Northeast Wisconsin Chapter

SCI Northeast Wisconsin Chapter
By: Marty Witczak, President

O.K. so it is that time of year when we have all killed the imaginary monster whitetail from our favorite honey hole of a hunting spot. Dreams can never be taken away, it is just a little harder to get to reality, so go after it. Speaking of getting after it, it is almost show time. Time to start planning for the banquet season for our chapter. This year is extra special for Northeast Wisconsin as we have a new expo center under construction. Our chapter V.P. and Web Master Mark Snyder had the opportunity to tour the new facility with Walt Janke who is the event coordinator for the Wisconsin State Hunting Expo. Reports came back all thumbs up, and they will be ready for our event February 19-21, 2021. The new facility will offer booth spaces to accommodate over 220 vendors for the three-day event. In addition, seminar space will be utilized, and of course plenty of room for the trophy competition, so bring that wall hanger and have it scored by the certified experts. In 2021 we are welcoming back as our banquet MC Mr. Kurt Walbeck, one of SCI’s staunchest supporters and currently the host of Outdoor Bound TV on WCWF 14. Kurt is credited with records of world class fish and big game, and we feel honored to enjoy his company and stories for the 2021 hunting expo and banquet. We have also lined up and are welcoming back a key speaker, Melissa Bachman, a well-known American huntress, producer, and host of hunting and television programs. It promises to be an exciting event and one we are looking forward to. We are also looking to expand our live auction in 2021 by introducing on-line bidding for those hunting and fishing enthusiasts who are unable to attend but want the opportunity to bid on the Saturday Night Live Auction packages!


If you are interested in being an exhibitor at this event contact Walt Janke at 920-470-6444, or email him at or visit the event web page at


SCI Northeast Wisconsin once again has an award-winning web page, thanks to Mark Snyder. He has created a priceless tool for all involved with the chapter. The outfitters, by linking in their contact information, members meetings and chapter projects. Not only has the Northeast Chapter SCI been recognized for their award-winning web page, we have also been recognized for our February 2020 NE Wisconsin Chapter Banquet and Auction Program guide. Mark has poured a ton of time and his talents into this chapter web presence, he is certainly appreciated and never taken for granted. Thank you, Mark! Our chapter has also been recognized by national for meeting our new membership goals for 2018 and 2019 and we are vigorously working on our membership goals for 2020.


In closing, I need to recognize covid-19. Yes, we are all tired of the topic, but it is reality to the new world we live in. Our chapter has decided to plan full speed ahead for our annual event February 19-21, 2021 at the Resch Expo Center. We would rather plan, and cancel if required to, as opposed to fail to plan, and not be prepared. That is sort of a spin off from the cliché “I didn’t plan to fail, I failed to plan.”


Regardless, we are thinking positive for all involved, the word “can’t” need to be removed from our vocabulary.


Remember, shoot straight, and make the first one count!




I look forward to seeing you at one of
our Member's Meeting.