President’s Update

SCI Foundation Shines at 2017 Convention.

Convention has come and gone and once again we’ve enjoyed much success.  Many thanks are in order to all those who supported the foundation by making major gift pledges, attending events, bidding at auctions and by buying sweepstakes tickets.  Your generosity makes everything we do possible.  This edition of the e-News outlines many of those activities.  We hope you enjoyed yourselves while in Las Vegas, and if you were unable to attend, we hope to see you next year.

This edition features:

  • Ron and Jackie Bartels Awarded Prestigious 2017 Beretta and SCI Foundation Conservation Leadership Award.
  • Safari Club International Foundation and Krieghoff International Host 5th Annual Sporting Clays Shoot.
  • Conservation Leaders Meet with African Delegates to Discuss Anti-Poaching.
  • SCI Foundation debuts new promo video at Beretta Gala.
  • New Members Join Lion level of Lion and Shield Program.
  • SCI Foundation Partners with LiT Coolers to Support Wildlife Conservation Cuases.
  • And more…

SCI Foundation is making great strides in promoting our mission and the impact of wildlife conservation and education worldwide, the e-news allows us to share our successes with you and others. Please take a moment and forward this e-news to others on your mailing list to help us spread the word. To learn how you can support SCI Foundation, please contact or Bob Benson, Executive Director at or (512) 655-2190 or Jordan Hasler, Major Gifts Manager at or (385) 214-9376.


Safari Club International Foundation and Krieghoff International Host 5th Annual Sporting Clays Shoot.

SCI Foundation Executive Director Bob Benson busts some clays.
Convention – SCI Foundation and Krieghoff International hosted their Fifth Annual Sporting Clays Shoot on January 31, 2017 at the Clark County Shooting Complex in Las Vegas, NV. 90 shooters showed up to shoot at the event. Proceeds from the shoot benefit SCI Foundation programs, including its continuing partnership with the Boy Scouts of America.

As the lead sponsor for the 2017 shoot, Krieghoff International has donated a new Krieghoff K-80 Parcours over/under, 12 gauge shotgun, which was given away by sweepstakes drawing at the SCI Foundation booth on Saturday, February 4th.  The winner of the Krieghoff K-80 Parcours was Carolina Sizemore.  Dieter Krieghoff was on hand for the drawing along with SCI Foundation President Warren Sackman and Executive Director Bob Benson.

Shells for the shoot were generously donated by Rio Ammunition.

Participants of the event enjoyed a morning of shooting followed by a catered BBQ lunch and an awards ceremony where top teams, female shooters and Lewis Class Scoring Placements were honored with plaques.

The winners of the shoot are as follows:

   Top 3 Performing Teams

        First Place – Team Jim Eller 

(Jim Eller, Rick Plote, George Marnell, Guy Martin, Chris Batha)

        Second Place – Team Anderson #2 

(Tyler Burnett, Katie Fox, Justin Fox, Jake Jones, Chris Spangers)

        Third Place – Team Craig Meier/Georgia Chapter

(Phil Lukert, Jeff Vick, Tom Brunton, Williams Daniels, Gil Morgan)

   Top Three Women Shooters

        First Place – Katie Fox

        Second Place – Sue Skold

        Third Place – Deb Cunningham

     Lewis Class Winners:

        First Place Lewis Class Jeff Vick

        Second Place Lewis Class – Harlan Campbell, Jr.

        Third Place Lewis Class – Jason Price

        Fourth Place Lewis Class – Frank Rogers

        Fifth Place Lewis Class – Rudy Hess

Krieghoff also brought along some of its world-class big bore double guns for shooters to try out again this year. Hornady Manufacturing Co. generously provided the ammunition for the big bore rifle shoot. Participants got a real kick out of shooting these ballistic behemoths.

For questions about the Fifth Annual SCI Foundation Sporting Clays Shoot, contact Kimberly Byers at (520) 620-1220, ext. 322 or email at

Joseph Hosmer Awarded Prestigious SCI Hall of Fame Award at 2017 Convention.

Convention – Joseph Hosmer, Safari Club International Foundation Immediate Past President, was awarded the prestigious Hall of Fame Award by Safari club International at the 2017 SCI Convention in Las Vegas, NV based on his history of service to the world hunting community, dedication to Safari Club International’s goals of conservation, protecting the freedom to hunt, and educating of the people.

