TSA's motive in lawsuit with Tacoma
Mar 18, 2006 12:38 PM
Dear All -- On March 14 I explicity stated I do not believe
financial gain is TSA's motive for the lawsuit filed against the
Tacoma Lodge. The TSA's motive is more complex than simple money.
Discussion about financial motivation has been carried on by Bart. I
said in another post that Bart may not understand trust management.
Bart did not respond when I asked him if TSA bylaws and/or
regulations forbid tampering with elections in lodges, which is
I said that TSA has engaged in electioneering, which I believe is
forbidden by TSA bylaws and/or regulations. Shameless
electioneering that Betty Bland and Jeffrey Forth by demanding that
Tacoma elect new officers is well documented.
MARCH 14 POST
by Krsanna Duran
TSA executives certainly know that they need property and
resources to function and expand their operation. Further, it is
possible that the organization is experiencing some difficult times.
Financial gain, in my opinion, is NOT TSA's primary motivation.
They don't intend to let the building, the library and the
archives get away, if they can help it. I don't think they initiated
litigation for the purpose.
I believe TSA executives honestly believe they need to keep a rein
on theosophical organizations in order to make theosophy -- as
they understand it -- succeed. As a parallel, Anand sincerely
believes that Adyar is the master's elect center. I suspect TSA
Wheaton executives profoundly believe their organization is
essential to the success of theosophy.
TSA must gain control of membership and property in order to
succeed at their mission. This end justifies the means. They know
their financial position has become precarious since the Shirley
MacLain phenomenon changed the market that had sustained their
publishing house for decades.
TSA filed the lawsuit for what they construe as the best interests
of theosophy, which translates as the best interest of TSA. These
are "good" people who wouldn't admit to harming a fly, and they
believe their own story.
I suspect they decided something had to be done about John Scott,
because John Scott wouldn't play pussy with them. Their only hope
of gaining control of the Tacoma Lodge was a lawsuit.
Betty Bland shamelessly told members of the Tacoma Lodge they had
to elect new [officers] members when visiting on 10/22/05.
Electioneering of that type is forbidden by TSA rules. When, at the
same meeting, John told her about recent decisions the Lodge had
made, Betty said his account was news to her. John said that he had
sent a letter informing her of everything he had mentioned. Betty
responded with something like, "Oh, that letter. I threw it away. It
was too emotional." The letter was a legal announcement. Betty threw
it away? Throwing the letter away then announcing it at a public
meeting that it was too emotional is outrageous, when the pending
lawsuit that Betty knew would be filed 9 days later. Betty also
told John in the course of the meeting that "she would just have
to call in her legal team."
Betty may not have considered a court might take her action of
throwing the letter away far more seriously than she did. Only
smug self-righteousness accounts for Betty's behaviour. I believe
this is what is behind TSA's lawsuit, more than the financial gain
to be acquired for TSA members.
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