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Betty Bland Letter, April 11 2008

May 13, 2008 11:17 PM
by Govert Schuller

Full text below of the Betty Bland letter to all TSA members


April 11, 2008

Dear friend,

I would like to discuss with you the current international elections of the
Theosophical Society. As you know, or will know shortly when your ballot
arrives, there are two candidates running for international president. The
two candidates are the incumbent, Radha Burier who has served in office for
the past 28 years, and Dr. John Algeo who is currently international vice
president and has served the Theosophical Society in many capacities during
that same time period.

This letter is quite unusual and tradition-breaking, in that I am
communicating directly with you about elections, since we Theosophists try
to be non-political, recognizing that many capable persons may offer
themselves for service. However, in this circumstance I think it is
important to inform you of a difficult issue. I want to make perfectly clear
that this is not about personalities but about what is best for the Society.

Radha seems to be recovering physically from the stroke she suffered over a
year ago, but, given her age, she still has periods of low energy and her
memory is inconsistent. While I have deep respect for the wonderful service
she has given to the Society and feel that she can continue to be useful as
a wise elder, it is for the good of the whole that the leadership pass
smoothly to John Algeo, who currently serves as the international

John Algeo has the experience and capabilities to pick up the reins for the
best transition and movement of the Society into the future. When I was in
India this past January, I saw clearly with my own eyes the importance of
making this transition now. If you would like further information about John
Algeo's vision for the future, please see his website at

I hope you seriously consider this information when casting your vote.

With concern and sincerity,



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