The 1st SO Mission to an Org.
It was the first week in October 1967 when the 1st SO Mission to an Org. took place. It was at Saint Hill, the SO Officers in charge of the mission were Fred Payer, Joe and Jill van Staden. They were hatted and directed by LRH directly.
Saint Hill staff were excited that they were to have the help from the SO. (Several staff told me this.) But, very quickly the excitement turned to fear when Fred Payer stuck a dagger into the staff notice board and told the staff; â€œthey were here to put ethics in!â€?
Almost immediately after this, Payer walked into Reg Sharpeâ€™s office and wanted to know why he didnâ€™t turn up to the staff meeting?
Reg looked at Payer, took a cigarette out and lit it up, Payer slapped the cigarette out of his mouth and started yelling at him, Reg walked over to where his coat was, put it on and walked out â€“ never to set foot inside Scio again â€“ as he left Payer was screaming at him to obey him.
Saint Hill was decimated by these acts of abuse, as this type of behavior was done to several SH executives.
I arrived at SH a couple of days later so I got the stories 2nd hand. What shocks me looking back on this was my inability to grasp the enormity of the psychosis that was being demonstrated by LRH and the SO at the time.
I realize now that most of us were completely naÃ¯ve as to what was going on as we only had pieces of the storyâ€¦..and more importantly we were mostly ignorant fools, who had no idea of what we were doing.
It should be noted an almost identical SO Mission was done to NY Org in late 1968 that basically destroyed that Org., for it never came back to the level of performance it once had. The SO Officers on that Mission were Doreen Casey and Yvonne Gilhamâ€¦they too stuck a dagger in the staff notice board.