92-Year-Old Awarded Snow Angel Lapel Pin

The Edmonton City Snow Angel Lapel Pin is awarded to good Samaritans who help fellow senior residents shovel their snow. Edmonton has a lot of serious snow storms every winter and shoveling the walkways and driveways is no easy feet for anyone, let alone seniors. The Edmonton City Council awards the snow angel lapel pin to residents who clear the way for seniors or the handicapped. The latest awardee is not only a snow angle, he is also 91 years old!

Andrew Nykilchuk is a beloved figure in his Edmonton neighborhood.

“I keep telling him he makes us look bad because he’s a senior and we’re the ones that are supposed to be doing this for him,” says a laughing Jessica Houle, one of the neighbours who nominated him.

“He tries to get out there first thing in the morning before we have a chance to get to it, or, if he knows that we run out the door in the morning and we don’t necessarily have time to do it right away, he’ll get it done during the day before we get back from work.”

We don’t think there is worthier recipient of a snow angle lapel pin.

READ MORE: http://www.edmontonjournal.com/opinion/blogs/Edmonton+snow+angel+gets+wings/7536894/story.html

Applebee’s to Hand Out ‘Thank You’ Lapel Pins to Veterans

On Veteran’s Day, current and former servicemen and women are invited to come to Applebee’s restaurants across the Rochester area for a free meal.

Veterans, and those on active duty with proof of United States military service, can choose one free entrée from Applebee’s Veteran’s Day menu. Additionally, the first 500 military personnel to visit a neighborhood Applebee’s restaurant will receive a commemorative “thank you” lapel pin. Pins are available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

All Applebee’s locations across upstate New York and Connecticut will participate. Since the program’s inception in 2009, Applebee’s restaurants have served more than three million veterans and active duty military.


Source: http://www.irondequoitpost.com/events/x1660698990/Applebees-to-offer-free-meals-to-veterans-Nov-11

Australian MP Faces Ejection over Lapel Pin

IN the NSW Upper House, five millimetres makes all the difference.

If your lapel pin is wider than the prescribed 20 millimetre limit, you could be ruled out of order for breaching dress standards.

Do that three times, and the president of the Upper House could eject you from the chamber.

But this did not worry Greens MP Jeremy Buckingham, who wore a 25 millimetre wide Aboriginal flag pin back into the chamber on Wednesday, only a day after he expressed fears he could find himself expelled for breaching the parliamentary dress code.

“To be thrown out … because of a pin the size of a thumb nail … what planet are we on?” Mr Buckingham told AAP.

Government Whip Peter Phelps had on Tuesday called Mr Buckingham on a point of order for wearing the oversized badge, and Mr Buckingham expected a repeat the following day.

READ MORE: http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/breaking-news/nsw-greens-mp-to-wear-aboriginal-flag-pin/story-fn3dxiwe-1226497506603

Senate Candidates Lapel Pins Convey Political Message


They answered some questions, dodged others. Promoted themselves, tore the other guy down. And just in case an hour of yapping onstage wasn’t enough to make their case, Timothy M. Kaine (D) and George Allen (R) said it with lapel pins.

Virginia’s two former governors and U.S. Senate hopefuls, polar opposites on most things, pursued strikingly similar suit-adornment strategies in Monday night’s debate: Each wore a pin meant to puncture the claims his opponent was floating about him.

Allen often accuses Kaine of supporting massive defense cuts, so Kaine fought back by sporting an American flag pin.

Kaine says Allen would deny women access to abortion, birth control and equal pay. Allen countered with a pink breast cancer bow.

READ MORE: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/virginia-politics/post/in-debate-kaine-and-allen-say-it-with-lapel-pins/2012/10/09/7dbcde9c-120e-11e2-be82-c3411b7680a9_blog.html

Trade Mission to Exchange Lapel Pins


When trade missions get together, exchanging gifts is imperative. Mexican Mission representatives sometimes give expensive bottles of Tequila. Usually, though, the gifts are inexpensive trinkets. Oregon’s trade mission, headed by Gov. John Kitzhaber, will hand out lapel pins this year, leaving an imprint and a solidarity message way after they leave the host country, Japan. It once again reiterates the importance of lapel pins as a gift and a commemorative item that will leave an impression for a long time. 


