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The IAGSDC® Medallion Project was created by Freeman Stamper to provide dancers with a straightforward, attainable goal to provide a sense of achievement in square dancing.
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The [[IAGSDC]] Medallion Project was created by [[Freeman Stamper]] to provide dancers with a straightforward, attainable goal to provide a sense of achievement in square dancing.
  
When a dancer has attended 10, 20, or 25 IAGSDC® Conventions (total, not consecutively), they are awarded a medallion in recognition of their support of and commitment to GLBT square dancing.
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When a dancer (or non-dancer, caller, or vendor) has attended 10, 20, 25, or 30 IAGSDC Conventions (total, not consecutively), they are awarded a medallion in recognition of their support of and commitment to GLBT square dancing.
  
At each IAGSDC® Convention, there is a Medallion Project table. At the table are a set of books with all attendees' names from all past Conventions. Attendees are asked to find their name, verify their contact and attendance information is correct, and make any needed changes.
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At each IAGSDC Convention, there is a Medallion Project table. At the table are a set of books with all attendees' names from all past Conventions. Attendees are asked to find their name, verify their contact and attendance information is correct, and make any needed changes. The books are printed out from a master database maintained by [[Rick Hawes]] (from [[1998]] to [[2018]]) and [[Keith Gehrig]] ([[2018]] -). The set of books prepared for the [[2013]] convention in [[San Francisco]] consisted of approximately 800 pages with roughly 7,000 name entries.
  
When a dancer has reached a medallion level, they are you’ll be notified by “Stepmother Medallion” - a position currently occupied by [[Rick Hawes]] - that they are eligible to receive their medallion.  
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When a dancer reached a medallion level, they were notified by “[[Stepmother]] Medallion”--a position occupied from [[1998]] to [[2018]] by [[Rick Hawes]]--that they were eligible to receive their medallion.
  
Medallions are awarded publicly at Convention, during opening ceremonies (25 and 20 Year Medallions) and following the
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The Medallion Project continues, with the coordination taken on by "[[Funny Uncle]] Medallion", [[Keith Gehrig]].
Saturday night banquet (10 Year Medallions). There is usually a special dance tip for all medallion holders after the
 
banquet.
 
  
According to Stepmother Medallion, as of the 2007 Convention, a total of 553 Ten Year and 49 Twenty Year
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Medallions are awarded publicly at Convention, generally during opening ceremonies (30 and 25 Year Medallions) and following the Saturday night banquet (20 Year Medallions) and following the Sunday brunch (10 Year Medallions). There is usually a special dance tip for all medallion holders after the banquet.
Medallions had been handed out so far.
 
  
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According to Stepmother Medallion, as of the 2007 Convention, a total of 553 Ten Year and 49 Twenty Year Medallions had been handed out.
  
== Medallion Project Inaugural Presentation Speech (Freeman Stamper) ==
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As of 2007, the Medallion Project has been funded by the [[IAGSDC]]. Prior to that, first [[Freeman Stamper]] and then [[Rick Hawes]] privately funded the project.
  
PRESENTATION OF 1993 10-YEAR VETERANS
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(Made at the Sunday brunch mtg. Seattle, July 4, 1993)
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Freeman Stamper
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File:IAGSDC-10-Year-Medallion-Front.jpg|IAGSDC 10 Year Medallion (Front)
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File:IAGSDC-10-Year-Medallion-Back.jpg|IAGSDC 10 Year Medallion (Rear) - The recipient's name is incribed in the space between the two pyramids.
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I am going to be using the word "gay." I use it as an all-encompassing
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word; not as a divisive term. [NOTE: There was considerable ovation at this point,
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File:IAGSDC 20 Year Medallion-Front.jpg|IAGSDC 20 Year Medallion (Front - The back is the same as the 10 Year Medallion.)
and the comments within these braces were not said. {I am committed to not
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File:IAGSDC 25 Year Medallion-Front.jpg|IAGSDC 25 Year Medallion (Front - The back is the same as the 10 Year Medallion.)
drawing lines around small groups of square dancers, who are inside the gay square
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dance community, who are inside the gay community, who are inside the greater
 
square dance community, who are ins ide the greater society, who are inside the
 
universe. We are women and men just like society identifies everyones' gender. All
 
of us just happen to be homosexuals. I'm comfortable with the word "gay," so I use
 
"gay" as an inclusive word.}]
 
  
In addition to my comments, you will want to read the comments which
 
have been printed about the design of the medallion and the acknowledgment of those
 
who have assisted in creating the database.
 
  
When I was a little boy growing up in a town of about 1,000 people,
 
10,000 head of cattle, and 100,000 acres of cotton, I learned the theory of
 
commitment from a father who was a mechanic at the same car dealership for over
 
forty years.
 
