SAFARI CLUB INTERNATIONAL
Northeast Wisconsin Chapter

 
SCI Northeast Wisconsin Chapter
By: Mark Jablonic, President

Happy New Year fellow outdoorsmen and women. I hope your hunting seasons were safe and provided you with lots of stories and memories. As I write this, I am packing for a deer hunt in Alberta I bid on at our fundraiser in 2016. And that’s the transition I need to talk about our 2018 fundraiser.

 

The 20th Annual Banquet for the Northeast Wisconsin chapter will be held on February 24th at The Stadium View in Green Bay. As in previous years, we will be combining with The Wisconsin State Hunter Expo at SHOPKO Hall. The show is February 23-25. At it, you can see over 125 various outdoor vendors and outfitters from all over the world. Outfitters who will be able to help you with that dream hunt. There will be presentations too. Melissa Bachman, of Winchester’s Deadly Passion, will be doing multiple presentations throughout the weekend and speaking at our banquet.

 

If you’ve not been to this event yet, I strongly recommend it. It comes at a time of year when there isn’t a lot going on. Call, text or email your buddies and start making plans now to get out of the house. Kick some tires and start to make plans for 2018 or beyond. You can go to our website: scihunterexpo.com or see our fundraiser ad here in “HUNTERS”. Check out the donated hunts and merchandise, do your due diligence in researching the outfitters of your choice, talk to them at the show and then come over to the banquet and have a good meal and bid on these very generously donated items. Support those who support us.

 

This is our chapter’s largest fundraiser and we need your support (funding) in order to continue the mission of SCI, which is to support your ability to continue your passion. 70% of the funds that we raise stay right here in our area. That is why it is so very important that you bid like your way of life depends on it. Your Board had done their part. The vendors and the outfitters have done their part through their donations. Now it’s time for you to do yours. Generous bidders like you help us support our causes of conservation, education and legislation. It takes a lot of money to educate those who don’t know what we do, that we are the ultimate conservationists.

 

Like last year, with your purchase of a dinner ticket for our banquet, you get a pass to get into The Hunter’s EXPO at SHOPKO Hall. You get your free pass by visiting our room at The Stadium View. From there you can walk over to SHOPKO Hall. Or, if the weather gives us some kind of a surprise, we will once again be running a FREE shuttle to and from the show.

 

We will once again have SCI scorers who will score your trophies for free if you are an SCI member. You can then enter your trophy in the “One Shot” contest with awards handed out Sunday afternoon. Tickets are now on sale. For information on how to purchase your tickets, go to scihunterexpo.com or once again, check out our ad in this issue. Tickets make great gifts. Just sayin’… Also, don’t wait til the last minute. Those who did last year had to sit at the bar. And oh yeah, we’ve got a bunch of guns to raffle off again.

 

The “Ultimate Sportsmen’s Market” will be held in Las Vegas January 31-February 3. If you’ve not been to it, you don’t know what you’re missing. It’s HUGE. We are truly honored this year as our chapter will be given three coveted awards at the National SCI meeting. We won national chapter awards for Best Newsletter. No surprise there. Our award winning publisher and editor, Mark LaBarbera and his wife Coni, do an incredible job. Tell me you don’t enjoy reading HUNTERS. Best Fundraising Publication and Best Website. Mark Snyder will hate me for saying this, but he puts a lot of blood, sweat and tears into these works. Congratulate him when you see him. He really, really hates the fuss. Also, our very own Region 16 Rep, Charmaine Wargolet will be honored as the Region Rep of the Year. She is a force!

 

So, that’s it. Considering I didn’t know what to say when I started this, I sure got wordy. Watch for your yellow member’s card in the mail. Come on out to a meeting and tell us some stories. Stay involved in your chapter and bring a friend or two. Thanks for your support. Now go outside and play.

 

Just a reminder that an SCI membership is a great birthday gift, anniversary gift, or an I’m sorry I blew up the limbs of your new compound bow by dry firing it gift. If one of your buddies came and dug your truck out of the mud, thank them with a membership.

 

Now go outside and play.

 

Mark

 

 

I look forward to seeing you January 10th for our next members meeting at Liberty Hall in Kimberly.
Jeff Borree and Walt Janke travel to Ontario in pursuit
of the elusive Timber Wolf.