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Chants of “Go Gerald, Go Gerald, Go Gerald,” Echo Across The Field
Gerald Decker
Today the Senior Games–tomorrow, the Olympics!


As we get older, there comes a point in our lives when we just don’t want to do some of the things we did when we were younger.  We don’t stay up at night as late as we used to; we don’t drink alcoholic beverages to excess and typically, on New Year’s Eve, we are in bed by 9:00 p.m.  But not Gerald Decker.

Gerald, who is the publisher of Teen Scene and President of the Board is also the new  Commander of VFW Post 12196.  He is active in the Leland Chamber of Commerce and participates in a variety of community service events.

Gerald often challenges the what “should be off limits” for our age group, and he did it again on Wednesday, April 24, when he competed in the Senior Olympics at Southern Brunswick High School, in the shot put and discus events.

Winning a bronze and a silver medal, Gerald said, “I got a bronze medal in shot put and I missed the gold medal in discus by one inch—not a bad day.”  He joked, “I was just happy that I beat the woman and the 85 year-old guy!.”  Gerald continued, “Congratulations to the winners and all of the competitors, it was a great event.”

So, hats off to Gerald for being the gutsy, “thumb your nose at age,” kind of guy that he is.  We at Teen Scene wouldn’t have him any other way.


Editor’s Note:  Upon receiving hundreds of inquiries regarding Gerald’s condition after competing, Mrs. Decker stated that he was alive and well and currently napping. 



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Jan Morgan-Swegle
Jan Morgan-Swegle is the Editor of Cape Fear Voices.  She has been writing for CFV for almost 3 years.  She is originally from the Cleveland area and moved down to Leland 12 years ago.  She and her husband, Tony, and their dog, Dixie, enjoy sitting on the lanai listening to music and sharing wine (Dixie likes white wine but only gets two finger tips full!!)  They have 3 children and 9 grandchildren living in Cleveland, Ohio,  Charlotte, North Carolina and Lakeland, Florida.
Gerald Decker
Gerald Decker, Founder, President
Gerald Decker is a 4-year Navy veteran with four tours to Vietnam between 1968-1971. Gerald earned a Master’s Degree from George Washington University. He worked for nine years as a U. S. Senate staffer after college and later as a Senior Manager for a small business lobby organization. Gerald also taught Political Science at the high school and college levels. He is a certified trainer in Myers-Briggs Type Indicator. Gerald founded Athens/Oconee Adult Baseball, Decker Diamonds, the Leland VFW Post 12196, and Teen Scene, Inc. In addition to his work with Teen Scene, Gerald is founder and Past Commander of the Leland VFW Post 12196. The Post was the Mayor's Choice of Citizen of the Year in 2020 and was ranked #5 in the nation for 2022-2023. Since 2020, Gerald has co-written two books. The first was about his good friend and WWII veteran Alex Moskowitz. The second was published by Teen Scene, Inc. in Oct. 2021, entitled "The Great Lockdown of 2020: An Anthology." Gerald is still married to his high school girlfriend (55 years) and has two children and three grandchildren. Following a 15-year hobby of playing catcher in a men’s adult fast-pitch baseball league, his hobbies now include heating pads, grandchildren, and genealogy. Teen Scene and VFW are not hobbies. They are passions.

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