SCI Foundation Shines at 2017 Convention.
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…
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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 email@example.com
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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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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Conservation Leaders Meet with African Delegates to Discuss Anti-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.