January 2021

In recent memory, it has not been as clear as it is today. With current global conditions, the role of the “S1” for men, for teams, divisions and regions has never been so important. These men – scribes and organizers who keep our communication and business straight – have committed to connect, align, and inform during a time of great separation and loss. It is a testament to these men to rise and answer the call of duty. Now more than ever, the men who take on the role of the S1 become our leaders in collaboration.

Introducing the Legacy Magazine’s 2020 MDI Man of the Year

Introducing the Legacy Magazine’s 2020 MDI Man of the Year

Think for a moment. Who is that man, who in the past year you have seen them  in the trenches, living the mission, the core values, and is an example for successful families careers and communities?

Who is that man?

2020 is a time of separation, distance. Disconnection. Loneliness.

Then men discover a men’s team. They find connection, create bonds, show masculine intimacy, and support their men. It’s a great life, living on a men’s team. Then there are those men committed to make shit work. These men bring connection, communications, the logistics, and much more. We call them our S1s. The year 2020 required a new level of need from our S1s, and we are proud to acknowledge these men. These men are leaders in COLLABORATION!

Leading this initiative is Dave Smith, our International S1, captain of the International S1 Team.

Today, Mentor Discover and Inspire is bringing a growing number of men, from new, distant places. Let’s acknowledge the value these men provide, and let’s learn more about the men – nominated by us – that represent our finest.


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He had his international program (Team Leader Development) dissolved under his leadership and moved effortlessly into the role of International S-1 in a matter of days. Having never held the job of S-1 at any level, he has led the S-1s in MDI to be a cohesive unit taking on tasks and responsibility and collaborating in a way that has never before been seen in that program in MDI.

Stan Snow

What this man is creating with the International S1 program is an evolution into S1s that are leaders over being taskmasters. Smith’s commitments are clear, and his actions are making a large impact on the entire MDI membership.

Justin LaBarge

Dave Smith is a mature masculine man who lives our mission and core values by his willingness to collaborate with men and discover what is possible even if it may seem impossible.  He is a great mentor of the men around him and for me personally and always strives for excellence in all he does. I have spent many hours with Smith planning and creating and collaborating to create online systems for MDI that work to run the organization and he is always a pleasure to work with.

Denis Moreau

Dave Smith was in San Diego for the Internationals as the VP of the Team Development program in January, 2020.  During that meeting his program was ended unceremoniously and he was out of a role.  The International S1 role had recently become available.  Smith had never been an S1 at the Region, Division, or even team level.  The way that Smith had shown up as mature masculine in that environment was an example to us all.  The President and the rest of the core team didn’t want to lose Dave from the International Core Team and offered him the role of International S1 and he took it.  This is typical of Dave Smith, he serves MDI and the families and communities that we serve, selflessly and without any recognition.  He’s a quiet man, but his commitment is loud.  He’s quite simply one of the best men I have ever met and he has been serving men and communities in MDI and our predecessor organization for at least 26 years.I don’t have specifics about how Dave may have promoted MDI in some public way, I’m sure he has, but I don’t know about it and he would never tell you about it, he would just quietly do it.  We could not pick a better man of the year, if awards aren’t for taking heroes that work in the shadows, out of the shadows, what are they for?

Geoff Tomlinson

Dave Smith started the year as the Vice President of Team Development for Mentor Discover Inspire (MDI).  However, through no fault of his own, the program was ended, and he was out of a job.  There was an opening for International S-1 and Smith accepted the position.  Smith was now the International S-1 but he hadn’t risen through the ranks in the S-1 Program.  Smith’s experience was with building and supporting teams and he wasted no time in building the Regional S-1’s into a world class team.  When the pandemic forced us to stop meeting face to face, Smith and his team organized the distribution and scheduling of Zoom lines for every men’s team and leadership team in MDI and they did it in just a few days.  The Regional S-1’s have taken on providing Zoom admin services and training to our international training courses & town halls.  Finally, Smith’s team is responsible for maintaining and updating our membership rolls to ensure accuracy of our records and integrity between MDI and its members.  Smith and his team have redefined what it means to be an S-1 and have brought honor upon themselves and Mentor Discover Inspire.

Benjamin Estes

Roger Krone

Roger Krone

It is an awesome thing to see a man get what he’s got coming to him. Roger Krone has made such a difference for so many men, we are proud to announce Roger Krone as our MDI Man of the Year Honorable Mention. Please come see who Krone is, and how he has impacted so many.


Roger is always there for the men.  He’s had to juggle the ever increasing zoom log-in confusions, he’s gotten the S1’s in the region to be the best S1 team we’ve seen in a long time, he assures he’s always in relationship with his RC and has made sure the Western Region has run smoothly.  He’s the best Regional S1 in the WER I’ve seen in years!

Matt Tager

Krone has raised a son that is a hard-working respectful and honorable man.  Krone has assisted and supported young male relatives by allowing them to live with him, demonstrating the value of hard work, integrity, honesty while teaching them how to cook for themselves, raise their own food and behave as clean and sober members of our community.

Krone has been an exemplary S1 at every level and during this pandemic has had to establish the means and methods for the Western Region to continue meeting in a seamless fashion.  The Teams, the Men, the Divisions do not know what he has done because he has done it so well.  Re-establishing dozens and dozens of Zoom links as schedules change and security requires has been his secret super-power.  Krone’s work has made every leader that holds a meeting succeed.  Krone is living his weekend in a way that allows hundreds more live theirs.  As a former S1 I can attest to Krone’s willingness and ability to get that  “Blue Vase” from the Go-Getter book.  His history in this organization stretches back from before this organization existed and he re-introduces traditions long lost, rituals forgotten, and wisdom sorely needed.  For all this Roger Krone is The MDI Man of The Year.

Dennis Speer

Team Alpha, Legacy Division, WER   Regional S1
AV/zoom manager for trainings
zoom link coordinator for WER, maybe International too
no one sees him doing the work
PROBLEM NO PROBLEM master

Michael Burns

He has worked tirelessly to help the Western region succeed during this trying time of Zoom. Stepping right into the Regional S1 role from being Legacy S1, he has done a huge amount of work helping us to keep our meetings “live” and coordinated and always stepping up to take on more.

Bill Robertson

For decades Krone has stepped up to fill every job offered him, from Point Man to Kitchen Manager to Strike Team.   He seems to only leave a job when he already has another calling for him.  Krone was Legacy Division S1 up to the day he became Western Region S1.  As WER S1 he has set up and trained the Region in use of Zoom, tirelessly working to supply new links for every Team and Program as well as serve the Board of Directors week of meetings.  Krone has continued to be humble and do the invisible job of making all of us communicate at the Team, Division, Regional and International level.  He raised a son that lives a life of honor and integrity, Krone has helped and supported young men in his family and continues to do so.  Man of the Year is a small part of what he has earned for Krone qualifies as Man of the Decade as well.

Speer, Dennis

He always says yes whenever he is asked to help. As Division S1 and then Regional S1 he brought the entire region up to speed with effectively using Zoom to have successful meetings. He managed the technology of regional Zoom meetings and trainings. At the annual Legacy community service Walnut Avenue Family and Women’s Center holiday dinner he would volunteer all day to cook turkeys. He has been a stalwart of Legacy Men’s Division and before that Source Men’s Division since he joined our circle in 1994.

