During the year the Alabama Chapter partnered with the Tennessee Valley SCI Chapter to install new shower stalls and partitions in the dormitories at the American Wilderness Leadership School in Jackson, WY.
We helped to fund two events for Kidz Outdoors, an organization providing hunts, fishing trips and outdoor events for disabled, handicapped and terminally ill children under the age of 15 years old.
We helped to fund a hunting event for Majestic Outdoors for veterans and handicapped or disabled youth and adults.
Chapter members carried filled Blue Bags to South Africa.
We donated $4,000 to the Alabama Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries to help fund the Youth Trapping Education program.
We helped to sponsor the Tiger Cub Scout Safari at the Birmingham Zoo for the sixth year with the presence of our mobile sensory safari trailer.
Our mobile sensory safari trailer was displayed at numerous venues including schools, churches, outdoor events as well as three different outdoor expos in the state.
We donated and transported 130 new pairs of orthopedic shoes, valued at $21,700, to the Pennsylvania Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Home in Erie, Pennsylvania.
We donated over 1,400 pounds of processed venison burger divided among the Selma Food Bank, The Jimmie Hale Mission, Brother Bryan Mission, the Christian Service Mission and several other local charities.
We donated logo T-shirts to the Humanitarian Services Dept. of SCIF.
We set up and manned SCI booths at three different major outdoor expos in Alabama.
We contributed $500 to Citizens for Professional Wildlife Management.
We contributed $500 to United Special Sportsman Alliance.
We contributed $150 to Sportsmen’s Foundation for Military Families.
We contributed $600 to Bilingual Kids, Inc.
We recruited and signed up over 100 new SCI members this year.
The Chapter received the Chapter Magazine Award, Group 3 Annual.
Chapter member Randall Bush (SCI Master Measurer) certified the new World Record Alligator taken by chapter member Mandy Stokes. We got SCI exposure in the form of TV interviews, articles in numerous publications across the state and the SCI logo prominently displayed on the trailer transporting the alligator to venues.
We received exposure on TV and numerous publications for our presence at the Governor’s One Shot Turkey Hunt where the chapter President, Mike Brunson, acted as one or the guides and presented our check for $4,000 to the Governor of Alabama, Robert Bentley.
Randall Bush accompanied the two SCIF Youth Pathfinder award winners to the Legends Ranch in Bitely, Michigan for deer hunts. The event was filmed for TV and a story was published in the Safari Magazine.
Sent SCI measurers from the chapter to the Great Smoky Mountain Outdoor Expo in Gatlinburg, Tennessee to man the SCI booth and help to implement the Big Buck Contest that took place at the event.
We provided delegates from the chapter to advocate hunter’s rights on The Hill in Washington, DC for the 15th year.
Alabama Chapter members represented the chapter at all of the SCI National Board of Directors meetings.
Alabama Chapter members escorted Miss Kalee Guin on a very exclusive Special Elk Permit hunt provided by the state of New Mexico and SCIF for handicapped youth.
And last, but not least, the Alabama Chapter of SCI was voted the Chapter of the Year for chapters with more than 200 members.