80th anniversary - First B.M. Challenge Coin

Electricians Welfare Committee, Unit 4

Regular price $20.00

UPDATE: We have removed the limit on this coin.

The District 4 Welfare Committee is made up entirely of volunteers, who come in after work. As a result, it may take a few days after you order for us to package and ship your items. Thank you for your patience.

IBEW Local 11 - First Business Manager Challenge Coin

We made this new challenge coin honoring Brother Gene Gaillac the first Business Manager of Local 11. For the time being these will ONLY be available at the D4 Hall. Since we only made 250 there is a strict limit of 3 per member.

When the IO amalgamated the 6 inside locals in Los Angeles county into one local, B-11, International Rep Forrest Eugene “Gene” Gaillac was appointed the Business Manager.

In the May 1945 edition of the IBEW Journal international President Ed Brown issued a statement saying that Gaillac wasn’t holding general membership meetings, accused him of financial malfeasance and announced that the International would be terminating international supervision over Local Union B-11 and holding nominations in May, with the election being in June.

However, the truth is even more sinister than that. In the book “They Dared To Dream,” the official history book of the IBEW put out by the IO it is revealed that the real reason Brother Galliac was fired by President Brown was to get back at the 9th District IVP, J. Scott Milne.

Brother Gene Gaillac died before his reputation could be restored. According to his wife he died of a broken heart, and blamed his death on Brown’s “terrible injustice.”

Only 250 of these cousin were produced, so orders will be limited to 3 per member.  No exceptions.  


Challenge Coin Rules 

1. Rules of the coin game must be given or explained to all new coin holders.

2 The coin MUST be carried at all times. You can be challenged for it anywhere, any time. You must produce the coin without taking more than 1 step or an arm's length to produce it.

3. When challenging, the challenger must state whether it is for a single drink or a round of drinks.

4. Failure to produce a coin, for whatever reason, results in a
bought round or single drink (whatever the challenger
stated). This type of transaction could be expensive, so hold onto your coin. Once the offender (coinless challenger) has bought the drink or round, they can't be challenged again.

5. If all the challenged produce their coins, the challenger loses and must buy the drinks for all respondents. This too can be expensive, so challenge wisely.

6. Under no circumstances can a coin be handed to another in response to a challenge if a person gives their coin to another, that person can keep the coin -- it's theirs!!! However, if a person places the coin down and another person picks it up to examine it that is not considered giving, and the examiner are honour-bound to place the coin back. The examiner can't challenge while they hold another Members coin. After negotiating a ''reasonable" ransom", the examiner must return the, Member's coin.

7. If a coin is lost, replacement is up to the individual. A new coin should be acquired at the earliest opportunity -- losing a coin and not replacing it doesn't relieve a Member of his/her responsibilities. This is especially true if your fellow Members know that you traditionally carry a coin.

8. The coin should be controlled at all times. Giving a coin to just anyone is like opening a fraternity to just anyone. It is an honour to be given a coin, let's keep it that way. A given or awarded coin is of more personal value than a purchased coin.

9. No holes may be drilled in a coin.

10. The above rules apply to anyone who is worthy to be given/awarded a coin, has a purchased coin, or who is known to be a previous coin holder.