Thanks for the Memories

By Sven K. Lindquist, SCI President

All good things must end. With that in mind, it has been a true honor to serve as SCI President for the past two years. Thank you to everyone who has helped me lead this organization to new heights. We’ve come a long way, yet there is still much to be done. 

This is my last report before I leave office on June 30. On July 1, John McLaurin will become SCI’s new President. 

SCI celebrated its 50th Anniversary during my presidency. It was momentous, to say the least. Talking about history, I am the last SCI President who personally knew founder C.J. McElroy. 

So, I guess I am a transitional president in that I came up through the ranks in the “old” SCI, and I pass the mantle on to John, who will carry on with the “new” SCI. This organization is growing, taking on new life, and I am proud to have been a part of making that happen. 

Countless members as well as others in the volunteer leadership have helped. We have coalesced into a highly functional team that puts mission first. And it’s working. 

As I prepare to leave office, SCI is in great shape financially. Our membership numbers continue to increase, and we just celebrated the biggest and best Convention in SCI history. 

Those are things for which we all can be proud. Certainly, I am proud of the way SCI has found itself, promising to make the future bright for all of us, and for all hunters worldwide, whether they are members of SCI, or not. 

I am eternally grateful for two SCI Past Presidents who mentored me and helped me be better prepared for the challenges that come with leading the greatest organization of hunters the world has ever known. 

They were Don McMillan, SCI’s 11th President, who served in that capacity from 1984 to 1986; and Scott Chapman, SCI’s 39th President, who served from 2020 to 2021. Certainly, other Past Presidents have been there when I have needed their counsel, but Don and Scott will always be a part of who I have become. 

When the next issue of SAFARI Magazine is delivered to members, I will have joined the august group of past presidents who continue to be involved in SCI, although in a different capacity. 

Certainly, I will offer any help and counsel requested by John McLaurin and will do all I can to help him take SCI to even greater heights. I wish him the best in his presidency and ask that all members support him, because in doing so, you are supporting the mission of SCI. 

It has been a fantastic ride and now it’s time for me to move on. As I look back over my decades with SCI, what stands out the most are the many great people I have worked with and met. These friendships last a lifetime, and thank you all for the memories. Let’s go hunting!