- Flag Order: School (1968)
- Flag Order: School Hours (1968)
- HCOB: Superliteracy and the Cleared Word (1974)
- HCOPL: The Anatomy of Thought (1970)
- Lecture: A Review of Study (1964)
- Lecture: Education: Point of Agreement (1956)
- Letter: From ABLE to ABLE Supporter (n.d.)
- Letter: To ABLE Supporter from ABLE (2001)
- Magazine article: ¡Hola! Welcome to the Neighborhood! (2008)
- Magazine article: A Turning Point In Our History (2004)
- Magazine article: Administrative Technology In Great Demand (1992)
- Magazine article: Captain’s Field Briefing (2008)
- Magazine article: Debbi Mace (1993)
- Magazine article: Fourth Dynamic Salvage Campaign News (2009)
- Magazine article: How Dianetics came to Russia (1992)
- Magazine article: It Starts With Literacy (2008)
- Magazine article: News from AOLA (2008)
- Magazine article: News from AOSH UK (2008)
- Magazine article: Operation Drug-Free Earth (2008)
- Magazine article: Putting The Future There (1992)
- Magazine article: Russia Welcomes LRH’s Works (1992)
- Magazine article: Scientology Volunteer Minister Campaign (2010)
- Magazine article: The Advantages of Studying the Basics at Flag (2008)
- Magazine article: The answer to planetary clearing (2004)
- News: Hubbard Center closed up in Samara (2008)
- Newsletter: Applied Scholastics Youth Mentoring Program Opens in Hollywood (1997)
- Newsletter: Mojave Academy (2001)
- Newsletter: Target: 3000 Local Scientologists studying on the Route to Knowledge by LRH’s Birthday (2008)
- PAB: Education (1957)
- Promo: Why can’t you have the profession of your choice? (1974)
- Transcript: SNUD (Special Committee on Non-Medical Use of Drugs) Committee Meeting (2002)
- Web article: What is the purpose of the OT® Committee? (2008)
The Education Angle
The Volunteer Minister fulfills the very definition of religion by extending the gift of Scientology itself and bringing indiscriminate help. As one of the largest independent relief forces on Earth, the reach of VMs has no boundaries. No matter where, when or what… that bright flash of yellow means hope.
THE IAS-SPONSORED VOLUNTEER Minister Crusade works to extend the gift of Scientology itself. Volunteer Ministers are providing succor to what amounts to the face of humanity, both geographically and demographically:
First, with our now-famed VM Emergency Response arm, launching on a moment’s notice to bring our brand of spiritual succor.
Second, radiating out like spokes of a wheel, our Org and Cont Cavalcades provide the everyday tools for living from the Scientology Handbook. Meanwhile, and still farther afield, Goodwill Tours extend the LRH technical lifeline to areas well beyond our orgs on five continents.
To reach those areas “off the grid” altogether, our Extreme Pioneer Tours bring tech to the heart of the world in Amazonia, across the belly of Africa and into the Australian Outback.
While to meet needs everywhere else we present our VM Hotline and online training through our Virtual Cavalcade.
In that way, across every conceivable landscape, we bring our message to the world that “Something Can Be Done About It” through our Global Goodwill Alliance.
It has been said that you can follow the trail of our now-renowned VM Emergency Response arm by tracking storm patterns and Richter scales, and this year certainly bears it out.
Beyond every far-flung town and village, the VM Hotline is where those in urgent need go to request on-site seminars, which are sponsored by the IAS. One of the first this year was in Kiberia, outside of Nairobi, Kenya, where parents, teachers and 80 children took the VM Communication Course, and learned to deliver assists. Also in Kenya, a Boy Scout troop leader came across volunteer-ministers.org and requested everything—seminars, materials, even T-shirts. A team of veteran VMs trained them on-site, whereupon, Kenya’s Boy Scouts turned into “VM Scouts,” igniting a movement that has thus far embraced more than 10,000. Other IAS-sponsored traveling VM teams went to eastern Uganda to provide assists on behalf of tribal leaders, to Tanzania on the southern shores of Lake Victoria for Study Tech in a grammar school, and to Sierra Leone to conduct Basics of Organizing courses on behalf of Christian missionaries. Other teams went to Bangladesh to deliver Study Tech to more than 400 children and to Cambodia for a Bible Study Group that wanted PTS/SP Tech.1
All of which makes for a Volunteer Minister life support system, including partnerships with police departments from across the world of law enforcement; the same again for search and rescue, civil defense and emergency response units across the whole disaster management community; and still more again to military units of every branch of service that support disaster response. In sum, it is 200-plus agencies with whom we’ve built a network of goodwill.2, 3
The Planetary Salvage campaigns funded by IAS grants are the largest programs of their kind. They reach whole populations, but ultimately it is help on a one-on-one basis that is reversing the dwindling spiral. 12
TONGA WELCOMES THE SOUTH PACIFIC GOODWILL TOUR AND LRH STUDY TECH
[Image captions: The VM Cavalcade I/C presented the Tonga Minister of Education, Womens Affairs and Culture with the Scientology Handbook.
