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How to finance a Scientology church in a city without any Scientologists

[Current Adelaide org; Mike Rinder’s brother, Scientology donor Andrew Rinder and his wife Pat]

Rod Keller gives us a glimpse of Scientology fundraising happening on the other side of the planet…

Adelaide is Australia’s fifth largest city, and is known as the “city of churches.” This week Scientology raised the money needed to purchase a new building that will replace its old storefront with an Ideal Org. It marks the end of one phase and the start of a new round of fundraising to renovate the building.

The wealthy Clearwater and Los Angeles Scientologists have been absent so far, but the money doesn’t come from the locals in Adelaide. They are primarily small business owners in Melbourne and Sydney.



Antonio Trio owns a home exterior cleaning and renovations company in Melbourne, over 700 Km from Adelaide. Scientology opened an Ideal Org in that city in 2011 and now publics at Ideal Orgs are funding projects that could never be completed by raising money only at home.


Mike Carter owns a roofing company in Sydney, over 1,300 Km away. Sydney’s Ideal Org opened in 2014.


Wayne Curnuck is an owner of a furniture store with locations in Melbourne and Sydney, but not Adelaide.


Simon and Anna Vale are Perth publics. The Perth Ideal Org opened over 2,600 Km away from Adelaide in May.



Andrew Rinder is an investment property manager in Melbourne. He is also the brother of former Scientologist Mike Rinder. Both Mike and Andrew were born in Adelaide.


Nick Theochari is a jeweler in Melbourne.


Fergus Gartland is an IT sales manager in Melbourne.



Mike Hibbard owns a home construction company in Coffs Harbour, midway between Sydney and Brisbane, over 1,700 Km from Adelaide.


Oisin Grogan is a Melbourne-area business coach using L. Ron Hubbard’s business policies.


Julian Dirou owns a roofing company in Sydney.


Ken Frank owns a motorcycle dealership in Melbourne.



Using this timeline of donations we estimate Scientology has raised 2.5 million Australian Dollars, or about US$ 1.9 million. The good news for Scientology is that the building they are buying appears to be in good condition and the renovations should be inexpensive. We have only one photo.


[Future Adelaide Ideal Org]

— Rod Keller


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Scientology’s celebrities, ‘Ideal Orgs,’ and more!

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We’re building landing pages about David Miscavige’s favorite playthings, including celebrities and ‘Ideal Orgs.’ We’re hoping you’ll join in and help us gather as much information as we can about them, in order to build a record and maintain a watch as Scientology continues its inexorable decline — and yes, we finally have comments working on these new pages! Head on over and help us with links and photos and comments.

Scientology’s celebrities, from A to Z! Find your favorite Hubbardite celeb at this index page — or suggest someone to add to the list!

Scientology’s ‘Ideal Orgs,’ from one end of the planet to the other! Help us build up pages about each these worldwide locations!

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Scientology disconnection, a reminder

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Roger Weller has not seen his daughter Alyssa in 7,596 days.
Claire Headley has not seen her mother Gen in 2,715 days.
Ramana Dienes-Browning has not seen her mother Jancis in 1,071 days.
Mike Rinder has not seen his son Benjamin and daughter Taryn in 5,373 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his daughter Spring in 1,479 days.
Skip Young has not seen his daughters Megan and Alexis in 1,882 days.
Mary Kahn has not seen her son Sammy in 1,753 days.
Lois Reisdorf has not seen her son Craig in 1,336 days.
Phil and Willie Jones have not seen their son Mike and daughter Emily in 1,831 days.
Mary Jane Sterne has not seen her daughter Samantha in 2,085 days.
Kate Bornstein has not seen her daughter Jessica in 13,194 days.


3D-UnbreakablePosted by Tony Ortega on December 2, 2018 at 07:00

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