Backblast #055 – Looking Back, Looking Ahead

Six months in, the men of F3 Grand Rapids have built a strong foundation here in Furniture City/Beer City USA – and we are just getting started. We have a solid core of pax and have received encouragement and assistance from pax near & far – Iverson & F3 Lake Effect, FIB, Butcher, Brutus, GOP, and Fountainhead & the Mustard Seeds to name just a few.

Warm-up: Beers (and waters) were ordered.

Pax: Hasselhof, Bubblegum, Roid Rage, Mad Cow, Depends, Splitter, Stalin, Belushi, BasicBro, QIC Bald Eagle

The pax gathered at Slows BBQ at a casual 1730, beverages of choice were had with plenty of mumblechatter as well. BasicBro and other pax have been traveling to other regions and reported back about how F3’s leadership structure has helped with growth and clarity in those cities. Having a few miles under our belt together, it was time to open the conversation about where we’ve been, where we want to go, and how we will get there.

Discussion was had about what growth will look like. More AO’s? More days of week? Different parts of town?

We determined that we are ready for a FOURTH DAY OF THE WEEK. Wednesdays will be a rotating Black Ops day where a different Q each week will identify a different potential AO and Q from there. The workouts will lean toward running & merkins, but as with all workouts the Q sets the agenda.

Discussion was also had around the question of ‘Why should we become a Region instead of a Mustard Seed?’ Becoming a Region will be very similar to being a Mustard Seed in many ways, except the more formal shared leadership structure will be in place to support growth, navigate ups & downs better, and support the larger number of pax & AO’s more effectively.



YHC Bald Eagle @paulknust is privileged to serve as the NANTAN for F3GR. After experiencing what F3 can do for a #SadClown while living in CLT for a couple years, he knew it needed to happen in GR. He started a couple of quasi-F3 type workouts, but none really stuck. After posting a few times earlier this year with F3 Lake Effect in Kalamazoo, he stenciled F3 Grand Rapids on the shovel flag and planted it in our fertile West Michigan soil.

Mad Cow @engelbartsII was on board with F3GR from the beginning. He was the first to respond to the Facebook announcement of the launch and has embodied leadership to the group. He is the WEASEL SHAKER responsible for ensuring everything happens as it should.

Another F3GR #originalredwood and an All-State half miler, Roid Rage @realjoeredford is our 1FQ MAGNET MAN responsible for ensuring Q’s are in place, supported and delivering strong beatdowns.

The never-shy BasicBro @jasonley stepped up to take on our 2FQ ELMERS’ GLUE MAN role and also lead the COMMZ efforts with support from Depends & Bubblegum.

It was reiterated that these leadership roles are primarily intended to ensure that the core principles of F3 are upheld, and that more focused effort can be put into each role than when one assumes all responsibilities. These leaders are not necessarily responsible for doing everything under their umbrellas but are responsible for ensuring it gets done well and consistently.

Every pax that posts possesses skills, interests, and abilities that enhance the group. We have therapists, pastors, graphics folks, printers, tourism ambassadors, healthcare professionals, students, non-profit directors, salespeople, manufacturing techs, project managers, and plenty of other skill sets in our group.

We’ve had 20 F3GR pax Q a workout and fully intend for that number to grow. We’ll fill more leadership roles as we continue to accelerate (Site AO’s, 3rd FQ, etc.), but we wanted to identify the pax who in large respect have already been stepping into these roles and delegate responsibility.

“If you want to go fast, go alone, if you want to go far, go together.”

The bar-b-cue was then delivered to the table and more solid 2F was had.

The pax wrapped the HDHH with a few answering the question YHC floated earlier in the day – ‘Who or what taught you how to be a man?’ The answers were varied and ranged from ‘my mother’ to ‘trial & error’ to ‘a father who survived polio and became a traveling evangelist.’

While the bbq was picked clean from the plates, plenty of meat was left on the bone with this question which we’ll look forward to digging into at a later date.

-Bald Eagle out