Now that the Festive Season is over, the never-ending-Ideal-Org$-Silly-Season is back in full swing. With a vengeance.
Many thanks to our alert readers for sharing these priceless gems with the rest of us.
A couple of weeks ago BIC were informed that the ED of Joburg North, Ian Hammond, had been “transferred” to Joburg Org to take up the position of ED FDN. This came about because the current ED JBG FDN (Bob Petrie) had “demoted himself” to OES FDN. Unconfirmed reports state that Bob cited “work pressure” as his reason for stepping down. This has not been corroborated, and if anyone can shed more light on this, please drop us a line.
Greg Gunner (formerly the PES of Joburg North) is now ED JBGN, and Queeneth (stalwart staff member of JBG North for many years) left staff and is now working at PCS (a company owned by Phillip Park – JBG North public, whale donor to Ideal Orgs and owner of a personnel placement company).
This is quite an interesting turn of events. Ian Hammond has literally sunk Millions of his personal money into Joburg North – this was covered in an article by BIC last year. And now that the building is finally purchased, he’s been moved out of the org he has made great personal sacrifice to.
We’re not sure if this is a temporary arrangement, but we’ll keep our eye on things and update you as news flows in.
Now on with the fundraising update:
As a reminder – on the 28th November 2014 it was announced that Joburg North was “finally done and purchased”. Much fanfare was made of this and the BIC blog covered this momentous occasion in an article on the 2nd December.
And now, on the 19th January 2015 (nearly two months later), this is their “latest update”:
From: Ideal Orgs [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org] On Behalf Of Ideal Orgs
Sent: 19 January 2015
Subject: Joburg North – where are we at?
We at BIC are not quite sure what to make of this. We guess no news is…… well, no news!
But wait………….. there’s more!
In the article published in December, we reminded people that although the building had been purchased, public would not be sitting on their laurels for very long before the next wave would hit – this time to fund the interior renovations, furniture & fittings, computers, AV equipment, Div6 Displays and no less than 2 x mega-whoopee-super-duper-calafragalistic E-Meters per auditing room. Our conservative estimate was they would need another R30 Million or so.
And they have not disappointed. On the 24th January this email arrived in hapless
victim’s people’s in-boxes:
From: Joburg North [mailto:email@example.com] On Behalf Of Joburg North
Sent: 24 January 2015
Subject: Who wants to be a Millionaire?
This is just weird. The irony seems to have completely missed “the famous Game Makers of Johannesburg North Org”.
Asking people to attend a “Who wants to be a Millionaire” fundraiser when the purpose of this event is not only for anyone NOT to win any money but in fact to be PARTED from it is somewhat incongruous. As is the fact that they have to PAY R100 for the privilege of having their money taken off them.
Come on, guys – let’s have a bit of honesty for once. This promo piece should read:
“WE WANT TO BE MILLIONAIRES – and we’re gonna do it by taking your money”.
Of course, we won’t whisper a word about the trademark infringement of the famous game show which states as follows:
"Who Wants to be a Millionaire" is a federally registered trademark (registration number 2650948) in the United States, currently owned by CELADOR INTERNATIONAL LIMITED, 39 LONG ACRE, LONDON WC2E 9LG, UNITED KINGDOM.
But wait……… there’s even more!
Not to be outdone, “Ideal Orgs Africa” decided they also needed to promote the event, and this is what their email looked like:
From: Ideal Orgs Africa <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Is that your FINAL answer?
This time the email is headed “is that your FINAL answer?” – but pretty much the same concept.
The person who forwarded this to us added his own little quip which we thought was pretty darn hilarious and had the BIC team rolling around on the floor for a while:
“They forgot to give an option E: Not a F****K”
And there you have it, folks.
If you’re bored this weekend and have a couple of Million lying around, pop on over to Joburg Org on Saturday night and offload some of that dosh.
To the rest of you, we say this:
Have a great weekend!