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Curt Ware
Regional Commodore Central Region

Curt joined Scouting as a Cub Scout back in 1976. He was active as Scout until his Troop folded in 1989 just prior to him completing his Eagle rank. However, as Curt says, “it’s all good,” he has a great time as a scout and attended Summer Camp five times as a Scout.

Curt has been an “official” active Scouter for 12 years (although there were a number of years before that where he helped with activities). He currently serves as a Troop Committee Chair, Venturing Advisor, and Chartered Org Rep & Committee Chair for a Ship, all while serving as a Unit Commissioner, and Vice President for Alumni Relations in Prairelands Council. Curt also served as Area 3 as their Vice Commodore for Training, Central Region Vice Commodore for Membership and has served on Seabadge staff – those are in addition to his duties as Commodore of the Central Region.

Recognized for his dedication to Scouting, Curt has been presented several notable awards from the BSA including the District Award of Merit, Distinguished Commissioner’s Award, Vale La Pena!, Whitney Young Jr, and the Silver Beaver.

Professionally, Curt is the General Manager for Carmart in Champaign, IL. He’s worked in the car business since 1989. In early 2016 he expanded the company’s market from cars and trucks to include travel trailers. Curt has received the General Motors Mark of Excellence eight times, and Sales Master nine times. He’s a graduate of Northwood University in Midland Michigan with a degree in marketing.

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James Taylor
Regional Boatswain Central Region

James Taylor is a member of Ship 9 “The Ranger” in the Greater St. Louis Area Council (GSLAC). James has previously served as the Central Region Area 3 Boatswain, and Greater St. Louis Area Council Boatswain where he worked closely with the council VOA, now the VSOA. He is an Able Sea Scout, Eagle Scout, SEAL graduate, and recipient of the Council Sea Scout Leadership Award. He has been to the National Scout Jamboree, attended high adventure trips to Northern Tier and the Cumberland Island, and has participated and staffed NYLT.

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Ron Blaisdell
Regional Vice Chair, Chair of Technology & Communications Central Region

Ron got involved with Scouting as a Cub Scout in 1967, and one was on the last cubs in his Pack to earn the original Lion Rank before he received his Arrow of Light. In 1969 he joined Troop 782 in Livonia, Michigan, earned his Eagle in May, 1972 (two Silver Palms) and stayed active in OA until he left for the military in 1978. As there were no Sea Scout Ships in his area, he participated in NJROTC from 1973-1976, leaving the program after serving as Cadet Divisional Commander – and the chief pilot and navigator for the YP-587 (November X-ray, November Zulu), a 75-foot retired Naval Yard Patrol Craft that was launched in 1943. He helped to transition the craft from the US Navy to the US Naval Sea Cadets, and piloted & navigated the craft in October gales on the Great Lakes from Detroit to Muskegon.

Ron started serving as an adult volunteer in 1976 – and has served in one capacity or another ever since. He has been a Commissioner (Unit, Roundtable, Assistant District, District, Assistant Council, Assistant Area, Assistant Regional Commissioner), as well as serving as a Cub Master, Scoutmaster, Explorer Assistant Advisor, Venturing Advisor, Sea Scout Committee Chair, Chartered Organization Representative (or Scouting Coordinator), serving numerous District, Council, Area, and National positions and committees, and staffing at two National Jamborees. He has attended & staffed Woodbadge, and Powder Horn.

In 2007 he helped to found Ship 24 in the Tuscarora District of the Central Florida Council and served as its Committee Chair until he returned to Michigan in 2012. He attended Seabadge in the Southern Region at SR-33 in 2008. And has since served on staff as 1st Mate for SB-22-MI-2015. He also helped found a Venturing Crew in 2006 for which he received the WD Boyce Award and the Council-level Venturing Leadership Award for helping to integrate Sea Scouts into the VOA. Previously, Ron served as the Vice Commodore for the Southern Shores Field Service Council in Michigan.

