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Meet Scotch Plains-Fanwood's Newest Eagle Scout: Ian Gordon

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Ian Gordon with his mom, Marion, and dad, Tom.  Credits: Bill Sherman
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Ian Gordon surrounded by fellow Eagle Scouts from Troop 104. Credits: Bill Sherman
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Scout Leader administers oath. Credits: Bill Sherman
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Eagle Court of Honor for Ian Gordon Credits: Bill Sherman
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Troop 104 advancement chairperson Susan Bonnell with Eagle Scout Ian Gordon. Credits: Bill Sherman
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Newly minted Eagle Scout with fellow Scouts from Troop 104. Credits: Bill Sherman
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Ian Gordon and his parents celebrate. Credits: Bill Sherman
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Rotarian Steve Goldberg with Ian Gordon. Credits: Bill Sherman
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WESTFIELD, NJ -- Ian Gordon became Scotch Plains-Fanwood's newest Eagle Scout at a Court of Honor held by BSA Troop 104 on Thursday, August 25, at the First Congregational Church (FCC) of Westfield.

Gordon received proclamations from the New Jersey State Legislature and the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders.  In presenting Gordon with a certificate of achievement, Rotarian Steve Goldberg spoke about the parallels between scouting and the Rotary International service organization.

As part of his Eagle requirement, Gordon refurbished a section of the church’s attic, making the space more user-friendly and accessible.  He installed high-intensity lighting, covered an unsafe wall, added flooring to increase storage capacity, and built organizers. 

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"Ian really made a positive impact on our troop and church," FCC deacon and Troop 104 advancement chairperson Susan Bonnell said. “His project focused on an area of the church that was in dire need of attention. He did a great job leading a group of younger scouts and we are very pleased with the results. I’m sure that Ian’s experience in scouting will guide him throughout his life.”

Eagle is the highest advancement rank in Boy Scouting. To earn the rank, a Scout must progress through the ranks of Tenderfoot, Second Class, First Class, Star, and Life Scout and earn 21 merit badges or more.

Famous Eagle Scouts include astronauts Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon, and James Lovell of Apollo 13 fame, Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer, former NJ Senator Bill Bradley, former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg, Oscar-winning director Steven Spielberg, and President Gerald R. Ford.

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