President’s Update

SCI Foundation Closes Books on Successful 2016 Convention.

The 2016 Annual SCI Hunter’s Convention is now in the books, and we have much to reflect upon and celebrate. This edition highlights some of the SCI Foundation events and activities that occurred in early February in Las Vegas.

The week begun on Monday with the SCI Foundation winter board meeting where program reports and mission impact stories were shared.  Several new gifts and pledges to fund projects and endowments were announced. It was a great start to a week full of activities.

In this Edition…

  • Safari Club International Foundation Announces Johnny Morris as Winner of its Prestigious 2016 Beretta and SCI Foundation Conservation Leadership Award
  • Safari Club International Foundation and Krieghoff International Host 4th Annual Sporting Clay Shoot.
  • Safari Care – Bell Family Blue Bag – Pay It Forward Convention Seminar
  • SCI Foundation Announces Pathfinder Award Winners
  • And much more…

All of this would not happen without the help and support of SCI members like you as well as the SCI convention teams working in concert with the SCI Foundation staff and volunteers. Thank you very much.  We appreciate all you do for the cause and look forward to seeing you in Las Vegas next year.

First for Wildlife,

Joe Hosmer.

To learn how you can support SCI Foundation, please contact Joseph Hosmer, President at SCIFPresident@safariclub.org or Bob Benson, Executive Director at BBenson@safariclub.org or (512) 655-2190.

Highlights

Safari Club International Foundation and Krieghoff International Host 4th Annual Sporting Clay Shoot.

“Olympic Bronze Medalist Corey Cogdell shooting her Krieghoff K-80!”
Development – On Tuesday, February 2, 2016, SCI Foundation and Krieghoff International hosted their Fourth Annual Sporting Clays Shoot at the Clark County Shooting Complex in Las Vegas, NV. This year, 108 shooters signed up to shoot at the event. Proceeds from the shoot benefit SCI Foundation programs, including its continuing partnership with the Boy Scouts of America. Shells for the shoot were generously donated by Rio Ammunition.

As the title sponsor for the 2016 shoot, Krieghoff International has donated a new Krieghoff K-80 Pro Sporter over/under, 12 gauge shotgun with 32-inch barrels, which was be given away by sweepstakes drawing in the SCI Foundation booth on Saturday, February 6th.  The winner of the shotgun was Don Russell of Plainview, TX.

Participants of the event enjoyed a morning of shooting followed by a catered BBQ lunch and an awards ceremony where winning teams and top individual shooters were honored with plaques.

Krieghoff also brought along some of its world-class big bore double guns and Semprio In-Line repeating rifles for shooters to try out again this year. Hornady Manufacturing Co. generously provided the ammunition for the big bore rifle shoot.

The winners of this year’s shoot are as follows:

  Top 3 Performing Teams

  • 1st PlaceCraig Martin Team #1 (Craig Martin, Ray Brown, Frank Wood, Mickey Barrett, Gebben Miles)
  • 2nd PlaceTeam Craig Meier (Craig Meier, Jeff Vick, Bill Daniels, Tom Brunton, Chris Batha)
  • 3rd PlaceIndividual Team #3 (Ruger Parker, Jeff Sizemore, Brook Minx, Howard Kem, Dave Dillard)

  Top Performing Individual Male Shooters

  • 1st Place - Gebben Miles
  • 2nd Place - Bill Daniels
  • 3rd Place - Tom Brunton

  Top Performing Individual Female Shooters

  • 1st Place - Corey Cogdell – Morgan Craft
  • 2nd Place - Betty Krieghoff

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Featured News

Safari Club International Foundation Announces Johnny Morris Winner of its Prestigious 2016 Beretta and SCI Foundation Conservation Leadership Award.

Development – On Tuesday, February 2, 2016, Johnny Morris, founder and CEO of Bass Pro Shops, was 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.

Over the years, Johnny Morris has made giving back to conservation a hallmark of his company since he first began selling fishing tackle in the back of his dad’s liquor store in 1971. Over the course of several decades, Morris has dedicated himself to inspiring people, especially youth and families, to love, enjoy and conserve the great outdoors.  He has heavily invested in efforts to conserve our natural resources in a variety of ways.  From wildlife and fisheries conservation to introducing young people to the outdoors to cultivating the next generation of natural resource stewards, he is supporting the conservation community at national and local levels.

A conservationist at heart, Morris recognizes the need for citizens to take a strong position in the careful management and use of our natural resources. Using his entrepreneurial success as a platform for that cause, he has made significant contributions of time and resources to many conservation organizations, such as National Wild Turkey Federation, Ducks Unlimited, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Quality Deer Management Association and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation. Because Morris strongly believes that hunters and target shooters are America’s first and best conservationists, he works hard to share our outdoor heritage and foster a new generation of conservation stewards.  He is deeply committed to providing youth development opportunities and community outreach and education.