Hosmer received his award and custom bronze at the Saturday night awards banquet on February 4th, 2017, attended by more than 1,500 SCI members and guests.  Hosmer delivered a stirring acceptance speech punctuated by a challenge to the audience to “…find their passion.”  Hosmer continued by saying, “… that while SCI Foundation would provide the best science in the hunting world, and, SCI would provide awesome legal talent, it was up to the individual members to provide the passion in delivering the message, because that was there where the anti-hunting groups were eating our lunch!

The SCI Hall of Fame Award, introduced in 1984, is one of the most prestigious honors which can be bestowed upon an SCI member. Potential inductees are nominated by fellow SCI members and the winner is determined by the Hall of Fame Award Selection Committee based upon ranking determined by a list of set criteria.

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Featured News

Ron and Jackie Bartels Awarded Prestigious 2017 Beretta and SCI Foundation Conservation Leadership Award.

Ron Bartels (center) accepts award from Dott. Franco Gussalli Beretta (right) and emcee J. Alain Smith (left).  Jackie Bartels was unable to attend the event.

Convention – Ron and Jackie Bartels were honored with the prestigious Beretta and SCI Foundation Conservation Leadership Award for demonstrating extensive international hunting experience and a lifetime of commitment to wildlife conservation and education though volunteer service and philanthropy.

Ron and Jackie Bartels were married in 1962 and raised six children. Jackie worked for a local bank and retired 18 years later as Branch Manager.  Ron worked for Conoco for 15 years and Florida Gas Exploration before starting Eagle Consulting, LLC with his partner in 1981.  He sold his portion of the company to his partner and started Eagle Energy Services, LLC where he is General Manager.

Ron and Jackie started hunting internationally in 1988 after purchasing a hunt in Spain at an SCI event. Since then, they have hunted overseas annually including 19 African Safaris, many including family members.  Jackie was the 2007 Diana Award recipient.  Ron received the World Hunting Award Ring in 2005.  They both received the SCI Hall of Fame Award in 2006.

Ron and Jackie Bartels have been volunteers in conservation organizations for over 30 years and are still actively serving on several local and state committees and boards. In 2011, in recognition of their service to Ducks Unlimited and the Louisiana Department of Wildlife & Fisheries, the 3255 acre Point-Aux-Chenes Wildlife Management was dedicated in their names.  In 2012, Ducks Unlimited Inc. and Ducks Unlimited CANADA dedicated the Tidlund Project in Saskatchewan to them.  Over the past 22 years, they have put on Sensory Safaris for over 76,000 sight-impaired and sighted children and adults.  They are the founding members of the Louisiana Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus and were instrumental in getting the Louisiana Constitutional Amendment to include the “Rights to Hunt, Fish & Trap” passed. Their family has grown to include 11 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren and most are hunters and shooting sports participants.

As recognition of the award, Ron and Jackie Bartels received an elegant trophy designed by Beretta and hand-crafted in their Italy factory. They will also receive custom gold and sapphire award pins created by master jeweler Madleine Kay.

Finalists for the 2017 Award included Mary Cabela, Ralph & Deb Cunningham, Robert Model, Byron & Sandra Sadler, and Tom Snyder – all of whom were eminently qualified to receive the award. This year’s finalists will automatically be eligible for next year’s award along with any future nominations.

The Bartels were announced as the award winners at the Beretta and SCI Foundation Conservation Leadership Award elegant black-tie gala. The sold out event was attended by over 450 guests, including honored guest Dott. Franco Gussalli Beretta.  The evening, emceed by J. Alain Smith, writer and host of the Rugged Expeditions television show, consisted of the “Oscar-style” award ceremony, a gourmet dinner, elite live and silent auctions, and an after party featuring entertainment by “The Rat Pack is Back!”

New Members Join Lion level of Lion and Shield Program.

We extend our appreciation to the above group for their leadership and generosity to SCI Foundation. We had an incredibly successful week of fundraising at convention and this group helped lead the way. The Foundation’s Lion and Shield program recognizes donors at all levels of giving with donors who have given over $100,000 being recognized as “African Lions.” Pictured above are our Lions. Top Row: Brook Minx, CJ Sibert, Roman Deville, Alain Smith, Warren Sackman, Dennis Anderson, Byron Sadler, Ralph Cunningham, Greg Murtland, and Buck Woodruff Bottom: Brittany Hosmer, Shelley  Mason , Jaime Sibert, Audrey Murtland, Sandra Sadler, Deb Cunningham, Nancy Bollman, Pat Bollman. (Not pictured: Paul and Renee Babaz, Greg and Missy Elliott, Arturo Gutierrez, Dr. Gerald and Margaret Warnock, Brian and Denise Welker, Ingrid Poole Williams and Wilt Williams and two Anonymous donors.) If you’d like to learn more about our Lion and Shield Program, please reach out to Jordan Hasler at 385-214-9376 or email at

Conservation Leaders Meet with African Delegates to Discuss Anti-Poaching.