Steve Goodman

Let’s Honor the Men!

Taking the Time to Honor the Men in our Lives

Taking the Time to Honor the Men in our Lives

In years past, men of MDI participated in a ritual called “The Watts Exercise” wherein men were able to circle up tight and take all the time they needed to acknowledge another man in their life – past or present – for whatever reason that moved them. In dedicating an entire edition of this monthly magazine to men honoring other men, we bring to you three pieces submitted. Other acknowledgments can be found on the list of nominations for the Legacy Magazine MDI Man of the Year, found on the homepage.

Sandy Peisner Acknowledges Chris Christopher

Christopher and Peisner, in that order.

I haven’t been on a men’s team with Chris Christopher for 18 years. I was on my first team after the point program with Christopher. For years many men encouraged Christopher to stand up to become the Division Coordinator of San Diego. About 18 months ago, pre-Covid, he stood up and became DC. The San Diego Men’s Division during a pandemic has flourished with Christopher’s leadership. The division has grown and the teams are healthy. Christopher’s context and his love for the men has bleed all over the division.

Before Covid he was running creative division meetings and rituals, and he hasn’t missed a step on Zoom. The way he has shown up has men in the Division showing up for their families and community the way men should show up. Thank you Christopher for being the role model so many men strive to be.


Bob Walker Acknowledges Many

Walker in all his glory.

Wow…. Where to start….

Jim Rudderham, my life long friend and brother, and sponsor to the SMW in 1994 …

Peter Thompson who taught me what leadership actually looks like …

Steve Junkin who was always ready with a laugh and was deadly serious when the situation called for it …

David Hellman, one of my greatest teachers, who taught me that leaders are just men like everyone else except they take on the lives of others …

Geoff Tomlinson who just never gave up and fought for what he believed in with honour and grace…

Many many more but those men who sprang to mind. I have a special love for each of them. They helped make me the man I am today.


Andy Resnik Acknowledges David Jeffrey

IOM man Resnik contemplates a serious life without Jeffrey.

I want to honor a man I work with.

David Jeffrey.

We work for a call center, and there are times in which I field an onslaught of calls and convoluted cases. Throughout 2020 there were a lot of changes at work, a lot of crazy stuff we had to deal with. But David always came around with a sense of humor. Always chatting inside of the chat room about art and what not. And the times where I felt beat up on the phones, he would come over and support me and make sure I didn’t lose my context. If I chatted with him, I got it back right away. His humor, pragmatism, and competence always helps me stay steady.


Todd Sorbo Acknowledges Michael Lee Hamm

Sorbo (far left) and Hamm (far right) circa … a really long time ago.

I want to take this time to honor Michael Lee Hamm.

I have known Hamm nearly all my life.  We were in 2nd grade together and have been friends since that time.

He was my friend in elementary school, junior high and high school

He was my buddy in our 7 years to Boy Scouts.

He was an athlete (swimmer) and supported me in all my athletics

He was an example of a man who reached for tough goals in his try for making the Olympic Swim Team.

He was a sounding board for me thru my college days

I was honored to be in both his first and second wedding.

He was my Best Man at my wedding.

He trusted me enough for me to enroll him into the Men’s Weekend

He was a member of Rawhide Men’s Division until he move to Coeur d’Alene.

He help start a phone men’s team more than 15 years ago.

He has let that team for most of those years.

He has spent his life’s work teaching children and adult to swim. 

He had been honored nationally as a master swim coach.

He is a man I can call at any time and he will be there. 

He showed up at both my mother and fathers funeral which meant the world to me.

He is a man I love.

He is my best friend.

Michael Lee Hamm, son of Maurice Lee Hamm, I honor you.


Addendum: A picture of Mike Villanueva, honored by Art McCormack in the comments section.

Gone too soon.
A Story About 3 Trees, a Red Garland and the Men

A Story About 3 Trees, a Red Garland and the Men

My wife and I had a vision.

Yes! Let’s have a Christmas tree at the house. Who cares what the flippin’ governor and the gang say. Let’s not allow any Grinches or Burgermeister Meisterburgers stop Christmas from coming to our home. We will have our decorations, celebrations and a Christmas tree, complete with a red garland my wife envisioned.

OK – no problem! Right Universe?

One catch – how do we afford the tree at the moment, and how can we get it to our house, without having to enter a mask-infested reality? I guess we’ll have to simply do some manifesting to go along with our visioning.

This is not too tall of an order when you have faith, hope and – ahem – a ton of brothers within a men’s organization. I could reach out to my team – 10 men, most of them local, with a couple of them owning a truck.

Time was ticking a bit. Still felt like we had plenty of time. It was only Thursday, December 17 and I started to put the word out there for some assistance, even to some nearby pals. A friendly neighbor of mine was shopping at a nearby lot and texted to let us know she would be willing to pick up a tree while shopping with her family. She said the trees were 5 – 6 feet tall and going for $60. Though I was ready to get the help, gratefully, I was under a job deadline, and chose to decline with a thank you.

I reached out the next day to a couple of men on my team. One hero Willy Holt said he could meet me down at the Home Depot off Broadway at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday, December 19. What? At 7:30 in the morning? A night-owl’s concern swiftly transformed into a “no problem” given the fact I couldn’t get choosy at this time and in these circumstances.

I had heard the day prior that the lot there was running out of supply, and only had 2-foot trees available. And you could only get one if you purchased a tree stand. Darn it. We were hoping for bigger, but oh well. Perhaps we’ll get two. And darn, the order for the red garland fell through, so that looked to be out of the picture for my wife.

Hmmm. The game ain’t over yet though. No problem. Right Universe?

That morning I went to the bank to grab $80 to cover any costs we may have, and then on to meet Willy by 7:30 a.m. By the time I called him from the road, Willy said he already grabbed two of the smaller trees, and they were in his truck. What?

He explained that the lot was shutting down, packing up, packing it in. All the supply was just being given away. As I pulled up, I saw workers tearing down the poles and fencing around what was basically an empty lot. I happened to notice a lone tree resting against some pallets, and I shouted to the worker, “Hey, whose tree is that?” She responded, “It’s yours; come and get it.”

That tree could go to a nice home.

So that was it. Instead of $60 for a 5-foot tree, I was able to secure two small trees and one 8-foot tree for free.

It’s humbling when the Universe shows up like that. It’s humbling when a great man like Willy is so helpful and willing. It’s so priceless to have an army of men who can support this life of mine.

Teammate Willy Holt to the rescue.

All that was left was the garland to top off the tree experience. Again, it takes a team. One text to two members of my team, the ones most local, seeing if they had some extra garland hanging around. A text back about 30 minutes later from Matt Garcia: “There is some garland in a tub on my porch.”

I was surprised but maybe shouldn’t have been too surprised when I opened the tub and found the color of the garland within.

Thank you to the men. I acknowledge you all.

And happy holidays everyone.

It came! It came without packages, boxes and bows!

