Dr. George Battis had his professional training at William Mitchell College of Law and then at the University of Minnesota Medical School and after graduating, an internship at the Mayo Clinic and residency at the University of Minnesota in Internal Medicine. George after years in private practice advanced his career by becoming the Chief Medical Director and Vice President Minnesota Mutual which is the 5th largest group insurance company in the nation. During that time he became certified in Insurance Medicine and additional certifications as a CLU, ChFC, FALU, ALHC and was involved heavily with underwriting and claims as well as Occupational Medicine at that company. After a successful career of 30 years with that company, he retired from corporate practice but continues his Internal Medicine and Geriatrics practice. He also carries an additional board certifications in Geriatrics, as a Certified Long-Term Medical Care Medical Director and Insurance Medicine. He continues his Geriatrics practice is Medical Director, consultant to nursing homes and litigation attorneys.
George lives in Mendota Heights Minnesota with his wife, Mary and his son George J. M. Battis who is an Eagle Scout, Quartermaster, Venturing Silver recipient, Meritorious Award. His wife who is an attorney has recently retired and his son works at Base Camp for the Northern Star Council.
George’s been involved with Scouting for 22 years and it has served in a variety of functions in Cub Scouts, is den leader, religious coordinator and in Boy Scouts where he was a scoutmaster, assistant scoutmaster, committee chair, religious coordinator and past chairmen of the Archdiocese of Minneapolis and St. Paul Catholic Committee on Scouting which has recently won the national quality archdiocese award of one of only three in the nation. He currently serves as a training advisor to Troop 67 and in the North Star district.
In Sea Scouts, he has served as a mate into local ships, founded ship 67 and served as skipper and mate. He has served as an Area 1 Commodore and was the Yeoman for the 1st Sea Badge course in Area 1. He has helped local ships in recruitment and in training. He has been a presenter in topics in Boy Scouts, Venturing and Sea Scouts, at numerous universities in scouting. George is also member of the Power Squadron where he was the past educational officer and past member of the US Coast Guard Auxiliary where he has just completed education for local ships for their advancement. He serves as a liaison from the US power squadron to Sea Scouts.
He is a recipient of the Silver Beaver award, Venturing Leadership award, Sea Badge, District Award of Merit, religious recipient of the Bronze Pelican and the St. George award. He is fully trained in Boy Scouts and Sea Scouts.
He carries designations as an NRA instructor in rifle, shotgun, and muzzle loading. And he is a distinguished expert, master class shooter in air rifle, air pistol, and 22 caliber rifle at 50 foot, 150 yard. He frequently competes in both skeet and trap in state tournaments. He also teaches archery where he is a national coach through US archery. He has passions in camping, sailing and boating, and outdoor activities he enjoys with his family.
In Sea Scouts his job is been to rebuild area 1 ships the thinks the Sea Scout program offers exciting opportunities and the chance for character building on a different plane than other scouting programs offer. This program also has exciting further training and employment possibilities into the military academies or maritime colleges that few scouting programs have to offer.