4 MUFON State Directors Axed
From: Dave Haith <visions1.nul>
Date: Thu, 3 Feb 2011 09:31:08 -0000
Archived: Thu, 03 Feb 2011 07:05:53 -0500
Subject: 4 MUFON State Directors Axed
From: Victor Martinez
Date: Thursday, February 03, 2011 6:26 AM
Subject: Ufology MeltDOWN Continues With 4 MUFON State Directors
The COMPLETE MELTDOWN and DISINTEGRATION of UFOLOGY and
"DISCLOSURE" IN THE U.S. CONTINUES UNABATED WITH A REAL-LIFE
'SLAUGTERHOUSE-5' AS 4 MUFON STATE DIRECTORS LEARN THEIR UNHAPPY
FATE ON THE CHOPPING BLOCK OF UFO HISTORY! / THIS IS IN ADDITION
TO THE UNTIMELY FIRING OF JAMES CARRION ... WILL THE BLOOD-
LETTING STOP AT 5 or WILL MORE HEADS UNCEREMONIOUSLY ROLL IN THE
COMING MONTHS?! - The UFO Nation, Thursday, February 3, 2011
From: ELAINE DOUGLASS
Dear MUFON Colleague:
Last week, Leslie Varnicle, State Director of Colorado and a 41-
year-member of MUFON, was fired by Clifford Clift. Many of you
have seen Leslie's tireless work at the MUFON annual symposia.
She was head of a vibrant state chapter with more than 160
members and a $20,000 kitty. She was the originator of the
webinar concept in MUFON; she spent thousands of dollars of her
own money for equipment for her state; she is a MUFON
WHY did Clift and the MUFON Board fire Leslie Varnicle and
demote this 41 year member to the status of "Journal
subscriber"? No one knows! But we do know this: a whole lot of
people think it was WRONG.
And Leslie is NOT only SD fired. This month the SD of Oklahoma,
Marilyn Carlson, a 20-year member, resigned rather than be
fired. Christine Dickey, a 15-year member and SD of Arizona,
asked for a leave of absence and was fired instead. Elaine
Douglass, a 25-year-member and SD of Utah, was also fired.
That makes FOUR (4) high-performing, long time, highly
experienced STATE DIRECTORS arbitrarily FIRED or PUSHED OUT by
the MUFON hierarchy for unknown or insufficient reasons.
In response to these, and many, many other disturbing events and
trends in MUFON, a handful of us have formed "The Committee to
We are writing to you now to let you know of these outrageous
firings and most important to send you the enclosed "Petition to
the Board of Directors and the International Director of MUFON."
We ask you to read the four points of the Petition (below),
consider them carefully, and sign and return the Petition to
this e-mail address in the next 3 days.
PETITION ITEM #1: Calls for a New democratic corporate structure
of MUFON in which the Board of Directors will be voted upon by
all members of MUFON with the rank of field investigator and
above. Under MUFON's current structure, MUFON is a 501=A93 non-
profit corporation with 12 members-the 12 members of the Board.
These individuals appoint themselves and no one in MUFON has any
say about who is on the Board or what policies they pursue.
There is no accountability of the Board to the 2800 Members of
Accordingly, Petition Item 1 calls for a new corporate document
and structure in which individuals throughout MUFON would be
eligible to run for the Board, and Members of MUFON with the
rank of field investigator and up could vote for each person
running. As for the current members of the MUFON Board, they
would be free to run for election along with everyone else.
PETITION ITEM #2: Calls for the ID to cease arbitrary personnel
practices and instead develop and use due process in all
personnel matters. "Due process" means procedures which are
fair, thorough and transparent. Here is the letter Elaine
Douglass sent the ID when she was FIRED:
Let's see if I understand this. The accused is NOT informed of
what the charges are against her, she is NOT allowed to confront
her accusers, she is NOT questioned as part of the
investigation, she is NOT allowed to know what evidence was
presented against her, she is NOT permitted to defend herself,
and in the end she is CONVICTED! But she's NOT told what she's
been convicted of!
Did I miss something?
This letter captures what it is like when there is no "due
process." This practice must be stopped! It has created a
climate of fear and intimidation throughout MUFON in which
people are afraid even to ask questions about MUFON policy for
fear they will be fired.