ALL THE NOMINATIONS FOR

2020 MDI MAN OF THE YEAR!

Bradford acknowledges:  
Denis Moreau
Hard work, total dedication, displayed personal growth and delivered Zoom for each Team/Division/Region in short order, new web site and Bitrix set up to launch.

 

 Rob Miller acknowledges: 

 

Herky Cutler
Terrific example of a man who leads with courage and constantly holds a positive attitude in the face of adversity. 

 

 

 

Blake Cooper acknowledges:

 

Jeremy Leggett
Of the way he lives his life  

 

 

Joe Baptista acknowledges: 

 

Roger Krone

 

Covid + Proper Zoom set up = Successful Team Meetings 

 

 

 

 Matt Tager acknowledges: 

 

Roger Krone
Roger is always there for the men.  He’s had to juggle the ever increasing zoom log-in confusions, he’s gotten the S1’s in the region to be the best S1 team we’ve seen in a long time, he assures he’s always in relationship with his RC and has made sure the Western Region has run smoothly.  He’s the best Regional S1 in the WER I’ve seen in years!

 

 

 

Kundan Patel acknowledges: 
Dana Traxell
Gotten married dealing with personal issues, family issues, started own business. 2 daughters total 1 step daughter. 2 dogs. Tough background though working through things chugging along. Promotes MDI and is my team leader in SER Dog Soldiers team Ambactus.  I can honor and respect the man and who is striving to become and lead his family, community and career. Don’t like parts of him though can accept him. LOL 

 

 

 

Ethan Feerst acknowledges: 

 

 Paul Tripp

 

Tripp is especially worthy of strong consideration for this award because of his concurrent decisive leadership (1) in his life and business, and (2) how he’s used and worked his current Team Leader position to bring and spread that mojo across our entire team (tribe atlas, my men). He has been deft in his team leadership, TL being “the most important position in MDI.”
Tripp has brought and is bringing a lot, right now.

 

 

 

 Gary Wojciechowski acknowledges:

 

Paul Dwyer
This man is an inspiration, dedicated, kick-ass get shit done type of man. But far more than that he takes men’s work seriously, he learns grows, and more importantly applies what he’s learned. He’s a leader and has a wonderful way of speaking to get his point across and he inspires others to action. He brings wisdom and strength. He is currently the Chief of Staff for Head Smashed In. He was previously HSI’s S1. But he volunteers in many places throughout the organization. Men know him and like him. I see him as a rising leader in our organization. As well as a shining example for all new men to follow.

 

 

 

Rob Miller acknowledges:
Chris Morris
A true example of courageous leadership. Walked 1000 miles from Vancouver to Calgary to support Suicide Prevention with James Llewellyn.

 

 

 

Rob Miller acknowledges:

 

James Llewellyn
A true example of courageous leadership. Walked 1000 miles from Vancouver to Calgary to support Suicide Prevention with Chris Morris.

 

 

 

Rob Miller acknowledges:
Rob Kettle
Advanced the successful MTP program in a smart consistent way for Head Smashed In.

 

 

 

David Guy acknowledges:
John Eliopolo
John has been dedicated to keeping men connected and in their power despite all adversity and difficulty faced by the men and women in John’s life.  He is dedicated to the organization and serves as Team Leader and Division XO.  John also has maintained a leadership role in the Landmark Forum and serves in his homeowner’s association.  John’s family see’s him as a leader and maintain their dedication to each other.  I believe that Eliopolo brings the code of honor into each interaction he has inside and outside of the organization.

 

 

 

Stan Snow acknowledges: 

 

Dave Smith

 

He had his international program (Team Leader Development) dissolved under his leadership and moved effortlessly into the role of International S-1 in a matter of days. Having never held the job of S-1 at any level, he has led the S-1s in MDI to be a cohesive unit taking on tasks and responsibility and collaborating in a way that has never before been seen in that program in MDI. 

 

 

Jeff Brooks acknowledges: 
John Eliopolo
He is leading team Kingmakers well thru COVID, and also a strong asset to his community and family.

 

 

 

Paul Dwyer acknowledges: 
Chris Morris
Chris Morris is not a great man.  He’s an average or slightly below average man.  Through his thoughts, and brutal efforts, and steadfast commitment,  he took the first step and Inspired our Division, our Exceptional Highly gifted men to act, and ultimately create a framework for Community service, fundraising and Exceptional acts.  

 

 

 

What he did was commit, and start the Walk together for Life.  He did so without adequate planning or consideration.  He Took the first step bravely.  We as a division followed him.  Creating Infrastructure, systems, funding and honing practical skills in real life, that our division and the individual men who were in service have benefited from to significant degrees.  His first step created the foundation for massive coordinated effective projects to be completed. 

 

 

 

The impact is that now our division can realistically envision real world projects and undertakings that would not have been entertained otherwise, because we trust each other and we have actual real world experience, in functional roles. 
The award Morris and Llewellyn received was called the First Step award, (Colloquially Called the Merrill) after Morris’s actual shoes.    It was awarded because he had the courage to step forward and ask for help to continue.  To start something knowing his team would back him up. 
Awesome.

 

 

 

Tony Fisher acknowledges:
Rob Miller
He lives the vision. He has contributed selflessly to MDI for years but this year he stood forward to serve the men of Head Smashed In as their DC when no one else would. He honors this commitment through personal challenges and less than full support from his division. He stands tall in integrity having been an early ambassador for the Facebook program, the predecessor of the Expansion Initiative. He uses the wisdom from trainings and leadership to help coach his team leaders to achieve the best results for their members, Miller’s community.

 

 

 

Christopher Morris acknowledges:

 

 Paul Dwyer

 

He is a man who has shown relentless interest, passion, and commitment in his growth and the growth of others.
I was on Point team with him beginning of the year; big changes are readily seen since.

 

 

 

Let me give you an example.  When unsure back in June 2020 what I would next do, Mr. Dwyer was the one who encouraged me to walk from Vancouver to Calgary (Walk Together For Life) for the Centre for Suicide Prevention: Why NOT do it?
He then spear-headed the campaign for WTFL; rallying support for us, and was tireless and inventive in his efforts.
Mr. Dwyer can at times be challenging.  This is his PASSION coming out, he doesn’t do gentleman’s agreements.
I know he has been instrumental in supporting leadership on a Divisional level and MDI on an Organizantional scale.
This man needs to be recognized for his efforts and dedication to us as Men.
We are fortunate to have him.
Complete.

 

 

Mitch Wegmann acknowledges:

 

Chris Morris and James Llewellyn

 

These two men started with a bucket list idea to walk from Vancouver to Calgary. During covid shutdown and loss of jobs and income, these men decided to make something of their time, energy and love. They trained, they planned, they enrolled their men and they set out on a journey to do something bigger than they previously knew to be possible for themselves. Morris and Llewellyn attached their efforts to raising awareness for suicide prevention; a cause that meant something to them personally and aligned well with the purpose of MDI as a whole. They were uncomfortable often; not just in the physical aspects of the journey, but in facing the unexpected public responsibilities they had to fulfill by aligning with the suicide prevention cause. Along the way, they did their work to understand and evolve themselves internally. Most importantly, they demonstrated what it means to support a man. They supported each other in the physical and emotional challenges this journey presented. They committed to something bigger than themselves and they saw it through. It made a massively positive impact on me, our team, our division and hopefully beyond to the larger MDI collective and the community at large.

