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             Tracyphxsci@yahoo.com                               President

Dan Holwerda           djholwerda@yahoo.com                               Vice President/Hunt Donations/Trophy Room Tour/Legal

Jerry Hardy                JHardyphxsci@yahoo.com                           Treasurer/Gun Committee/ Hunt Committee

Lisa McArtor              lisa.mcartor@TDKSafarits.com                 Secretary

Dakota McArtor      Dakota.mcartor@TDKSafaries.com       Membership Liaison/Hunt Committee

Matt Harod                mherod@Hotmail.com                                     Public Relations

Mike Zaccardi           mike_zaccardi@msn.com                                Education/Hunter Safety

Mario Rogel               rogelmatio@Hotmail.com                              Director

Tony Woodruff        nitawoodruff@sbcglobal.com                      Director

Wes McArtor           wes.mcartor@TDKSAfaries.com                Director/Trophy Room Tour Committee

David Bierman         Fatttboy99@hotmail.com                              Director/Gun Committee

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.