National Hunting and Fishing Day

SASI's Annual National Hunting and Fishing Day Expo was held at the Hunter Check Station in Ridge on Saturday, September 22, 2012.  Highlights of the day included the second Annual Children's Fishing Derby, (with prizes and free pumpkins for the children), and free archery target shooting (with instruction as needed). Our ECO friends from the DEC were running the fishing derby, and the archery venue was once again provided by our friends from Smith Point Archery. Among the other Demonstrations and events which occurred during the show were pointer and retriever dog handling exhibitions, black powder demonstrations, Cavalry Horsemanship, duck decoys and carving demos, taxidermy displays , trapping displays, and fly-fishing and casting techniques. To all our exhibitors and participants, a hearty thanks from SASI for helping to make this year's National Hunting and Fishing Day a memorable one for the hundreds of young and old alike who were there to enjoy and celebrate the outdoors.      


Those of you, who have been SASI or NCFGA members, for a while, know that, annually, we provide our members with recommendations, concerning those who, in our opinion, are the best choices, for the NRA board.
       For those reading this list, for the first time and who may not be familiar with SASI or NCFGA, they are, respectively, the county sportsmen's/women's federations, in and for Suffolk and Nassau Counties, in NY.
       Please feel free to distribute this list, as far and wide as you deem appropriate. The more people who understand what this election is about, the better chance we have of improving NRA's BoD, now and in the future.
This year, as in the last several years, we have the great pleasure of advising you that the recommendation list was jointly compiled, by both organizations, as well as the fact that both organizations concur, on all recommendations. Our criteria is stringent, because we believe you should have only the best qualified, on the NRA board.
Our choices are made from among those candidates, whom we feel best represent the interests of the membership of NRA, not necessarily those who are picked by the NRA's Nominating Committee or those who the NRA's officers might like to see on NRA's board.
NRA is a major corporation, growing and becoming more complex, every year. Dues income, alone, produces more than $185,000,000, each year. Add to that, the income of the NRA Foundation, the NRA Endowment, NRA-ILA, product sales, investment income and NRA's broadcasting network, plus other, "miscellaneous" items and you have a corporation, the annual budget and assets of which are at or approaching a billion dollars ($1,000,000,000), per year. That's bigger than many of the "name brand" corporations and larger than most firearms manufacturers.
The purpose of a Board of Directors is to set policy, for the corporation, which is, implemented, by the officers of that corporation. Directors must be able to evaluate, influence and understand the short-term and long-term, national and international ramifications of the multimillion dollar decisions they make. Those directors must, therefore, possess appropriate academic and experience qualifications. Being a "nice person" or a "qualified and dedicated shooter" do not, of themselves, make one qualified, to manage a major business operation.
In NRA's case, all directors are unpaid (except for expenses) and all officers and other employees are paid. NRA senior officers are, typically, paid six figure salaries, per year. They are paid, to be officers, full time. To allow any of them to also become directors would involved considerable conflict of interest. Consequently, for that reason and that reason only, we have never endorsed a sitting NRA officer or other NRA employee, for the board.
NRA's needs, this year, as in many years past, are for qualified, executive talent. Consequently, only candidates with academic and/or practical experience, in business management, finance, law, influence gathering and/or with significant, national recognition or political prestige, should be considered. Those candidates, with professional or educational criteria, such as MBAs, LLBs/JDs, CPAs, ChFCs, etc. and/or qualifying experience, i.e.: managing substantial business entities, at the executive levels, are what NRA needs most, for the business management side of the operations. Next, are those with national political recognition and national respect, who know how to get things completed, in the political arena.
It's a tough set of criteria, for making choices and, sometimes, it requires that folks, who we may like, personally, don't get our recommendation, solely for lack of the best educational or experience credentials.
NRA is, no longer, just a competitive shooting organization, with nothing to manage, except match schedules and match rules. Today, almost every program NRA implements involves millions of dollars. We need people who properly understand the best ways of doing that. The NRA's board has, because of smart voting, gained a little, most years. That pattern needs to continue and to be encouraged.
You are not required to vote for the maximum of 25 candidates and, in those years when we cannot recommend 25, we strongly suggest that you not vote for all you can. By voting for others, just to round out your 25, you are diluting the votes, for the strongest candidates and, at the same time, sending a message that you will consider and accept less than the best candidates. This is one of the few years, in which we can recommend a full 25 qualified candidates, for whom to vote.
SASI's and NCFGA's joint recommendations, in alphabetical order, are:
William H. Allen
Thomas P. Arvas
Clel Baudler
David E. Bennett
J. Kenneth Blackwell
Dan Boren
J. William Carter
Ted W. Carter
Anthony J. Chimblo, III
Patricia Clark
Allan D. Cors
Charles L. Cotton
David G. Coy
Erik Estrada
Joel Friedman
James Gilmore, III
Roy Innis
Curtis S. Jenkins
Eddie Newman
Timothy W. Pawol
Peter Printz
Steven C. Schreiner
Tom Selleck
Leroy Sisco
Linda Walker.

