Jets' Acquisition Committee
ELAN VITAL P.O. BOX 6130, MALIBU, CA 90264
It is with pride in what has been accomplished this past year and with great pleasure that I am writing to announce the inauguration of the North American Sponsorship Program. I hope you can take the time to review the enclosed brochure and to consider participating in this program.
Over the past year I have had a wonderful opportunity to work with Maharaji, facilitating the organization of his work in North America. I have seen first hand that the continued growth of this work depends upon the willingness of a broad base of people to stand behind it with their time, efforts and financial support. The North American Sponsorship Program is being initiated by many people who share that same recognition. It is designed as the primary means for channeling support for this work.
As shown in the brochure, 1986 was a banner year for the spreading of Knowledge. As 1987 begins, Maharaji is making plans to continue the growth and development of his work world-wide. He has also said that he is considering a new approach for spending more time with people who have already received Knowledge.
Financial support grew during 1986 as well. Of particular significance were the efforts made towards the acquisition of a Lear 55 aircraft, a tool which will greatly facilitate Maharaji's ability to reach people on every continent. As I write this letter we are close to completing the acquisition of a specific plane. (Please see the enclosed letter from the Lear 55 Acquisition Committee for the current status of that project.)
Our financial goal for this year is to establish a base of monthly support strong enough to cover the costs of the presentation of Knowledge in North America and the ongoing operation and maintenance of the soon-to-be acquired Lear 55. The total budget for supporting this work in 1987 is approximately $ 125,000 per month. As you can see from the attached chart of gifts, thousands of contributions of all sizes and amounts can combine to provide what is needed. It is my conviction that if each one of us who wants to see Maharaji's work expand contributes regularly at a level within our own means, we can reach our financial goals.
I would also like to express my personal appreciation to all those whose financial participation as well as contributions of time and effort have made possible the growth of this work in 1986. Your support has been very sincerely appreciated, and we look forward to what we can all do together in 1987.
William N. Wishard
President, Elan Vital
LEAR 55 ACQUISITION COMMITTEE
We are happy to announce that the project launched last Fall to acquire a Lear 55 aircraft is now only a step away from completion. Thanks to the efforts and support of over 4,000 people from around the world, approximately $l,100,000 has now been placed as down payment on a relatively new Lear 55, the total cost of which including modifications for long range flying is just over $4,000,000. Bank financing for $2,500,000 has also been secured.
As some of you know, it was only after years of experience and research that a Lear 55 was determined to be the plane with the optimal combination of range capabilities, economy, and size for Maharaji's tours. Maharaji has personally conducted a test flight of this particular plane and has expressed delight with its performance.
Some people, including those who have only recently heard about this project, have asked if it is still possible to contribute. The answer is an emphatic yes! In fact, to complete the acquisition of the aircraft there is still $218,000 needed before the delivery date, scheduled for early March, to cover both the initial payment for long range modifications and the closing costs. An additional $206,000 will be needed in May to complete the modifications.
Anyone who would still like to participate may do so by enclosing in the pledge envelope a check made out to Elan Vital and marked " plane ". Your participation to complete this project will play an essential part in providing this important step forward in Maharaji's work.
We would like to express our sincerest appreciation to all of those whose combined gifts have brought this project to this point. We will continue to keep you informed of the progress as it evolves.
William N. Wishard
President, Elan Vital
Prentiss S. Uchida
For the Lear 55 Acquisition Committee