 

 

 

 

 

Rob Miller acknowledges:

 

Paul Dwyer

 

Lots of positive energy, a doer attitude and a solid belief in the value of MDI that he expresses whenever he gets the opportunity. He has a creative soul who is always looking for ways to bring more to the table.

 

 

 

Justin LaBarge acknowledges:
Dave Smith

 

 

 

What this man is creating with the International S1 program is an evolution into S1s that are leaders over being taskmasters. Smith’s commitments are clear, and his actions are making a large impact on the entire MDI membership.

 

 

 

Dennis Speer acknowledges:
Roger Krone
Krone has raised a son that is a hard-working respectful and honorable man.  Krone has assisted and supported young male relatives by allowing them to live with him, demonstrating the value of hard work, integrity, honesty while teaching them how to cook for themselves, raise their own food and behave as clean and sober members of our community. 
Krone has been an exemplary S1 at every level and during this pandemic has had to establish the means and methods for the Western Region to continue meeting in a seamless fashion.  The Teams, the Men, the Divisions do not know what he has done because he has done it so well.  Re-establishing dozens and dozens of Zoom links as schedules change and security requires has been his secret super-power.  Krone’s work has made every leader that holds a meeting succeed.  Krone is living his weekend in a way that allows hundreds more live theirs.  As a former S1 I can attest to Krone’s willingness and ability to get that  “Blue Vase” from the Go-Getter book.  His history in this organization stretches back from before this organization existed and he re-introduces traditions long lost, rituals forgotten, and wisdom sorely needed.  For all this Roger Krone is The MDI Man of The Year.

 

 

 

Wayne Powell acknowledges:
Justin LaBarge
He has provided great inspirational leadership to Atlas as we pioneer a virtual arm of MDI.  Labarge has taken his men into the unknown with courage and confidence and lives MDI’s core values as well as making sure they are present in Atlas.  As a leader he is taking MDI around the world.
That is my main reason. However, he also runs the Legacy magazine, is on a zillion MDI meetings, got married, fixed his home with many amazing construction projects and is a team mate that has my trust and the trust of his men.  He is a good man, deserving of acknowledgement – MDI Man of the Year would be close to his heart.

 

 

 

Michael Burns acknowledges:
Roger Krone
Team Alpha, Legacy Division, WER   Regional S1
AV/zoom manager for trainings
zoom link coordinator for WER, maybe International too
no one sees him doing the work
PROBLEM NO PROBLEM master

 

 

 

Bill Robertson acknowledges:
Roger Krone
He has worked tirelessly to help the Western region succeed during this trying time of Zoom. Stepping right into the Regional S1 role from being Legacy S1, he has done a huge amount of work helping us to keep our meetings “live” and coordinated and always stepping up to take on more.

 

 

 

Speer, Dennis acknowledges:
Krone, Roger
For decades Krone has stepped up to fill every job offered him, from Point Man to Kitchen Manager to Strike Team.   He seems to only leave a job when he already has another calling for him.  Krone was Legacy Division S1 up to the day he became Western Region S1.  As WER S1 he has set up and trained the Region in use of Zoom, tirelessly working to supply new links for every Team and Program as well as serve the Board of Directors week of meetings.  Krone has continued to be humble and do the invisible job of making all of us communicate at the Team, Division, Regional and International level.  He raised a son that lives a life of honor and integrity, Krone has helped and supported young men in his family and continues to do so.  Man of the Year is a small part of what he has earned for Krone qualifies as Man of the Decade as well.

 

 

Steve Goodman acknowledges:
Roger Krone

 

He always says yes whenever he is asked to help. As Division S1 and then Regional S1 he brought the entire region up to speed with effectively using Zoom to have successful meetings. He managed the technology of regional Zoom meetings and trainings. At the annual Legacy community service Walnut Avenue Family and Women’s Center holiday dinner he would volunteer all day to cook turkeys. He has been a stalwart of Legacy Men’s Division and before that Source Men’s Division since he joined our circle in 1994.

 

  

 

David Guy acknowledges:

 

 John Eliopolo

 

John has been dedicated to keeping men connected and in their power despite all adversity and difficulty faced by the men and women in John’s life.  He is dedicated to the organization and serves as Team Leader and Division XO.  John also has maintained a leadership role in the Landmark Forum and serves in his homeowner’s association.  John’s family see’s him as a leader and maintain their dedication to each other.  I believe that Eliopolo brings the code of honor into each interaction he has inside and outside of the organization.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stan Snow acknowledges:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dave Smith

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

He had his international program (Team Leader Development) dissolved under his leadership and moved effortlessly into the role of International S-1 in a matter of days. Having never held the job of S-1 at any level, he has led the S-1s in MDI to be a cohesive unit taking on tasks and responsibility and collaborating in a way that has never before been seen in that program in MDI. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jeff Brooks acknowledges: 

 

 

 

John Eliopolo

 

 

 

He is leading team Kingmakers well thru COVID, and also a strong asset to his community and family.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Paul Dwyer acknowledges: 

 

 

 

Chris Morris

 

 

 

Chris Morris is not a great man.  He’s an average or slightly below average man.  Through his thoughts, and brutal efforts, and steadfast commitment,  he took the first step and Inspired our Division, our Exceptional Highly gifted men to act, and ultimately create a framework for Community service, fundraising and Exceptional acts.   

 

 

 

What he did was commit, and start the Walk together for Life.  He did so without adequate planning or consideration.  He Took the first step bravely.  We as a division followed him.  Creating Infrastructure, systems, funding and honing practical skills in real life, that our division and the individual men who were in service have benefited from to significant degrees.  His first step created the foundation for massive coordinated effective projects to be completed. 

 

 

 

The impact is that now our division can realistically envision real world projects and undertakings that would not have been entertained otherwise, because we trust each other and we have actual real world experience, in functional roles. 

 

 

 

The award Morris and Llewellyn received was called the First Step award, (Colloquially Called the Merrill) after Morris’s actual shoes.    It was awarded because he had the courage to step forward and ask for help to continue.  To start something knowing his team would back him up. 

 

 

 

Awesome.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tony Fisher acknowledges:

 

 

 

Rob Miller

 

 

 

He lives the vision. He has contributed selflessly to MDI for years but this year he stood forward to serve the men of Head Smashed In as their DC when no one else would. He honors this commitment through personal challenges and less than full support from his division. He stands tall in integrity having been an early ambassador for the Facebook program, the predecessor of the Expansion Initiative. He uses the wisdom from trainings and leadership to help coach his team leaders to achieve the best results for their members, Miller’s community.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Christopher Morris acknowledges: Paul Dwyer

 

 

 

He is a man who has shown relentless interest, passion, and commitment in his growth and the growth of others.

 

 

 

I was on Point team with him beginning of the year; big changes are readily seen since.

