Scouts announce new president

WESTFIELD – The Western Massachusetts Council of the Boy Scouts of America has announced the election of Jeff Glaze as the next Council President. A Westfield native, Glaze has been an active member of the Boy Scouts his entire life; earning the rank of Eagle Scout in 1971 with Westfield Troop 110 he later graduated from the Avon Old Farms School and Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.
Glaze has been active in industry and philanthropy since his youth. In 1991 he assumed the Presidency of Decorated Products in Westfield then founded ERP Center for Excellence in 2007; a software consulting company where he remains as President. Glaze also serves as President of EpiCenter, an authorized consulting partner of Epicor Software; Hampden Village, a manufactured housing community in Westfield; One Arch LLC; a self-storage and dedicated office space facility in Westfield and Warfield House Inn, a working farm and hospitality business in Charlemont.
Glaze noted that leading the 7,000 Scouts and 2,000 volunteers in western Massachusetts has been a lifelong goal. In his opening remarks as president of the Council he stated that “I am much honored that the Council has chosen me for this position, and I promise to ‘do my duty’, and make our Council proud. I’d like everyone to know that Scouting is alive and well in western Massachusetts, and if they have school-age children, we are the only youth program devoted to teaching leadership and preparing young people to make ethical choices in their lives.”
He concurrently serves as President of The Stanley Park of Westfield, Inc. and is President of the Friends of the Pioneer Valley Performing Arts Charter School. He is former moderator of First Congregational Church in Southampton and twice, past President and Paul Harris Fellow with the Westfield Rotary Club.
In Scouting, Glaze has been a Scoutmaster, Cubmaster, Unit Committee Chairman, District Chairman, chaired many committee positions, and has been a member of the Pioneer Valley Council and Western Massachusetts Council Executive Boards for 30 years. He completed Wood Badge training in 1981, served on staff for 8 courses, the last of which as Course Director. He was awarded the Silver Beaver in 2011. Glaze noted that “Scouting today serves boys from kindergarten through college, and girls from 13-21. Our program is powerful and delivers ‘life skills’ that are absolutely relevant to the youth of today. Every family has choices – sports, church activities etc., and we hope they will consider Scouting!”
Glaze lives in Southampton and has three grown children, Justin, Jordan, and Jocelyn.

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