Safari Club International
Northeast Wisconsin Chapter

 

Presidents Message

     Hello! My name is Kathryn Thede and I am the new president of the Northeast Wisconsin Chapter of SCI. you may recognize me from the membership booth at EXPO (I am the one who bakes the cookies). I am going to tell you abit about myself. I live near Shiocton with my husband, Brythe, and our three pups (Paisley, Maverick, and Heston). I work for a school district as a special ed Para professional, kiddos are a passion of mine, I am also pretty active in our church's youth ministry, our Tuesday night Jesus and Me club, and I co-direct our VBS program. By the time you are reading this I should be a certified hunter's education safety instructor as well. I am also a member of the American Legion Auxiliary and a lifetime NRA member. We have a grown son, Zach, and a daughter in law, Jodi. I love to do all things crafty, fish and of course hunt! I love making things from scratch and we try to be as self sustainable as possible. We are trying to EIEIO through this life. We have a few farm animals, garden, and add fish and meat we've gotten hunting as well.

     Now for abit of hunting background on myself. I grew up on a farm in Northwestern Wisconsin (I am the oldest of eleven.) Growing up, I had taken hunter's safety at the same age everyone else did. I hunted a few times with my dad and then as a teenager I was scheduled to work most hunting seasons. Fast forward to December 1999, I met the man who would become my husband, our second conversation began a little like this- "Before this relationship goes any further, I need to know what your thoughts are on hunting and fishing". I answered honestly and a few dates later we attended our first Deer Classic/Hunting Expo together. I didn't know at the time just how life changing those conversations and expo dates would be. We got married in 2001 and started looking into a honeymoon, which began my love of hog hunting!! The next year at Expo we talked to a guy from Montana (Dave Potts from Sage and Sun Outfitter) and got to know two guys (Mark Snyder and Walt Janke) pretty well. Over the next few years we hunted with Dave a few times and saw Mark and Walt out there, either heading out as we were arriving or vice-versa. Soon we noticed them talking about SCI, it seemed like a good cause, a fun way to meet people, of course talk hunting- and dream about hunts we didn't think would be obtainable for a young family that just bought a house and had blue collar jobs. we were asked if we would volunteer and jumped on the wagon!! That first event we met Buzz (he was full of so many adventures and stories to tell) and Zoom (this man was so passionate about all that SCI is) it was amazing to hear and learn about so many sides of hunting I had never even thought of! Brythe signed up and our family of three became active volunteers whenever they needed us. This organization became almost a second family to us. Locally it was a wealth of information when we were looking for our next hunt, needed information on overseas travel (we had never been on an airplane before), things to look for when selecting an outfitter, advice on what to bring, and just friendship in general. EXPO became our family tradition.. when our son, Zach, was dating it was only natural that she come along and help. As a family we have hunted in several states (some numerous times!) and abroad in Scotland and South Africa. Fast forward several more years to 2019 I finally agreed to try out the board of directors (after years of being asked). My name was on the ballot and I was elected! It has been a learning experience but I am so proud to be a part of this organization and all that our chapter does!! When I was asked if I would be interested in becoming president elect. I was so humbled and honored. I hope to help continue the legacy that has long been our chapter of SCI; continue to build enthusiasm in what being a member entails, and to inspire others to mentor, be mentored, and share in our passion for hunting and hunting related activities. Please do not hesitate to reach out, our members are what make SCI what it is!

     In other related news, we had our May Member Meeting/Annual Meeting at Mark's East Side in Appleton. The meal was delicious and the conversations enticing. We were able to do a summary of our year in review - It is amazing all that our chapter has accomplished. At that time we also vote for board members, new recruits and those willing to put in another term, and we say goodbye to those who have put in their time. It is with the utmost respect, gratitude, and well wishes that we thank Walt Janke, Cal Ort, Marty Witczak, and Gary Knaack. These four men have done amazing things for our chapter. They have offered years of friendship, expertise, mentoring, a love of hunting, and a dedication to SCI's mission. Thank you just doesn't seem like enough for the years you've put in, you will be definitely be missed.. we hope to see you around!

            Kathryn

I look forward to seeing you at our next Member's Meeting on October 9th in Green Bay, WI.