BY Sven K. Lindquist, SCI President
SCI’s fiscal and political year runs from July 1 through June 30. That means this is the beginning of a new fiscal year and the beginning of my second term as your President. Thank you for the vote of confidence.
We made a lot of progress in fulfilling our mission last year, and we look forward to making even more progress in protecting the freedom to hunt and promoting wildlife conservation worldwide during the coming year.
Very soon the midterm elections will be held in the U.S. These are critically important to SCI and hunting because the politicians who are elected can help or harm the cause, depending on their actions.
As part of its advocacy efforts, SCI helps political friends of hunting and opposes political opponents to hunting. I encourage all members in the U.S. to vote in the upcoming midterm elections and to help SCI support those candidates who support hunting.
Speaking of elected officials who support hunting, we all lost an ardent supporter this year with the passing of longtime Congressman Don Young of Alaska. Don was more than just a supporter of SCI and hunting; he was a true friend who will be missed.
To honor him and his legacy, I invite all members to recruit friends and fellow hunters into the SCI family. Memberships help SCI succeed in its mission and memberships have value to individual hunters as one of the ways each and every one of us can actually do something to save hunting.
SCI has a number of membership options, and all are great deals. For example, there is the basic one-year membership, a three-year membership and Life membership.
Life memberships are the best deals, but for those who can’t afford that level, start out with a basic one-year membership. I am confident that before long, you’ll want to extend that to a three-year membership and maybe commit to even more than that. I did, and it feels great to know you are doing something important.
For those who want to make even greater commitments to SCI and hunting, SCI has what is called the Life Hunter Advocate Society. By joining LHAS, Life members raise additional funds to support SCI’s advocacy efforts.
There are four levels of LHAS participation. To learn more about this exciting program, visit safariclub.org/life-hunter-advocate-society.
Meanwhile, I also had invited all members to attend the SCI Board of Directors meeting Aug. 23-27 at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Nashville, Tennessee. It was a sort of preview since the 2023 SCI Convention also will be in Nashville. The Convention will be held Feb. 22-25, 2023, at the Music City Center in Nashville.
The buzz about the upcoming SCI Convention has reached fever pitch, as everyone involved is looking forward to what promises to be the best Convention we’ve ever had.
Plan to attend the SCI Convention next February. I look forward to seeing you there.