PETITION ITEM #3: Without going into detail, we know of
instances where "Benefactors" - persons who contributed $1,000
to MUFON and were given Lifetime memberships - were stripped
that status. The granting of a Lifetime membership is a contract
which MUFON may not unilaterally renounce.
PETITION ITEM #4: Calls on the MUFON Board to do high level fund
raising. High level fund raising is the prime activity of the
board of any well-run non-profit. As far as we can see, the
MUFON Board engages in no high level fund raising and we don't
know why. We know of three offers to help with fund raising
which were turned down.
Item 4 also reads " ... with the stipulation that all sources of
funding to MUFON embrace MUFON's mission of publication and
transparency of all data collected by the Members of MUFON."
This refers to the well-known recent debacle in which the MUFON
Board sold MUFON's data and the services of our investigators to
another organization that definitely did not respect MUFON's
The Committee to Reform MUFON knows there are many things wrong
with MUFON not captured in the Petition. For example, it has
come to our attention MUFON headquarters is now reaching down
into the state chapters - without the knowledge or approval of
the SDs - and is investigating individuals, and appointing and
firing individuals to positions in the states.
Will all the Members of MUFON sign the Petition? Probably not.
However, not everyone in MUFON has to sign it for the Petition
to have a major impact. Our question to you is: Will YOU sign
Please do! Return the Petition with your name and address by
replying to this email address in the next three (3) days. To
sign the Petition, hit the reply button to this email and type
in your name and postal address on the front of the email. When
you do this, you will be adding your name to the Petition.
Together let us take this step to save MUFON.
The Committee to Reform MUFON
=B0 Elaine Douglass, Utah
=B0 Bill McNeff , Minnesota
=B0 Marilyn Carlson, Oklahoma
=B0 Marlee Spendlove , Utah
Petition from: The Members of MUFON
To: The Board of Directors of MUFON and The International Director:
1) WHEREAS the Mission of MUFON is of the utmost importance to
ALL humankind, whereas MUFON is the largest and best known
international ufological investigative organization, whereas the
duties of the Members of MUFON require a significant commitment,
the current undemocratic governance structure of MUFON is
unsatisfactory as a vehicle for the expression of the
aspirations of the Members.
THEREFORE, we the undersigned Members of MUFON call upon the 12
Members of the Board of Directors of MUFON to terminate the
current legal corporate structure of MUFON (in which the Board
is self-appointing) and replace the corporate structure with a
new legal incorporation in which the Members of the Board of
Directors will be chosen by vote of the Members of MUFON having
the rank of Field Investigator and above.
2) WHEREAS the arbitrary dismissal of MUFON officers by the
International Director is harmful to MUFON in many ways,
THEREFORE we the undersigned Members of MUFON call upon the
International Director to institute, publish and follow due
process procedures in connection with the dismissal of any
officer of MUFON having the rank of Field Investigator and
3) WHEREAS Life Membership in exchange for a financial
contribution (Benefactor status) represents a contract between
MUFON and the Member, THEREFORE the contract shall not be broken
except in extremis.
4) WHEREAS MUFON cannot fulfill its mission without adequate
funding, THEREFORE we the undersigned Members of MUFON call upon
the Board of Directors of MUFON to pursue a program of
professional-level fund raising to obtain sources of funding
among foundations, wealthy individuals and the like, with the
stipulation that all sources of funding to MUFON embrace MUFON's
mission of publication and transparency of all data collected by
the Members of MUFON.
Those eligible to sign this Petition include all current
dues-paid Members of MUFON.
From: LARRY W BRYANT
Attention all MUFON Members! Urgent!
THANK YOU, Ms. Douglass, for your hard work on this proposed
remedial action. I strongly suggest that you create an ONLINE
petition for ANY and ALL interested parties to sign (and to add
comments upon, as they see fit) -- so that all MUFON-oriented
folks (i.e., members and nonmembers alike) worldwide may
exercise their stakeholdership in MUFON's future as a PUBLIC
The text of the proposed online version could encompass the
content of what you've already articulated below. The process of
posting is fairly simple, if you choose the (free) service I've
used with some ease -- see my current petition at:
Good luck in your pursuit of full justice, access,
accountability, perestroika, and MUFON reinvigoration! -
LARRY W BRYANT
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