by Shaun McKeon, MUCC Education Director
Its winter time in Michigan and on top of all the ice fishing and small game hunting there is another season that is in full swing. That season is banquet season. January, February, and March seem to be the prime months for clubs all around the state to hold their annual gatherings, fundraisers, and banquets. Each club has their own traditions and themes for their banquets, but good food and good company are always at the forefront
One of the bigger club banquets from around the state is going on this weekend. The annual banquet of Safari Club International- Novi Chapter will be held at the MGM Grand Casino in Detroit. “Immerse yourself in hunting and fishing and support SCI Novi at its annual fundraiser. On Friday Feb. 20, doors open at 6 p.m. with dinner at 7 p.m. On the menu: Chili Bar, Tuscany Station, and Wing Station. Tickets are $35 per person for members, $40 per person for nonmembers. Free admission for individuals with a ticket for Saturday. On Saturday Feb. 21st, doors open at 3 p.m., with dinner at 6 p.m. On the menu: filet mignon and chicken. There will be a cash bar at both events. There will be silent and live auctions, gun raffles, games, and shopping spree raffles. Tickets are $80 per person for SCI Novi members and $85 for nonmembers. More information can be found on their website at http://www.scinovi.com.”
Over the years, the Novi chapter of Safari Club International has really stepped to the plate for conservation. In cooperation with George F. Riley and the Riley Foundation, it will again be sending 80 kids down to Cedar Lake for camp. In accordance with SCI-Novi’s mission to promote acceptance and understanding of hunting as a tool for wildlife conservation through education, these youth will have the opportunity to become more engaged in the world they live in.
The youth are provided a full scholarship to attend one of two sessions of camp, depending on age and interest. The Riley Jr. Camp is for boys and girls ages 9-11 and focuses on a sampling of outdoor activities, ranging from archery, and canoeing to fishing and hunter safety class. The other camp option is the Riley Advanced Camp for boys and girls age 12-14. The Riley Advanced camp focuses on our hunting heritage curriculum. This camp is focused on the skills and techniques of big game hunting as well as wildlife conservation. Youth in the advanced camp will also have the opportunity to become hunter safety certified and will spend time shooting trap during their week at camp. They will also have the opportunity to hear from successful hunters and guest speakers from around Michigan.
These scholarships are available to youth who are interested in connecting and learning more about the outdoors and all are encouraged to apply. The candidates who most qualify for the award will meet the following criteria: 1. Youth with limited outdoor experience 2. Lack of a mentor to help them learn about the outdoors 3. Not yet having earned a Michigan Hunter Safety Certificate 4. Lack of family financial resources to attend a camp like program.
Please visit http://www.scinovi.com/rwyc.html for an application
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