BSA Merit Badge event

     BSA Merit Badge event

SASI sponsored a Boy Scout Rifle Merit Badge seminar, at Old Bethpage Rifle & Pistol Club, on Saturday, January 29th. 39 boys, from 5 Long Island troops, were registered. 10 of their parents or troop leaders also attended, as adult supervisors.
The boys and their accompanying adults spent the morning, from 9am~noon, in the classroom, undertaking a basic rifle safety course, administered by Lew Kelly and Wes Wagner. Between noon and 1pm, they broke for lunch. BSA rules had the boys bringing their own lunches, while we provided a catered lunch for the adults.
While the boys were in the classroom, our Range Instructor Team, consisting of Bob Baumann, Matt Blaising, Tony Bonventre, Marcel Chaillol, Joe Daidone, Rich D'Alauro, Erik Dalecki, Don Damrath, Warren Ferdinandsen, Paul Hores, Ron Lopez, Nikki Metterman, Ron Sineo and Wes Wagner, with Gary Hungerford, as Range Officer, checked out the rifles, sighted them in, for the ammunition, distances and targets we would be using, then carried out a dry run, before the boys joined us. Chris Klein, our resident photographer, spent the day getting many excellent shots of the youngsters, at play and in the classroom.

One of the mothers asked if we would provide her with hands-on instruction, after the boys had been put through their paces. We were very pleased to comply and she was very happy, when she was finished.
All of the boys qualified, to receive their Merit Badges, which will be awarded, by each of the troops, at one of their regular meetings. They also received Certificates of Completion, for successfully consummation of the firearms safety course.
When the word got out, that we were conducting such an event, we were overwhelmed with applicants. Consequently, SASI will be sponsoring a second such event, this one not limited to scouts or boys, on Saturday, March 26th, also at Old Bethpage R&P Club. That class is already booked to capacity with boys and girls, plus a waiting list.

 To see all the photos, click on the galleries at the left.


On Tuesday, January 25th, 2011, the second annual Sportsman's Legislative Awareness Day was held at the legislative office building in Albany.  For the second consecutive year SASI leaders manned a display table in the Lobby of the Legislative Building.  This year, SASI vice president Warren Ferdinandsen, and SASI Director Ron Sineo were on hand to meet with sportsmen and to represent Suffolk County at this great event.  Additionally, Warren and Ron had scheduled appointments to meet with several Long Island Legislators during the day. It was a very productive and successful event.  (for more pictures, check the gallery at the left)


First Annual SASI dinner - Support SASI and have a fun night out!

The First Annual Sportsmen's dinner - auction will be hosted by SASI for the benefit and betterment of all Suffolk County's sportsmen and sportswomen.

  • When:    Saturday, May 21st, 2011
  • Where:   Stony Brook Yacht Club
  • Time:     Doors open at 7 pm (preview existing prizes

                    and locate your seats)

                   Dinner begins at 8 pm (all-you-can-eat buffet)

                   Cash bar......Raffles.......Door prizes....Auction   

  • Price:     $55 per person, or $400 for a table of eight. 

                    Table "group" tickets of 8 must be purchased

                    in advance and all at one time to be eligible

                    for the discount. 

  • Tickets:  May only be purchased in advance

                    No tickets will be sold at the door.

                    Directions to the  Stony Brook Yacht Club

                    will be included with the purchased tickets.

                            To purchase tickets,

                  Contact Ed Prevosto at (631) 584-5209.

                    No Tickets will be sold at the door.