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Sudden change in Maiden Voyage events in Los Angeles a clue to Ideal Org problems?

[A 2016 Scientology staff recruiting ad]

One of our most reliable Los Angeles area correspondents, who has gotten into numerous Scientology events and reported on them for us, told us that they were struck by a sudden change in plans that they found pretty significant.

This is their report. We’d like to hear from our veterans about whether they agree this is a surprising change, and if they agree with our correspondent’s analysis. Here’s their dispatch…

“This a new development. I heard about it earlier this week, but waited to send it to you until I got the confirming promotional flier. Such a last-minute change for a Maiden Voyage Event at PAC Base is extraordinary.

“Here are the facts: The Maiden Voyage Night 4 ‘Expansion’ Event at PAC Base has been continued one week from Saturday, July 20 to Saturday, July 27 and converted to a Convention that starts at 10 am. In addition to showing the video of the Maiden Voyage Night 4 ‘Expansion Event,’ the Convention will feature workshops on how to become active through Field Activities, etc. They plan a full day of events…



“In addition, Valley Org held an Ideal USA Continental Convention this weekend…


“My take: I’ve heard speculation this will be a reg-fest [intense fundraising event]. I’m confident that is wrong. These events are going to be about recruiting. They are pushing to get staff for the new Kansas City Ideal Org. The problem they are having is that there are not enough Scientologists in Kansas City’s local field to staff-up an Ideal Org, much less sufficiently trained Scientologists. I know that is a problem with almost all new Ideal Orgs, but it is particularly problematic in the Midwest.”

Here and at Mike Rinder’s site we’ve seen a lot of evidence that Scientology leader David Miscavige is having trouble staffing his new Ideal Orgs, which soon go dormant after their grand openings.

What do you think, veterans of Scientology’s staffs and Sea Org, is that what’s happening here?


Bonus items from our tipsters

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

[Alanna Masterson, Terry Jastrow, and Marisol Nichols]

We’ve been building landing pages about David Miscavige’s favorite playthings, including celebrities and ‘Ideal Orgs,’ and we’re hoping you’ll join in and help us gather as much information as we can about them. 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!

Scientology’s sneaky front groups, spreading the good news about L. Ron Hubbard while pretending to benefit society!

Scientology Lit: Books reviewed or excerpted in our weekly series. How many have you read?



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Scientology disconnection, a reminder

Bernie Headley has not seen his daughter Stephanie in 5,515 days.
Valerie Haney has not seen her mother Lynne in 1,644 days.
Katrina Reyes has not seen her mother Yelena in 2,148 days
Sylvia Wagner DeWall has not seen her brother Randy in 1,668 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his grandson Leo in 688 days.
Geoff Levin has not seen his son Collin and daughter Savannah in 579 days.
Christie Collbran has not seen her mother Liz King in 3,886 days.
Clarissa Adams has not seen her parents Walter and Irmin Huber in 1,754 days.
Carol Nyburg has not seen her daughter Nancy in 2,528 days.
Jamie Sorrentini Lugli has not seen her father Irving in 3,302 days.
Quailynn McDaniel has not seen her brother Sean in 2,648 days.
Dylan Gill has not seen his father Russell in 11,214 days.
Melissa Paris has not seen her father Jean-Francois in 7,133 days.
Valeska Paris has not seen her brother Raphael in 3,301 days.
Mirriam Francis has not seen her brother Ben in 2,882 days.
Claudio and Renata Lugli have not seen their son Flavio in 3,143 days.
Sara Goldberg has not seen her daughter Ashley in 2,182 days.
Lori Hodgson has not seen her son Jeremy and daughter Jessica in 1,894 days.
Marie Bilheimer has not seen her mother June in 1,420 days.
Joe Reaiche has not seen his daughter Alanna Masterson in 5,509 days
Derek Bloch has not seen his father Darren in 2,649 days.
Cindy Plahuta has not seen her daughter Kara in 2,969 days.
Roger Weller has not seen his daughter Alyssa in 7,825 days.
Claire Headley has not seen her mother Gen in 2,944 days.
Ramana Dienes-Browning has not seen her mother Jancis in 1,299 days.
Mike Rinder has not seen his son Benjamin and daughter Taryn in 5,602 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his daughter Spring in 1,708 days.
Skip Young has not seen his daughters Megan and Alexis in 2,110 days.
Mary Kahn has not seen her son Sammy in 1,982 days.
Lois Reisdorf has not seen her son Craig in 1,565 days.
Phil and Willie Jones have not seen their son Mike and daughter Emily in 2,060 days.
Mary Jane Sterne has not seen her daughter Samantha in 2,314 days.
Kate Bornstein has not seen her daughter Jessica in 13,423 days.


Posted by Tony Ortega on July 22, 2019 at 07:00

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