Medallion Project

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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. 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’ll be notified by “Stepmother Medallion” - a position occupied since 1998 by Rick Hawes - that they are eligible to receive their medallion.

Medallions are awarded publicly at Convention, generally during opening ceremonies (30 and 25 Year Medallions) and following the Saturday night banquet (10 and 20 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.

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