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Scouts learn lesson in Morse code

POSTED: May 10, 2010 9:55 a.m.
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Members of Boy Scout Troop 581 pose for a photo with guest speaker Alexander Gardner and his wife Gertrude. Back row, from left: Cameron Morrison, Don O'Neal, Marqui' Anderson, Miguel Evans, Abraham Jones, Ontia Bennett, Erick O'Neal, Justin Swint and Michael Hendon. Front row: Scoutmasters Mr. and Mrs. Jenkins, Alexander Gardner and Gertrude Gardener.

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On April 16 at Dorchester Academy in Midway, Liberty County Boy Scout Troop 581 listened to guest speaker Alexander Gardner give a lecture on international Morse code and the importance of staying in school, getting a good education and acting respectfully.
Troop Scoutmasters Mr. and Mrs. Jenkins said they were pleased to host Gardner and his wife, Gertrude Gardner, both retired Liberty County School System teachers.
Gardner told the scouts that he, too, was a Boy Scout when he was 12. He showed the troop his original Boy Scout registration card. Gardner said his youngest son, Dennis, was an Eagle Scout.
Before attending college, Gardner was in the United States Air Force where he specialized in radio transmissions and communications. He was trained to use Morse code.
Gardner also brought along other mementos, such as his report cards from first through 12th grades, his Air Force battalion graduation pictures and his original, hand-written high school valedictorian speech.
The scouts were interested and listened attentively to the speaker. They asked questions, took photos and enjoyed snacks after troop leader Michael Golden thanked Gardner for sharing his wisdom and experiences.
 

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