Hartley earns Eagle
Joshua Corey Hartley was honored March 19 in an Eagle Court of Honor at the Eudora United Methodist Church.
Hartley became the 47th Scout from Troop 64 to become an Eagle since the troop was organized in 1929. The Eudora Lions Club currently charters the troop.
The Color Guard, consisting of A.J. Lavery, David Lewis, Jim Adams and Jonathan Morrison, presented the flags followed by the Pledge of Allegiance and the Scout law and oath.
Jim Morrison gave the invocation. An honor guard of Eagle Scouts -- Earl Strickell, Bart Carroll and Bryce Landon -- escorted the Eagle candidate and his parents to the front.
Scoutmaster Glenn Jackson welcomed everyone and made introductions of former Eagle Scouts, Scoutmasters and committeemen. The guest speaker was the former Eudora Mayor and Scoutmaster Ronald Conner, Omaha.
Conner encouraged the Hartley and the other Scouts to live their Scout law and oath. He compared the law and oath to the skills needed to become a good leader and citizen.
Jackson presented Hartley with his Eagle badge and neckerchief.
Hartley presented his mother with a miniature eagle pin and his father with a father's pin. He presented the Scouts new Eagle mentor's pin to his grandfather, James L. Guy, who he said had always encouraged him and was always there when he needed help.
Pelathe District commissioner, John Scott gave the Eagle Challenge. Jackson gave the Eagle Pledge.
Committee Chairperson Bonnie Neis read special citations from the National Boy Scout Council, Gov. Kathleen Sebelius, past Presidents Jimmy Carter and George W. Bush, Barbara Bush, the Postmaster General and the National Rifle Association. She also gave him a silver Boy Scouts of America coin from the troop committee.
The Color Guard retired the colors and Morrison gave the benediction.
Refreshments were served in the fellowship hall after the ceremony.
Hartley is a 2005 graduate of Eudora High School and is currently attending Johnson County Community College. He is the son of Scott and Lisa Stoltenow, Eudora, and the grandson of Raymond and Mary Hartley, Paradise, Texas, and Jim and Genevieve Guy, Eudora.