At the Tonga Taukilau School, the Deputy Principal translated the Study Tech lecture for the students.]
TONGA: When the South Pacific Volunteer Ministers Goodwill Tour arrived on the island of Tonga they were welcomed by officials from the Ministry of Education, Womens Affairs and Culture who were eager to hear about LRH Study Technology. After the VMs gave a lecture to the ministry and government school principals, the Deputy Director of Education invited the VMs to give lectures in all government schools in the kingdom.
The VMs got straight to work, giving LRH Study Tech lectures to students at all levels. At ‘Api Fo’ou College they gave 1,200 students and teachers Group Processing and a lecture on LRH Study Tech. The students were enthusiastic about learning how to learn, and so were their teachers who themselves wanted to learn Study Technology.
The VMs next visited Taukilau school in the village of Laapaha where they met with the Deputy Principal and introduced 300 teachers and students to LRH Study Tech.
The VMs are now training teachers from primary school to college level on LRH Study Technology, thereby creating a bright future for education in the Kingdom of Tonga!
SPREADING THE MESSAGE OF HUMAN RIGHTS IN UGANDA
[Image caption: A student at Nakasero Secondary School in Uganda responds to a human rights quiz question, part of a program designed to educate youth on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.]
KAMPALA, UGANDA: Sixty volunteers now count themselves among the movement that is spreading the message of Human Rights throughout Uganda. Isaac Nsubaga was first introduced to the Youth for Human Rights program by IAS Freedom Medal Winner Mary Shuttleworth in 2005, and is now Youth for Human Rights I/C Uganda. He and his volunteer team have established six Human Rights Clubs in universities and primary schools and are working in coordination with government officials to educate youth on their human rights.
To teach students about the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, they show the IAS-sponsored Human Rights public service announcements, followed by quizzes, which are highly popular with the students.
Youth for Human Rights Uganda has run programs in over 30 schools across the nation, giving the quizzes and holding essay writing competitions and public speech and drama competitions, all to bring the message home that human rights can and must be made a fact in Uganda.
1,500 IN FLORENCE MARCH AGAINST PSYCHIATRIC ABUSE
[Image caption: 1,500 people, led by IAS Freedom Medal Winner Roberto Cestari, were on hand when psychiatrists arrived at the World Psychiatric Association conference in Florence, Italy.]
FLORENCE, ITALY: A demonstration 1,500 strong, led by IAS Freedom Medal Winner Roberto Cestari, greeted psychiatrists arriving at the World Psychiatric Association’s conference in Florence.
The marchers, carrying placards and banners and accompanied by an honorary police escort, were soon joined by residents of Florence. Many came out of their houses and offices to join forces with CCHR as the march went through the streets of Florence. Their destination was CCHR’s Traveling Exhibit stationed just across the street from the hall where the WPA conference was being held. More than 4,000 people toured CCHR’s Industry of Death Traveling Exhibit during its stay in Florence. Visitors included psychiatrists and psychologists in town for the conference, as well as many Florence residents. Psychiatrists were visibly shaken by the huge support CCHR received in the city.
Those touring the exhibit included a psychiatrist from Spain who had this to say: “I saw the exhibit and the information showing psychiatry as a pseudo-science which serves the pharmaceutical agencies. My conclusion is that it really is a pseudo-science and it is really dangerous.”
ANTI-DRUG MATERIALS IN USE AT TEXAS CRIME PREVENTION CONFERENCE
[Image caption: A Texas Police Officer uses the Truth About Drugs booklets and the Anti-Drug public service announcements to deter youth from taking drugs.]
TEXAS: In response to an IAS-sponsored Anti-Drug Campaign ad in The Police Chief, the monthly magazine issued by the International Association of Chiefs of Police, a Texas Police Chief recommended his staff order the materials.
Upon receipt of the materials, the Community Service Officer of the department was so impressed that he set up a booth at their next Crime Prevention Association meeting and personally introduced the materials to attendees, distributing over 1,200 booklets. Forty percent of those in attendance ordered free information kits at his booth.
He is now arranging for his police department’s logo to be placed on a special edition of the booklets to use at the next and largest conference of the Texas Crime Prevention Association. In the interim, he ordered another 1,000 Truth About Drugs booklets to introduce other crime prevention departments to the campaign on a one-on-one basis. He is determined to get the materials into the hands of as many of his fellow officers as he can so they can use them for drug prevention throughout the state of Texas.
