Bernard Baggarly Member of the Year 2008


At the close of a great weekend, I’d like to make a post
about the Member of the Year.  Saturday
morning our Minister of Letters was awarded the member of the Year for
2008.  The list of reasons Letters was
awarded MOY is long, but at the end of a great IFS weekend after all the
hungover Ministers and Rabbi limped home, Baggs shows us the way. 

I realize most came from further away than LA,
and some didn’t come at all.  (PAT?) I
actually wasn’t there when IFS saved Christmas. 
So I owed one.  There’s a lot of ‘take’
in an IFS weekend, sometimes it feels great to ‘give’ a little something back.  The Ministers of Letters, MOM and Art and
Design all managed to make it down to the ‘Hillside House’ to spend a little
time with developmentally disabled men and women.  The experience was moving to say the

hillside home copy.jpg

Letters recently picked up a new
job at Hillside House and helps these folks as a second job.  The levels of functioning varied greatly
between residents and some people could hardly interact.  Others are relatively lucid and many have
well developed senses of humor and fun.  The
following video is a resident named Chris painting with us.  Chris has many girlfriends and likes to talk ‘smack’
to Bernie or anyone else in his path.  While
A&D and myself were largely bystanders, Letters introduced us to many
residents, helped with watercolor painting, fruit punch, football watching,
email, and just ‘clowning’.

Part of the reason i wanted to post these photos is to highlight what Letters might not mention himself in casual conversation.  He has a very positive impact on a number of these people and is recognized throughout.  Although our visit was brief, we got a great glimpse into a very special part of his daily life.  Parts of our visit were relatively humbling and the condition of many residents require constant care and supervision, some things are a little tough to see.

I really respect these selfless people who
work at the Hillside House an
d other similar establishments. 
Maybe I’ll go help some underprivileged Los Angeles youth who don’t
have fathers to play catch with, honestly I was that inspired. Good Work
IFS gives.


7 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Letters
    Nov 28, 2008 @ 10:44:43

    Hope everyone had an awesome Thanksgiving! MOM & A+D, thanks for coming to Hillside the other day. Chris was asking where you guys were at the next day. Thanks for all the kind words of congratulations. I am honored and humbled to be this year’s MOY. I am thankful for IFS.

  2. health
    Nov 27, 2008 @ 16:59:49

    Happy Thanksgiving Brosefs.. I miss you Brosefs already. Curtis, Nova, JCon.. Stop being stubborn and move back already

  3. Rousingq
    Nov 27, 2008 @ 10:34:54

    Yeah! Happy Thanksgiving, or sumpthin.

  4. nova
    Nov 27, 2008 @ 09:23:10

    Baggs, you are my hero, Happy Thanksgiving IFS.

  5. nova
    Nov 27, 2008 @ 09:22:45

    Baggs, you are my hero, Happy Thanksgiving IFS.

  6. M+T
    Nov 24, 2008 @ 11:08:30

    So strong. Nice work you guys. This weekend was even better than I expected and I had been looking forward to it for months. My only complaint is that it went by so fast.

  7. Rousing
    Nov 24, 2008 @ 08:22:31

    Member of the Year. Great work Baggs, miss you already.