Howard Pollack Award - National Capital Chapter - Safari Club International
Howard Pollack Award
A Chapter of Safari Club International in Virginia

Our Highest Award

National Capital Chapter SCI

The Howard Pollack Award is named in honor of the founder of the National Capital Chapter of Safari Club International. This is the highest award the chapter can bestow and decisions regarding it should be treated in this light. The Member of the Year Award is given annually to the person who aided the chapter the most in that given year. The Howard Pollack Award is only awarded to a person or organization that has dedicated years of  support for the betterment of the National Capital Chapter and its mission.

Award Requirements - National Capital Chapter - Safari Club International

Award Requirements

National Capital Chapter SCI

Requirements for the award are as follows:

  • It is not meant to be a hunting award. Promotion of ethical hunting and conservation should be considered highly.
  • Any member in good standing can make a nomination for the board’s consideration.
  • It is not meant to be an annual award, but may be given in consecutive years if the board sees fit. Caution should be used not to award this too often as this might diminish the honor of receiving this award.
  • The recipient must be a member in good standing of National Capital Chapter of Safari Club International at the time of reception. This requirement is stricken if the award is being given posthumously.
  • The recipient should conduct their affairs, at all times, to shed a positive light upon the chapter.
  • This award requires a unanimous vote from all board members. A board member may cast an abstention vote.
  • The requirements of this award may be amended with a unanimous vote of the board.
Howard Pollack Recipients - National Capital Chapter - Safari Club International

Howard Pollack Recipients

National Capital Chapter SCI
  • 2019 – Wayne Graham
  • 2016 – Connie Graham
  • 2014 – Ted Griner

Howard Pollack Award

A Little History on the founder Howard Pollack, written by Ted Griner, a Howard Pollack Award recipient

During our chapters early years Howard served as president. Our banquets were black tie affairs & were held near Capitol Hill with many politicians attending. After a number of years there was some big egos at play & many members left to form the Chesapeake Chapter. For a number of years NCCSCI struggled to even exist. I remember a banquet in Vienna that about 15 members attended & our chapter president resigned. Fortunately, our chapter survived some hard times & is prospering.

Most of you know little about Howard other than he founded our chapter & was a US congressman from Alaska. Howard was a very private person & never boasted about his many accomplishments. Howard served in WWII & losthis right hand, but never let his disability interfere with hunting or his life. He was a very accomplished hunter & went on 32 safaris taking most of the available African trophies with a handgun. When the Cape Buffalo in the Teddy Roosevelt exhibit at NRA became shabby, after many years, Howard replaced it with one from his collection. In later years Howard accompanied his extended family on additional safaris renewing friendships in Africa & took great pride in his sons & daughters & grand kids taking trophies. Howard had many relationships in Africa since he was a UN election official as democracies began to evolve. Some more successful than others.

Howard was president of the NRA & long time board member as well as VP of SCI. Howard & I traveled to many SCI & NRA meetings together & I always cherished our time together. When in his 70’s he was approached by the UN to attempt to develop a hunting industry in Afghanistan. Ron Pitts, Howard, & several UN officials traveled to Afghanistan to hunt Snow Sheep. This hunt took place at very high altitudes & the village guides were members of the Taliban. Despite the rugged conditions Howard & Ron were successful. During the hunt a rare Snow Leopard was sighted on a nearby mountain. After the hunt the villagers took them to a sort of bazaar where many native items were for sale. Ron saw a beautiful Snow Leopard coat that fit him perfectly. Unfortunately, Snow Leopards are endangered so Ron couldn’t buy the coat. Later the villagers had a celebration which included traditional music & dancing by the men. As Ron & Howard were dancing with the male Taliban a young woman with her daughter were seating outside the dance area. Without thinking Ron pulled the little girl onto the dance floor. The music stopped & suddenly over 40-AK47’s were pointed at them. After a few tense seconds the UN interpreter gained control & the music resumed. Both were elated when the plane flew them out of Afghanistan.

Howard traced his ancestry to the Malta Knights. While in his 80’s Howard took great pride that he & his family was granted a private audience with the pope. Despite his many accomplishments I believe Howard Pollack would prefer to be best known for his love of God, family, & country.

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