COSTA RICAN CYCLING FEDERATION SPONSORS DISTRIBUTION OF THE WAY TO HAPPINESS
[Image caption: Distributing The Way to Happiness in Costa Rica.]
COSTA RICA: The Costa Rican Cycling Federation teamed up with a local Way to Happiness Chapter to co-sponsor a Campaign for Values in the country. The project was kicked off at the annual international bicycle race of the prominent sports organization. Both the President of Costa Rica and the Vice Minister of Health and Sports attended the official opening ceremonies of the race, which included participating athletes from Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Cuba, Guatemala, Mexico, Panama and Switzerland.
The theme of LRH’s common sense precepts from The Way to Happiness was reflected in every aspect of the event—on banners, T-shirts and posters. And to ensure the attendees took the message away with them, the Cycling Federation presented a copy of their own customized edition of The Way to Happiness booklet to all 5,000 athletes and guests at the opening.
The OT Committee is set up to help organize and channel OT forces, interests and resources for the greatest good for Scientology®. Currently, our objective as delineated by International Management as the greatest good for Scientology is two-fold: 1) 10,000 solo auditors on OT VII; and 2) creating an Ideal Central Org in the (San Fernando) Valley.
From 18 December 1952 lecture How to Talk to Friends about Scientology, LRH says, “…At any one time on Earth there were not more than 10,000 people of a caliber that was sufficient to do a little steering or leading. …There are only about 10,000 of them, really.”
From Scientology News # 27 “The answer to planetary clearing is to make each one of our orgs a central organization, responsible for every sector of Scientology activity across an entire geographic zone.”
WHAT DOES THE OT COMMITTEE DO?
Lots of good things. We put on events and seminars of many different kinds, both for new public and for established Scientologists™. We introduce new people to Scientology and Dianetics® through LRH books and introductory seminars and services. We help the org with establishment projects such as organizing and cleaning up central files. We contact other Scientologists individually and help them move up the bridge to OT. We drive forward the creation of an Ideal Org for the Valley by raising funds for the new 50,000 sq. foot ideal org building which will be acquired and renovated; by helping to recruit new staff, and by activating the entire Valley field in a shoulder to shoulder effort to help the org deliver all of LRH’s solutions so that the people of the Valley can achieve freedom.
And just incidentally… we have a lot of fun!
WHAT DOES THE OT COMMITTEE EXPECT TO ACHIEVE?
Our biggest targets right now are pushing Clears and OT s up to VII and the creation of an Ideal Org for the Valley.
Addressing the first target, we work with Flag ® and the Flag OT Committee on specific projects (like OT enlightenment events and individual consultations) to help Clears and OT s move up and through OT VII. This work is in fact the production focus of our Production Division Four, Department 12 and the personal responsibility of every OT Ambassador and OT.
Addressing the latter target, the San Fernando Valley is the “Media Capital” of the world and therefore we are essentially three feet behind the comm lines of the world. Factually, the amount of comm lines and messages generated from the San Fernando Valley is staggering. Raising the tone level of those comm lines and communications would impact not only the Valley, but also the rest of the planet. Consider this quote from LRH: “The mere proximity of a considerable quantity of theta, apparently, to an area of entheta causes the entheta to change wavelength, vibration rate or polarity, and either to become theta or to discharge and leave an area into which fresh theta can penetrate.” LRH, Science of Survival, Book Two, Chapter 19.
An ideal org is a Theta generation plant putting out auditors and Clears into the community. We also help create and work with the Scientology missions and field and volunteer minister groups connected with our local org, and the various secular groups such as Applied Scholastics, Criminon, Narconon, and The Way to Happiness; and, the various betterment groups such as WISE, CCHR, International Human Rights Foundation auditors, etc. LRH said in LRH Ed 102 Int, The Ideal Org “The end product is not just an ideal org but a new civilization already on its way.” So…that’s what we expect to achieve—a new civilization.
HOW CAN I HELP?
Come to a meeting and join us. There are almost innumerable ways to help on an OT Committee. For all of the activities mentioned above, there are many different hats to be worn. You might take charge of a whole area or project, or contribute in an area already being managed. There are various kinds of admin needed; you could also do call-in, e-mail promotion, copywriting, public speaking, data entry, driving, shopping, renovations at the org, event preparation, community relations, book selling and Book One auditing, fundraising, graphic design, planning, project tracking. You could host a town party and help us enlighten individuals from one of the 48 communities that comprise our parish. There are dozens of things, really. Just tell us what you enjoy doing.
