Leonard A. Gardner for Board of Directors
I was born in Brooklyn, NY and attended NY schools. Following graduation from high school, I enlisted in the US Army, attended Officer’s Candidate School and was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant. In 1944, I landed on Normandy on D-Day and earned the Bronze and Silver Stars for gallantry in action. After being wounded, I was evacuated to England, then assigned to SHAEF ( Supreme Headquarters) in the Psychological Warfare Branch, where I continued to serve until I returned to the United States in 1946 to attend college, receiving a BS Degree from New York University in 2 1/2 years and a MA from Columbia University in 8 months.
While in the service, I attended many training schools and worked in a variety of positions, retiring from the Army in 1963 as a Lieutenant Colonel after 23 years of service.
After retiring from the military I worked as an Assistant High School Principal in New York state (3 years) and a High School Principal (8 years) and for the state of Pennsylvania as a High School Principal (6 years) and an Assistant Superintendent of Schools (3 years).
Following retirement from the school system, I moved to Baltimore, Maryland. During the next 14 years, I worked as a Sailing Teacher in Chesapeake Bay, Maryland (summers) and as a Charter Captain in the Caribbean, Virgin Islands (winters). I love dancing and won 4 championships as a Country Line Dancer in 1996 and came in 5th in the World Championships in the Netherlands in 2002.
I moved to Myrtle Beach in February 2007 and started Shag dancing in April 2007. As a member of the shag club I participated with the Entertainment Committee doing singing, dancing and drama presentations. I have also been involved with the Charity Golf Tournament and currently am one of the members of the OD Shag Club Dance Team.
I have 6 children, 13 Grandchildren, 4 Great-Grandchildren and had 2 wives who passed away and I have hundreds of friends. Most people have good days and bad days. I don’t! I have good days and great days!!! My motto is, “Anything you can Perceive, you can Achieve” and I would be honored to represent the club as a member of the Board.