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 <snip> 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 family. 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 place! 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 appropriate. Steve Bass Executive Director Institute of Frontier Science www.FrontierScience.us Listen to 'Strange Days... Indeed' - The PodCast At: http://www.virtuallystrange.net/ufo/sdi/program/ These contents above are copyright of the author and UFO UpDates - Toronto. They may not be reproduced without the express permission of both parties and are intended for educational use only.
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