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Re: MUFON's Clift Responds

From: Steven S. Bass, FFSc. <steven.s.bass.nul>
Date: Sat, 5 Feb 2011 10:47:12 -0500
Archived: Sat, 05 Feb 2011 11:43:11 -0500
Subject: Re: MUFON's Clift Responds

>From: Terry Groff <terry.nul>
>To: post.nul
>Date: Fri, 4 Feb 2011 14:31:36 -0600
>Subject: MUFON's Clift Responds


The first things to come to mind are that anytime an
organization has mass firings/resignations/exodus in one of its
most visible areas, like that of states leadership, it makes the
organization (MUFON) appear unstable, like there is more goings
on behind the scenes.

Having read the aforementioned petition to reform MUFON, I agree
with the concept of a duly elected Board of Directors responsive
to and supportive of a membership with the ability to replace a
BoD member for performance issues. I worry when a person in
Clift's position states that the Board members are there because
they spent money on MUFON. Last I heard, _every_ investigator
spends money on MUFON (dues, equipment, travel expenses, etc.),
not to mention the time investments and the time away from

If openness and educating the public is such a value to MUFON,
then why do we see a contract with a wealthy third party which
suggests very strongly otherwise? We don't work for Bigelow, we
work for the public moreso.

And why hasn't the leadership been more vocal about helping
state chapters with fund raising in the past?

Marc D'Antonio's statements are also curious, as is the tone I
perceive from his statements. First, Mr. D'Antonio, if it was
not for the membership, MUFON would not exist. Your statements
show a complete disconnect from the reality of MUFON. Remember,
the membership is why the organization exists, and that is where
membership dues are paid to, so yes, the membership uses the
name. You talk like MUFON existed before and independent of
investigators and researchers. Am I missing something? Do you or
_should_ you really speak for the leadership, cuz maybe you and
Mr. Clift should work on releasing supportive and similar
statements. (This is suggestive of weak leadership)

Yes, Mr. D'Antonio, the membership does have an ownership stake
in MUFON. Without them, there is no MUFON. Maybe this is the
kind of mindless, uncaring-of-the-membership-you-serve, self-
important drivel that has everyone so up-in-arms in the first

And yes again, Sir, other organizations have issues, too. But
they try to address them!

And yes yet again! The membership _can_ force a vote, with their
wallets and their feet!

I'm guessing some changes as suggested by this petition would be

Steve Bass
Executive Director
Institute of Frontier Science

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