Morris will build on his legacy this year with the opening of the Wonders of Wildlife National Museum & Aquarium – one of the largest, most immersive conservation attractions in the world, in Springfield, Mo. Primarily funded and operated by the nonprofit Johnny Morris Foundation, Wonders of Wildlife consists of an all-new 1.3-million-gallon aquarium adventure showcasing 35,000 live fish, mammals, reptiles and birds, and an immersive wildlife museum that brings visitors eye-to-eye with the greatest collection of record-setting game animals ever assembled. The 315,000-square foot experience celebrates the critical role responsible hunting and fishing plays in wildlife conservation and inspires visitors to enjoy, love and conserve the great outdoors.

As recognition of the award, Morris received an elegant trophy designed by Beretta and hand crafted in their Italy factory, and in addition a custom gold and sapphire award pin created by jeweler Madleine Kay.

Morris was announced as the winner at the Beretta and SCI Foundation Conservation Leadership Award elegant black-tie gala which was attended by over 380 guests, including honored guests Cav. Ugo Gussalli Beretta and his wife Mrs. Monique Gussalli Beretta. The evening consisted of the “Oscar-style” award ceremony, a gourmet dinner, an elite live auction, silent auction, and live entertainment featuring emcee J. Alain Smith, host of the Rugged Expeditions television show, classical guitarist Daniel Vera and Joe Wiegand as Teddy Roosevelt.

Other finalists for the 2016 Award included Ron and Jackie Bartels, Ralph and Deb Cunningham, Robert Model, Byron and Sandra Sadler, and A.C. (Charles) Smid – 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 nominees.

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Paying It Forward!

Safari Care – Bell Family Blue Bag – Pay It Forward Convention Seminar

On Saturday, February 6th at 10 am – 12 pm at the 2016 SCI convention in Las Vegas, members gathered to discuss how they could bring humanitarian aid to others in need. The idea has been around since 1996; however, now there is a new sponsor to the program.  The Bell Family has established a special humanitarian services project which encourages SCI Members and hunters to give back.  The “Bell Family Blue Bag” seminar discussed ways those going to other countries could pay-it-forward, giving humanitarian supplies to needy schools, orphanages and families.

The project’s initiative began after the loss of Amy Doris Bell, the youngest of three children of Ellen and Larry Bell of Midland, Texas. Amy was known as a tenacious horsewoman, accomplished hunter and dedicated philanthropist.  She loved helping neighbors and serving her community. On numerous trips to Africa, Amy left care packages – gifts of love to help support schools, clinics and orphanages.  One such gift led to the establishment of the Amy Bell Center for Children in Africa, a center dedicated to assisting kids in Namibia, South Africa, Uganda and Zambia. Her sudden death, May 16, 2014 left a void in the lives of her family and friends, which led to the pay it forward idea.

“Hunters rank among the most caring and giving souls on earth,” said Larry Bell; “they care about people, they care about the conservation of animals and they care about leaving the world a better place than they found it.” To prove their caring commitment, the Bells, along with 40 other families from the West Texas SCI raised $19,000.00 for the “Bell Family Blue Bag” project last October.  The money has helped kick-start the proceeds where special blue bags with the Bell Family Pay It Forward logo can be ordered by Chapters or individual members at no cost, a great incentive to encourage the giving concept.  In the past, blue bags cost approximately $50 each.  Now, under the Bell family project, their fund raising efforts currently make the Bell Family Blue Bag free. Each of the blue bags has a special logo that says “Pay It Forward” in Memory of Amy Bell.  This program is now dedicated to the memory of Amy Bell’s very significant commitment to children in need all over the world.

At the seminar and during convention, Safari Club International (SCI) Foundation employees, in conjunction with the Bell Family, gave out 48 pay it forward blue bags. Also given out during the seminar were tips, ideas and lists of supplies that are commonly carried and delivered as humanitarian aid.  Hunters and outfitters were encouraged to partner up to fill the bags with school and medical supplies, clothes, treats, and other items of a humanitarian nature to be distributed to children’s support facilities throughout the world.  These facilities include schools, medical clinics, orphanages, hospitals and any other places where there are children in need.

Please make sure that any medical supplies are not expired and always check with the local government on any restrictions and prohibitions when filling blue bags. Also, buy locally whenever possible as items are often cheaper, your purchases assist the local economy and usually are not subject to tariffs or other fees associated with importation.  Plus it is always easier to ship empty blue bags in your luggage and then fill them once you arrive, where your professional hunter may assist with suggested items as they know the needs of the local schools and people.

For an in-depth list of supplies, to order Bell Family Blue Bags, or receive information on delivering humanitarian aid to those in need, please click below or contact Dan Brooks at Humanitarian Services Department at dbrooks@safariclub.org or (520) 620-1220 Ext. 297 or his cell at 520-345-9521.

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