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SCI-Calgary Partners With Zoo

Archie Nesbitt, president of Calgary Chapter in Canada (right), is shown with Clement Lanthier, president & CEO of the Calgary Zoo, who donated, a priceless behind-the-scenes experience for six people to take the Penguin Plunge. “This is truly a unique and intimate experience,” explained Lanthier as he addressed the Calgary SCI Chapter’s 17th Annual Fundraiser. He also explained that the unique relationship between the Calgary Zoo and SCI makes perfect sense as they are both very conservation-minded organizations and can accomplish great things when they work together. The 100 percent donation sold at auction for $1,600 and Lanthier was so pleased that he offered a second donation to the back-bidder that again sold for $1,600!

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Youth Outdoor Safari Day July 21

The Los Angeles and Orange County, California, Chapters of Safari Club International are holding their 14th annual Youth Outdoor Safari Day next Saturday at the Mike Raahauge’s Shooting Complex located at 14995 River Road, Corona, CA, between the 91 and 60 freeways. Hours are from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.   [Click for Driving Directions]

The event was started by the Chapters to reach out and expose as many children from the community as possible to the enjoyment that comes from participating in outdoor activities. Through example and guidance, Chapter Members demonstrate not only their passion for the outdoors, but also educate kids to preserve their outdoor heritage for future generations.

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At the all-day event, kids have the opportunity to view and experience firsthand an exciting array of fun outdoor activities. Those activities include archery, BB guns, kayaking, Laser Shot and paintball games. Kids can learn how to make game calls and paint duck decoys. Other activities include walking through the Sensory Safari Van, viewing unbelievable shooting exhibitions and more. Kids can catch fish, see hawks and falcons up close, talk with modern mountain men and cowboys, and win outdoor prizes in the kid’s raffle.

“This event is a great opportunity for us to introduce youths to the outdoor sports,” said SCI President John Whipple.  “Through outreach programs such as Youth Outdoor Safari Day, we are educating kids in a way that’s fun and rewarding for them.”

Cost of this fun-filled event is only $30 per family if you pre-register, or $40 the day of the event.  Included in the cost are kid’s raffle tickets and all the outdoor activities. Pre-registering here is highly recommended. Lunch is $6 provided by In n Out Burger and you can purchase your lunch at time of pre-registration.

For more information about the event, visit the Youth Outdoor Safari Day website. To volunteer, donate, or otherwise get involved in the Youth Outdoor Safari Day, contact: Mike Raahauge’s Shooting Complex at (951) 735-7981 or email info@youthsafariday.com.

SCI Hunters’ Convention Earns Award

Trade Show News Network (TSNN) recognizes SCI’s Annual Hunters’ Convention as being among the Top 25 “Fastest Growing Trade Shows in Attendance.” More than 19,500 trade shows, exhibitions, public events and conferences were considered for the years 2009 through 2011. SCI’s growth is particularly notable, as TSNN’s president Rachel Wimberly says, because it occurred, “…during some of the most challenging years in the trade show industry.”

SCI’s success will be recognized Nov. 2-4 in Louisville, KY, at the 3rd Annual TSNN Awards. The TSNN Awards were created to celebrate the growth, innovation and achievement that exist in the trade show industry.

Latin American Conservation Officials Trained In Texas, Thanks To Safari Club International

By J.Thomas Saldias, Regional Representative

Thanks to the efforts of the SCI International Affairs and Development Committee (IADC) chaired by Norbert Ullmann, Latin American government officials were trained in the management of sport hunting and other conservation topics at Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) HQ in Austin, Texas.

“Texas Parks and Wildlife Department is proud to be a host for this important professional exchange,” said Maria Araujo, International Liaison for TPWD and coordinator for this event. “SCI has been instrumental in providing the funding to bring government officials to Texas so they can experience “in situ” the management model for which Texas is recognized worldwide,” Araujo said.

Delegates shown left to right are Leonel Duran (Chihuaha); Maria Araujo, Int’l Liaison TPWD; Rene Celis (Tamaulipas); Alejandra Peña (Chihuahua); Rosa Vento (Peru) and Alejandro Donoso (Chile).

Alejandro Donoso, Director of the Servicio Agricola Ganadero (Chile); Rene Celis, Director of Operations for the Comisión Estatal de Vida Silvestre from the Mexican State of Tamaulipas; Rosa Vento from the Dirección General Forestal y de Fauna Silvestre (Peru); and Leonel Duran and Alejandra Peña from the Mexican State of Chihuahua were exposed to the different areas of the agency and successfully completed a hunter education course offered by Mrs. Araujo, who is also an Area Chief Instructor for TWPD. Delegates also participated in firearms handling and live-fire sessions. Delegates from El Salvador and Paraguay were unable to attend, cancelling their participation due to problems that arouse at their respective agencies days before their scheduled departures.

“This is a great opportunity for all of us”, said Alejandra Peña of Chihuahua. “This course has changed my perspective about sport hunting,” said Rosa Vento of Peru. “This experience is a great addition to my professional performance and we certainly would like to apply what we are learning here in our respective countries,” said Alejandro Donoso from Chile.

This is the last of a series of exchanges facilitated by SCI-IADC with the collaboration of TPWD. In the past, delegates of Peru and Paraguay visited TPWD HQ during the past two years.

SCI is the leader in sport hunting and it is imperative to provide training opportunities for the officials in charge of sport hunting in those countries were SCI has been assisting our local chapters in creating the legal framework for the activity. We will continue supporting and expanding these efforts in Latin America, said Norbert Ullmann, chair of the IADC.