From John Clites, friend of Bob:
"I deem it an honor to nominate a fellow NAHC Life Member and friend, Mr. Robert Barnard, Jr., as a candidate for the 2013 NAHC Mentor of the Year award. Bob is married and has five children and 12 grandchildren.
"Along with those family members that Bob has mentored or instructed, he?s the organizational leader for his local 4-H sharpshooters program and an instructor at the annual 4-H camp events. For the Boy Scouts, Bob is is a Merit Badge counselor in rifle and shotgun training, and has been responsible for obtaining grant funding from the NRA for many youth shooting programs in the Cumberland, Maryland, area.
"I met Bob at one of our local sportsman's club's youth field days, where we both participated as instructors on the clay target range. After our introductions, we worked together with the less experienced shooters and those who?d never shot before. Since that event, Bob and I have worked numerous youth field day events together and have created a lot of smiles on the faces of those new to the shooting sports.
"Bob is a NRA Certified Range Safety Officer and holds NRA Certified Instructor credentials in rifle, shotgun, handgun, muzzleloader and archery disciplines, and utilizes these capabilities to assist/instruct/coach or mentor many youngsters each year. Bob is both an NRA and NAHC Life Member, a member of the Cumberland Bow Club, Kennells Mill Sportsmen's and Piney Mountain Sportsmen's Clubs, the Allegheny-Garrett County Sportsman's Association and many other organizations.
"Bob is the president of the Barrelville Outdoor Club (who hosts an annual charity shoot for underprivileged children), and he's been a great supporter of youth field day programs in Maryland, Pennsylvania and West Virginia for years. As I've worked with Bob on many occasions and have seen and know personally of his involvement with youth-related programs, I consider it an honor and a privilege to consider him as a friend and to nominate him for the 2013 NAHC Mentor of the Year award, as he is truly worthy and deserving."
"I'm very honored to have been nominated, and I very much enjoy working with young people. I can't describe the feeling I get when one of them flashes a big smile the first time they break a target or hit a milestone they've been working toward. One of the biggest rewards is seeing the improvement of youth, both in and out of the field."