Granted many of these cases have, or will, turn out to be the usual suspects of planets, drones, airplanes, balloons and other assorted IFOs, not to mention Information Only cases from people wanting to report sightings they feel are vital to solving the UFO mystery. Despite this, we know from history that after careful investigation, fully a third of these will be categorized as UNKNOWN which will provide the data for UFO research projects, several of which are already underway. These 3-4,000 cases will also provide the pool from which our Top 10 sightings of 2015 will be selected for inclusion in our 2015 Annual Report. The Annual Report process is overseen by Robert Powell, our Director of Research, who was recently recognized as our MUFON Volunteer of the Year at the 2015 MUFON Symposium. Robert uses volunteers to literally crawl through each and every case reported to MUFON and come up with the best of the best. This includes using the Science Review Board (SRB), for the final Top 10 selection. One may view the 2012, 2013, and 2014 Annual Reports on our website under the research tab at MUFON.COM.
As we stop to reflect on 2015, I think it is important to remember who we are, what we do to move the needle forward on this important subject, and just what sets MUFON apart. I have come up with my own MUFON Top 10 list of reasons why we are the world’s oldest and largest UFO Investigation and Research organization. In fact the actual slide that I use with groups around the country when I have the opportunity to share the MUFON story with them is shown above. And probably the most important thing not mentioned on this chart is that we operate as a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation, and therefore depend solely on the good graces of our members and public donations to do the good work that we do, and to exist as an organization.
We have accomplished a lot in the past year. Some of our accomplishments include improvements to our website, including reformatting it, and adding “Trending Now” and the “UFO Traffic Report” to the site. This to help keep the public better informed on what is going on in the UFO field. A New MUFON Newsletter is now being published and sent out to all those on our email list twice a month. We are also now publishing the MUFON UFO Journal in FULL Color, on a consistent and regular basis, both as an e-Journal and in hardcopy. We have purchased a Bookstore to help achieve our third goal of “Educating the Public” by making UFO information readily available to all, and we have reinvigorated our MUFON YouTube channel by making the last 10 years of Symposium DVDs available on it for FREE. These are just some of the ways we are getting important information out to the public in a visual format consistent with how the younger generation and many others like to see this information.
There is so much more we can do with your help and the funding to make it happen. If you have the means to do so, I encourage you to donate not only your time and talents, but also your treasures to keep MUFON shining stronger and brighter well into the future. Please consider a year-end gift to MUFON and help keep the momentum going. There ARE answers out there, and we are determined to find them and will share them with our members, and the world, as we find them. Thank you for all you do. May God Bless you and your family this Holiday Season!