 

 

 

Let me give you an example.  When unsure back in June 2020 what I would next do, Mr. Dwyer was the one who encouraged me to walk from Vancouver to Calgary (Walk Together For Life) for the Centre for Suicide Prevention: Why NOT do it?

 

 

 

He then spear-headed the campaign for WTFL; rallying support for us, and was tireless and inventive in his efforts.

 

 

 

Mr. Dwyer can at times be challenging.  This is his PASSION coming out, he doesn’t do gentleman’s agreements.

 

 

 

I know he has been instrumental in supporting leadership on a Divisional level and MDI on an Organizantional scale.

 

 

 

This man needs to be recognized for his efforts and dedication to us as Men.

 

 

 

We are fortunate to have him.

 

 

 

Complete.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mitch Wegmann acknowledges:

 

 

 

Chris Morris and James Llewellyn

 

 

 

These two men started with a bucket list idea to walk from Vancouver to Calgary. During covid shutdown and loss of jobs and income, these men decided to make something of their time, energy and love. They trained, they planned, they enrolled their men and they set out on a journey to do something bigger than they previously knew to be possible for themselves. Morris and Llewellyn attached their efforts to raising awareness for suicide prevention; a cause that meant something to them personally and aligned well with the purpose of MDI as a whole. They were uncomfortable often; not just in the physical aspects of the journey, but in facing the unexpected public responsibilities they had to fulfill by aligning with the suicide prevention cause. Along the way, they did their work to understand and evolve themselves internally. Most importantly, they demonstrated what it means to support a man. They supported each other in the physical and emotional challenges this journey presented. They committed to something bigger than themselves and they saw it through. It made a massively positive impact on me, our team, our division and hopefully beyond to the larger MDI collective and the community at large.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rob Miller acknowledges: Paul Dwyer

 

 

 

Lots of positive energy, a doer attitude and a solid belief in the value of MDI that he expresses whenever he gets the opportunity. He has a creative soul who is always looking for ways to bring more to the table.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Justin LaBarge acknowledges:

 

 

 

Dave Smith

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What this man is creating with the International S1 program is an evolution into S1s that are leaders over being taskmasters. Smith’s commitments are clear, and his actions are making a large impact on the entire MDI membership.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dennis Speer acknowledges:

 

 

 

Roger Krone

 

 

 

Krone has raised a son that is a hard-working respectful and honorable man.  Krone has assisted and supported young male relatives by allowing them to live with him, demonstrating the value of hard work, integrity, honesty while teaching them how to cook for themselves, raise their own food and behave as clean and sober members of our community. 

 

 

 

Krone has been an exemplary S1 at every level and during this pandemic has had to establish the means and methods for the Western Region to continue meeting in a seamless fashion.  The Teams, the Men, the Divisions do not know what he has done because he has done it so well.  Re-establishing dozens and dozens of Zoom links as schedules change and security requires has been his secret super-power.  Krone’s work has made every leader that holds a meeting succeed.  Krone is living his weekend in a way that allows hundreds more live theirs.  As a former S1 I can attest to Krone’s willingness and ability to get that  “Blue Vase” from the Go-Getter book.  His history in this organization stretches back from before this organization existed and he re-introduces traditions long lost, rituals forgotten, and wisdom sorely needed.  For all this Roger Krone is The MDI Man of The Year.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wayne Powell acknowledges:

 

 

 

Justin LaBarge

 

 

 

He has provided great inspirational leadership to Atlas as we pioneer a virtual arm of MDI.  Labarge has taken his men into the unknown with courage and confidence and lives MDI’s core values as well as making sure they are present in Atlas.  As a leader he is taking MDI around the world.

 

 

 

That is my main reason. However, he also runs the Legacy magazine, is on a zillion MDI meetings, got married, fixed his home with many amazing construction projects and is a team mate that has my trust and the trust of his men.  He is a good man, deserving of acknowledgement – MDI Man of the Year would be close to his heart.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Michael Burns acknowledges:

 

 

 

Roger Krone

 

 

 

Team Alpha, Legacy Division, WER   Regional S1

 

 

 

AV/zoom manager for trainings

 

 

 

zoom link coordinator for WER, maybe International too

 

 

 

no one sees him doing the work

 

 

 

PROBLEM NO PROBLEM master

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bill Robertson acknowledges:

 

 

 

Roger Krone

 

 

 

He has worked tirelessly to help the Western region succeed during this trying time of Zoom. Stepping right into the Regional S1 role from being Legacy S1, he has done a huge amount of work helping us to keep our meetings “live” and coordinated and always stepping up to take on more.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Speer, Dennis acknowledges:

 

 

 

Krone, Roger

 

 

 

For decades Krone has stepped up to fill every job offered him, from Point Man to Kitchen Manager to Strike Team.   He seems to only leave a job when he already has another calling for him.  Krone was Legacy Division S1 up to the day he became Western Region S1.  As WER S1 he has set up and trained the Region in use of Zoom, tirelessly working to supply new links for every Team and Program as well as serve the Board of Directors week of meetings.  Krone has continued to be humble and do the invisible job of making all of us communicate at the Team, Division, Regional and International level.  He raised a son that lives a life of honor and integrity, Krone has helped and supported young men in his family and continues to do so.  Man of the Year is a small part of what he has earned for Krone qualifies as Man of the Decade as well.

 

 

 

Steve Goodman acknowledges:

 

 

 

Roger Krone

 

 

 

He always says yes whenever he is asked to help. As Division S1 and then Regional S1 he brought the entire region up to speed with effectively using Zoom to have successful meetings. He managed the technology of regional Zoom meetings and trainings. At the annual Legacy community service Walnut Avenue Family and Women’s Center holiday dinner he would volunteer all day to cook turkeys. He has been a stalwart of Legacy Men’s Division and before that Source Men’s Division since he joined our circle in 1994.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bradford acknowledges:  

 

Denis Moreau

 

Hard work, total dedication, displayed personal growth and delivered Zoom for each Team/Division/Region in short order, new web site and Bitrix set up to launch.

 

 

 

Rob Miller acknowledges: 

 

 Herky Cutler

 

 Terrific example of a man who leads with courage and constantly holds a positive attitude in the face of adversity. 

 

 

 

Blake Cooper acknowledges:

 

 Jeremy Leggett

 

Of the way he lives his life

 

 

 

Joe Baptista acknowledges: 

 

 Roger Krone

 

 Covid + Proper Zoom set up = Successful Team Meetings 

 

Matt Tager acknowledges:

 

 Roger Krone

 

Roger is always there for the men.  He’s had to juggle the ever increasing zoom log-in confusions, he’s gotten the S1’s in the region to be the best S1 team we’ve seen in a long time, he assures he’s always in relationship with his RC and has made sure the Western Region has run smoothly.  He’s the best Regional S1 in the WER I’ve seen in years!