READ MORE: http://www.statesmanjournal.com/article/20121016/NEWS/310160021/Gift-exchange-big-part-some-trade-missions?odyssey=tab%7Ctopnews%7Ctext%7CNews

Romney Lapel Pin at Presidential Debate

Lapel Pins were a focal point of the debate between President Obama and Mitt Romney. Political pundits and media gurus have analyzed every moment of the presidential debate that took place last week. Every nuance, claim and sentence uttered by the President and Mr. Romney was dissected and nitpicked with a fine-tooth comb. Their hair, suits, ties and shoes were discussed and  scrutinized. The pins the candidates sported on their lapels was no different. The tradition of wearing a patriotic lapel pin started with Richard Nixon, who wore an American flag lapel pin regularly. Nixon biographer Stephen Ambrose claims that the president, besieged by protests over the Vietnam War, was advised to wear a patriotic pin by his chief of staff, Bob Haldeman. Haldeman’s idea came  from Robert Redford’s 1972 film, “The Candidate”. The practice of wearing flag lapel pins waned in the coming years only to be reawakened by the events of 9/11. Even then, the idea was embroiled in controversy as the Republicans claimed that not wearing a flag lapel pin was a sign of weak patriotism. Since that time, wearing a flag lapel pin has becone standard among politicians on both sides of the aisle.

Even though President Obama has said in the past that “My attitude is that I’m less concerned about what you’re wearing on your lapel than what’s in your heart,” the pin has been a permanent addition to his lapel. Not wearing a lapel pin would be akin to not wearing clothes at all – in today’s political climate and social norm.

At the presidential debate last week, President Obama wore the standard, smaller sized American Flag lapel pin. Mr. Romney’s pin was more prominent and had an unusual design on the stripes. Pundits and analysts pored over the debate tapes to determine the exact design and meaning of Mr. Romney’s pin. As it turns out, the lapel pin was a special Secret Service flag lapel pin, with the Secret Service emblem emblazoned on the stripes of the American Flag. The pin is worn by members of the Secret Service and their fans and gives no security clearance. The pins are traded between members and fans just like Olympic pins.

Mr. Romney is not the first to change up his lapel pins. Congressman Paul Ryan, Mr. Romney’s running mate, sports what appears to be a variant, and sometimes,  a flag with a GOP elephant. During the Republican debates, Newt Gingrich wore a pin replica of George Washington’s  Revolutionary War flag. So far, the president and Vice President Joe Biden are still wearing  the classic American flag pin.

Lapel Pins On Display At Museum

 The lapel collection of McAlester resident, Dorthy Kirkland, is on display at the McAlester Building Foundation Museum.

Pictured with the collection is her daughter Christine Briggs, left, of McAlester, and her grandchildren, Rodney Briggs and Gina Lawhon.

The collection of approximately 1,600 pins can bee seen at the museum.

The McAlester Building Foundation Museum is at the Old McAlester High School, 200 E. Adams Ave. and is open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to noon.


Credit: http://mcalesternews.com/local/x2056652757/McAlesters-museum-currently-displaying-lapel-collection

Patches & Pins Show State Pride at RNC

Patches & Pins Show State Pride at RNC

The tradition of wacky individualistic outfits at party conventions is a long one, so consider the effort it must take to enforce a delegation dress code.

Nonetheless, a number of state delegations are making their collective fashion statements. New Mexico’s delegates are in turquoise polo shirts with the state’s Zia sun logo. Many Michigan delegates have slipped on football jerseys emblazoned with “Ford” and “48,” a tribute to former President Gerald R. Ford, who played center and linebacker for the University of Michigan before representing the state in Congress.

Oklahomans wore tasteful blue blazers for men and women, with a patch bearing the state seal. Mike Sanders, a delegate, said they had been voted best-dressed delegation by NPR twice, in 2012 and 2008.

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Pin of Pride launches in Jamaica today

This is an excellent idea from the Jamaican government. Create a limited amount of pins, making it a collectors item, and overcharge for it, filling the country’s coffers. Lapel Pins are an excellent choice due to their longevity and stylishness.


‘Pin of Pride’ to be Launched Today

“One million Jamaica 50 commemorative pins will go on sale starting Friday June 29th, when the Jamaica 50 Secretariat launches its One Million Pins (OMP) Initiative.Government of Jamaica, Jamaica Information Service”


New Hidden Mickey Pins to Be Released at Disney Parks

The Walt Disney Company has always offered collectible Disney pins in each of its Parks and Resorts around the world. With the start of the Millennium Celebration in October 1999, they introduced the tradition of Disney Pin Trading. Today, thousands of Guests trade pins with other Guests and Cast Members from around the world. Children the world over go crazy over these Walt Disney trading pins.

New Hidden Mickey Pins to Be Released at Disney Parks This …

“A slew of new Hidden Mickey pins will be released at Disneyland Resort and The Walt Disney World Resort in the next few weeks, which is big news for pin.DisZine”