Cancer Walk

Saturday May 19th, the brothers of the Bearded Villains Miami chapter took part in a local event called a “March For Cancer” in Fort Lauderdale. To find a family in these days that hasn’t been affected by cancer seems nearly impossible, so the movement to be a part of the fight against cancer is a movement taken very seriously by the 305 chapter. The March For Cancer event has been going on for years in the Fort Lauderdale area and has been making an impact in the community since day one.

On this particular Saturday, the elements were doing their best to stop the large groups of different people looking to make an impact in the battle against cancer, throwing wind and rain at all participants throughout the day. It is said that rain on an important day can be a sign of many things, death, birth, new beginnings etc. The Miami brothers took the rain in stride and decided to look at the drizzling skies, as an opportunity to express their dedication to defeating the forever looming monster that is this ailment.

As the walk began, it was obvious the importance this journey is to each brother, each step in unison, every chest filled with love and pride and bursting with stead fast determination to complete the task ahead. As the rain pushed harder in trying to prevent the participants from finishing their walk, the BV305 brothers pressed on, their laughter becoming louder as did the stories they shared of the friends and family they were walking for; some battling cancer at this time, and some long passed, but all honored on this day.

This day will be remembered for a lot of reasons, one, the path to achieving a common goal will not always be easy, in fact, if it is worth it will often be met with challenges that can make the end goal feel impossible. However, the Bearded Villains brotherhood has often taken on these challenges that appeared impossible and surpassed them. Two, the necessity of honoring the ones who have, are, and will fight cancer is eminent. Three, there is no force great enough to stop a group determined to make a change. The Bearded Villains Miami chapter will continue to do their part in this fight against cancer and wants to take this moment to thank all who have helped support them along the way. To all those fighting we say, hold fast and know, we have your back.

Written by: John Banks

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St. Patrick’s Day

Leprechauns, parades, the color green and a bunch of Irish car bombs do more than just describe a good time. It describes the holiday Saint Patrick’s day. A day (March 17th) used to celebrate the patron Saint Patrick. A holiday celebrated since the 17th century. But who is Saint Patrick, and why on this day do we celebrate his accomplishments.

Patrick was a 5th-century Romano-British Christian missionary and bishop in Ireland. What is known about Saint Patrick comes from the “Declaration” (which was allegedly written by Patrick himself). It is believed that he was born in the fourth century, into a wealthy family. His father was a deacon and his grandfather was a priest.

According to the. “Declaration”, at the age of sixteen, he was kidnapped by Irish raiders and taken as a slave to Gaelic Ireland. It is said that he spent six years there working as a shepherd. It was during this time where he “found God”. The Declaration said that God told Patrick to flee to the coast, where a ship would be waiting to take him home. After making his way home, Patrick went on to become a priest. Patrick later returned to Ireland to convert the pagan Irish to Christianity. The Declaration says that he spent many years evangelizing in the northern half of Ireland and converted “thousands” to Christianity. Tradition holds that he died on 17 March and was buried at Downpatrick. Over the following centuries, many legends grew up around Patrick and he became Ireland’s foremost saint.

Saint Patrick’s feast day, as a kind of national day, was already being celebrated by the Irish in Europe during the ninth and tenth centuries. In later times, he (Saint Patrick) became more and more widely seen as the patron of Ireland. Saint Patrick’s feast day was finally placed on the universal liturgical calendar of the Catholic Church in the early 1600s. Saint Patrick’s Day thus became a holy day of obligation for Roman Catholics in Ireland. It is also a feast day in the Church of Ireland.

In 1903, St Patrick’s Day became an official public holiday in Ireland. This was thanks to the Bank Holiday Act 1903, an act of the United Kingdom Parliament introduced by Irish Member of Parliament James O’Mara. The first St Patrick’s Festival was held on 17 March 1996. In 1997, it became a three-day event, and by 2000 it was a four-day event. By 2006, the festival was five days long; more than 675,000 people attended the 2009 parade. Overall 2009’s five-day festival saw almost 1 million visitors, who took part in festivities that included concerts, outdoor theatre performances, and fireworks.

St Patrick’s Day, while not a legal holiday in the United States, is nonetheless widely recognized and observed throughout the country as a celebration of Irish and Irish-American culture. Celebrations include prominent displays of the color green, religious observances, numerous parades, and copious consumption of alcohol. The holiday has been celebrated in North America since the late 18th century.

All around the world on March 17th people are dressing up in green (or being pinched for not doing so) and celebrating the man that brought Christianity to an otherwise pagan nation. Long lines of people wearing green top hats walking in the street followed by parade floats and Irish style entertainment fill downtown areas around the country. So, from everyone here at bv305; let us all be safe and celebrate the Irish within us all.

Written by : Vic Fonseca

IG- @everyone.hates.victorfonseca

Edited: Javi Vasallo

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Honor The Fallen

Death is ever present, it is undeniable and in the end it is inevitable. Recently, the Bearded Villains brotherhood experienced such loss in different chapters. Mike from the Louisiana chapter as well as Dominik from the polish chapter. Although their causes of death are different it’s the legacy they leave behind that will last forever.

When someone close to us dies, we typically experience every emotion we can feel, anger, sadness, emptiness, joy in past memories, deep questioning, and everything in between. We often harbor on the time we won’t get to share anymore, the memories we won’t get to make, all the moments we could’ve had but didn’t for whatever reason and now will never get the opportunity.