 

 

Kundan Patel acknowledges: 

 

 Dana Traxell

 

 Gotten married dealing with personal issues, family issues, started own business. 2 daughters total 1 step daughter. 2 dogs. Tough background though working through things chugging along. Promotes MDI and is my team leader in SER Dog Soldiers team Ambactus.  I can honor and respect the man and who is striving to become and lead his family, community and career. Don’t like parts of him though can accept him. LOL 

 

 

 

Ethan Feerst acknowledges: 

 

Paul Tripp

 

Tripp is especially worthy of strong consideration for this award because of his concurrent decisive leadership (1) in his life and business, and (2) how he’s used and worked his current Team Leader position to bring and spread that mojo across our entire team (tribe atlas, my men). He has been deft in his team leadership, TL being “the most important position in MDI.”

 Tripp has brought and is bringing a lot, right now.

Gary Wojciechowski acknowledges:

Paul Dwyer

This man is an inspiration, dedicated, kick-ass get shit done type of man. But far more than that he takes men’s work seriously, he learns grows, and more importantly applies what he’s learned. He’s a leader and has a wonderful way of speaking to get his point across and he inspires others to action. He brings wisdom and strength. He is currently the Chief of Staff for Head Smashed In. He was previously HSI’s S1. But he volunteers in many places throughout the organization. Men know him and like him. I see him as a rising leader in our organization. As well as a shining example for all new men to follow.

 

 

Rob Miller acknowledges: 

 

Chris Morris

 

 A true example of courageous leadership. Walked 1000 miles from Vancouver to Calgary to support Suicide Prevention with James Llewellyn.

Rob Miller acknowledges:

James Llewellyn

A true example of courageous leadership. Walked 1000 miles from Vancouver to Calgary to support Suicide Prevention with Chris Morris.

 

Rob Miller acknowledges:

Rob Kettle

Advanced the successful MTP program in a smart consistent way for Head Smashed In.

David Guy acknowledges:

John Eliopolo

John has been dedicated to keeping men connected and in their power despite all adversity and difficulty faced by the men and women in John’s life.  He is dedicated to the organization and serves as Team Leader and Division XO.  John also has maintained a leadership role in the Landmark Forum and serves in his homeowner’s association.  John’s family see’s him as a leader and maintain their dedication to each other.  I believe that Eliopolo brings the code of honor into each interaction he has inside and outside of the organization.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stan Snow acknowledges:

 

 

 

 Dave Smith

 

 

 

He had his international program (Team Leader Development) dissolved under his leadership and moved effortlessly into the role of International S-1 in a matter of days. Having never held the job of S-1 at any level, he has led the S-1s in MDI to be a cohesive unit taking on tasks and responsibility and collaborating in a way that has never before been seen in that program in MDI. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jeff Brooks acknowledges: 

 

 

 

John Eliopolo

 

 

 

He is leading team Kingmakers well thru COVID, and also a strong asset to his community and family.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Paul Dwyer acknowledges: 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chris Morris

 

 

 

Chris Morris is not a great man.  He’s an average or slightly below average man.  Through his thoughts, and brutal efforts, and steadfast commitment,  he took the first step and Inspired our Division, our Exceptional Highly gifted men to act, and ultimately create a framework for Community service, fundraising and Exceptional acts.   

 

 

 

What he did was commit, and start the Walk together for Life.  He did so without adequate planning or consideration.  He Took the first step bravely.  We as a division followed him.  Creating Infrastructure, systems, funding and honing practical skills in real life, that our division and the individual men who were in service have benefited from to significant degrees.  His first step created the foundation for massive coordinated effective projects to be completed. 

 

 

 

 The impact is that now our division can realistically envision real world projects and undertakings that would not have been entertained otherwise, because we trust each other and we have actual real world experience, in functional roles. 

 

 

 

 The award Morris and Llewellyn received was called the First Step award, (Colloquially Called the Merrill) after Morris’s actual shoes.    It was awarded because he had the courage to step forward and ask for help to continue.  To start something knowing his team would back him up. 

 

 

 

Awesome.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tony Fisher acknowledges:

 

 

 

Rob Miller

 

 

 

 He lives the vision. He has contributed selflessly to MDI for years but this year he stood forward to serve the men of Head Smashed In as their DC when no one else would. He honors this commitment through personal challenges and less than full support from his division. He stands tall in integrity having been an early ambassador for the Facebook program, the predecessor of the Expansion Initiative. He uses the wisdom from trainings and leadership to help coach his team leaders to achieve the best results for their members, Miller’s community.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Christopher Morris acknowledges: Paul Dwyer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

He is a man who has shown relentless interest, passion, and commitment in his growth and the growth of others.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I was on Point team with him beginning of the year; big changes are readily seen since.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Let me give you an example.  When unsure back in June 2020 what I would next do, Mr. Dwyer was the one who encouraged me to walk from Vancouver to Calgary (Walk Together For Life) for the Centre for Suicide Prevention: Why NOT do it?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

He then spear-headed the campaign for WTFL; rallying support for us, and was tireless and inventive in his efforts.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mr. Dwyer can at times be challenging.  This is his PASSION coming out, he doesn’t do gentleman’s agreements.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I know he has been instrumental in supporting leadership on a Divisional level and MDI on an Organizantional scale.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This man needs to be recognized for his efforts and dedication to us as Men.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We are fortunate to have him.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Complete.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mitch Wegmann acknowledges:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chris Morris and James Llewellyn

 

 

 

 These two men started with a bucket list idea to walk from Vancouver to Calgary. During covid shutdown and loss of jobs and income, these men decided to make something of their time, energy and love. They trained, they planned, they enrolled their men and they set out on a journey to do something bigger than they previously knew to be possible for themselves. Morris and Llewellyn attached their efforts to raising awareness for suicide prevention; a cause that meant something to them personally and aligned well with the purpose of MDI as a whole. They were uncomfortable often; not just in the physical aspects of the journey, but in facing the unexpected public responsibilities they had to fulfill by aligning with the suicide prevention cause. Along the way, they did their work to understand and evolve themselves internally. Most importantly, they demonstrated what it means to support a man. They supported each other in the physical and emotional challenges this journey presented. They committed to something bigger than themselves and they saw it through. It made a massively positive impact on me, our team, our division and hopefully beyond to the larger MDI collective and the community at large.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rob Miller acknowledges: Paul Dwyer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lots of positive energy, a doer attitude and a solid belief in the value of MDI that he expresses whenever he gets the opportunity. He has a creative soul who is always looking for ways to bring more to the table.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Justin LaBarge acknowledges: Dave Smith

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What this man is creating with the International S1 program is an evolution into S1s that are leaders over being taskmasters. Smith’s commitments are clear, and his actions are making a large impact on the entire MDI membership.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dennis Speer acknowledges:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Roger Krone

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Krone has raised a son that is a hard-working respectful and honorable man.  Krone has assisted and supported young male relatives by allowing them to live with him, demonstrating the value of hard work, integrity, honesty while teaching them how to cook for themselves, raise their own food and behave as clean and sober members of our community. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Krone has been an exemplary S1 at every level and during this pandemic has had to establish the means and methods for the Western Region to continue meeting in a seamless fashion.  The Teams, the Men, the Divisions do not know what he has done because he has done it so well.  Re-establishing dozens and dozens of Zoom links as schedules change and security requires has been his secret super-power.  Krone’s work has made every leader that holds a meeting succeed.  Krone is living his weekend in a way that allows hundreds more live theirs.  As a former S1 I can attest to Krone’s willingness and ability to get that  “Blue Vase” from the Go-Getter book.  His history in this organization stretches back from before this organization existed and he re-introduces traditions long lost, rituals forgotten, and wisdom sorely needed.  For all this Roger Krone is The MDI Man of The Year.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wayne Powell acknowledges:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Justin LaBarge

