Our History

Protecting hunters’ rights and promoting wildlife conservation, SCI’s two areas of focus, historically has been the interest of hundreds of individuals long before SCI was established. But how did SCI as an organization begin?

Forty years ago, there were many safari clubs across the country made up of local, unaffiliated groups of hunters. One such was Safari Club of Los Angeles, which was formed in April 1971 by forty-seven individuals. In early 1972, an out-of-towner from a similar club in Chicago attended one of the monthly Wednesday night meetings, and it was decided that the L.A. club should attempt to combine with the one in Chicago to make it an affiliated chapter. The founder of Safari Club of Los Angeles, C.J. McElroy, went to the Windy City and instituted the new chapter.

Eleven months after the formation of Safari Club of Los Angeles, on March 9, 1972, the name was changed officially to Safari Club International. SCI continued to reach out to other independent safari clubs throughout the United States in an effort to combine them into a single overall organization.

Today, interest in SCI’s two primary missions has grown a worldwide network. Subsequent involvement and promotion of these missions is rooted in each of our 50,000 members, supported through each of our 180 membership chapters found across the globe, and put into action by government representatives and personnel both nationally and internationally.

In this way, we can encourage an appreciation for nature and wildlife so that conservation efforts remain strong, while also fighting to protect our rich hunting heritage. Big changes can be achieved through the endeavors of many who are united in a mission – the mission of Safari Club International.

Our Story

The Phoenix Chapter of SCI has been carrying out SCI and SCI Foundation mission programs since 1983.  The SCI chapter model works a little differently than other conservation organizations.  We retain 70% of the net proceeds from our largest fundraiser to fund mission programs as decided by a local board of directors.

Thanks to this model, the chapter has been able to put more than $210,000 towards local projects.

Local Board of Directors

This group of dedicated volunteers is working on behalf of hunters everywhere to fund and carry out mission programs that will grow hunting in support of wildlife conservation.

Tracy Sherrill President tracyphxsci@yahoo.com 602-363-3270
Chris Emery Vice-President chrisemery89@gmail.com 480-407-7663
Jerry Hardy Treasurer hardycustoms@gmail.com 480-363-9065
Maurice Skidmore Secretary mr.mbogo@hotmail.com 303-324-8009
Dave Bierman Board Member fattboy99@hotmail.com
Todd Cowan Board Member toddc@cowandesigners.com 707-799-4004
Dan Holwerda Board Member djholwerda@yahoo.com 602-770-4918
Gary Jordan Board Member firewoodaz@cox.net
Darin Melin Board Member darin@melinheadcustoms.com
Mario Rogel Board Member rogelmario@hotmail.com
Mike Zaccardi Board Member mike_zaccardi@msn.com 602-803-1862

Next Steps...

We would love to have you join us.  Contact Tracy today at 602-363-3270 to find out how you can get involved today.