The thing about losing a loved one is, there is no wrong in the way you feel, so often we force ourselves into a disconnect with our emotions out of obligation. To appear strong, this is not strength, true strength is showing the emotion you feel at the times you feel it. The benefit of the Bearded Villains brotherhood is the massive support system all around the world to help you on your journey of mourning and coping.

When we lose someone close and we have begun our journey of connecting our feelings we get a tremendous opportunity. An opportunity to honor the fallen by exuding the love we have/had for them outwardly, to extend what we feel unto others. You see, the person is not lost, they are only gone physically and what we do in the now to prolong their legacy is how they live on.

Honor the fallen, speak about them often, allow your words and love to make them ever present. Death is permanent for our bodies but the soul is carried through our love and our words and is strengthened through both. Remember them, through our actions, allow them to become the best part of ourselves. The Bearded Villains Miami Chapter leaves you with this challenge, to share your love of the lost as often as their memories come to you, speak on what they meant to you, and share with all the part of them that still holds fast within you.

Written by: John Banks

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Awareness

To be good is to practice a preferred social conduct which is considered to be beneficial to society as a whole. Think about what that is for a moment. It is a very broad word, that may even be translated different to the individual. However, it is a word that’s understood by all, and one that is practiced regularly. To do good is something that comforts and warms the soul. You feel a sense of fulfillment at doing good; a sense of accomplishment when you do something beneficial for yourself; something that is good. To be good is easy, and something within us all. So why is there bad in the world? Why do people act in a way that is so contradictory to their nature as human?

February 14, 2018 was a sad day in South Florida, and for BV305. News was plastered on every social media platform, every local television, and radio station, spreading word of another sad event that took place. An event that subsequently ended the lives of 17 individuals, varying from ages 14 to 49; that included students and faculty at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, in Parkland. A 19-year-old boy, decided to walk into this school, and let bullets fly, with a single malicious purpose. But why?

Something that is shared in the Bearded Villains brotherhood, is their desire to do good, to teach other that there is hope, that regardless of what may be going on in your life, there is always a brighter day ahead. There is always an opportunity, for you to decide on good, and find a way to dissolve the darkness in ones life. The Miami chapter has worked relentlessly to raise awareness in its community, in charitable deeds, but most importantly, to show what these deeds do for a person emotionally.

It can be speculated, that most persons who are involved in such wrongdoings have a motive backed by some emotional turmoil; possibly due to the actions of another. When it is so simple to show compassion, and do good, why would one ever feel the need to push someone to such an extreme breaking point? BV305 is looking to continue to raise awareness, and push others to do better for their community, and the younger generation. The group has worked relentlessly to show the bigger picture, which is not to move laws into action, and give the country more restriction, but to teach others the benefit of a good deed. To save a life is not simply to remove someone physically from a harmful situation, but to show them compassion in a time where they feel that one does not exist. To save a soul by a kind act, is perhaps more impactful than further government-based action.

The Bearded Villains Miami chapter would like to extend their deepest condolences to the friends and family who suffered in this tragedy. They hope that the message stems forth to touch the lives of those who need it, and hope their footsteps are followed throughout. So, be kind, be generous, be compassionate, and you will see the world changed.

Written by: Javi Vasallo

IG: @pride55

BV305 Wellness

The journey to find balance between ones mind, body, and soul can be a treacherous one, filled with distractions to keep someone from their path of reaching their desired goals. As the world seems to fall deeper into chaos the BV305 have taken action and spearheaded a movement that can be achieved no matter your position in life. Wellness and the pursuit of growing as an individual, is something often talked about by many of us; yet when it comes time to take action, we fall into the traps or distractions that lead us to stray from those goals. As human beings, everyone has succumbed to this but, internally everyone wants to change for the better. With 2018 bringing in fresh faces, fresh ideas, and renewed passion for life, the Bearded Villains Miami chapter decided to make a change and they would start by looking internally.

As brothers, the Miami chapter often pushes each other to be better and to do better, so they began finding ways to step it up. Challenging each other to lifting challenges, weight loss challenges, even inter club foot races. As the challenges went around, more brothers got involved and the group grew closer through merits of strength and hard work in the gym. Through this, the #bv305wellness project began.

The unification of body and mind has become a priority for the Miami chapter as it creates focus within the group to accomplish all tasks in front of them. It is widely known that fitness often coincides with good mental health. The wellness movement is in place to show people that many brothers in the Miami chapter are working hard in the gym, that there are brothers looking to take their life back from the pitfalls of being sedentary and overweight. Studies show that obesity can lead to depression or varied mental health disorders. With all the trials and tribulations life throws at people on a daily basis the idea of pursuing wellness together as a group was something that the men of BV305 are adamant about.

While the act of charity is paramount amongst the Bearded Villains Miami chapter, wellness has etched itself on the tablet of priorities moving forward to show everyone out there; brothers and sisters alike that they are not alone. That the blood, sweat, and tears shed in the weight room, on the court, in the yoga studio, or wherever you pursue your wellness, that you have support from the BV305 brotherhood. One day at a time, one rep at a time, the time for self improvement is always right now. The Miami chapter wants you to get out there, get active, get the body you always wanted, run the marathon you said you couldn’t, hike the path you’ve been putting off because the weather hasn’t been perfect but more importantly get the mindset of making your physical and mental wellness a priority. It’s time to change one day, to day one.

Written by: John Banks

IG: @bearded_superman

Edited By: Javi Vasallo

IG: @pride55

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