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

He has provided great inspirational leadership to Atlas as we pioneer a virtual arm of MDI.  Labarge has taken his men into the unknown with courage and confidence and lives MDI’s core values as well as making sure they are present in Atlas.  As a leader he is taking MDI around the world.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

That is my main reason. However, he also runs the Legacy magazine, is on a zillion MDI meetings, got married, fixed his home with many amazing construction projects and is a team mate that has my trust and the trust of his men.  He is a good man, deserving of acknowledgement – MDI Man of the Year would be close to his heart.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Michael Burns acknowledges:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Roger Krone

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Team Alpha, Legacy Division, WER   Regional S1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AV/zoom manager for trainings

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

zoom link coordinator for WER, maybe International too

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

no one sees him doing the work

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PROBLEM NO PROBLEM master

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bill Robertson acknowledges: Roger Krone

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

He has worked tirelessly to help the Western region succeed during this trying time of Zoom. Stepping right into the Regional S1 role from being Legacy S1, he has done a huge amount of work helping us to keep our meetings “live” and coordinated and always stepping up to take on more.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Speer, Dennis acknowledges: Krone, Roger

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For decades Krone has stepped up to fill every job offered him, from Point Man to Kitchen Manager to Strike Team.   He seems to only leave a job when he already has another calling for him.  Krone was Legacy Division S1 up to the day he became Western Region S1.  As WER S1 he has set up and trained the Region in use of Zoom, tirelessly working to supply new links for every Team and Program as well as serve the Board of Directors week of meetings.  Krone has continued to be humble and do the invisible job of making all of us communicate at the Team, Division, Regional and International level.  He raised a son that lives a life of honor and integrity, Krone has helped and supported young men in his family and continues to do so.  Man of the Year is a small part of what he has earned for Krone qualifies as Man of the Decade as well.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Steve Goodman acknowledges: Roger Krone

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

He always says yes whenever he is asked to help. As Division S1 and then Regional S1 he brought the entire region up to speed with effectively using Zoom to have successful meetings. He managed the technology of regional Zoom meetings and trainings. At the annual Legacy community service Walnut Avenue Family and Women’s Center holiday dinner he would volunteer all day to cook turkeys. He has been a stalwart of Legacy Men’s Division and before that Source Men’s Division since he joined our circle in 1994.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10 Stories on our father’s legacy!

The Legacy of a Father Who Left So Soon

Craig Jones Columnist My dad died when I was five, in 1959. Lung cancer, non-smoker, who knows why, one chance in a million or billion (I don’t know) lung cancer, when he was younger than either of my sons are now. Any thoughts I have ever had about legacy and any...

Men From All Over Answer the Father’s Legacy Question

In a recent post on an Mentor Discover Inspire Facebook page, a question was posed. A pretty darn revealing question: "In a word, a phrase or a sentence, what is your father's legacy?" And you ... what is your father's legacy? Tell us in the comment section! Here are...

The Future Legacy of Sherman LaBarge

There are many ways to express a person's legacy. I wish to share my father's legacy through samples of his artwork. Insightful, passionate with a touch of whimsy, his expression spread through many mediums. Now, on his 83rd birthday I would like to share my father's...

From James Anthony To James Arthur Ellis

James Anthony Ellis Editor, Legacy Magazine A legacy born. I guess that's me. It's on my shoulders, in a way. Just as it was for my father - James Arthur - with his own father - James Arnot - before him. I imagine we all carry a bit of the past right into the present...

Identifying and Talking About Legacy Beyond the Bullshit

David Plante Guest Contributor Go in your closet and find your boots and turn them upside down. If you look at the sole and you see a yellow label in the center that says "VIBRAM," then you can thank my dad.  He was on the engineering team that created the original...

Harsh Lessons from a Man Who Took His Own Life

Brian Childers Guest Contributor My father - Robie Thomas Childers, Jr. M.D. 6' 2" 240 lbs - was a wife and child beater, an open philanderer, an alcoholic and drug and sex addict. He was the son of a coal miner born in New Hope, WV.  He became a preacher by the age...

A Father’s Gifts of Loyalty, Humor and Wit

Jack Brown Guest Contributor My father, Joe Brown, grew up in rural South Carolina. In this poor farming community during the Great Depression, he learned early to rely on his instincts, wit and perseverance.  At the beginning of WWII at only 17 he quit high school...

A Eulogy From a Son

Rich O'Keeffe Staff Contributor On April 3, 2019, my mother passed away. Five weeks later, my dad passed away. This is the eulogy I gave at his funeral. Today we are gathered to celebrate a life well lived. Dad’s was above all else a life full of love, of commitment,...

A Hero’s Journey

For the past 10 issues of the Legacy Magazine we have laid a thread many men go through in order to realize their power. From Anger and Fear. To Confront Our Barriers drives us to express the Grief our losses. Through Grief can we access Forgiveness. Which allows us to Ask for the Help we Need from others. With their help we can achive Victory!

Once victorious, we Enroll others in our success, and recognize the success in others. Together we define a Legacy worthy of our lives well lived.

Here is every single story, in sequence they were published.

MAY – You and Your Fears

Daddy Fear

Daddy Fear

Dan Kempner Legacy Columnist I’m a New York Jew, which automatically makes me a little neurotic. It’s in the contract when you join that particular club. New York has a bad reputation, true, but on the other hand, if you could not say, “Oh yeah, I’ve been mugged three...

I Might Really Be A Coward

I Might Really Be A Coward

Craig Jones Columnist I'm turning 67 this month and still don't know if I might really be a coward. John Berryman My deepest and darkest fear is that, when it will most be needed, the courage vault will be empty. Indeed, the poet John Berryman once said that: “The...

The Encounter – Two Tales of Fear and Trust

The Encounter – Two Tales of Fear and Trust

Jerry Raber Columnist Chapter I: David David unconsciously played with the collar of his thin cotton shirt, as if hoping a cool breeze would find its way in to ease the relentless Nigerian heat. Even in the shade, there wasn’t much relief from the smothering humidity....

My OCD and How I Deal With It

My OCD and How I Deal With It

Sandt Litchfield MDI Contributor I have OCD - obsessive compulsive disorder. One of the most common fears that people with OCD have is the fear of purposely crashing their car head on into another car. Of course, it almost never happens, but it’s upsetting and tiring...

What Does FEAR Spell for the Newsmakers?

What Does FEAR Spell for the Newsmakers?

Matt Coddington MDI Contributor The term “fake news” is a term we’re all familiar with by now, given the fact that we are constantly inundated by national news and events. Instead of giving an unbiased and simple report of occurrences, newsmakers take the occurrence...