Ron has been honored by being presented the Silver Antelope, Silver Beaver, District Award of Merit, NESA Outstanding Eagle Scout Award, Vigil Honor, the Scouter’s Key four-times (Commissioner, Scoutmaster, Cubmaster, Venturing Advisor) and the Scouters’ Training Award for every program he has participated in. He holds a Doctorate of Commissioner Science, and the Distinguished Commissioner Service Award, and numerous other training awards. A member of the American’s Boating Club (US Power Squadron), he is a member of the Dearborn Sail and Power Squadron, and has completed his Seamanship & Piloting training. He also completed the US Coast Guard Auxiliary About Boating Safely course.

Currently, Ron is the Central Region’s Vice Chairman, and a member of the National Sea Scout Service Committee.

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L Wayne Hastings
Vice Commodore – Service Central Region

Wayne got involved with Scouting as a Cub Scout in 1946 in Aurora, Nebraska. He earned all the awards from Bobcat through the Arrow of Light and in 1949 realized a dream by joining Boy Scouts in Troop 131. Boy Scouting was a big thing for Wayne along with getting good grades and playing baseball. Hunting with Dad was a fall activity. He earned his Eagle in March of 1952 with Troop 256 after moving to Seward, Nebraska in 1951. The water in Nebraska is in reservoirs and rivers where Wayne got addicted to canoeing. He finished his youth Scouting experience by attending the 1953 Jamboree in California and ultimately earning a silver palm and becoming a Brotherhood OA member in the Golden Sun Lodge in Nebraska.

After graduating from the University of Nebraska with a business degree, Wayne went east of the Mississippi River to begin a 40 year career with Detroit Edison. In his initial years in Michigan, Wayne earned a MBS from the University of Michigan and married Barbara. They have 3 grown daughters. In 1966, he got back into Scouting as Scoutmaster of Troop 250 in St. Clair, MI, where 6 Scouts earned their Eagle before Detroit Edison transferred Wayne back to Detroit. Troop 250 camped out in tents once every month year around during the 4 years he was their Scoutmaster. Wayne earned the Scoutmasters Key and was selected to be an Assistant Scoutmaster on the 1971 World Jamboree Troop going to Japan. Five Troop 250 Scouts attended the BSA Jamboree in Idaho where Wayne was able to visit them while on vacation the same year the first man walked on the moon.

Working in Detroit resulted in moving to Livonia in 1971 and Wayne continued Scouting. First he was an ASM with Troop 270 and then with Troop 390 as ASM and SM. He also helped scouting as the Gemini District and Detroit Area Council advancement chair and was on district roundtable and camporee staffs. Scouting rewarded Wayne by selecting him to be an ASM for National Jamboree Troops in 1973, 1977, and 1981 plus another World Jamboree in Norway in 1975.

On the non-Jamboree years, Wayne attended Wood Badge at D Bar A in 1974 and trekked in BSA National High Adventure Bases, Philmont, Northern Tier (Charles Sommers, Region 10 Canoe Base) and Maine Canoe Base (no longer a National High Adventure Base). He was recognized with a Silver Beaver in 1980. Then employment interfered with scouting when Wayne was assigned to the nuclear plants operational transitional team and did not have time to participate actively with the Scouts. When nuclear plant job effort started to return to a normal hours job, a friend offered Wayne the chance to join a sailboat racing crew and the water hooked him for life.

After retiring from DTE in 2001, Wayne decided it was time to do another Philmont trek in 2006 so he returned to Scouting as a Unit Commissioner for two Sea Scout Ships in Port Huron because he had been sailing for over 20 years on a frequent basis including sailing in the ocean off Florida in the winter months. Formal training was required to earn the Sea Scouters’ Training Award so Wayne took the USCG-A Safe Boating Course and SSABLT taught by Commodore Mac Neal. Mac talked Wayne into establishing a program for Sea Scouts to help racers return their sail boats back to Port Huron from Mackinac Island after the big race beginning in 2011. Then since 2012 was the Sea Scout 100 Year Anniversary, Wayne talked Boys’ Life into participating in the Sea Scout Centennial Event which resulted in returning boats from Mackinac Island becoming the Boys Life cover story in May 2013. After spending a week on the water with Missouri Sea Scouts, Wayne got enthused about helping them with sailing activities for several years at both S Bar F, Swift Sea Scout Aquatics camp and Central Region Area 3 annual Rendezvous. When Water and Woods Field Service Council had an need for another leader for the contingent going on a Florida Sea Base islands cruise adventure, Wayne signed up and attended. This qualified Wayne for the national Triple Crown Award for participating on treks in d different BSH High Adventure bases. In 2015, Wayne received the Water and Woods Field Service Council Venture Leader Award for his work with Sea Scouts. He received the Central Region Commodores Award in 2016.

