There was a definite Safari Club presence at the ISSF Shotgun World Cup shoot, held in Tucson, Arizona, USA during the last week of March where several records were met or set. SCI, SCI Foundation and the Arizona Chapter of SCI were major sponsors of the shoot. The international/global nature of the World Cup event, and the fact that international competitors travel globally with firearms, made the connection with SCI both logical and obvious.
U.S. shooter Kim Rhode, a Life member of both SCI and Sables, set the first new world record early in competition. Rhode, then a four- and now five-time Olympic medalist, shot a perfect 75 in competition. She missed one target in the finals for a total of 99/100. Kim beat the previous world record of 74/75 set by Elena Little (Great Britain) at the 2005 ISSF Shotgun World Cup in Belgrade, Serbia. The 74/75 record had been equaled 13 times since then including Rhode, who equaled the mark twice in 2010 at the ISSF World Cup in Beijing (China) and at the ISSF World Cup Final in Izmir (Turkey).
“It’s great to start the season in this way, on my home turf, especially as we are getting closer to the Olympics,” Rhode said.
Rhode, already qualified for the 2012 Olympic Games in London after winning the 2010 World Championships, is trying to make Olympic history by becoming the first U.S. athlete competing in an individual sport to win five medals in five consecutive Olympic Games.
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.
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.
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.
There are so many benefits to being a member of SCI that it is difficult to list them all in one short article. It is the incredible breadth and depth of the SCI experience that separates it from other organizations in the outdoor world. First, of course, are the basic member benefits that include:
Your Safari Club International membership gives you access to an array of events, information sources and products that help you maximize your hunting experiences. Member Benefits include:
6 bi-monthly issue of SCI’s award winning SAFARI Magazine
An Official SCI Membership ID card – showing your membership ID, expiration date, and membership type status.
Optional benefits available to members:
Members-only Insurance Discounts.
Guns: Protects your Firearms and accessories from loss and damage, worldwide, 24/7.
Trophies: This unique program insures your Trophy Collection against theft and damage while providing the necessary funds to re-hunt the animal.
Travel Protection: Insures you against Financial Loss from trip complications beyond your control, plus medical insurance and an emergency Medical Evacuation guarantee.
Guides & Outfitters Protection: This program has been designed by SCI’s long time insurance consultants in order to provide specialized insurance coverage for the unique risks faced by hunting guides.
Chapter membership is among the most important benefits for many of us, because chapters provide the face-to-face camaraderie that literally brings home the critical missions of SCI.
It is at the Chapter level that each of us can personally make a big and direct difference. It is where we work on meaningful projects and where we meet to celebrate the hunting traditions.
Recently, SCI has begun to reach out even more than before by aligning ourselves with other organizations in the outdoor industry. These other organizations are called Affiliates, and to date we have 77 Affiliate organizations that, when combined with the SCI membership, represent a total of almost 9 million hunters and friends of hunters worldwide. Our influence is growing.
This is a significant number by any measure, and one that adds impact in the various social and political circles when SCI speaks for you, its members, and all other hunters in the world.
SCI is the finest group of hunters the world has ever known. Please join me in getting the word out about the fantastic things that we are all able to do together.
Tell your friends and fellow hunters about SCI and feel free to use the information above to start the conversation. The more that people know about SCI, the better we look to them, and the better we look, the more they will understand that they also need to be a part of this fantastic organization.
Indeed, SCI is local, regional, statewide, nationwide and worldwide. SCI is everywhere. Be proud. Let us all tell the world about this great organization and take pride in our membership. As members, we are all special. Thank you for your support of the organization and its critical missions.