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A Note From Gillian | The OBSSE and NF, Inc.
These avowed "Scullyists" led by Nancy (no clever sig) always knew that Agent Scully was virtually perfect, however, it wasn't until the Revelation of Saint Scully in the episode, "Clyde Bruckman's Final Repose," that the Blessed One's divinity was truly revealed. From the Holy Words of St. Scully, we quote:
Saint Scully: "So how do I die?"
Her divine nature was made known to X-Philekind! This, combined with her cosmic intelligence, strength of character, high moral standards (well... usually), unrelenting dedication to truth and justice, opposition to evil, loyalty, faith, compassion, professional dress and demeanor, and inexplicable unwavering friendship for one Fox Mulder has made her an exemplary role model for all.
Nancy (No Clever Sig) soon became known as the RevMa and the Order was born. Aided by co-leader Sister Autumn the OBSSE thrived and grew to encompass many websites, an active mailing list, and a chat room and now stands at well over 2000 Sisters and Brothers in over 25 different nations. Nancy Cotton retired from the Order in 1999.
Lens, Paula, Autumn, La.. & Colin
The tremendous growth of the Order soon called for an OBSSE leadership council. Leading the OBSSE these days is Sister Autumn and the OBSSE council of Elders, whose names, duties, and functions are listed below. Questions about the OBSSE or the OBSSE Mailing List and Chats may be directed to any of the OBSSE Council of Elders or sent to email@example.com.
Name: Autumn Tysko
Duties: Admit new members, oversee and organize official chats, oversee and maintain mailing list, contribute to newsletter as needed.
Elder of Projects & Graphic Design
Name: Sister La..Dee..Da..
Duties: Lead and/or organizes OBSSE special projects (fundraisers, marathons, etc.), lead web site designer, maintains the Abbey library, contributes graphics to the newsletter, assists with chats and the mailing list administration.
Elder of the Newsletter
Name: Sister Paula
Duties: Newsletter editor for "News for the OBSSEsed", assists with chats and the mailing list administration.
Elder of Minion Relations
Name: Sister Lens-of-Science
Duties: Assists with membership issues, chats and the mailing list administration.
Elder at Large (aka Abbey Handyman)
Name: Brother Colin
Duties: Maintains the OBSSE Rules and Information site, makes one bad decision a year for the Abbey, and assists with chats and the mailing list administration.
Elderette of the Mailing List
Shortly after the Order was formed the Elders sent a letter to Gillian Anderson on behalf of all the Brothers and Sisters of the OBSSE. We included with the letter some of our more entertaining website information and copies of the OBSSE newsletter in hopes that she would be amused by our homage. Turns out she was indeed and the Earthly Incarnation of The Blessed One blessed this Abbey with a photo and note for all to share in:
If you can't make out the text, well, we're here to help:
To the entire "OBSSE"--
This photo, like many others on this site, is owned by Fox Broadcasting Corporation. No copyright infringement is intended. We're only sharing Gillian's gift to the Order.
Early in the history of the OBSSE the Order began to look for ways of expressing our thanks to Gillian Anderson for giving us such a wonderful character to worship and for bringing us all together. We decided that donating to Gillian Anderson's favorite charity, NF, Inc. was the way to go about doing this.
Neurofibromatosis, pronounced Neuro-fi-bro-ma-to-sis, (NF for short), is a genetic disorder of the nervous system that causes tumors to form on the nerves anywhere in the body at any time. This progressive disorder affects all ethnic races and both sexes equally. NF is one of the most common genetic disorders in the United States, (one in every 3,000 to 4,000 births), even though not many people are familiar with it. Gillian Anderson, who is a member of an NF family, is an active spokesperson for this cause.
NF, Inc. is a US organization made up of independent state and regional chapters, providing support and services to NF families. In addition to assisting individuals and families. NF, Inc. works closely with clinical and research professionals who specialize in the treatment of NF. We have also worked with the following international organizations: L'Association de la Neurofibromatose de Quebec (Canada), British Columbia Neurofibromatosis Foundation (Canada), Neurofibromatosis Association of Ontario (Canada), Neurofibromatosis Association of Alberta (Canada), NF Association of Novia Scotia (Canada), Neurofibromatosis Association (United Kingdom) and the Neurofibromatosis Association of WA (Australia).
Our first NF fundraiser was held in December of 1997. It was a simple donation effort for the then fledgling Abbey, but we still managed to raise $2,175.36 with our efforts.
In July of 2000 the leaders of the OBSSE were invited by NF, Inc. to represent the Order at a Congressional luncheon as thanks for the work that we have done in raising money for their organization. It was an extremely rewarding experience to get the chance to meet so many people from the NF organization around the United States and hear first hand how our fundraising efforts are touching people's lives and how extremely grateful they are. The most rewarding part was that during this luncheon and the reception later every single chapter head from the local groups and every person associated with NF, Inc. came over to us to thank the OBSSE for what we have done.
If you'd like to make a donation to our friends at NF Inc you can send it to: