Canada Bethel (Georgetown) to begin renovations early 2017

by Richard_I 16 Replies latest jw friends

  • Richard_I

    A letter was just read at my midweek meeting that Georgetown (Canada Bethel) will have renovations done on it beginning Spring 2017. The letter asked for publishers who are electricians/plumbers/etc. and in good standing to apply to help out. Those helping out will be considered "part-time commuters" and will only be at the property for about 3 days a week and must reside outside of Bethel and pay for all their own expenses.

    I believe the last major work done at Canada's Bethel was in the 80's when they built another residence and renovated some of the rooms in the main housing center (I forget the building name) and in 2009/2010 when they got the new Manroland press.

    I don't understand any of this, the org is laying off so many Bethelites, why bother doing any renovations? Are they really just renovating it only for it to be sold in 5 years time? Too many questions, no answers.

  • hoser

    I thought it strange that they read the letter in the western provinces. I wouldn't think that many would be in a position to go on their own dime to southern Ontario to work 3 days a week.

    I don't have to worry about being drafted as a volunteer. I have no trade and I am not in good standing in the congregation.

  • Brokeback Watchtower
    Brokeback Watchtower

    I'm thinking make it more sell able while you can still capitalize on duped slave labor for God's dam Organization.

    The WT(GB) is thinking the amount of our slave labor source to fix up the property will both be a test of our popularity and support group which they don't think they will lose after their own bad business men announcement begging for more money, like jehovah's not blessing our blunders anymore, how pathetic stopping all projects accept England and Headquarter(both chemical dumps BTW).

  • prologos

    well, we had specialists going to bethel, but reading this letter , including invitation to ask the local elders for approval, across 4 time zones from cape spear to tofino seems to be only an invitation to support with funds. funny.

  • WingCommander

    What a racket these assholes have going on. "Hey! Come work for us for FREE, so that we can sell off the property and make profit off your hard work, and oh golly gee, pay your own way and for own expenses. Must be able to tolerate emotional abuse."

    Where do I sign up???

  • blondie

    So what are they renovating or adding to their responsibilities there?

  • Quarterback

    The Canadian Branch was always the Back up plan for Brooklyn, and Walkill. It publishes all the magazines for the whole world. It's not a bad idea to expand it bigger now that Trump is sitting on the Throne.

  • Vidiot

    Maybe they're planning on selling it sometime in the next couple years, and want to make it more presentable. :smirk:

  • Sorry

    Have any other J-dubs put two and two together and realized their "loving volunteer work" is just free labor and a ruse to raise the Kingdumb Hell properties' market values? Minimize the costs, maximize the profits, simple business 101. I can see why people have called it a pyramid scheme. The higher ups get rich, rank and file are encouraged to work as little "secular" hours as possible to dedicate their lives to making the org richer. Sickening.

  • Richard_I

    @Blondie: I don't know. I don't recall the letter saying what exactly the renovations would involve. When I was there almost 7 years ago it looked fine, so I don't know what they have in plan other then making it look nice to sell. There's less than 400 full time Bethelites there now too so quite a few of the rooms will be empty anyway

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