Suspected poacher gets handcuffed in Mozambique.
Matt Lewis, (SCI Foundation Director of Conservation), Catherine E. Semcer (COO, Humanitarian Operations Protecting Elephants), and officials from wildlife conservation organizations in Zimbabwe, Zambia, Tanzania and Uganda met in Las Vegas the 2017 SCI Convention for an open-ended discussion about the challenges, pitfalls and successes related to poaching.

Some of topics discussed at the seminar included:

  • Increasing penalties and punishments for those caught poaching.
  • Targeting major poaching rings and ring leaders by offering low-level poachers deals and reduced sentencing.
  • Supporting rangers and ranger programs by increasing high-level training, uniforms and much needed equipment.
  • Pushing legislative actions by working with U.S. states and African nations.
  • Working with U.S. Native American tribes to better handle animals, resources on sovereign nation’s land.
  • Finding broader support beyond the private section, hunting based programs.

The well-attended seminar was a productive discussion highlighting many of the highly-complex, multifaceted aspects of fighting poaching including importance of the hunting industry to the economic stability of many of the anti-poaching and wildlife conservation programs.

With anti-hunting sentiment running at an all-time high, many international hunters have opted to put off or even cancel planned safaris to Africa. Without the economic incentives provided from hunting, many of the threatened species will loss out to agribusiness, development and habitat loss.

Simply put, without the hunters the African nations would suffer greatly.

For more information about SCI Foundation Conservation and anti-poaching programs, contact or visit our blog at

SCI Foundation debuts new promo video at Beretta Gala.

Marketing – A new promotional video produced by Spurwing Media and Mike Rogers, Jr. highlighting SCI Foundation’s conservation programs was shared with attendees the 2017 Beretta Gala.  This high-level video marks the first step in a renewed effort to promote SCI Foundation’s programs and will be followed with shorter versions for use on social media and the webpage. Versions featuring other foundation prgrams including education and humanitarian services will follow.  Copies pf the videos will be made available vi online download and via mail.  Contact Dennis Treadwell at with questions.

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Development News

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SCI Foundation Partners with LiT Coolers to Support Wildlife Conservation Causes.

Development –  Finding new ways to fulfill its goal in increasing needed contributions and provide supporters with opportunities and cutting edge products, Safari Club International Foundation has partnered with LiT Coolers, announces Bob Benson SCI Foundation Executive Director. “As the ‘official cooler’ of SCI Foundation, we’re anxious to introduce this a growing brand in the roto-mold cooler and stainless steel tumbler market,” Benson notes.

LiT Coolers is best known for its patented Night Sight LED Technology to fully illuminate the contents without compromising precious cooler space. The LiT Cooler technology also features integrated ‘Ice Legs’ for better ice retention and a fully customizable logo window.

“With most of us at LiT being hunters – and anglers – ourselves, we’re proud to partner with one of the world’s most respected outdoor organizations and be able to support wildlife conservation and outdoor education programs in many countries,” said Donald Howell, LiT CEO.

At the recent SCI Convention, SCI Foundation and LiT Coolers launched its joint ‘Cooler Conservation Program,’ where LiT coolers and tumblers are available with SCI Foundation logo or can be customized with another logo.  For each one purchased, LiT Coolers will donate 12.5-percent of the price back to the Foundation. The opportunity allows individuals, chapters, businesses and outfitters to promote their programs, services and operations with a custom designed cooler while supporting SCI Foundation’s efforts.

“This program benefits all involved.  SCI Foundation receives supports for our programs, while our supporters have the opportunity to purchase a fantastic top-end cooler at a great price – and designed with logos and colors of their choosing,” said Benson.

For more information or to participate in the LiT Coolers/SCI Foundation ‘Cooler Conservation Program’, contact Justin McCool, business development manager with LiT, at 208.546.2487, or email at