Adirondack-Catskill SCI Holds Tenth Annual Banquet April 5

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Adirondack-Catskill SCI Holds Tenth Annual Banquet April 5

3/24/08

On April 5, 2008 the Adirondack-Catskill Chapter of Safari Club International will be holding its 10th Annual Banquet and Fundraiser at the Holiday Inn, Oneonta, New York.

The Adirondack-Catskill Chapters annual banquet began many years ago and has grown to become one of the Top 10 Sporting fundraisers in New York State. Since the first banquet, we’ve grown to by leaps and bounds thru the generous donations of sportsmen and women and the quality merchandise we present at auction.

In past years, ACSCI has continuously raised the bar on its fundraising, with last years tally of over $75,000 making it the most profitable year yet. While our Charter requires us to send 30% of our profits to the International Headquarters in Tuscon, Arizona, the balance is spent right here in New York State, funding humanitarian, educational and conservation projects.

Here is a list of the 2007 projects we’ve completed or funded:

Herkimer County Envirothon - major sponsor

NRA Hunting Endowment - major donor for last 6 years

Friends of NRA Foundation - donor to Norwich, NY and Oneonta, NY banquets

American Wilderness Leadership School - Sent 4 teacher to this program in Jackson, Wyoming

Bluebird Nest Box Program - constructed and delivered over 1000 bluebird nest boxes to various Environmental Programs, Schools and Organizations throughout Central NY

Sponsored a number of Hunter Safety courses throughout CNY

Sponsored the 4H Shooting Program out of Saratoga NY for the last three years

Represented at the March on Albany along with the NYS Conservation Council

Jakes Day Youth Program - major sponsor last three years

Bowman Lake Youth Fishing Derby - major sponsor

CANY Venison Donation

Poland Central Schools Science Fair Conservation Awards

NYS DEC Camp Debruce - Sent 3 students to the program this summer

Conservation Officer Award - Three awards to officers in New Mexico who assisted ACSCI in the largest arrest and conviction in NM history for game violations.

Nearly all the money taken in at the banquet is earmarked for new or continuing outdoor programs!

The Annual Banquet & Fundraiser, begins at Noon on April 5th and sometimes has lasted until 10 pm due to the many items on the Live Auction. With the doors opening at noon, there are approximately 30 vendors displaying items from backpacks and clothing, to shotguns and rifles, to outfitters selling trips, to conservation organizations like the NYSDEC, NYS Conservation Council, NYS Trappers Assn. and NY Outdoors Unlimited (a group of disabled outdoors people). The silent auction begins at noon also and lasts throughout the banquet with fine items from prints to jewelry, from sporting merchandise to trips around the world. Several unique raffles are open all day. These include 5 tables of high-end merchandise including 9 guns and items like GPS, binoculars, spotting scope, electronic callers, women’s merchandise and tree stands. There is also a “Wall of Guns” raffle where 52 cards are sold and one lucky winner gets their choice of one of the ten guns on display. One special raffle table has 4 international hunts on it, for a $20 chance the winner has their choice of hunting in such places as Argentina, South Africa, New Zealand or Europe (subject to change).

You get all this and a great steak and shrimp dinner for just $40 and a cash bar is available all evening. Tickets are available in advance. None are available at the door. Thru the mail, forms can be obtained by calling Larry Steiner at 607-988-6334 or Dick Hazard at 315-798-4103. Forms can also be printed out from our website at www.adirondackcatskillsci.org Approximately 300 seats are available on a first come, first served basis.

Perhaps the best deal of the whole evening is the highly discounted Annual Membership for new members. For the banquet, we’ve discounted the usual Annual Membership fee for new members from $75 to $20...and this still includes the Monthly Chapter Newsletter, the Monthly Safari Times Newspaper and the Bimonthly Award Winning, Full Color Magazine Safari. This is for new members only! Heck the money you save on just the annual membership alone pays for more than your dinner ticket!

We also present several awards at the banquet. Taxidermist of the Year is awarded, as well as Outstanding Member of the Year and National and International Hunter of the Year awards go to the members shooting some of the most outstanding trophies of the year.

A little bit about our Chapter. We meet monthly except January and August. Currently monthly meetings alternate between Poland and Oneonta with other sites currently in the mix. Each meeting starts with a business meeting followed by a guest speaker. Guest in the past have been outfitters from Africa, hunters who’ve traveled across the globe, members of the DEC and ESF doing wildlife and habitat studies. Included at the meetings are door prizes, 50/50's and other awards. We also award guns, gift certificates and trips in several drawings, including a meeting attendance drawing and a member recruitment drawing.

Annually we hold a Big Buck contest where the member shooting the biggest NY buck wins a free head mount. We also hold an annual Youth Hunter Award, the winning youth gets an all expenses paid trip to the American Wilderness Leadership School in Jackson, Wyoming. We also work with students in helping submit applications to SCI for college scholarships. Over the past few years we’ve obtained over $17,000 in scholarships for our college bound youth. And if that’s not enough each August we hold a bbq and picnic at the Rockdale Rod and Gun Club in Rockdale, NY, open to all members and their family.

The Adirondack-Catskill Chapter is also a supporter of the NYS Outdoor Writers Association, Conservation Alliance of NY, NYS Conservation Council, The NYS Rifle and Pistol Association and The National Rifle Association.

The Chapter is also heavily involved in lobbying for our hunting and gun rights in Albany with several members meeting with our Senators and Assemblypeople several times a year, pushing such bills as Mentored Youth Hunting and lowering the age for big game hunting to opposing such things as higher license fees and oppressive gun control measures.


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