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Re: Theos-World Orlando Issue

Mar 14, 2010 07:20 PM
by Augoeides-222

One thing I am wondering about in regard to Orlando Lodge is what was the context of it's Book Store if they had one? Did they have most of the books on the shelves come from Wheaton's Catalog or were there many more from other publishing vendors? Are Books Sales a criteria in the evaluation of a lodge? 

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "MKR" <> 
To: "theos-talk" <> 
Sent: Sunday, March 14, 2010 2:01:05 PM GMT -08:00 US/Canada Pacific 
Subject: Theos-World Orlando Issue 

The Orlando issue following the election events and its aftermath in recent 
years, brings into focus the issue of lack of transparency. When important 
issues such as withdrawal of charter are concerned, usually we may see a 
one-liner in the list of decisions taken in the Board Meeting. 

As I recall, when the Boston litigation took place, no meaningful details or 
information was shared with members either before, during or after the 
litigation. Due to general indifference of membership for the organizational 
matters, it looks like the administration takes membership for granted and 
keeping them in the dark goes unquestioned. 

At a time when membership is nearly half of what used to be couple of 
decades ago, withdrawing charters of long standing active lodges such as 
Orlando Lodge does not make sense. It is the responsibility of TSA to make 
theosophy more popular and one would expect it to make every effort to help 
lodges expand their activities and thus membership. 

In the recent âofficialâ statement from the TSA National Secretary, 
litigation was cited for not commenting on Orlando issue. Is it also 
possible that actions are under way to cancel charters of other lodges with 
valuable real estate is the real reason for the silence taking cover under 

On the one hand, you receive solicitations for donations as well as 
inclusion of TSA in the will bequests, it does not make sense in not 
providing transparency which prevents members to see for themselves that the 
actions of the Board are justified and support the Board in their decisions. 

It is time for the administration to wake up to the reality of Internet age 
and prevent further erosion of confidence in the minds of many members. 


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