  
Most gay people have an enormous sense of commitment that is a part
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of our internalized values . These values are learned the very same way and at the
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*[[Freeman Stamper]]'s [[Medallion Project Inaugural Presentation Speech]]
very same time as those acquired by heterosexuals. But, you and I have often
 
observed the enormous disparity between the selfless commitment that the gay
 
community is willing to make and the senseless obstacles main-stream society places
 
upon the gay community in exercising that commitment. Think of the amount of time
 
just you and your friends spend committed to:
 
 
 
1. Perfecting professional skills
 
2. Caring for the sick and dying
 
3. Loving your friends
 
4. Loving your domestic partner
 
5. Loving your family
 
6. Demonstrating for equal rights for everyone--without discrimination
 
7. Serving the community to improve safety and the environment
 
8. Shopping to bolster the economy (LAUGHS)
 
 
 
But, for all we can do, have done, and will be doing, our commitment to these choices
 
can be, have been, and will be reduced to seeming worthlessness just because society
 
trains us to ignore gay people.
 
 
 
The square dance community is run by volunteers who are committed to
 
selfless, often thankless tasks which provide a healthy, fun activity. For gay square
 
dancers, the annual convention represents a progression: the first cements the
 
realization that there is a bigger world (of gay square dancers) the next few represent the supreme dance
 
event of the year, and the following represent a commitment to the dance community.
 
It is this commitment to success of the annual convention that allows all clubs to
 
explode the bounds of square dancing, with many dancers experiencing tremendous
 
sacrifices to make this annual pilgrimage .
 
 
 
For the first nine gay square dance conventions, there have been over
 
2,500((1)) participants. From the 1984 Seattle convention hosting about 250 dancers to
 
the 1992 Albuquerque convention hosting over 1,100 dancers, these nine
 
conventions combined have hosted almost 5,500 participants. It's interesting to note
 
that about 40% of the participants at a convention are attend ing their first, and
 
women are reaching about 20% of the registration.
 
 
 
 
 
While some in our society do not want to recognize us, it is important
 
that we recognize ourselves even through :he thvvarting of commitment without
 
cause. So, to recognize commitment in the gay community, I have created a
 
medallion to recognize square dancers on the occasion of attending their 10th gay
 
convention.
 
 
 
There are many dancers who have been dancing 10 or more years;
 
however, this medallion focuses on convention attendance.
 
I began this project in 1989, and I am deeply indebted to Mark Davis of
 
Times Squares for putting my ideas and concepts into a visual presentation. He
 
walked up to me, said he was a graphic artist and wanted to help with the design of
 
the medallion. His perfection in preparing the design as camera-ready art allowed the
 
medallions to be cast with a two-week turn-around when I thought all was lost the
 
end of May.
 
 
 
I am also deeply indebted to my non-dancing friend David who made all
 
the arrangements for the casting and sweated breathlessly for the medallions to arrive
 
only hours before I left San Francisco. (Now, that's another story that I'll tell in Lou 's
 
second book.)
 
 
 
[NOTE: The remarks within these braces were said extemporaneously
 
and are not an exact transcription: {And, I also wish to acknowledge Agnes Smith.
 
She was a co-founder of my club, Western Star Dancers, was a co-founder of
 
Puddletown Squares,((2)) and was a co-chair of the first convention in Seattle. I thank
 
her for the opportunity to be square dancing today.}]
 
 
 
Seattle in 1993 is the 10th convention; so with great pride, these
 
veterans--these pioneers--are presented to you this year. [NOTE: The comments
 
 
 
 
 
within these braces were made extemporaneously after the 28 people were on the
 
stage and are not an exact transcription: {One of us has been dancing as a gay
 
square dancer longer than anyone else. I did not accidentially leave his name out of
 
the program. At the time the material was due to the printer, he was not planning to
 
attend. However, he is here today, and it is a great honor to present((3)) the first 10-
 
Year Medallion to:
 
 
 
Dean Hofmann, San Diego}]
 
Chris Anderson, San Francisco
 
Dean Avakian, Seattle
 
Lyle Boss, Seattle
 
Stan Boyden, Sacramento
 
Steve Browning, San Francisco
 
Dick BUidon, Portiand
 
Scott Carey, San Francisco
 
Dennis Cossey, Denver
 
Manuel Garcia-Guerra, Seattle
 
Alan Hall, San Francisco
 
Karl Jaeckel, Denver
 
Ken Kalstein, San Francisco
 
Harlan Kerr, San Francisco
 
Tom Long, Seattle
 
Ruby Luke, Seattle
 
Tim Murphy, Seattle
 
J.W. Paulson, Seattle
 
Carol Roberts, Vancouver BC
 
Bill St. John, Sacramento
 
Bill Scott, Memphis
 
Dennis Scott, Seattle
 
Lee Smith, Portland
 
Ralph Starr, Puyallup
 
Michael Stokes, San Francisco
 
Craig Thomsen, Portland
 
Bob Weilbacher, Puyallup
 
[Skip Rognlien will present mine]
 
