Stein Collectors International Officers

Executive Director, Eric Salzano, Elected 2016, re-elected 2018.
I am honored and humbled to serve as Executive Director of SCI, and to be working with an incredibly talented and dedicated SCI team. Looking forward to the coming year there are several important issues. We want to stabilize and increase our membership, strengthen our chapters, and improve our website. We need to be flexible, and responsive to our members and their needs. SCI also needs to be viable from a financial prospective. Our publication Prosit, will continue to deliver fantastic articles and information for our members.SCI belongs to you, the collector, you know the joy and fun of collecting. Many of you have spent thousand of hours researching, documenting, and writing articles…. On behalf of myself and the entire SCI team, we all look forward to working to the best of our ability, and making our hobby, and all of our experiences, the best they can be.

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sci_outline_logo_large_transparentPresident Mike Whited, Elected 2015, re-elected 2017.

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sci_outline_logo_large_transparent1st Vice-President, Conventions – Dick Strom. Appointed 2017, elected 2018.

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2nd Vice-President, Membership – George Felty. Elected 2018.

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sci_outline_logo_large_transparentChief Financial Officer, Lori Whited.


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Secretary, Joann Ellis, Elected 2018

Hi, my name is Joann Ellis.  I have been a member of SCI since the late 1980’s.  My husband Fred, had received a stein from his grandfather, plus a couple of friends over the years had given him steins as gifts.  We attended The Star of The North antique show in Minneapolis, where we came across Gary Kirsner.  He had a booth there with many beautiful steins for sale.  We joined The Upper Midwest Society of Steinologists shortly there after and got to know John & Donna Boller, Earl & Vera Christy, Dorothy Schardin, Rich & Linda Cress, just to name a few of the fine collectors from that club.

I purchased my first stein from John Boller.  It was a pressed glass stein, with a carved ram drinking a beer.  The emerald green inlaid lid with enameled Lilly of the Valley flowers.  What could be more appropriate for a May born collector?  Emerald green is the color for the month of May and Lilly of the Valley are the flowers for the month of May.

Since then I have begun a butterfly stein collection.  The steins need to have a butterfly as their main motif, although I do have some where the butterfly is secondary.  I have twelve steins where the butterfly is the central theme.  I also have four Mettlach Butterfly Plaques and four Mettlach vases and one Mettlach pitcher.  Many thanks to all the collectors who scope out those butterfly steins and other items for me, especially Arlen Anderson and Claudia del Zoppo.

I am a firm believer that if you belong to an organization, you also need to support the organization by contributing time, talent and treasures.  I have served as a Board of Director Member at the local and a Board of Trustee Member at the Stein Collectors International (SCI) level.  I have been a local club chapter President and Vice President as well as the Newsletter Editor.  I have also served as the SCI Chapter Development Officer for four years and Secretary for two years.  I am embarking on my second term as SCI Secretary.  I have also been the recipient of the Gemuelichkeit Award.  I have been a member of three host chapter conventions and a mini convention.  In 1993, I initiated water aerobics as an activity at our national convention.  Since then I have led water aerobics at seven or eight convention.  Fred and I have hosted meetings at our homes several times and enjoy the hunt for steins, the comradery and our stein collector’s family.  We have helped man a booth at our local Milwaukee German Fest in the Cultural Tent trying to initiate the public in stein collecting, stein history and art.

I look forward to working with the club in the coming two years and hope that others will step up to the plate for other positions as they become available.  I can be reached by email at or telephoned by 920-319-6694.

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Editor of Prosit, Steve Breuning. Elected 2015, re-elected 2017.

Dr. Steve Breuning is now in his second term as Editor of Prosit. He has been seriously collecting steins for about 8 years with a focus on hunting and shooting related themes, although like most of us, he also has steins in many other areas. Steve is a member of Michisteiners and is very pleased top be able to provide his services in support of our Prosit readers.

Other than antique steins, Steve’s two other main activities of life (outside of work and family) are big game hunting and medieval history. In addition to our SCI, Steve serves on the Board of Directors of another SCI – Safari Club International (Detroit Chapter).

Steve works full time as a Psychologist, business consultant, and college Professor teaching Introduction to Leadership & Organizational Management.

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Director of Internet Activities, position currently open

Walt Vogdes is currently acting as our webmaster until we are able to identify and elect a new Director Of Internet Activities.

Walt has been associated with SCI’s website for most of its history, and has authored many articles appearing in the Reading Room and in the Stein of the Month series. He is a member of Pacific Stein Sammler

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Membership Database Manager, John Strassberger

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Chapter Development Support Officer, Jo-Jo Georgianna. Elected 2017.

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Director, SCI Research Library and Museum, Lyn Ayers

My first stein was acquired in 1967 while I was stationed in Germany. It was an etched Merkelbach & Wick piece with no lid, several cracks and a 1″ chip on the base, but only cost 2DM or about $.50. It had 2 dwarfs tapping a large keg and was very intriguing. That began an unexpected quest that has lasted almost 50 years. (I still have that stein.)

During my early collecting years I sought steins I liked per the advice of many experienced collectors, but then I realized I liked too many so had to narrow my focus. I ended up narrowing down to only one manufacturer: J W Remy. I liked their etched steins and there was little competition so they could be had at reasonable prices. For the past 10 years I have been digging into the history of the company with the aim of gaining insight into this stein company that covered more than 100 years of production.

Personally, I spent 3 years in Germany during Vietnam, went to college on the GI Bill, got married, and went into industry as a technical sales engineer until encouraged retirement (meaning laid-off) in 2002. Since then I have been involved in several local organizations include SCI as the Librarian, which gives me a lot of additional insight into our hobby and its history. I have met many wonderful folks in my 30 years in SCI, and plan to continue as long as I am able!

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Ethics Committee Chair, Pat Jahn (appointed position) Email Pat!

Bylaws & Standing Rules Chair, Roy Kellogg (appointed position) Email Roy!

Parliamentarian, Fred Irtz (appointed position) Email Fred!