Wayne’s Sea Scout activities showed a benefit was available with more training so it was on to the SBU-10-NY-2011 on Long Island Sound and SB-11-IN-2012 in Angola, IN. When SB-22-MI-2015 was held in Area 2, Wayne helped staff the course. After having sailing experience in both fresh and salt water sailing races and Scouting adventures, Wayne obtained BSA National approval for holding SBU-17-MI-2015 and being the course coordinator on the Michigan Crossroads Council ketch, Retriever, which visited northern Lake Huron ports. This was the first SBU course ever conducted on fresh water. Commodore Charles Wurster was the Course Director and wanted see SBU continue on the Great Lakes so Wayne compiled the required info (preparing a log of 1,332 days of sailing) for approval to become a SBU Course Director and hold SBU-18-MI-2016.

Since the 2014 Koch Cup did not have a participating Crew from Central Region Area 2, Wayne decided to fix that situation in 2016. After obtaining Ship 1148 agreement to host the Motor City Regatta as a qualifying regatta, Wayne became the Central Region Koch Cup Coordinator. Four qualifying regattas were held in the Central Region in 2015. There are 8 Central Region teams participating and representing 4 different CR Areas and seven different Ships in 2016.

While being the Unit Commissioner for Council Ships, was announced in 2013 and Wayne was fascinated by its possibilities to benefit Scouting. Then Commissioner Tools came in 2015 and Wayne became an Assistant Council Commissioner so he could help more Scouters start using these tools. This led to Wayne attending 2 BSA National Annual Meetings and 2 yearly Commissioner Weeks at Philmont and 1 week at the Florida Sea Base learning about digital scouting tools. In addition to teaching the Sea Scouting module in the Commissioner Colleges in Michigan, Wayne earned his Masters of Commissioner Science in 2013. He taken nearly all of the BSA on-line training including the new Cub and Venturing Leader modules and is current in those trainings that expire including Wilderness First Aid and Trainers’ EDGE so he can help Sea Scout Ships and other units.

Wayne is currently the Central Region Area 2 Commodore and the Executive Officer with the AP plus proficiency in the Port Huron Sail and Power Squadron where he continues to take courses every year. He is also an active member of the Port Huron Yacht Club and a member of their Computer Committee. He regularly races sail boats in Lake Huron. In Jan 2016, he completed 35 years in both Scouting and sailing. Wayne has assisted 9 youth from 4 Central Region Areas when they earned their Quartermaster rank.

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Jay Montgomery
Vice Commodore of Training Central Region

Jay Montgomery joined a Boy Scout Troop sponsored by his church in Detroit, Michigan in the fall of 1949. He has been continuously registered in Scouting ever since. In 1952, the Troop organized an Explorer Post which functioned like a Patrol for older Scouts within the Troop. He became an Explorer. The Post lost its Advisor late in 1954 but recruited a new one who was also an avid boater and a member of the Coast Guard Auxiliary. In 1955, the Post re-chartered as a Sea Explorer Ship. That Ship is still in existence today. It is the oldest Ship in the State of Michigan.

