On September 8 and 9, 2012, the Sensory Safari exhibit hosted 1,491 visitors, which was an increase of 200 over last year. Redding Chapter members Dennis Maxwell, Chris Frober, Jim Van Ornum, Peggy Dewell, Sheila and Larry McCloud staffed the trailer. Though there were adverse conditions–forest fires and triple digit temperatures, a welcome breeze cooled the area and dispersed the smoke from the fires.
Many visitors commented they checked the exhibitor list for the Sensory Safari trailer when deciding whether or not to attend the Festival. This year, the Chapter had taken the trailer to several new schools introducing the students to the Sensory Safari. The youngsters who had visited the trailer were so impressed that they brought their parents to the Festival to enjoy the exhibits.
A handicapped adult service, Mission Provider Services, Inc., brought a group to visit the exhibit. The owner, Carole Coats, escorted the attendees through the trailer. A handicapped young lady who was overjoyed at the sight of the mounts is shown in an accompanying photo. The other two photos show children interacting with the mounts. The leopard is a recent addition donated by Jeff Smith of Redding.
The Chapter distributed its banquet and membership flyers and hopes to get new members. The Chapter found that many SCI national members are unaware of the Redding Chapter–Larry McCloud, Chapter President