Goals and Projects
The goals of the California Chapter include (1) to promote the conservation and perpetuation of, and the study of, wildlife and natural resources throughout the world, (2) to collect, organize, and distribute educational information and data regarding the wild animals of the world and hunting opportunities available in the world, (3) to provide a channel for organized efforts to promote a public understanding and acceptance of sport hunting as the ancient, honorable, and valuable sport that we know it to be and as an effective tool for wildlife conservation and management, and (4) to support legislative work which fosters and promotes the above-stated purposes.
How We Achieve Our Goals
We sponsor an annual dinner and auction to raise funds to cover our operating expenses and to provide funds for our Conservation, Educational, Legislative, and Humanitarian activities. Some of the activities we have sponsored in the past are described below. We are always open to suggestions for funding grants that will help us achieve our goals. All grants are approved by our Board of Directors.
Purple Heart Outdoor Tour
We have sponsored deer hunts for active duty special forces members that are especially deserving. Their service to our country is absolutely astounding. These guys have given so much that we feel honored to be able to give something back to them.
We send teachers to the American Wilderness Leadership School in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. This is a great introduction to conservation, ecology, shooting, and hunting. This course gives teachers insight on how hunters benefit wildlife.
Hopland Field Station
The University of California runs the Hopland Research and Extension Center near Hopland, California. We support their research on blacktail deer and the effect of predators on the deer.
St. Vincent De Paul Society
The vision of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul is to “embrace the world in a network of charity.” Starting in 2005, SCI Golden Gate collected game meat donations from members for the Society to use in its San Rafael Mission to feed those in need. Every year we deliver many pounds of quality, packaged game meat and it is very enthusiastically received!
The Chapter, as part of the annual Christmas Party, collects children’s gifts and donates them to this and similar charities. Each year dozens of new toys are donated.
Launched in 1990, the income from this growing endowment is helping selected MS and PhD Graduate Students in California big game management do important wildlife conservation research. This continuing support has grown to a significant endowment.
CA Legislative Effort
Within the legal limits of our 501c3 organization we annually donate to CA Sportsmen a 501c4 California SCI organization which contracts a State Lobbyist and leads efforts to raise funds for the CA PAC (Political Action Committee), which supports state office candidates who share common beliefs and goals with SCI.
SCI Golden Gate donates one third of its annual fundraiser money to the Safari Club International Foundation. SCIF educates the public on how hunters contribute so much to wildlife and conservation. https://safariclubfoundation.org/
The Safari Club has many projects, as you can see, but it’s sure that the members love the hunting club! As said before when you join the Safari Club or even the north American hunting club membership; it can all start with a Google search for “ sporting goods stores near me”. You would be surprised to find all the great stores and many hunting or fishing clubs to research. Each has a commitment and goals. Finding the one, like the Safari club to talk with is a great value for your options to join a club.