Re: The New Quartermaster Award
William H. Sills (email@example.com)
Sat, 01 Mar 1997 23:45:52 -0600
The Quartermaster Award medal supply had been completely depleted
and it was up to Sea Scouting to come through with another batch. Since
the award is so important to our young men and women and since it is so
difficult an honour to achieve, it seemed fitting to make the medal a
worthy reflection of the honour. It was returned to sterling silver AND
made free-of-charge to the recipients. In order to make the free medal
program "self perpetuating", it was decided that a mark-up would be
charged for the lapel pins, ladies medallions and replacement medals.
The idea was to have these sales bring in enough cash to defray the cost
of replenishing the inventory in the future.
Actually, the cost of these items does not even reflect the
redesign charges, prototype costs, etc. These and all production charges
were covered by donations from a few salty old commodores. The current
prices are truly quite reasonable and fair yet will still bring in the
revenue required to keep the sterling silver medals free to our young
men and women.
The double carrick bend "bar" was designed to add to the
prestige of the Quartermaster Award medal. It does not add more than a
nominal cost. The comments about it here have been very helpful. The
supplier, Bergamot Brass Works, can very likely modify the "bar" so that
the ribbon hangs from it. There is time to consider that idea before the
inventory is exhausted. It would be helpful if everyone that has
received or seen a new QM medal would post their comments.