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

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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.


I.F.S. Memories – 2nd Anniversary


We are so close to 4 I can taste it, but being the luddite that I am, I don’t know how to properly taste it, and so I have enlisted Steven Seagal to teach us all. This brings back so many memories of being 2 years old, all I can think about is IFS and how glorious this meeting will be. Any set plans for the weekend? I don’t even care, as I’m sure it will be good no matter what.

See more funny videos and funny pictures at CollegeHumor.

Social Development


Sorry this post will be a bit convoluted, but I have a few things to bring up. Here are the things I would like to discuss:

  1. I tried to deliver password protected posts yesterday, but they aren’t going to work in our current system. There are two options moving forward to achieve this goal:
    • keep us on MovableType but move over to dynamic content (php). This would have the least effect on everyone, but as I have found from using MT, it is not as widely supported as WordPress, so there are less cool plugins.
    • move us onto WordPress. This would be a new system, but it is really similar to MT so everyone should be able to figure it out. I know we just moved so I am weighing that in my decision. The last move took several days time so I will not be making this move for a while.

  2. The I.F.S. Game is moving along nicely. I have added a link to the top of the left column for easy access in the future. Everything is set for another level, but it would be nice to get the scoreboard completed as well. Which would you rather see first?
  3. The I.F.S. Constitution – Our beloved Minister of Philanthropy has drafted a more formal constitution that needs to be melded with our napkins so that we have super sacred documents. Philanthropy has some great ideas for formalizing some elements of our society in an effort to preserve it’s original intent, while providing groups of ministers the freedom to conduct meetings and business.
  4. The Next I.F.S. Meeting – We have a real need for some business to be taken care of, and the next meeting is a great opportunity for this to happen. I don’t want to sink ships, but from what I have heard Chicago is not going to happen, as there are many unknowns in people’s lives right now. The latest I heard from Team Germany was that they will not be able to make it. I personally am sitting on my rebate money, but could really use it to cover the past month’s credit bills as I apparently got a little crazey.
  5. It Doesn’t Happen At IHOP – I got the call and our story was a runner-up.

Any other business to discuss?

From North to South, from East to West


From overseas we’ll come. So you tremble at our warning we’ll return next month.  The night will be ours, but the battle is not yet over…

This will be my final post before our San Diego journey.  As of today I have gotten commitments to come from almost everyone.  Why don’t I name who isn’t coming: Health, Letters, Wardrobe, fish fornication, Schnitzel,  of course our Germany contingent and Athletics? maybe?  Does that mean only Photo/Wine is the only SB minister to make it to our spring meeting? Dad, wow. Call him what you will, Dane’s love for Philanthropy is big.  (Auditory Pleasures and even Finance, yes Finance will be there)

Other than that I think we have everyone and I’m looking forward to a great weekend.  I’ve got two rooms booked at the Beach Haven Inn in Pacific Beach. (4740 Mission Blvd, San Diego, CA) I will be trying to get off work as soon as possible and will head south with A&D, Comp and AP to go try and catch an Adolphus on the beach before sunset.
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We will be hitting the town Friday night and Saturday we will be going to a local park to have food and drink for our meeting.  Philanthropy and I have discussed the breakfast and the park should be a relaxed atmosphere for us to hang around with friends and family, and drink early in the morning.  But don’t worry, in order to follow the rules of our Society, Philanthropy has promised flapjacks.  From there, the world of San Diego is our proverbial oyster. 

Lets Schuk.

You Snooze, You Lose


I know Interior Design is on his way to Germany, and we are all as far apart as we have ever been, but does anyone have a say on where we vacation? I don’t want this next trip to end up like Philly for myself personally, as the earlier we book tickets the more solidly committed / planned this trip will be. And if I learned anything from last Saturday night, it would be that snoozing leads to losing. Not to name names, but it would be nice to know what Philanthropy, Maritime Affairs, and a few others that haven’t commented directly, feel about the trip.

OK… I’m Calm Now

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(This picture is what came up when I typed “Prodigal Son” into a google image search)

I learned something this weekend.  I discovered that all it takes to get out of a bad mood is a spontaneous trip to Santa Monica, drinking games, karaoke, and some late night photography of Competition playing every sport conceivable… that last one will make more sense after an upcoming post (hopefully). 

Now I’m thinking clearly and would still be honored to maintain the responsibility of setting up our next big excursion. 

So, R&S has purchased a ticket to go to NYC for Memorial Day weekend with the hopes that the rest of us will follow suit.  After speaking with several other Ministers, it has become apparent that many of us would not have enough time to save enough money to make the trip happen at that particular time.  Also, M+T will be in NYC visiting his brother two weeks prior to Memorial Day weekend, and it’s unreasonable to expect him to make two trips to NYC in a matter of weeks.  So, I hate to break it to our European contingent, but Memorial Day weekend is an impossibility.

Which brings us back to square one.  Here we are, set to go somewhere on Labor Day weekend…  Big Apple or Windy City.  After speaking to R&S and Rousing, they explained to me that traveling to Chicago would be impossible for them.  I encourage them to comment on their reasons why this is the case, as I would probably not be able to accurately represent them here.

So, let’s re-open the discussion so we can figure out our destination, and then I’ll start crunching the numbers to see how much we will probably be spending on everything: hotel, entertainment, food, etc…

…the ball is rolling.



Sorry bout it.  The last thing I wanted to do was coagulate the syrup.  I made a move with the right intentions in mind, (opportunity to hang out with my friends) but with the complete opposite outcome.  I guess that’s what happens when you drown yourself in schnitzel, fresh beir, and frau line limbs.  I am sorry guys did not mean to create commotion.  Baggs:  ” I LOVE YOU  BROTHER, and I hope it’s not ” to late to apologize ” ( New popular Germany song jam) for the under-mind-zation jam.  As for me, I am headed out to NY, and will meet up with Er Dog (for those of you that are acquainted) and if I see you out there I will buy you a beer.  Ciao Brothers!

If you can make it here….


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I know some of you had your hearts set on Chicago….but honestly, I would not have been able to pull it off.  And in the future, it will be done proper.  As for now, we have a date with destiny in the Greatest City on Earth.  Who’s coming with me?

About the Ministers



Following our last meeting, where the MOM handed out questionnaires for each minister to fill out, and Athletics photographed each in attendance, the road to compiling these assets has been long and full of laziness.  But today, it is not yet midnight as I write this, the About I.F.S. page has now yielded this effort in the form of Minister Biographies.  There were photos for many, or pre-existing photos, but only a few completed questionnaires, six to be exact.  I was forced to fill in the blanks…  If you feel like your information is incorrect, or a poor representation of the unique you, then email me and I will replace it.  Good night and good flapjack.


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