On behalf of the National Sea Scout Committee and the Southern Region, we are pleased to announce the selection of a new Southern Region Commodore T.W. Cook. His election will take place in San Diego at the Southern Region Annual meeting and we look forward to his involvement in the months and years ahead.
We would like to thank Barry Ekle, the current Southern Region Commodore for his many years of service in this position. We look forward to his guidance and a smooth transition. We know that Barry’s interest, knowledge, and enthusiasm for Sea Scouting will continue with his engagement in helping us to move forward in our quest to provide quality on the water experiences for our youth in the Sea Scout program.
T.W. Cook has served as Commodore for Capitol Area Council since 2007. He is a plankowner and mate of SSS Response, Ship 911, which has just been named to the National Flagship Fleet for the second consecutive year. He has served as Seabadge course director (twice), as the Southern Region Seabadge Coordinator, and is a graduate of Seabadge Underway course #1. In addition, he has served as Scoutmaster, Venturing Crew Advisor, Woodbadge Staff, and Powderhorn Course Director. He is a Vigil Honor member of the Order of the Arrow. He has two sons, both Eagle Scouts, one of whom is also a Quartermaster.
He has been a Flotilla Commander in the Coast Guard Auxiliary (and remains actively involved in the boat crew program there, because unlike his Sea Scouts, the Auxiliary occasionally lets him drive the boat). He is an instructor and Senior Navigator in the Austin Power Squadron. T.W. serves as Program Director and as one of the Captains (he holds a Coast Guard 100-ton Master’s license) for Point Glass, an 82′ former Coast Guard cutter now used as a Sea Scout training vessel on the Texas Gulf Coast. He is a recipient of the Silver Beaver and the United Methodist Church Cross and Flame award.
T.W. is excited about Sea Scouts in Southern Region, which has nearly unlimited potential with some of the finest boating in the country ranging from our inland lakes and rivers to the Gulf of Mexico to the Florida Keys to the Outer Banks. He will shortly be recruiting a team of Regional Vice Commodores and Area Commodores – watch http://southern.seascout.org for developments, and contact him if you are interested in being part of the team.