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.

Who is MDI’s 2020 Man of the Year?

Who is MDI’s 2020 Man of the Year?

It has been a fucked up year. But also a year of opportunities to bring out our highest way of being, live in “no problem,” be in solution mode, and kick ass like we never have before.

So much as been put on the line.

So much for a man to have to rise to his best.

And speaking of a man at his best, it is time again to consider who is the 2020 MDI Man of the Year.

Every year since 2014, the Legacy Magazine has crowned a single man as the “MDI Man of the Year.” It has been bestowed on that man who has done the most to be…

The man who lived the mission and core values of MDI, as well as promote the organization in some public way, showing up as an example for successful families, careers and communities.

In years past we acknowledged these men:

  • 2014 – Ashanti Branch – Western Region
  • 2015 – Jeff Lawrence – Western Canada Region
  • 2016 – Brian Mumford – New England Region
  • 2017 – Ian Kennard – Eastern Canada
  • 2018 – Eric Mortimer – Canada
  • 2019 – The Man We Lost

Who is that man who’s with you in the trenches, who lives by the mission and core values? Honor your man! Nominate him below by SUNDAY, DECEMBER 20, 2020.

All nominations shall be made public!

The Legacy Magazine staff as well as the International Leadership chooses that man in mid-December to be published in the January 2021 edition of the magazine.

The deadline for nominating your man for the MDI Man of the Year has passed! Look forward to the results in the January Issue of the Legacy Magazine.

Announcing the 2019 MDI Man of the Year

Announcing the 2019 MDI Man of the Year

Jim Ellis 
Legacy Magazine Editor

Every year since 2014, the Legacy Magazine has crowned a single man as the MDI Man of the Year. It has been bestowed on that man who has done the most to live the mission and core values of MDI, as well as promote the organization in some public way, showing up as an example for successful families, careers and communities.

In years past we acknowledged these men:

  • 2014 – Ashanti Branch – Western Region
  • 2015 – Jeff Lawrence – Western Canada Region
  • 2016 – Brian Mumford – New England Region
  • 2017 – Ian Kennard – Eastern Canada
  • 2018 – Eric Mortimer – Canada

This year of 2019, a year in which the Mentor Discover Inspire organization experienced a shake-up with membership, losing a hefty percentage of our men – notably from the Mid-Atlantic Region and the Southwest Region – it became a challenge to identify a man who stood out among the rest in this landscape of loss.

Without hashing through a turbulent and, honestly, confusing experience, it has been established that the present leadership has plans to learn from the past, create a solid new foundation, develop online trainings and discover creative and innovative ways to bolster and grow membership.

It is in this light that we pick that special man, no matter what will come in the future.

Without further ado, we reveal to you the 2019 MDI Man of the Year:

The man we lost.


Yes, we lost men to death (including recently our Dr. Robert Irwin), as our organization grows older, turning to sunset some of our old guard. Yes, we lost men to routine attrition, as some naturally chose to move along in life for their own reasons: financial, work-related, change of residence, change of focus…

But we also lost men who were with the organization for a very long time, before the beginning in fact, helping to build the foundation that grew into a Mentor Discover Inspire. The reason they left? Many thoughts, experiences and stories on the matter, but who really knows. In the end, will it matter? In due time, it may all come into clarity the deepest reasons for the separation.

But for now, what is true… is that they are no longer with us, at least within the invisible walls of this organization.

The bottom line… our brothers are gone.

They will have their own circles, creating their own impact, and who knows – perhaps down the road, we may walk on a unified path under the same umbrella.

Even so, it’s at this time – as we crown this special man – we acknowledge something that many men may tend to avoid: a loss.

Beyond the agitation and reasons for separation, we recognize our brother. He is white, black, brown. He is Christian, Jewish, Muslim. He is tall, short, fat and skinny. And everything in between. He is a man.

And he was one of our own.

We fought the battle alongside him: building community events, manning weekends, playing games, getting knocked down, getting back up. He barged against us in an anger-filled push; he grieved in our collective arms. It did not matter his story or where he came from. He was one of us.

Yes, we may see him – at the store, on the street, at the bank, at a baseball game. And we’ll embrace and say “Hey man, how are you doing?” Because connections are that way. Once you go into ANY sort of battle with another man, and touch into that infinite masculinity and ever-granted trust, there can be no ever-lasting separation. There will always be those memories that originated in a past that fused us together at the rawest level.

And yet, we do not fool ourselves. It can not be the same experience as belonging to the same organization and circling up together. A “hello” at the Albertsons will not compare and should not compare with joining as one force, with one purpose and one intention – as a man on a men’s team.

And it’s in this light, with this insight, that we crown the 2019 Man of the Year – the man we lost.

A man we will love forever, and miss for the times we are circling up at a distance. For however long that lasts.

Let’s Honor the Men!

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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!

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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.

MARCH – Men & Anger

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MAY – You and Your Fears

What Is Your Biggest Fear and How Do You Deal With It?

What Is Your Biggest Fear and How Do You Deal With It?

As always, it's good to hear from the men on the topic at hand. On any topic, it's good to go to the collective wisdom or goofiness of the men and see what is to be shared and revealed. This month we hear from the men posting on social media, in answer to this...

Face to Face with the Demons

Face to Face with the Demons

James Anthony Ellis Legacy Magazine Editor So many opportunities to flee. So many chances to take the cowardly path. into denial, distraction. disassociation, avoidance. It's easy to list the scary and spooky places I have attempted to escape in order to go to my...

Facing the Fear of Success

Facing the Fear of Success

Jamie Greene Guest Contributor There’s no such thing as fear of success… it’s the fear of failing once you succeed! Fear sucks. It literally sucks all our ambition, confidence and trust into a black hole we come to know as our self-esteem. Awhile ago, I was grocery...

Fear’s Lonely Lie

Fear’s Lonely Lie

Dylan Stewart Columnist The fear sinks in It grabs you Pulls you Whispers in your ear The fear that has always been there Sitting idly by Waiting for the right moment Nibbling in your subconscious Plotting and planning You know how bad things are By how loud it gets...

In this Time of the Plague

In this Time of the Plague

Crawford Hart Guest Contributor Jean set the iron aside and held up her handiwork. She was actually an accomplished seamstress; now she was making face masks. “There must have been 50 videos on different ways to make these,” she said. “I liked this one best.” “Nice,”...

JUNE – Confronting Your Barriers

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AUGUST – Forgiveness

Leading to a Joyous Place of Excited Anticipation

Leading to a Joyous Place of Excited Anticipation

Peter Hymans Guest Contributor As a rather senior man, I have seen, done and experienced a lot of things in many different lands with many cultures. Much of this passage of time has been in and around our greater active and inactive circles, related to Sterling...

Acting From Love, Find the Freedom of Forgiveness

Acting From Love, Find the Freedom of Forgiveness

Gary Wojciechowski MDI Contributor Part 1 Forgiveness = Freedom The best solution to many quandaries and problems is the act of forgiveness, which frees up space in the mind so that one can be open to greater opportunities and growth. This is the opposite of hanging...

NOVEMBER – Enrollment

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....