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Mission Accomplished!

 And has this been hard to keep under wraps! 
 
Hello out there Fandom Rockers!
 
As some of you recall, we recently finished Campaign Two, where our funds were divided between the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund and the Lawrence Humane Society. During my visit with the IMSFF, they presented my dad with one of their special IMSFF challenge coins. This presentation meant a great deal to him, and after he explained the significance of the coins, to me as well.
 
The challenge coins have a long-standing history in the military, especially in the Marine Corps. Among service members, they are a way of verifying service in or with a particular unit. When they are presented to someone outside the unit, they represent meritorious service on behalf of that unit.
 
After arriving home from Camp Pendleton, I found myself thinking about the whole debacle at the Creation Convention in Chicago, where Jared and Jensen were given Special Forces coins, which later turned out to have been presented by a man who misrepresented himself. Most of us have heard the story, so I will not rehash the details.
 
I emailed our wonderful contact at the IMSFF, Angela McCrary, and inquired about possibly receiving a few of their challenge coins to present to them. I explained what had occurred with the fraudulence in Chicago, and how I felt this would serve to not only replace those coins on some level, but to promote the IMSFF and Fandom Rocks to the cast and crew. I felt that the show deserved the coins because without Supernatural, there would be no Fandom Rocks, and without Fandom Rocks, there would have been no contact between the fans and the IMSFF.
 
I received an enthusiastic response from Angela, and two challenge coins were sent to me to present to Jared and Jensen. There began a month of nail- and cheek-biting.
 
In order to be "valid," a challenge coin must be presented by a member of the unit for which the coin is issued. In other words, regular people like you and I could give someone a challenge coin, but the meaning of meritorious service to the unit would be invalidated. I had to find a Marine, specifically an injured Marine, to present those coins on behalf of the IMSFF, Fandom Rocks, and the fandom in general. I tried to find ways to arrange this, such as having a Wounded Warrior attend Creation LA with someone from Fandom Rocks, but it just was not meant to be, mainly because I am the Fandom Rocks contact closest to LA, and could not make the trip for financial reasons.
 
Enter Bobby. Or, rather, his wonderful alter ego, Jim Beaver.
 
I have Jim on my friend's list on my personal MySpace account, and in a burst of inspiration, messaged him to ask for assistance. I was hoping he would be willing to present the coins for us, or barring that, might know some other way in which we could arrange a presentation. Having seen him mention his years of service in the Marine Corps, I knew that he would understand the significance of the coins.
 
I explained that I needed a Marine to present the coins. I offered up every bit of qualification and verification that I could offer him, including contact information for the IMSFF, Fandom Rocks, etc., as I wanted to assure Jim of our validity and good intentions. Jim messaged me back after verifying the information I provided and agreed to present the coins for us when he returned to Vancouver to film the final episodes of Season Three.
 
I shipped the coins (below) to Jim several weeks ago, along with a poster Dana designed with the names of all the Fandom Rocks contributors on it.  On his return to Los Angeles, Jim was gracious enough to share this picture from the set, which was taken when the coins were presented to Jared and Jensen. 





 


In Jim's own words:
 
I explained to Jared and Jensen, separately, what the medallions represented and the nature of the organizations (IMSFF and Fandom Rocks) behind the presentation.  I took special pains to make it clear that I had investigated the credentials of the organizations in order to avoid any embarrassment such as happened in Chicago.  I explained to them that, ideally, the medallions should be presented by an injured/wounded Marine and that while I was not an injured Marine, I hoped that my status as a Marine veteran of the Vietnam War was sufficient to the purpose.  They both indicated that they were very touched by the award and by the interest that our troops in the Middle East have shown in Supernatural.  Later, we took a break from shooting a scene for the season finale of the show and had one of our camera operators record the presentation on my camera.  (So the slightly soft focus is my camera's fault, not Brad's!  He's a great camera operator.)  And then we all went back to work. 