Because the Ship was still closely associated with a Troop, everyone assumed that youth membership followed the same pattern as the Boy Scouts. At 18, Jay was registered as the Mate in the Ship. He became its Skipper at rechartering in 1959 and remained its Skipper for the next twenty years. During this period, he earned the Sea Scouter’s Training Award and the Skipper’s Key. Jay became an active member of the Edison Boat Club in 1962. He served on its Board of Directors and went through “the chairs”. In preparation for becoming EBC’s Commodore in 1980, he stepped down as Skipper and became a member of the Ship’s Committee. He served from 1980 to 2014.

In the 1970’s, Exploring became huge in the Detroit Area Council. A separate Exploring Division was formed in the Council. Sea Exploring, twenty Ships strong, became a District within that Division. Jay served as Vice Commodore, Commodore and later became Vice Commodore of Training. He was also District Chairman and a member of the Council’s Executive Board. Very interested in training, he served on the Exploring Division’s training committee for the next ten years. During this period, Jay was recognized with the Exploring Division’s District Award of Merit. He was also honored with the Detroit Area Council’s Silver Beaver.

Jay first participated in Seabadge at the Great Lakes Naval Training Center where the East Central Region held Seabadge EC-II in 1974. He returned in 1975 to Skipper EC-III. His next opportunity for involvement came as a Staff member of EC-VII in 1987. In this century, he was Staff at SB-11-IN-12 and SB-18-IL-13. He served again as a Course Director/Skipper at SB-22-MI-2015. Jay completed Seabadge Underway in New York in 2011, becoming the first Sea Scouter in the Central Region to have both.

Judith, Patricia and Mark, his three children, were Sea Scouts as teenagers and participated in the Edison Boat Club’s Junior Sailing program. Mark became Skipper in 1987 and completed his twenty-eighth year in 2015. His son Andrew joined the Ship in 2014. Hopefully second son William will too when old enough. There are a total of six grandchildren. The four girls are artists and musicians.

Jay moved his primary Scouting activities to Port Huron, Michigan in 2010 when he signed on as Skipper of Ship 109. He became the Area 2 Vice Commodore – Training at about the same time and serves on the Michigan Crossroads Council Leadership Training and Advancement Committees. Training activities include assisting with adult training at events in Area’s 3, 6 and 7. Jay is an Assistant District Commissioner and a Unit Commissioner in the Water and Woods FSC’s Blue Water District.

Jay graduated from the University of Detroit in 1962 with a degree in Electrical Engineering. He joined Detroit Edison as an engineer-in-training shortly afterward. He worked in a variety of supervisory positions and at various locations in Southeastern Michigan until he retired from middle management in 1999. A Masters of Business Administration from Wayne State University in 1975 completed his education. He was a Registered Professional Engineer in the State of Michigan. After leaving Edison, he started a Financial Services business being licensed by the State of Michigan to offer mutual funds and annuities, life and long-term care insurance and held a mortgage broker’s license. Retirement planning was a part of the services provided. His second retirement took place in 2009.

In 2011, Jay joined the Anchor Bay Squadron of the USPS as preparation for Seabadge Underway. After transferring to the Port Huron Squadron in 2012, he was appointed Chairman of the Audit Committee and Committee member for a three-year term in beginning 2014. Jay was appointed Chair of Operations Training (Lieutenant) in 2015 and elected Administrative Officer (Lieutenant Commander) for 2016. He received the Educational Achievement Certificate in 2015 after completing eight USPS courses.

Currently, Jay is the Central Region’s Vice Commodore – Training, a member of the Central Region Sea Scout Service Committee and the Region’s Seabadge Coordinator.

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Tom Ross
Vice Commodore of Program Central Region

Tom started in scouting in 1968, he earned his Eagle Scout award in 1971, and received an additional three palms, finishing with 36 merit badges and a silver palm. He remained active in scouting until he left for College. Tom started working back in Scouting as an Adult Volunteer in 2003. He has served as an Assistant Scoutmaster, Scoutmaster, Unit Commissioner (10 years), Chartered Organization Representative, and has held numerous District and Council volunteer positions, helping with his Council’s University of Scouting, and College of Commissioner Science. He received his Doctorate of Commissioner Science in 2009. He attended Woodbadge in 2005, and was beaded in 2006.

