Safari Club International Foundation Announces Bob Benson as Executive Director

Safari Club International Foundation is pleased to announce that Bob Benson has been selected to serve as Executive Director.  Bob is an avid hunter and strident conservationist who will be a leader for the entire sustainable use conservation community.

SCIF President, Joe Hosmer (l.) introduced new SCIF Executive Director, Bob Benson (r.), to new SCI Chapter Presidents at the AWLS camp in conjunction with the August, 2012 Board Meetings.

“Bob brings nearly 20 years of experience to SCI Foundation with expertise in wildlife conservation and philanthropic development,” said Joe Hosmer, President of SCI Foundation. “We are confident that Bob will bring leadership to our entire industry as he develops a strategic plan and vision to take our organization to new heights.”

“I’m thrilled and feel very fortunate to be able to share my vision for the SCI Foundation. I believe that my passion, knowledge, and expertise in wildlife conservation will allow me to be an efficient and effective leader of the Foundation.” said Bob Benson, SCI Foundation Executive Director. “I look forward to working with the board, staff, and volunteers as we begin the next steps to grow the organization to the next level.”

Bob most recently served as the Vice President and Executive Director of the National Audubon Society’s Texas Program, an organization that he has led since October 2008. He began his career with Bat Conservation International (BCI) based in Austin, TX. After a decade of service to the global mission of BCI, he moved on to Ducks Unlimited’s national headquarters in Memphis, TN. While at Ducks Unlimited, Benson earned his accreditation in Public Relations and DU’s “Wings of Innovation Award.”  Before joining Audubon Texas, he served as the Associate Director of Philanthropy for The Nature Conservancy of Texas.



Olympian Kim Rhode Featured on Winchester Ammo Box

Kim Rhode Winchester Ammo BoxOlympic champion Kim Rhode is the newest American icon to be featured on a box of Winchester ammunition.  Rhode joins the ranks of a very select few who have been pictured on Winchester ammunition packaging—John Wayne, Teddy Roosevelt and Oliver F. Winchester.

During the 2012 summer Olympics, Rhode won her third gold medal making her the first woman to hold three gold medals in sport shooting.

“Kim is an American hero and an inspiration to anyone with hopes and dreams,” said Brett Flaugher, Winchester Ammunition vice president of marketing and sales. “Kim’s career accomplishments are unmatched in Olympic competition and we’re proud to say that she shoots Winchester Ammunition.”

Winchester Ammunition is a longtime Rhode and USA Shooting Shotgun Team supporter.  This year SCI also became a proud sponsor of Kim Rhode.

The commemorative box of AA target loads will hold the standard 25-rounds of 2 ¾-inch, No. 8 shot target shells.  A portion of the proceeds from the limited edition release will be donated to USA Shooting.


Jerry Hale Passes Away

SCI Jerry HaleGerald M.“Jerry” Hale, 73, of Nampa, passed away peacefully Tuesday, August 28, 2012 from a short battle with brain cancer.  Jerry was born in Nampa, Idaho, July 11, 1939 where he graduated from Nampa High School in 1958.  After high school he joined the Army for four years.  In 1961 he met the love of his life and soon to be wife of 50 years, Sharon Eckhout.  They lived and raised their two daughters in Nampa, Idaho.  Jerry became an electrician and owned his own electrical business for 40 years.

He volunteered for many charitable organizations. Jerry loved the holiday season, and people would come from miles around to see his Christmas displays. Anyone who knew Jerry knew he was an avid hunter.  His game room was filled with trophies from around the world.  He traveled abroad to Africa several times, New Zealand, and all over North America.  His passion was hunting and preservation of those rights.  He served as president of the SCI Treasure Valley Chapter and regional representative of Safari Club International.  He enjoyed the free fishing days at Atwood ponds where he would spend time with under privileged children teaching them to fish. He spent many years on the trapshooting circuit and enjoyed shooting skeet with his grandchildren.   He loved to mentor many young people.  Jerry didn’t know a stranger.

Jerry was known by his friends and loved ones as a character.  He loved a good joke and could take one too.  He threw fantastic pig BBQ’s for his family and friends.  One year the fire department showed up and put out the fire.  He spent the rest of the night getting the fire going again for the next day’s big event, but there were no hard feelings as he invited the firefighters to the BBQ. He loved his friends and would give the shirt off his back to any of them.

Jerry was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather.  His life was his family.  He is preceded in death by his parents.  He is survived by his wife Sharon Hale and his brother Bob Hale, his children Shawna Hale, Jari Rivers, son-in-law Scott Rivers, Grandchildren, Kayla O’Harra-Stookey, Krista O’Harra, Brandon Rivers, Halee Rivers, Sierra Wold, and two great grandchildren, Skylar Stookey, and Grayson Rivers.

SHAP 2012

Southeast Michigan Bowhunters Chapter helps secure hunting’s future.

By Ralph Cagle, SCI- SHAP Coordinator

Our 18th year doing the State Hunter Apprentice Program (SHAP) was one of the wettest I can remember.  The temperatures were in the low 80’s and, except for the rain, was perfect. This was our 5th year at the Echo Grove Camp run by our friends at the Salvation Army.  As usual, the staff at Echo Grove did everything they could to make our camp run smoothly for us and the kids.  Brandi and Jr. were our assigned hosts and did a terrific job for us.

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On Saturday evening, we enjoyed the fantastic Birds of Prey program presented by Joe Rogers and Joann Williams from the Wildlife Recovery Association.  The kids and staff were treated to actually seeing, and in some cases touching, the birds of prey as they were carried around the room by Joann and Joe.  Joann and Joe’s Birds of Prey program is a fast-paced, extremely entertaining, first rate educational experience that can be brought into your kids’ school at a very reasonable rate.  Contact them anytime to schedule their conservation friendly program for your school.

If you look at the faces of the students who attended our SHAP course this year, you will see our next generation of sportsmen and women–new hunters who will carry the word of conservation and our hunting heritage into the future.  The small game season opens September 15th statewide and is the perfect time and activity to start a new hunter on their lifelong hunting journey. The Michigan DNR has set aside the weekend of Sept. 29-30 for special youth deer hunts.  Take advantage of the opportunity.  You won’t regret it!

The members of our Bowhunter Chapter and the Detroit Chapter who gave the extra effort to help ensure hunting’s future are: Mark Austin, Rich DeLisle, Mike Clemence, Bob Easterbrook Sr., Bob Easterbrook Jr., John Gornyecz, Jim Martin, Paul McCann, Alex McLean, Bob McLean, Kelly McLean, Kevin Mulkeran, Chet Muraszewski, Valarie Murphy, Troy Sanborn, Bethany Swartz. These SCI members donated a few days of their lives so that 39 youngsters could receive their MDNR Hunter and Bowhunter Education certificates.  Some people talk about how much they care about hunting, these guys and gals showed how much they care by giving of their time.  On behalf of the kids and our chapter members I say THANK YOU to all of them!


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