President’s letter April, 2018
Our annual Fundraiser is behind us and it was good to have it at Blackhawk Country Club instead of across the bay. Our chapter had the biggest attendance that we have ever had at a Fundraiser, verifying our belief that more of our members would attend if it were closer. We sold out the dinner, and even oversold a bit by accident. Nonetheless, everyone got a seat, we had a nice dinner, and we made some money for our conservation and education programs.
The venue was very scenic and a good time was had by all. There were a few things that we could have done better, but for the first time in a new location, I think that we did very well. Our chapter members indicated that they would be happy to come back this location again.
I would also like to talk a bit about participation in our chapter operations. We have the annual board of directors election coming up and I would like to encourage people to think about running for the board. That is how I started.
I hadn’t hunted all over the world. I was primarily a pheasant hunter and I still am. However, I did want to give something back to the club because I enjoy coming to the dinners and talking to people about hunting without any worries that people will get upset. I don’t have a ton of money to spend on hunting, but I have the same 24 hours in the day that everyone else has. I felt that I could contribute my time as well as anyone else.
Being a board member is a good way to see the big picture of protecting our right to hunt in our modern society. It also allows you to mingle with some people that have hunted some amazing species in some amazing places. It has been a great learning experience for me.
If you are ready to step up and help out, please see me or any one of our other board members and let them know. It is good to have new board members to give a fresh perspective every once in a while, so we welcome new board members.
One final note is a reminder that we will soon be raffling off our SCI Gun of The Year. There are a maximum of 100 tickets, so the odds of winning are better than most other raffles. This gun is a .300 Winchester Magnum with a synthetic stock and a camo dip pattern. It is a real hunter’s rifle, so please come to the April dinner and buy some raffle tickets.