Membership Director, Steve Hicks

Stephen Hicks

I was born in Michigan growing up on Grosse Ile, an Island at the mouth of Lake Erie. As a young man I developed a love for boating. I was given a scholarship / grant to Outward Bound Survival Mountaineering School and graduated. I also trained in Tang Soo Do (Korean Karate) for many years eventually becoming an instructor. After graduation from High School I attended Mackinaw Island College, then attended Macomb Community College and the University of Arizona focusing on Business Administration and Economics. I married my wife, Kaye, in September of 1983. I became an avid sailboat racer and raced my own boats for many years. I became the Commodore of North Star Sail Club after rising through the ranks, I also attained a USCG 100 ton pilots license.

After a career in industrial sales and service I retired and sold our acreage and house in Michigan and set sail to Fort Pierce, Florida approximately 2100 miles away. We arrived in August of 2014 and purchased a new home in Vero Beach in October of that year. I had the opportunity to read a Vero Beach Magazine that featured a piper on the cover. I learned that there was a Scottish Society of the Treasure Coast and a new Pipe band forming. I volunteered to join the pipe band, learned to play the base drum and performed with the band for several years. During that time, I was asked to join the Board of Directors of the Scottish Society to represent the interests of the Vero Beach Pipes and Drums band. I accepted, and here I am some 8 years later still enjoying serving on the Board. My current interest is studying Tai Chi with lessons once a week with almost daily practice. This is an interest that I have been working on for five years now.

I also enjoy travel and will be going to Scotland for five weeks with a week in England and an Ocean crossing for the last week for a total of seven weeks. My Scottish heritage is that both sets of my grandparents immigrated from Glasgow, Scotland to America in the early 1900’s.