The Atlantic Middle States Association Membership Medals recognize Compatriots who are members (primary or dual) of the North Atlantic District (New Jersey and New York) and the Mid-Atlantic District (Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, Pennsylvania and Virginia). The medals encourage participation by Compatriots in the Association’s affairs and attendance at meetings of the Atlantic Middle States Association. Ultimately, the goal of the AMS Membership Medal is to enhance cooperation between and among the Compatriots and State Societies of the Atlantic Middle States Association.
The AMS Membership Medal is awarded in both a Bronze and Silver Level. The specific requirements for each medal are detailed below. The obverse of each medal bears a depiction of a militia soldier of the American Revolution flanked on the left by the outlines of Pennsylvania, New York and Delaware, and on the right by the outlines of Maryland, New Jersey, Virginia and the District of Columbia. The inscription “Atlantic Middle States Association” appears at the top above six stars, representing the six states from the region that fought for independence. The medal is suspended from a chest ribbon of blue, buff and red, representing the colors of the Continental army’s uniform coat (blue) and facings (buff for New York and New Jersey, red for Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware and Virginia). The medal is available in both large and miniature versions.
The Silver and Bronze AMSA Membership Medals rank directly below all NSSAR Medals and the Gold AMSA Service Medal, but above any State Society Medals. Between the two, the Silver Membership Medal has the higher precedence.
Bronze Membership Medal
|Summary: The Bronze AMSA Medal is awarded by the Secretary of the Atlantic Middle States Association to a Compatriot in recognition of his membership (primary or dual) in one of the State Societies who make up the Atlantic Middle States Association.
Criteria: A Compatriot wishing to purchase this medal must provide documentation of his membership in an AMSA State Society to the AMSA Secretary.
Wear: Any authorized Compatriot may purchase and wear this medal. Authorized Compatriots are encouraged to purchase and wear the Bronze Medal.
Subsequent Presentation: This medal is a membership medal and not designed for subsequent presentations. Oak leaf clusters are not authorized.
Silver Membership Medal
|Summary: The Silver AMSA Medal is awarded by the Secretary of the Atlantic Middle States Association to a Compatriot, who also qualifies for the Bronze Medal, in recognition of his attendance at one (1) AMSA Annual Conference in each of the seven (7) constituent State Societies. Colloquially called “Completing the Cycle,” a Compatriot may satisfy this requirement in seven consecutive years or in non-consecutive attendance, so long as a Compatriot ultimately attends a Conference hosted by each of the seven State Societies. Compatriots earning this medal are acknowledged in the Conference Report Booklet.
Criteria: A Compatriot wishing to purchase this medal must provide documentation of his membership in an AMSA State Society and his attendance at seven AMSA Annual Conferences (one in each State Society) to the AMSA Secretary.
Wear: Any authorized Compatriot may purchase and wear this medal. Authorized Compatriots are encouraged to purchase and wear the Silver Medal.
Subsequent Presentation: Oak leaf clusters are authorized. To be awarded an oak leaf cluster, a Compatriot would have to complete a subsequent cycle.
Retroactive Award Rules: The AMSA authorized the Silver Medal at the 2013 Annual Conference. Individuals who attended Annual Conferences beginning in 2007 are eligible for the Silver Medal. The authorized conferences are: Annapolis, MD (2007), Princeton, NJ (2008), Rochester, NY (2009), Philadelphia, PA (2010), Alexandria, VA (2011), Newark, DE (2012), Washington, DC (2013), Hunt Valley, MD (2014), Bridgewater, NJ (2015), Albany, NY (2016), Gettysburg, PA (2017).