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Dave Olson, Published September 12 2013

Bailly accepts chamber’s Legacy Leader Award

FARGO – With her trademark sense of humor on full display, Margie Bailly accepted the Fargo Moorhead West Fargo Chamber of Commerce’s Legacy Leader Award Thursday during a ceremony at Fargo’s Holiday Inn.

“The funny thing about leadership is, leaders don’t always look like leaders,” Bailly told the crowd at the Chamber’s annual meeting.

“Sometimes,” she added, “they wear funny glasses and occasionally … funny hats.”

Bailly then donned a large winter hat and paper 3D glasses, earning laughter and applause from audience members, whom Bailly said were at the heart of what she does.

“This (award) is not about me, it’s about you guys. It’s about this community, which is really extraordinary.

“Everything I’ve ever done has required people saying, ‘Yes, I’ll be a part of it.’ I can’t think of a single thing that I’ve done by myself, that is for sure,” Bailly said.

The Chamber’s Legacy Leader Award recognizes the contributions of long-time local leaders in shaping and serving the Chamber and the region and Bailly’s resume reflects a great deal of both.

She served as director of the Fargo Theatre from 1997 to 2011 and during her tenure she guided a $3 million renovation, established the Fargo Film Festival and opened a second movie screen.

Bailly has also served as president of a number of organizations, including: the Fargo Moorhead Civic Opera; the Fargo Moorhead Junior League; the Fargo Moorhead Area Foundation Women’s Fund; and Fargo Kiwanis.

She has served on the governing boards of the United Way of Cass Clay; the Downtown Business Association; the Fargo Theatre; the Lake Agassiz Arts Council; and Gethsemane Episcopal Church.

Also, Bailly was a member of the Chamber’s board of directors from 2000 to 2006.


Readers can reach Forum reporter Dave Olson at (701) 241-5555