Freeman Stamper, San Francisco
 
 
 
[Skip to make a closing comment]
 
 
 
 
 
1993 10-YEAR VETERAN MEDALLIONS
 
The 10-Year Veteran Medallion has been created to recognize individuals who have
 
committed themselves to the gay square dance community by attending ten IAGSDC
 
conventions. Cast in pewter, the design is symbolic of concepts present in the
 
International Association of Gay Square Dance Clubs. The squares are interlocking,
 
representing the continuity of the clubs who are members of the Association and the
 
linking of the clubs to their Callerlab commonality. The ends of the chain are not
 
connected to each other to represent the ability of the Association to expand, while the
 
curved formation represents the laural branches of achievement. On the reverse is an
 
arrangement of triangles representing the fact that the gay community is the
 
background of the IAGSDC.
 
 
 
Building the database to track the information has not been easy. These people have
 
reviewed lists of names, looked through photo albums, and provided the registration
 
data:
 
 
 
Ken DiGenova, South Florida
 
Jerri Goldberg, South Florida
 
Ric Gonzalez, Albuquerque
 
Dean Hofmann, San Diego
 
Karl Jaeckel, Denver
 
Barry Jones, Vancouver
 
Ken Kalstein, San francisco
 
Jeff Kearns, San Francisco
 
Hal Klein, New York
 
Ron Masker, San Francisco
 
Larry Murchison, Portland
 
Kim Nagele, Los Angeles
 
Happy New Year, Orange County
 
Agnes Smith, Seattle
 
Eddie Smith, San francisco (deceased)
 
Sue Steketee, Albuquerque
 
Doug Thompson, South Florida
 
- Freeman Stamper, Producer
 
 
 
[insert pictures here of medallion front and reverse]
 
 
 
When the medallion is presented, it is
 
inscribed with the recipient's name, the year pre sented and
 
the city in which tha t con vention is located . The medallion
 
is aHached to a wide red ribbon to be worn around the
 
neck .
 
 
 
==REFERENCES==
 
((1)) 2500 INDIVIDUALS, 5500 TOTAL REGISTRATION
 
 
 
((2))After reading the 10-year history book, I learned that Seattle had a fairly strong
 
dance program in its short beginning by the time Agnes arrived in Seattle. However,
 
she was for many years a driving force behind the growth of square dancing in
 
Seattle.
 
 
 
((3)) I read the names; Bob Young, the incoming IAGSDC chair, placed the medallion
 
around the neck of each recipient; and Skip Rognlien, the outgoing lAGS DC chair,
 
secured the snap.
 

Latest revision as of 21:52, 25 October 2018

Rick Hawes, "Stepmother Medallion".
Rick Hawes, "Stepmother Medallion".

The IAGSDC Medallion Project was created by Freeman Stamper to provide dancers with a straightforward, attainable goal to provide a sense of achievement in square dancing.

When a dancer (or non-dancer, caller, or vendor) has attended 10, 20, 25, or 30 IAGSDC Conventions (total, not consecutively), they are awarded a medallion in recognition of their support of and commitment to GLBT square dancing.

At each IAGSDC Convention, there is a Medallion Project table. At the table are a set of books with all attendees' names from all past Conventions. Attendees are asked to find their name, verify their contact and attendance information is correct, and make any needed changes. The books are printed out from a master database maintained by Rick Hawes (from 1998 to 2018) and Keith Gehrig (2018 -). The set of books prepared for the 2013 convention in San Francisco consisted of approximately 800 pages with roughly 7,000 name entries.

When a dancer reached a medallion level, they were notified by “Stepmother Medallion”--a position occupied from 1998 to 2018 by Rick Hawes--that they were eligible to receive their medallion.

The Medallion Project continues, with the coordination taken on by "Funny Uncle Medallion", Keith Gehrig.

Medallions are awarded publicly at Convention, generally during opening ceremonies (30 and 25 Year Medallions) and following the Saturday night banquet (20 Year Medallions) and following the Sunday brunch (10 Year Medallions). There is usually a special dance tip for all medallion holders after the banquet.

According to Stepmother Medallion, as of the 2007 Convention, a total of 553 Ten Year and 49 Twenty Year Medallions had been handed out.

As of 2007, the Medallion Project has been funded by the IAGSDC. Prior to that, first Freeman Stamper and then Rick Hawes privately funded the project.

10 Year Medallions - Recipients
20 Year Medallions - Recipients
25 Year Medallions - Recipients
30 Year Medallions - Recipients
Medallion stories


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