Payson's most exotic sounding service organization is looking for new members.
In January, Safari Club International granted the Rim country a charter for the organization, which is a fraternity of hunters dedicated to the protection of hunting, promoting wildlife conservation, and educating the public.
According to its Web site, "Safari Club International is the fastest-growing and most proactive hunting organization in the world."
"SCI has more than 37,000 active sportsmen and women in 37 countries," Austin Myers, president of the Zane Grey chapter, said. "Before we were granted our charter, we had to have 35 members signed up. Now we have about 55 members and we're looking for more."
Myers said he's been trying to establish a local chapter here.
While still in its infancy, Myers said the board of directors will soon be working on a list of local projects it would like to tackle. He said he hopes to involve the chapter in projects that are education- or health-related.
The Zane Grey chapter of SCI will host its first dinner and auction April 7 at the Mazatzal Casino. Doors open at 5 p.m., dinner begins at 6 p.m. Throughout the evening, prospective members can mingle with club members and learn more about the organization.
Tickets are $140 a couple, which includes dinner for two, a one-year membership in SCI, and one raffle ticket. Single tickets are $105, and include dinner for one, SCI membership and a raffle ticket. A $35 refund will be given at the door to pre-existing members of SCI.
To date, Myers said his members have lined up an impressive list of auction items, including 11 rifles, 10 fine art framed prints, four pairs of binoculars, four rifle scopes, a restored 1957 Willys Jeep, and several silent auction items. Topping the auction list are at least eight hunts around the world, including Africa, New Zealand, Canada, Texas, Wisconsin and Alaska.
To learn more about SCI or for tickets to the event, call 476-3246, or 476-5930.