Your New Region ChairmanBy Dan Segersin
Published: February 22, 2013 at 3:33 pm
Last Update: March 30, 2013 at 2:22 pm
I am very grateful for the opportunity to serve as the Central Region OA Chairman. I am looking forward to the opportunity to meet many of our youth and adult leaders in our sections and lodges across the Region.
I would like the opportunity to thank Dr. Chris Grove for his extraordinary leadership as our Chairman for the past six years. Chris took over during a very trying time for the OA when R.D. Dunkin, the then Chairman, passed away very unexpectedly. Chris stepped in and met the challenge head on. He has represented the Region well and has helped a number of our youth leaders develop as Region Chiefs. We thank Chris for his time and service, and look forward to his continued service as a member of the National OA Committee and member of the OA Regional Committee.
I should probably give you a little of my background. I grew up in Green Bay, Wisconsin (yes, I am still a Packer fan). I have been fortunate to be an OA member since I was elected in 1968. After my first Area Conference (sections used to be called Areas back then), I was hooked on the OA and scouting. Being an OA member and serving on camp staff at Bear Paw Scout Camp is what kept me in Scouting. As a youth I was able to serve as a chapter, lodge, area, section, and deputy national conference chief. The OA provided me with many leadership opportunities and good adult advisers that definitely made my jobs easier.
I now live in Eden Prairie, Minnesota. I am a member of Northern Star Council and Totanhan Nakaha lodge. I am proud to have two grown sons who are OA members. I graduated from University of Wisconsin-Green Bay and graduate school at the University of Minnesota. For fun, I teach accounting at a local university and very much enjoy scuba diving (in warm, Caribbean waters). I served in the US Army and somehow passed the CPA exam.
My immediate goal as Chairman is to get to know the region and section leadership. I have a lot to learn and look forward to talking to many of you. A few weeks ago, on Dec. 27th, the section chiefs convened in Dallas to elect both national and regional officers. I am looking forward to working with the 2013 Central Region Chief. Guiding our youth leader is going to an exciting journey. We’ll be learning together.
What else do we have in store for 2013? Support for the 2013 National Scout Jamboree is extremely important. The OA has a critical role. We will have 700 OA members serving on the Day of Service, Trek, Indian Village and Service Corps. Anyone between 16 and 25 are encouraged to apply. You will have fun and make life-long friends from around the country. Dr. Grove will lead the OA staff at the jamboree and I’ll be working with the Day of Service. Feel free to contact me if you have questions about the Jamboree.
Another critical role is developing leaders. We will staff and support a number of NLS and NLATS leadership development courses. Our national and region chiefs come from these great programs. Check our region website for dates and locations.
I would be remiss if I didn’t mention our national high adventure programs. The Trail Crew at Philmont, Voyage and Odyssey at Northern Tier and the Ocean Adventure at Sea Base are all outstanding. We will work to promote these programs which provide our youth the opportunity to be part of some of the best experiences in Scouting.
In the future I will share more about our region goals and provide updates how the OA is supporting the scouting program.
Central Region Chairman