Washington, D.C. has always been an exciting city. More than just our nation’s capital, activity in the federal District of Columbia serves as the epicenter that binds the hunting and shooting sports together. Laws, regulations and rules govern what hunters do today and how we do it.
These three all come together in Washington, D.C., making SCI’s presence and action there imperative.
Sept. 30 marked the 26th anniversary dinner gala and auction of the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation, an organization that has become one of the pillars of our sport and helps protect hunting and recreational shooting, while forging a common path with members of the U.S. Congress and other lawmakers.
Joining CSF twenty-six years ago as a founding member, SCI is a Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation “Diamond Level” sponsor, donating $100,000 annually to the organization and its mission. Your membership dues dollars couldn’t be spent in a better place.
SCI President Larry Higgins, while at the event, said it best: “CSF is one of the most important relationships SCI has–period.” The Club retains a position on the Board of Directors of CSF, represented by SCI President-Elect, Paul Babaz, as one of the 24 Directors who work closely with its President, Jeff Crane, and Capitol Hill-based staff.
Nearly 700 of what appeared to be the “Who’s Who” in America’s outdoor industry attended the gala, including an impressive list of Congressmen, Senators and Capitol Hill staffers. Since 1989, the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation has maintained a self-described singleness of purpose that has guided the organization to become one of the most respected and trusted sportsmen’s organizations in the political arena. CSF’s mission is to work with Congress, governors and state legislatures to protect and advance hunting, angling, recreational shooting and trapping.
With decades of combined public policy and political experience, CSF is an organization that has access to many elected officials and does plenty to advance sportsmen’s issues in the political arena.
According to its written history, CSF was initially started to provide advice, support and information for the Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus (CSC). CSF’s relationship with the CSC provides a unique niche on Capitol Hill that is unparalleled.
In 2004, driven by the success of CSF at a federal level, a broad network of state legislative sportsmen’s caucuses was created. The National Assembly of Sportsmen’s Caucuses (NASC) is affiliated with 47 states with a membership base of more than 2,000 state legislators. To further complement the work at the federal and state levels, the Governors Sportsmen’s Caucus (GSC) was launched in 2009.
There are now 33 members, one being a lieutenant governor, in the GSC who facilitate communication and information exchange between Governors in support of legislation and regulations that support our outdoor heritage.
Working to offer advice, information and support to these elected officials who are members of the sportsmen’s caucuses, the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation helps ensure the voices of sportsmen and women is heard in the halls of government. As a partner with SCI, the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation is a great organization and worthy of our support, and helps protect the interests of our members and others.–Phil DeLone SCI Chief Executive Officer