The Washington Metro Chapter of Safari Club International held its annual banquet earlier this week. Like most SCI chapter fundraisers, this event had a wide variety of hunts, guns and gear available in raffles and auctions. Attendees had a good meal enjoyed with a roomful of like-minded people supporting the mission of protecting the freedom to hunt.
Oh, and they also took batting practice pitched by major league coaches.
The Washington Metro Chapter held its annual fundraiser in the unique setting of National’s Park in Washington, DC. In addition to taking batting practice where the pro’s do, attendees had the opportunity to mingle in the dugout and take a look at memorabilia commemorating years of United States Presidents who have enjoyed the national pastime. Several members of Congress were on hand as well as leaders from the National Rifle Association and other wildlife conservation organizations. NASCAR Driver Kurt Busch was there to help promote an auction package that also helped support the Armed Forces Foundation. SCI Chapter banquets are a fun way to support SCI’s mission. Click for a complete list of upcoming fundraisers.
The Italian Chapter, currently SCI’s largest international chapter, held its 27th Annual Convention, AGM and Gala Dinners on a long weekend in early June in the ancient Roman town of Gubbio in Central Italy. Marred by very bad weather and the relative isolation of the venue, the attendance this year was not as strong as in previous years. Nevertheless, SCI President Craig Kauffman welcomed a very full gala dinner event and thanked all for their support of SCI. Regional Representative Norbert Ullmann emphasized the importance of the Chapter’s President, Lodovico Caldesi, and his ever present Secretary Elena Fileppo, in organizing these events to generate funds for the Chapter’s conservation projects.
More than 300 SCI members attended the 2013 Phoenix Chapter fundraiser held May 17 and 18 at The Buttes, Marriott Resort. Friday evening was a meet the outfitters and exhibitors reception, while Saturday evening was the auction and banquet. The two-evening event featured 15 exhibitors and 200 auction items. Southwest Wildlife of Scottsdale provided a display of 30 mounts. Special thanks to McMillan Firearms for providing a rifle for the raffle. Saturday evening, celebrity Mike Broomhead was the MC and Les Ohlhauser, well know for his work with conservation groups, conducted the live auction.–Danell Munyan, Secretary and Event Coordinator
Nevada leads the nation in unemployment, yet the members and friends of NNSCI and SCI came out in record numbers to participate in our 18th Annual Banquet on March 15, 2013. More than 600 people attended, up 20 percent from last year. The past two years of hard work and spreading the word about why SCI and the Northern Nevada Chapter are important to Nevada sportsmen are paying off.
Though the Northern Nevada Chapter is small, it has accomplished many big things. We won SCI’s “Top Gun Award” in 2011, and recently were recognized with SCI’s “Diamond Conservation Award” and 2012 “Chapter of the Year” in our size category. These are huge accomplishments for a small chapter. We are proud of our work following in the footsteps of SCI’s larger chapters. I hope our accomplishments will inspire chapters of all sizes.
This year’s banquet was a reflection of our efforts to tell sportsmen and their friends what we are doing for them. It was also in recognition of this past year’s efforts, and the attendees’ support of work yet to be accomplished. The following projects will continue to be NNSCI Chapter priorities.
Endangered Species Act–preventative listing of the Greater Sage-Grouse
Education/Scholarships for our youth
Protecting Hunters Rights, on federal and state level
Sean Shea, SCI National Life Member and local County Advisory Board Member, noted that NNSCI had a successful banquet. From the moment he walked in, the atmosphere was great. The volunteers were cheerful and having a great time. The food was excellent, thanks to the Silvery Legacy, and the mood for the entire evening was really upbeat. Thanks to everyone who helped with the dinner for doing an outstanding job.
Jeremy Drew, past NNSCI Scholarship recipient and current Nevada State Wildlife Commissioner said, “It was only fitting that a record crowd was on hand to help celebrate the Chapter’s recent accomplishments–Top Gun, Diamond Conservation and Chapter of the Year Award–and help push the scholarship fund over the $100,000 mark. The Northern Nevada Chapter’s leadership and membership should be proud of their accomplishments. It was an honor to be part of this year’s banquet.”
The banquet was a great success and a good time was had by all. Enjoy the photographs and visit our web page, http://www.NNSCI.com.–Terrence Melby, NNSCI Director