Tom helped start a Venturing Crew, and received the WD Boyce Award for his efforts. He has also received the Silver Beaver, District Award of Merit, Distinguished Commissioner Service Award, and his Scouters’ Training Award for Boy Scouting and Sea Scouting, and his Scouters’ Key for service on his District Committee. He is also a recipient of the Cub Scouter Award. In 2011 he was honored by being presented the Faithful Servant Award, the adult religious award from the Churches of Christ. An avid hiker, Tom has received 33 hiking awards, and has served as staff for two National Jamborees. He has served on staff, or been course director for Powder Horn, Kodiak, and Kodiak X training for the Venturing program.

Tom has been part of the Committee for Ship 468 since it was founded in 2006. He attended Seabadge CR-V, and served on staff for Seabadge courses CR-VI, VII, VIII, and IX, culminating by being selected as Course Director for CR-X. Tom also served on the “senior” staff for SB-22-MI-2015 this last fall. He served as Area 4 Commodore from 2007-2013, joined the Central Region Sea Scout Service Committee in 2008, and has served as the Central Region Vice Commodore for Program since 2014.

When not participating in his favorite avocation, Tom has worked for the last 12 years in the receiving department for Kohl’s department stores. He is married to his lovely wife Lori. Tom and Lori have shown great servant-leadership by being a host family for 10 students from other countries.

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Mike Walton
Vice Commodore – Membership Central Region
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Paul Kaestner
Vice Commodore – Marketing/Sales Central Region
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Bill Hamilton
Vice Commodore – Service Central Region

Bill has been involved in Scouting for almost half a century. (Yes, he recalls being a Sea Explorer) Bill is what we hope for all our male Sea Scouts: an Eagle Scout and he earned the Quartermaster rank. Bill also was awarded the Explorer leadership award as a youth member.

A meaningful experience for Bill was working with the Skipper of his Ship, the late Jack Pierson. Due to Jack’s failing health, Bill ran the meetings, landship ceremonies and advancement program, tasks normally reserved in his ship for the Skipper. He has assisted 4 ship members to attain the Quartermaster award, that’s giving back to a program which has helped him. “Along his scouting journey, there have been a lot of Eagles and Silver awards as well.”

Bill has continued to give back to the program many ways as an adult Scouter. He has served as an assistant scoutmaster, explorer advisor and troop and ship committee member in addition to presently serving as first mate of his present ship. He attended numerous summer camps, went canoeing in the Boundary waters, participated in 11 Philmont expeditions and attended numerous scout summer camps and Swift sea scout summer camp weeks. In his spare time, he serves as a unit commissioner and sailing merit badge counselor. Bill especially loves the time he has spent mentoring youth and on the water.

Bill’s service to Sea scouting goes well beyond service to his home council. Prior to 2016, Bill served as Area 3 Commodore for many years and has staffed numerous sea scout training events and Seabadge courses, serving as course director in 2012. He was a member of the Central region’s inaugural class of Seabadge underway in 2015, his personal favorite learning experience.

Bill holds his Seabadge pin, has completed Seabadge underway and has been recognized for his volunteer efforts with the Venturing Leadership award, a District award of merit and the Silver Beaver.

Bill has stayed with the program because he truly believes in the goals set out in Sea Scouting, and Scouting in general. “Creating ethical leaders for our country and world is important to me. Scouting has allowed me to make some of the best friends I could ever ask for.”

Bill has simple goals for our Central Region: make sure our adults are properly trained, and offer a program which allows Sea scouts to grow and mature into the leaders they were meant to be.

“Sea Scouting should be HARD FUN.”

In his spare time, Bill works as a network engineer for a group doing a major system replacement for a fortune 500 corporation. He holds degrees in information management from Meremac Community College and Washington University.

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John Paprocki
Regional Vice Commodore (Immediate Past Regional Commodore) Central Region
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Jim Dieker
Asst Vice Commodore – Training Central Region
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Dan O’Brien
Vice Commodore – Membership Central Region