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Eagle scout sign project benefits county museum

By Frances Guinn
Special to the Anvil Herald

Boy Scout Nicholas Luke Haertner was recognized at an Eagle Court of Honor Sunday, Aug. 10. He is the son of Jill and David Haertner of Hondo.

Having completed all other requirements, earlier this year the (then) Hondo High School junior began work on his Eagle project. On July 2, he presented his project to the Eagle Board of Review and was awarded the highest honor in boy scouting, the rank of Eagle Scout.

As is required to complete an Eagle project, months of planning, researching and designing, culminated in installation of professional-looking signs for seven displays at the Medina County Museum.

Haertner proposed his idea to museum board members, and they encouraged him to proceed. He researched the wording for the signs, gathering information from board members and interviewing others in the community who had knowledge of some of the items. He determined costs for the signs and posts, raised the funds to pay for them, planned a workday, and directed how the work would be completed by the volunteer crew he recruited.

Members and leaders of Troop 471, as well as several parents, joined Nick for a workday to install the signs on March 15. Workers also trimmed bushes and pulled weeds in plant beds and along pathways.

The sturdy metal signs, mounted on wood posts, give information about three buildings, the schoolhouse, brick building and buggy barn, and four outdoor exhibits - the radar dish, corn picker, water well drilling rig and caboose.

Frank Vasquez, Scoutmaster, and Robbie LaPorte, assistant Scoutmaster, presided at the Court of Honor.

Haertner was presented his Eagle Scout Medal, scarf and slide and he, in turn, presented Eagle Scout Parent pins in recognition of his accomplishment.

Other members of Troop 471 led the flag ceremony and lit candles to represent the 12 points of the scout law, the scout oath and the various ranks of scouting through which Haertner had advanced. His brother, Andrew Haertner, who became an Eagle Scout in 2008, administered the Eagle Charge and Eagle Oath.

Museum board members, Pat Wegner and Frances Guinn, stated the board’s appreciation and presented a certificate and letter recognizing his work.

Haertner presented mentor pins to Ernie Lerma, Vince Biedeger, LaPorte and Vasquez in recognition of their guidance and support along his trail to Eagle Scout.

Mementos of his years in scouting were on display as well as congratulatory letters and certificates of recognition from former President George W. Bush, Governor Rick Perry, the National Rifle Association, military branches and other government officials.

At the end of the ceremony, Haertner was commissioned as an assistant scoutmaster. Afterwards, a reception was held in his honor.


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