As I say, I think the guys were very pleased and honored.
  



This picture is exclusive to Fandom Rocks, as it was presented to us by Jim himself. Please do not repost this picture in any other groups or take it for fan art. If you would like to share this information, we would greatly appreciate links back to this post instead as we know not everyone has added Fandom Rocks to their friends' list. 

We would like to give special thanks to Angela at the IMSFF, for her assistance and her work with the Wounded Warriors, and to Jim for taking the time and effort to assist Fandom Rocks and the IMSFF with the challenge coin presentation. We would also like to thank everyone in the fandom, most especially to the contributors of Fandom Rocks. All of your efforts gave us the reason and ability to make this happen. It has truly taken the effort and energy of an entire group of people to accomplish this goal, and to accomplish it so successfully. I cannot envision a more fitting moment for this presentation to cap off our campaign than during the filming of the finale!

And now.... let's see what we can do with Campaign Three! Onward and upward!

ETA: There seems to be some misunderstanding going around as to what party issued these particular challenge coins. Please note, they are IMSFF coins. The IMSFF supports the Wounded Warrior unit of the USMC, but they are NOT the United States Marine Corps itself. They are a UMSC auxilliary group.

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ilovesn
Apr. 30th, 2008 02:24 am (UTC)
*SQUEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE*

I'm glad it's finally out there.

I've known for too damn long *giggles* :D

YOU ROCK :D

ALL OF YOU ROCK :D

*blows kisses*
geminilove_ca
Apr. 30th, 2008 02:30 am (UTC)
Yes, you my partner in mayhem. Thanks for the handholding while I sweated this every step of the way. I was so worried something would go wrong - like evil postal machines eating the package with the coins.
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theladyscribe
Apr. 30th, 2008 02:25 am (UTC)
Hey, I'm spoiler-free, but I took the risk to read this. And I have to say, other than Jim being on the set, there aren't any spoilers (and really, who would consider *that* a spoiler?). You can probably remove the spoiler warning (or at the least, mention that a spoiler-free person doesn't find it spoilery). :)

Also, JIM BEAVER FTW! \o/
geminilove_ca
Apr. 30th, 2008 02:28 am (UTC)
I have people on my personal flist who consider casting info and on set pics from upcoming episodes to be spoilers. We are trying to err on the side of caution in that regard, though I did say they were fairly mild spoilers.

And yes, Jim is DEFINITELY made of win! I very much enjoyed my conversations with him via email and I look forward to being able to attend a con someday where I can talk to him in person.
shoiryu
Apr. 30th, 2008 02:34 am (UTC)
Oh my gosh, that's so wonderful! And so great of you to go to all that trouble!
geminilove_ca
Apr. 30th, 2008 04:59 am (UTC)
Honestly, the hardest part has been keeping my mouth shut for the couple of weeks until it was finally done. I am good at keeping secrets, but that was TOUGH! :)

Edited at 2008-04-30 05:01 am (UTC)
roniabirk
Apr. 30th, 2008 02:36 am (UTC)
The poster has names of all donors (except any who wished to remain anonymous) from all campaigns up to a few weeks ago when it was mailed.

This was very exciting and awesome. Many thanks to Brande for all the coordinating and nail-biting. (My nails are bad as it is.) ;-)
geminilove_ca
Apr. 30th, 2008 05:02 am (UTC)
And thanks to Dana for her work on the poster and the website because she's the woman with the skills! I just mail stuff. :)
longhornhoney
Apr. 30th, 2008 02:39 am (UTC)
OMG!!! You are such an amazing person!!! To have the idea to do this, to take the initative to do this, to do all that it took to get that to them!!! You fucking rock!!! You are such an amazing, caring, warm-hearted person!!!!
geminilove_ca
Apr. 30th, 2008 05:03 am (UTC)
I love you too... :)Thank my Mama for raising me right. :)
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cloex_brosluvr
Apr. 30th, 2008 02:41 am (UTC)
Oh my, this brings a tear to my eyes.

