By Vicki Swan, Sables President
These are exciting new times for the future of Sables and SCIF education. While Sables education programs are changing, the mission remains the same.
SCI Foundation and the Sables are committed to reaching educators, wildlife professionals, elected officials and others to educate them about the North American Model of Wildlife Conservation and the importance of hunting as a socially and culturally acceptable activity in society. There is no better time to start a Sables Committee within your chapter than now!
Sables Committees at the local chapter level play an important role in the mission of Sables. Local-level Sables groups are encouraged to plan activities and promote education and hunting opportunities for both youth and adults.
Activities are better than just holding meetings. The best way to start a committee and generate interest is through activities, especially those designed for women.
Education programs should be a joint effort between the chapter and the Chapter Sables Committee. Sables Committees are also encouraged to raise funds with the purpose being to support education and hunting opportunities.
To start a Sables Committee within your chapter, the chapter will need to appoint a Sables Representative to serve as a liaison between Sables on the chapter level and the national level.
That representative will help organize and guide the Chapter Sables Committee and will also serve as a liaison between the chapter members and the community. The Sables Representative and Sables Committee should organize and promote fundraising events throughout the year.
Each Chapter Sables Committee may set dues and use those dues and any funds raised for the benefit of the chapter’s local education projects.
National Level Sables does request that each Chapter Sables Committee hold at least one annual fundraiser and make a contribution of at least 30% of the proceeds to the National Level Sables.
Chapter Sables Committees should abide by the Sables Canons, Sables Policies and Procedures, SCI Bylaws and SCI Policies and Procedures applicable to chapters.
As I said, these are exciting new times for the future of Sables and SCIF Education. There is no better time to become an active Sables member and what better way to do that than by starting your own Sables Committee with your local chapter.
If you have any questions on how to start your own Chapter Sables Committee, please reach out to Katie Robinson at [email protected].
In the coming months, the Sables Rep Committee will be working on ways to assist new and existing Sables Committees with organization and promotion.
As a reminder, the Sables Mission statement is: To further the understanding of our outdoor heritage, including the positive role of hunting, through the creation and support of wildlife conservation education programs that are consistent with the educational mission and purposes of SCI and SCIF.