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If Scientology’s Ideal Org grand openings are on hold, fundraising steams ahead

[Hawaii Ideal Org fundraising]

Is Scientology’s Ideal Org program on hold? It’s a theory based on the lack of an opening this year while the average is about seven. Scientologists are being told that all remaining orgs are being worked on “simultaneously.” If grand openings starring church leader David Miscavige are on hold, the rest of the program is still in full swing.

In December we reported that the fundraising goal was being met for an Ideal Org in Adelaide, South Australia. Last month they paid A$3.2 million for the former Messenger newspaper building. It’s in Port Adelaide, miles from the city’s center of Victoria Square.


[1 Baynes Place, Adelaide]


Fundraising isn’t on hold either. This week Honolulu area Scientologists came together in costume [see above] to donate for their own building to help complete Scientology’s Western US “continent.” The plans on display at this event may be the final version but for other Ideal Orgs there have been multiple rounds of plans to ensure the building is truly ideal. Space planning is a time-consuming key step in opening an Ideal Org.


A key tell that an Ideal Org project is coming to an end is the release of a leatherbound edition of Dianetics. The Austin org has been undergoing renovations to expand to the minimum ideal size of 50,000 square feet by adding a story to the building. This week they announced their Dianetics edition is being issued to fund a marketing campaign by Scientology Media Productions. SMP is a Sea Org Org located in the former KCET studios in Hollywood.


One Clearwater area Scientologist is so sure that the Kansas City Ideal Org is opening soon she is selling her house to join staff there.


The goal is to recruit 175 staff members before opening. There are other orgs that are approaching completion, such as Chicago, Ventura, Manchester and ODD in Mexico City. And yet we have seen no announced dates for a new Ideal Org to open its doors. In Scientology “soon” is an imprecise term ranging from days to a decade. We’ll be watching closely for any signs that the Ideal Org drought is ending.

— Rod Keller


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Scientology disconnection, a reminder

Bernie Headley has not seen his daughter Stephanie in 5,549 days.
Valerie Haney has not seen her mother Lynne in 1,678 days.
Katrina Reyes has not seen her mother Yelena in 2,182 days
Sylvia Wagner DeWall has not seen her brother Randy in 1,702 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his grandson Leo in 722 days.
Geoff Levin has not seen his son Collin and daughter Savannah in 613 days.
Christie Collbran has not seen her mother Liz King in 3,920 days.
Clarissa Adams has not seen her parents Walter and Irmin Huber in 1,788 days.
Carol Nyburg has not seen her daughter Nancy in 2,562 days.
Jamie Sorrentini Lugli has not seen her father Irving in 3,336 days.
Quailynn McDaniel has not seen her brother Sean in 2,682 days.
Dylan Gill has not seen his father Russell in 11,248 days.
Melissa Paris has not seen her father Jean-Francois in 7,167 days.
Valeska Paris has not seen her brother Raphael in 3,335 days.
Mirriam Francis has not seen her brother Ben in 2,916 days.
Claudio and Renata Lugli have not seen their son Flavio in 3,177 days.
Sara Goldberg has not seen her daughter Ashley in 2,216 days.
Lori Hodgson has not seen her son Jeremy and daughter Jessica in 1,928 days.
Marie Bilheimer has not seen her mother June in 1,454 days.
Charley Updegrove has not seen his son Toby in 980 days.
Joe Reaiche has not seen his daughter Alanna Masterson in 5,543 days
Derek Bloch has not seen his father Darren in 2,683 days.
Cindy Plahuta has not seen her daughter Kara in 3,003 days.
Roger Weller has not seen his daughter Alyssa in 7,859 days.
Claire Headley has not seen her mother Gen in 2,978 days.
Ramana Dienes-Browning has not seen her mother Jancis in 1,333 days.
Mike Rinder has not seen his son Benjamin and daughter Taryn in 5,636 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his daughter Spring in 1,742 days.
Skip Young has not seen his daughters Megan and Alexis in 2,144 days.
Mary Kahn has not seen her son Sammy in 2,016 days.
Lois Reisdorf has not seen her son Craig in 1,599 days.
Phil and Willie Jones have not seen their son Mike and daughter Emily in 2,094 days.
Mary Jane Sterne has not seen her daughter Samantha in 2,348 days.
Kate Bornstein has not seen her daughter Jessica in 13,457 days.


Posted by Tony Ortega on August 25, 2019 at 07:00

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