Overcoming my Fear of Women

Overcoming my Fear of Women

Eric Louie MDI Contributor Moving on from fear... I’ve been a good man over the years and had a very healthy respect for fear. In fact, I’ve been paralyzed by fear at certain points of my life. Fear of failure. Fear of success. Fear of punishment. Fear of commitment....

Love Over Fear

Love Over Fear

Fred Rai Guest Contributor I was served papers by my ex-spouse, because as she said, she lost faith in me as a leader of our family. I had created a space unbeknownst to me where her uneasiness manifested to the point that she felt that she had to step up and be the...

Reporting In – Updates from Across the World from our Men

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Not news to anyone, our nation and world is in various levels of crisis in addressing the Coronavirus "pandemic." We wanted to hear from our men in various parts of the globe. Though it's always possible to stay connected, now may be a vital time to do so. San Diego -...

The Monster Under the Bed

The Monster Under the Bed

Dylan Stewart Columnist I had just tucked my 12-year-old son into bed and come out to the living room to finish my writing when I heard his bedroom door creak open. I looked up and he was standing there. A strained look on his face. An unusual quiver in his body. I...

Awww Shit I Am Going to Die

Awww Shit I Am Going to Die

Fred Boyles Guest Contributor Well, I am 73 with chronic bronchitis, diabetes, and other rotten things. My body type stores fat under my stomach muscles. The older I get, the easier it is to gain weight. The fat presses on my stomach and squeezes gastric gases into...

AUGUST – Forgiveness

Letting Go of the Bullet that Almost Killed Me

Letting Go of the Bullet that Almost Killed Me

https://youtu.be/Y9O4Ngwurd0 Once upon a life, I fought on the front lines in the Vietnam War. In 2018, I took a trip back to Vietnam, 50 years after the many battles and the two wounds I brought home with me. This is a story of forgiveness. Over those 50 years, my...

The Key

The Key

Dylan Stewart Columnist I was trapped by guilt, trapped by shame in a torture chamber of my own making. In a fortress high above the world with no windows and no doors. Punishing myself every morning. Beating myself every night. Locked in a circle, a cycle of constant...

Body, My Playmate

Body, My Playmate

Craig JonesColumnist Every time I go for a run, I’m grateful for Danny. Every stride, every breath, every mile is infused with his teaching, and he was an asshole to me. Not always, but when he was, it really hurt. Not forgiving him was costing me and shrinking my...

The Five Rs Needed Before Asking for Forgiveness

The Five Rs Needed Before Asking for Forgiveness

Todd Sorbo MDI Contributor I have thought a lot about forgiveness in my life.  I have thought about the people I have wronged, the people I have hurt intentionally or unintentionally. I have thought about where I haven’t forgiven myself. Maybe it's because of my...

The Beautiful Part of Forgiveness

The Beautiful Part of Forgiveness

Rich O'Keeffe MDI Contributor Ah, forgiveness. Certainly a huge topic these days. And a ton of side aspects and whatnot. I hear a lot of folks utter phrases like “I need to forgive someone” or “I forgive him for…” or the like. I believe that this misses the mark. Not...

Loving My Mum No Matter What

Loving My Mum No Matter What

Fred Rai Guest Contributor I love my mum, but it hasn’t been an easy road with her. It has taken years of forgiveness work to get where I am today. Forgiveness is a definitely a touchy topic. For me the hardest person to forgive so far has been my mother, who is...

Forgiveness Is Not For You, But For The Other Person

Forgiveness Is Not For You, But For The Other Person

James Anthony Ellis Legacy Magazine Editor All right, let's bust this myth wide open. I am so tired of reading the same old shit about this newfangled forgiveness. Somehow the collective unconscious among the earthlings believe they have tuned into some cutting edge...

The Last Illusion

The Last Illusion

Bernie Fitterer MDI Contributor We generally have been taught that we are only bodies in this human existence, and we hold strong attachments to things, titles, fame, money etc... If someone in any way diminishes us, as we are attached to a body and an ego, we tend to...

Doing the Work – A Forgiveness Worksheet

Doing the Work – A Forgiveness Worksheet

James Anthony Ellis Legacy Magazine Editor From the forthcoming book about forgiveness, atonement and freedom from Legacy Productions, this is an exclusive excerpt that outlines some simple but challenging steps towards a full and rich experience of true forgiveness....

NOVEMBER – Enrollment

A Helpful Guide for Enrolling Others

A Helpful Guide for Enrolling Others

Justin LaBargeLegacy Magazine Producer The skills to lead others are well-documented. As fundamental to holding a leadership vision is the ability to persuade others into adopting your perspective, a set values, and outcomes which fulfill on the leadership task. The...

How “Enrollment” Has Morphed Over the Years

How “Enrollment” Has Morphed Over the Years

Eric Louie MDI Contributor To those of us who have been around for "awhile," the word "enrollment" brings up some very negative connotation.  It can bring up the words "sales,", "pressure," "coercion." But over the years, I've seen some new and different concepts...

Every Aspect of My Life

Every Aspect of My Life

Marc Prestera MDI Contributor He's got the moves; courting future wife at MDI Convention October 2012. Enrollment success. Enrollment is present in every aspect of my life, everyday.   It is required in my professional life as a leader of the companies I own and...

The Key Factor in Successful Enrollment

The Key Factor in Successful Enrollment

Brian Childers MDI Contributor As I was rummaging through my brain searching for what I have to say about the topic of enrollment, one word showed up consistently: RELATIONSHIP!  One must first establish relationship before anyone wants to hear anything I have to...

Giving the Gifts Away Without Attachment

Giving the Gifts Away Without Attachment

Rich O'Keeffe MDI Contributor Ah, enrollment. Everyone’s favorite topic of which to hold a lot of opinions. Well, fear not, loyal readers, I too have some opinions for you to ponder. In the dictionary definition, enrollment is centered around someone officially...

The Role of the Past, the Preparation and the Proposal

The Role of the Past, the Preparation and the Proposal

James Anthony Ellis Legacy Magazine Editor Is there a larger or more far-reaching enrollment process than that of the courtship towards marriage? Possibly, but that is the one that comes to mind as I consider where in my life I have practiced the art of enrollment in...

The Right Questions To Ask

The Right Questions To Ask

David Wainwright Guest Contributor David Wainwright was a division coordinator of Primal Warrior in the late 1990, as well as the Regional Coordinator of the Southwest Region as the organization Mentor Discover Inspire took shape. A teacher of enrollment, Wainwright...

The Bigger the Vision the Bigger the Need for Enrollment

The Bigger the Vision the Bigger the Need for Enrollment

James Anthony Ellis Legacy Magazine Editor So you wanna make something happen huh? Is that what you're saying? What is it you want to create, build, manifest? Depending on the size of this creation of yours, you will be facing the very real endeavor of "enrollment."...

Enrolling Others Into A World of Peace

Enrolling Others Into A World of Peace

Fred Tomasello Jr. Guest Contributor Since 1970, I’ve been trying to enroll people into my vision. That’s a long time. I thought it was going to be easy. Simple. Start in my own neighborhood, tell family and friends the truth and go from there. They all know me. We’ve...