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.
Presidents column – Fall 2018
It is the middle of summer, but the fall hunting season is right around the corner. I hope that you all have the opportunity to take advantage of our great hunting privilege here in the US and abroad.
Right now, it is time for planning and preparation. Time to get details finalized, or maybe work on the dog training for bird hunting (I am reinforcing the STAY command). It may also be time to start thinking of getting in shape physically if you don’t keep that up year round.
We will not have member dinners in September and October, as usual, because people are out hunting. We had great speakers at our July dinner, some members and coaches of the De La Salle Trap Team. They had an impressive table full of trophies, all from the last couple of months. It was great to see young people engaged in the shooting sports.
Speaking of the dinner meetings, try to bring some friends and family members to the dinner meetings. It is a great chance to talk to other hunters and talk about hunting without having anyone get upset. The social time before, and after, the meetings is enough to make it worthwhile, regardless of who the speaker. Come on out and relive old memories, or get some advice about some future memories.
Bringing new people to the meetings might also help bring some new members into the chapter. We have not had a lot of new members lately and we are losing some members to relocations. One of the benefits of having a prospective new member coming to the dinner meeting is that the SCI national membership is only $35 the first year for someone who signs up after attending and SCI event, like our dinner meetings. Combined with our $25 chapter membership, this becomes a great deal, so lets get some new faces at the dinner meetings.
The Golden Gate chapter welcomes new members to the SCI and the Golden Gate chapter. Details of the SCI membership options are shown below. New Golden Gate chapter members require an application. To join the SCI and/or the Golden Gate chapter, please print and complete the membership application.
SCI and Golden Gate chapter memberships are separate, but you must be an SCI member to join the Golden Gate chapter.
- Special 1-year new membership at a Chapter event $35
- Annual subscription renewal $65
- Or with an electronic newsletter only, renewal $35
- Lifetime membership $1,500
- Senior life membership (age 60+) $1,250
- Family membership ( No publication) one year at $25 or 3 years at $75
Golden Gate Chapter Membership
- New member initiation $25 (free if you sign up at a Chapter event)
- Annual renewal $25
- SCI members receive Safari magazine and Safari Times by US mail. Electronic members receive Publications electronically on the web.
- All Golden Gate Communications are electronic. Those wishing hard copy mailing must pay an additional $25 per year.
SCI-GG-Member-Application and mail to SCI-GG with payment.
PO box 3141
San Ramon California 94583 – 3141
Hunting or fishing can be a lifetime hobby, even for seniors. Belong to a hunting or fishing club can bring joy and social friends into your life. A hunting club activate or getting a membership can be a very rewarding endeavor and what is a hunting club that isn’t active? Worthless in the long run.