About SCI

 

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Stein Collectors International is a non-profit, member owned and operated organization dedicated to advancing the state of knowledge and the appreciation of beer steins and other drinking vessels. Founded in 1965, Stein Collectors International (SCI) is dedicated to the study and understanding of the art, culture and manufacture of beer steins, drinking vessels and related items, from antiquity to modern times. Since its inception, SCI has grown and matured into a premier collectors club. SCI is comprised of a worldwide membership of collectors who share a common interest in their hobby. They share enthusiasm and knowledge through membership in over 20 regional chapters. In order to advance the state of knowledge about our favorite hobby, many members conduct research in the original methods of production and decoration, identification of manufacturer’s marks and artists, and the use and meaning of the wide variety of themes and symbols which are used to decorate steins. Their contributions through articles in our quarterly journal, Prosit, and chapter newsletters are a resource for all collectors. To learn more about Prosit, including the contents of our current issue, click here.

To meet or contact our officers, click here.

Executive Director, Steve Steigerwald,

Sitting as temporary appointed Executive Director since late Fall, 2019. Previously served as Executive Director for 4 years. When I first started as Executive Director, Clarence Riley and I worked with the hotel at the convention site to successfully greatly reduce the penalty resulting from overbooking at the hotel. That resulted in a change of responsibility for oversight from just the sponsoring chapter to the Vice President conventions and Executive Director. This year I worked with Dick Strom to successfully cancel the hotel contract and all the contracts for pre-convention and convention activities as a result of the Corona Virus.

I have been a member of SCI since 1989. Past President of Thirsty Knights (4 years) and Burgermeisters (5 years). Co-chair of the 2001 Convention in New Jersey. Regular attendee of yearly Board meetings. Master Steinologist and Jack Heiman Award winner.

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President Fred Ellis, Elected 2019.
Fred Ellis has been a member of Stein Collectors International since in the 1970’s. When he first joined he had one stein that had been passed down from his Grandfather. Since then he has increased his collection and has been concentrating on 1/4 L or smaller steins. He has a large Munich Child Collection in 1/4 L or smaller, and a large glass collection. He also collects Mettlach and city steins or children’s steins. He has been the recipient of the Gemuetlichkeit Award and has been the Interim Executive Director. At the local chapter level, Fred has served as President, Vice President and Treasurer for several clubs. Fred and his collection were also written up in the local newspaper, and and he has displayed his collection at a local library. Fred has also spoken about his mini-stein collection at various club meetings and has written articles for Prosit. To Contact Fred you may email him at fj2970@gmail.com or call him at 1-920-319-6694 or 1-920-356-1550.

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1st Vice-President, Conventions – Dick Strom. Appointed 2017, elected 2018.
In 1978 I bought a stein from John Stuart, who later was named Master Steinologist. John told me: “If you’re really interested in steins, there is an organization you ought to join. It’s called Stein Collectors International. They publish a quarterly journal, and they have an annual convention.” John added that he had once accepted a job on the condition that he be given the first week in July as vacation time because that’s when SCI then held its convention. I was convinced.

Since then the conventions have been important to me. I have learned from formal presentations and being able to examine steins and discuss them with their owners. I have friends throughout the United States and Germany whom I otherwise would not have met. And conventions have been an annual vacation.

San Francisco in 2019 was my 27th convention, but I will never forget my first. It was Cleveland in 1980. We took a cruise up the Cuyohoga River, which a few years earlier had been so polluted that it actually caught fire!

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

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Chief Financial Officer, Celia Clark. Elected 2019.

 

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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 sci2015secretary@gmail.com or telephoned by 920-319-6694.

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Editor of Prosit, Steve Breuning. Elected 2015, re-elected 2017, re-elected 2019.

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.

Attn: Chapter Newsletter Editors: Send a copy of each newsletter to the webmaster@stein-collectors.org to have it added to the website.

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Membership Database Manager, John Strassberger

Hi my name is John Strassberger. I’ve been active with the SCI Executive Committee in two different positions. I’ve been the Secretary and I’m also currently the Data Base Manager.

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Chapter Development Support Officer, Allan Fogel. Elected 2017.

Grew up in Miami, Fla. and raised in the restaurant and delicatessen business and I can still make a fabulous corned beef or pastrami sandwich. Graduated from the University of Miami with at BA in Mathematics and masters work at American University in Computer Science & Operations Research. Worked for the Dept. of Defense for 30 yrs. (1966-96) with multiple overseas assignments. Founder and owner of Twin Tankard Antiques (1982- present) specializing in English and European antique pewter. Current president of Gambrinus Stein Club.

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Director, SCI Research Library and Museum (Interim), Mark Maceira
After being a Gambrinus member for about 10 years, I joined SCI. I admire SCI as an organization for the willingness of so many members to share information and educate new stein collectors. I am amazed at the depth of knowledge that our members have. In addition to collecting steins, I have a passion for wood carvings and antique lamps. I graduated from the University of Maryland with a BA in Finance. I worked for 36 years for a Maryland retail grocery business.

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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!