WHAT IF I’M INVOLVED OR TAKING SERVICES AT ANOTHER ORG?
There’s nothing wrong with being connected to different orgs or being on more than one OT committee. But if you live in the Valley area—which extends from Glendale all the way across the valley to the Ventura county border, and from the Santa Clarita valley to the Santa Monica Mountains—you should be connected to YOUR local org.
DO I HAVE TO BE OT TO JOIN?
There is a definition of OT found in the policy letter OT Orgs, HCOPL 14 January 1969, Issue I “Let us look at the definition of OT—cause over thought, life, form, matter, energy, space and time….As one falls away from that one becomes a SPECTATOR. Then one becomes an effect. Then one is gone…One causes things by action. Not by thinking dim thoughts…Thus there is a gradient scale of OT. It’s not an absolute. One is as OT as he can CAUSE things.” LRH This definition applies to our membership, who may be in progress on any part of the Bridge.
WHEN AND WHERE DOES THE OT COMMITTEE MEET?
We meet each Tuesday evening at 7:30 PM at the Valley Org at 15643 Sherman Way Suite 120 in Van Nuys, CA. The meeting lasts an hour with the bulk of it comprised of production.
DO I HAVE TO ATTEND EACH MEETING?
In order to coordinate the actions of our many members it is most optimum, but not mandatory, to have members attend weekly meetings. We realize there are times when you may have to miss a meeting. We know you understand that it is impossible to produce as a team if we are not in tight coordination as team members.
HOW DO WE COMMUNICATE AMONGST THE GROUP?
We use e-mail for the most part, and will be also using this website. There is more to see on the website if you are a member. We have an organizing board with posted members and general members on projects. We have an up to date directory of our membership (like a phone book). We have a Communications Department that sees to the distribution of promotional and production oriented dispatches for both posted and general members. As the Valley parish is comprised of 48 separate communities across many square miles, email is the fastest, most economic and effective method of communicating with all of our members.
IS THERE AN AGE REQUIREMENT?
We welcome teenager and adults.
DOES IT COST MONEY TO JOIN?
We pass a collection bag at every meeting and most people put in a few dollars. This supports the administrative and production costs of our activities.
HOW MUCH TIME WOULD I HAVE TO CONTRIBUTE?
The weekly meeting is about an hour. The time you put into whatever you volunteer to do will vary widely and is up to you. Commendations are issued for members’ contributions beyond the meetings.
There are general members who choose projects, and there are posted members who also work on projects.
- Retrieved from http://www.valleyotc.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=42&Itemid=39. (2008-12-20) ↩
Samara, November 20, Interfax — The Samara city court has banned work of Dianetics Center as its staff-members worked without license and practiced hypnotherapy and Ron Hubbard teaching.
The Samara Region Prosecutor’s Office reported that staff-members of the Dianetics Center lectured at seminars and courses on dianetics and scientology without having special licenses.
“These educational courses allegedly aimed at forming world outlook and life style based on priority of human values. They tried to reach it by applying philosophy of improving people worked out by Hubbard. Besides, they practiced programs of “catharsis” and “auditing” based on hypnotherapy used in psychiatric medicine,” the message says.1
- Hubbard Center closed up in Samara, (2008, 20 November). interfax-religion.com. Retrieved on 19 March 2010 from http://www.interfax-religion.com/?act=news&div=5395. ↩
The target? Get every household their full Golden Age of Knowledge Library with each person moving on the chronological lineup.
The last Neighborhood Campaign had far-reaching effects in the community, including over 600 full Basics completions. Another result of this was more Scientologists from the local field moving up The Bridge more than ever before.
With all of LRH’s materials now available and the path mapped out with the Route to Knowledge, the stage is set for a bigger boom on our front lines than ever before.
Now, as a combined force in creating the ideal field, targets are being set to be made for LRH’s birthday on March 13th.
The first target was recently set at the Captain’s Field Briefing—get 3,000 local Scientologists actively studying on the Route to Knowledge.1
Created just for the Neighborhood Campaign, we now have a special tracking system of all local Scientologists and precisely where they stand on the Route to Knowledge—by neighborhood!
With seven course rooms housing over 1,200 Scientologists already on course in the Coachman Building and over 75 more starting each week, we need to 2.5X the number of students currently availing themselves of the Golden Age of Knowledge.
The plans are laid, the troops are assembled and the Neighborhood I/Cs are armed and ready to take action —so contact your I/C and lets get going! 2
- See: Captain’s Field Briefing ↩
- Document source: http://tinypic.com/view.php?pic=2dgrhiv&s=6#.XPRfoI97laQ ↩