Two outstanding Safari Club International members have been selected as finalists for the 2009 Budweiser Conservationist of the Year contest.  You have the opportunity to vote to make sure that an SCI member wins this prestigious award for 2009. SCI is fortunate to have two members as finalist, Cliff McDonald and Phil Taunton, who demonstrate the best that SCI’s membership has to offer.  Success by one of these members would make it the second year in a row that an SCI member won this prestigious award.  Last year, the Budweiser Conservationist of the Year was SCI member Lowell Baier, a founding member of the Chesapeake Chapter and who currently serves as President of the Boone and Crocket Club. The winner of the Conservationist of the Year contest will receive a $50,000 grant and the three runners-up will each receive $5,000, all to donate to on-the-ground conservation efforts.

Please take the time to vote for one of these SCI members and make sure to encourage your family, friends and co-workers to do the same.  To vote for Cliff McDonald or Phil Taunton, please go to the Budweiser website at www.budweiser.com . After entering the site by inserting your birth date, you then click on the Budweiser button and from the dropdown list, choose “Great Outdoors.”  Click the “Vote for Conservationist of the Year” button.  Locate either Cliff McDonald or Phil Taunton’s bio and vote for your choice.  Alternatively, you can vote by mailing a 3” X 5” card or paper to Budweiser.  Cards should be addressed to “2009 Budweiser Conservationist of the Year; P.O. Box 750088, El Paso, TX 88575-0088.”  The card should include your name, age, address and the name of the candidate for whom you are voting. The voting deadline is Nov. 30. Persons voting must be 21 years old or older and there is a limit of one vote per person.