Northeast Wisconsin Chapter

SCI Northeast Wisconsin Chapter
By: Mark Jablonic, President

As you read this our 21st Annual Fundraiser is a fond memory. Much like Christmas, it seems to take forever to get here and then it’s over. But wait. Not everyone has had theirs yet. Badgerland, Lake Superior and Illinois still have theirs coming up. Please be sure to support as many of these as you can. Remember, we’re all on the same team and we’re all fighting for the same things: the Right to hunt, to own firearms and to see to it that our children and grandchildren have the same Rights.


Time to thank all of those people who made this year’s fundraiser the most successful yet. The list is long, so bear with me. This is important. This is an organization of volunteers, so without their help it wouldn’t get done. My Board. A talented and varied group of individuals. You make my job of leading easier. Our members. You give of your time freely to help this chapter. Those of you who supported the chapter monetarily, either by donating items to auction or buying things at auction. This is the funding we need every year to do the good works of SCI. Tom Miranda and Kurt Walbeck for lending us their expertise and their celebrity. And maybe most importantly, our outfitters. It’s your generosity that make the whole thing work. You support SCI, the outdoor industry and we couldn’t do it without you.


If you were the successful bidder, please don’t wait to contact the outfitter and introduce yourself. Get started on your quest. If you weren’t the successful bidder, many times an adventure of a lifetime is lost to a bid of an extra $50 or $100. Don’t let that stand in your way. Contact the outfitter and see what they can do for you. They attend these events to broaden their customer base. Help them do it. Don’t experience the regret of “If only I had…” And if you can, upgrade your hunt or bring a friend or two along with you


If you’ve not been to the National SCI convention yet, you owe it to yourself to go. Next year, like this year, it will be in Reno, NV, January 15-18, 2020. This year our president-elect, Marty Witczak and Cal Ort, our Hunt Chairman, attended. They said that Reno really laid out the red carpet for SCI members. And as always, the show was tremendous.


On a personal note, I want to thank Wayne Smith of Smith’s Pheasant Crest in Oxford, WI for the great time I had with my son-in-law and two future sons-in- law. Wayne found me the slowest flying birds in the pen two days in a row. My three daughters like to shoot but they don’t care to hunt. I’m blessed they found guys that do. Wayne set us up with John Kruse and his Brittany spaniels. Incredible days.


Watch for your yellow cards in the mail to see when our next member’s meeting is. Come out, bring a friend, introduce them to SCI and remember, SCI memberships make great gifts for any occasion.


Now go outside and play.




I look forward to seeing you March 13th for our monthly members meeting at Primo's in Oshkosh, WI.