WOW! ILOVEJIM!! Thank you for doing this!
geminilove_ca
Apr. 30th, 2008 05:05 am (UTC)
Yes, Jim is totally awesome! I am grateful to have had this experience.
gwendolynmstacy
Apr. 30th, 2008 02:43 am (UTC)
Oh wow, that's amazing.
geminilove_ca
Apr. 30th, 2008 05:07 am (UTC)
Yeah. I wish I'd gotten better pictures of the coins before I mailed them off. The design was actually created by a member of the Wounded Warriors, a young injured Marine. When you look at it up close, it's just gorgeous in its simplicity and symbolism.
wander_lust_79
Apr. 30th, 2008 02:47 am (UTC)
Thats amazing!!!! Wow..very cool!!!! Way to go! :)
geminilove_ca
Apr. 30th, 2008 05:10 am (UTC)
Thanks. Like most FR stuff, it's a community effort. I just had an idea. If people hadn't stepped up all along the way and made all these things fall into place, nothing would have ever come of it. Still, way cool... I actually gasped when I saw the email today from Jim with the picture in it.
shadow_of_doubt
Apr. 30th, 2008 03:03 am (UTC)
Oh, this is just too wonderful for words! Thank you so much for doing this! I felt so bad for Jared and Jensen after the horrible stuff with the fake soldier. You guys definitely do rock!
geminilove_ca
Apr. 30th, 2008 05:13 am (UTC)
You and me both. I got angry when it all came to light. And when I get angry, I get motivated. (You should see me clean house when I get mad! LOL)
tinitrinity
Apr. 30th, 2008 03:11 am (UTC)
Wow. That's so awesome!
geminilove_ca
Apr. 30th, 2008 05:13 am (UTC)
Yeah, it is... Our fandom rocks, because our show rocks.
a_carnal_mink
Apr. 30th, 2008 03:29 am (UTC)

Magnificent! Thank-you so much for going to all that trouble for the boys. You and Jim rock most verily! :D
geminilove_ca
Apr. 30th, 2008 05:18 am (UTC)
It really wasn't much trouble. I just wish I could've done more.
shannenb
Apr. 30th, 2008 03:34 am (UTC)
Awesome! That was really great of you guys! I'm sure the boys appreciated it tons! :)
geminilove_ca
Apr. 30th, 2008 05:23 am (UTC)
Thanks.
_sin_attract
Apr. 30th, 2008 04:05 am (UTC)
WOW! That's so incredible to hear about! Way to go!
geminilove_ca
Apr. 30th, 2008 05:24 am (UTC)
When the going gets tough, the fans get tougher. :)
blacklid
Apr. 30th, 2008 04:33 am (UTC)
YAY!
I am personally grateful to you, and the IMSFF, for vindicating this honor. They completely deserve them. And Jim is awesome for being so protective and generous in taking the time to make sure this happened the way it should.

The teeny little corner of fandom in my house sends an extra big thank you to Angela and Jim and Brande, and everyone at Fandom Rocks, for doing this. *waves*

Seeing all three of them like that... with those smiles... it just warms my heart. Yay, finally.

-Karina
geminilove_ca
Apr. 30th, 2008 05:34 am (UTC)
Re: YAY!
When I read about what happened, I got angry for a multitude of reasons. I felt like they were deceived, which was just cruel and selfish, but the fans had also been deceived and the coins and uniform had been completely dishonored.

I wanted our fandom to be able to make it right somehow, but couldn't quite figure out how, or even if we had the ability. Honestly, if Angela had never gone back into her office in almost a spur of the moment decision and presented my dad with his IMSFF coin, none of this would have happened.

It's just... serendipity. That's all I can call it.
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geminilove_ca
Apr. 30th, 2008 05:39 am (UTC)
:)
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