since the 60's and a life member since the 70's. I'd gotten away from the shooting sports due to work load and other priorities. About ten years ago, I got back into the game. I had not contributed to the NRA efforts through the years. So, when I was offered an upgrade of my membership to Endowment, for a reduced rate, I signed up. As a bonus, they sent along a jacket. I did get a red ribbon to wear on my name badge at the convention. Bottom line, I believe in their cause, so I mailed off a check.
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I got a phone call from the NRA last night. Basically it went like this, as an Benefactor Member, your support gas been in the top 1% of all NRA members. You have been nominated for an award. It was the Golden Eagles Club, she patted me on the back, blew smoke up my skirt and told me I would get a few chotskies, certificate, pin, shooters cap etc. Then she told me the dues would be $200 each year. I have no problem making donations. Heck I support any semi-worthy cause that knocks on the door. I do however resent being, for lack of a better description, given an award that costs me $200/year to accept. They would have much more success with me just calling it what it is. She asked me if she could tell Wayne LaPierre yes on my behalf in accepting the nomination. I said no this time.

By the way, I got a nice leather jacket each time I upgraded my membership. They have different colored patches but otherwise look the same. Life membership patch is blue, Endowment patch is red, Patron is green and Benefactor patch is white. My life jacket has to be about 20 years old at this point and basically looks new. The jackets have been very nice and I wear one or the other on most cold days. Somewhere along the line they gave me a pretty nice Bowie knife on a plaque too.
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I think I paid $300 to upgrade about 15 years ago. And nobody bothers me, ever, from the NRA. Joe
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Got my Life around 1958 or so. Paid $12.50 every 3 months til the $100 was paid. Was Life until a few years ago, then went Endowment. Don't begrudge the NRA wanting a few bucks every once in a while. As was mentioned above, it's the only game in town. P.S. In 1958 I was grossing 100 bucks a week. Take home was much less as I was a single man.
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