Summer Newsletter 2020

Gateway Area Chapter of SCI August 2020 Newsletter
Note from the President:
Hello everyone, I am Dave Stokes President of the Gateway Area Chapter of SCI.  I hope that everyone is safe.   I would like to introduce you to our new newsletter that we plan to issue every other month.   The purpose of the newsletter is to let you know about the upcoming events that we have planned plus other items in the Safari Club International world that we deem important to call to your attention.  
I hope that you find this information useful.  Should you have any suggestions that would make this newsletter better; or if you have any suggestions that will make our Chapter a better Chapter, please feel free to contact me at 314-882-6199 or
Thanks to everyone who came to our 16th Annual Banquet/Auction 
Our 16th Annual Banquet/Auction at the Doubletree Hotel in Chesterfield, Missouri, with guest host Craig Boddington was the biggest banquet we have had in a couple of years.  We had over 200 guests come to our event.  Thanks again for your support toward our Chapter and SCI’s mission.  Pictures below include a view of the banquet hall and our Youth Hunters of the Year recipients Drake Caldwell and Morgan and Madelyn Stokes.   

Looking forward to next year’s banquet!
Planning has already started for our 17th Annual Banquet/Auction: 
The planning has begun for our 17th Annual Banquet/Auction, we have scheduled our banquet for March 13, 2021 at the Doubletree Hotel again.  We have lined up Melissa Bachmann to be our guest speaker.  Melissa Bachman is an American huntress and Television host.  Currently she runs the television program Winchester Deadly Passion on the Sportsman Channel, Pursuit Channel, and Wild TV.  Moreover, she also owns a production company named Deadly Passion Productions.
Virus Update:
The Covid-19 virus has certainly turned everything upside down.  We had several events in the planning mode for this year that we have been forced to cancel.  The first was the popular “Shoot for the Vets” event  that was schedule for October, 2020 and  the second one was a new event scheduled for September to bring in your mounted deer or other animal and have them measured for free.
                                               SCI New Initiative:

“Share the Impact” a funding event that will occur during the month of August to help outfitters around the world.  If you want more information see the YouTube link:
This is a really good cause, please take time to listen; hope you can all get behind this event.
First Annual Upland Game Hunt 
The Gateway Area Chapter hosted its first of many upland game hunts.  In January 2020 about 26 hunters met out at Wil-Nor Outdoor Preserve and enjoyed a morning or afternoon hunt with lunch in between.
Everyone had a good time and is looking forward to January 2021 where we will do it again!
Gateway Area Chapter is Offering a Holiday Gun Raffle 
A Kimber 8400 Classic Select 300 Win Mag will be the rifle being raffled.   The winner will be drawn at the Christmas Party in early December 2020.  Winner need not be present to win.
Tickets are $10.00 each or 3 for $25.00.  Only 200 tickets are being sold.  Contact Dave Stokes at 314-882-6199, Neal Feazel at 618-372-3156 or John Wilkerson at 314-480-2087 if you would like to purchase a ticket.
Upcoming Events: 
Gateway Area Chapter SCI 2020 Sporting Clay Fun Shoot September 23, 2020

Date and Time: Wednesday, September 23, 4pm-8pmLocation: BlackHawk Valley Hunt Club, Old Monroe, MO
The Gateway Area Chapter and friends will join BlackHawk’s “walk-on” Wednesday night sporting clays league on 9/23. Shooters can shoot a 50 or 100 target course.  Bring your own ammo and shotgun.  $40 for 100 targets, $20 for 50 targets.  Attendance prizes will be given out at the end of the evening. You can shoot with whomever you want but for scoring purposes, shooters draw numbers for teams. Money paid back at the end of the evening to top and last place teams. Moscow Mills Lions Club will have food for sale, typically brats, hamburgers etc.  Grab a hunting or shooting buddy and help us break some clays!
Christmas Party – December 8, 2020 at Syberg’s in Maryland Heights 

Annual Upland Game Hunt – TBD (Jan/Feb 2021) 

17th Annual Banquet/Auction – March 13, 2021 at the Doubletree Hotel in Chesterfield, Missouri