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07 May 2008 @ 08:25 am
Real Life post: Allow me to preen for a moment ...  
Some of you know that when I'm not being Bardicvoice and rhapsodizing over Supernatural, I'm a career civil servant working for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. (Well, truth be told, I rhapsodize over Supernatural at EPA, too ... my co-workers can attest to that! I've even turned some of them into fans ...) 

I learned yesterday that my team will be awarded an Agency gold medal for our risk management work on perfluorinated compounds, the project I worked on for the last eight years before transferring to my current assignment. We will get our medals at the awards ceremony on May 20, which will be my 19th anniversary of joining the Agency. Pretty cool, huh?
Bronze medals are awarded at the office level, and I've won nine of them in my career, seven from my office, one from enforcement, and one from Region 3. The gold and silver medals, however, are awarded from the office of the Administrator of the Agency, so they come from the very top. I won a silver a few years ago for another major project, and that was a delight. Golds, however, are very few in number. To qualify, it's gotta be big. All of the offices in the Agency submit nominations for their best and most important work to the Administrator's office and compete for the chance. Some years, no golds are awarded at all. There are never more than a handful awarded in any year. So this is a real honor, and I am chuffed!
Just wanted to boast a little ...

(Mind you, the gold medals aren't actually struck in gold, nor are the silver medals struck in silver. They have no monetary value. It's the honor of the award itself that matters. But the bronzes are actually struck in bronze! *grin*)

Current Mood: pleasedpleased
Current Music: "We Are the Champions" by Queen
raputathebuta: it's all in the eyesraputathebuta on May 7th, 2008 01:25 pm (UTC)
Oh Mary! That is fantastic! Very, very cool.

Congratulations to you & your team!
Wymondham College
bardicvoice: batman by <lj user=galathea_snb>bardicvoice on May 7th, 2008 08:23 pm (UTC)
Thank you! (I get the feeing I'm going to be saying that a lot ... *grin*)
whimsywinx: SN-HappyDancewhimsywinx on May 7th, 2008 02:14 pm (UTC)
Yay, Mary!! Congratulations to you and your team!
bardicvoice: batman by <lj user=galathea_snb>bardicvoice on May 7th, 2008 08:25 pm (UTC)
Thank you! There are 19 of us on the list from three different program offices and at least four different cities, and I'm proud to be in their company!

Edited at 2008-05-07 08:25 pm (UTC)
psychoactivtoad: awesomesaucepsychoactivtoad on May 7th, 2008 03:10 pm (UTC)
Congratulations! I'm so happy for you.
bardicvoice: batman by <lj user=galathea_snb>bardicvoice on May 7th, 2008 08:26 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I'm happy for me, too!
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bardicvoice: batman by <lj user=galathea_snb>bardicvoice on May 7th, 2008 08:27 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
ex_nonniemou154 on May 7th, 2008 05:40 pm (UTC)
Congratulations! That's awesome!
bardicvoice: batman by <lj user=galathea_snb>bardicvoice on May 7th, 2008 08:28 pm (UTC)
Ooooh - so's your icon! Thank you for giving me the smiling JDM seal of approval!
sarie_wanderer: proudsarie_wanderer on May 7th, 2008 07:52 pm (UTC)
Wow, congratulations \o/ Being recognized for your work is always a nice feeling. You should be proud that you're doing good things (-from someone who does nothing of importance whatsoever).
bardicvoice: batman by <lj user=galathea_snb>bardicvoice on May 7th, 2008 08:31 pm (UTC)
Sarie, what we do for each other always counts and is of importance, and usually more than what any of us do in order to get paid. I'll admit, I take a lot of satisfaction in being a public servant working on the environmental systems maintenance crew of spaceship Earth. I'm a small cog in a large wheel, but I do turn!

And thank you!
zofia27zofia27 on May 8th, 2008 12:17 am (UTC)
Wow! That's great news...CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!
frenchlady_ca on May 8th, 2008 02:24 am (UTC)
Mary, Félicitations !!

It's nice to hear from someone who's real life is doing good. And being recognize for our work is always great.

Keep up the good work
ghostwalker13 on May 8th, 2008 04:38 am (UTC)
Yeah!!! Congratulations Mary! You are Batman! *winks* What an honor - I'm sure it made that project very worthwhile to do. :)

I'll be thinking of you on May 20th. It's really cool. Give yourself a great pat on back from me. Thank you for all you do at EPA. This civilian appreciates it.

oceantriana: Junior & Kenny - Hillbilly Rockstarsoceantriana on May 8th, 2008 02:18 pm (UTC)
Congratulations, Mary!!!! :D