Recently I talked with Teri Lynge, Florida’s Assistant State Director. Our discussion about UFOs, MUFON, her own close encounter, being ASD’s for our respective states, our mutual Christian beliefs, etc… would fill half of this month’s Journal. Here is a brief snippet of our conversation.
Journal: Teri, Florida seems to always be high in the state rankings.
Lynge: Well, we are fortunate to have some great volunteers. I am so grateful for my field investigators. They are truly unsung heroes.
Journal: Any words of wisdom for a new investigator?
Lynge: Read and study so that you are well versed in the subject. Stay open minded and be compassionate because the witness may have gone through a traumatic experience. Get some hands on experience. For example, some people see a Chinese lantern and think it’s a UFO so you need to know what a Chinese lantern is, how it works, and what it really looks like. You also need the wisdom to know that not every person is telling the truth. The public views you as a professional and an expert and you have to live up to that.
Lynge: Well, I was driving home late and hovering over a railroad track I came to as I turned toward home, was a craft. My car came to a complete halt. The craft was stunningly beautiful, it looked like it was alive. I felt led to get out of my car. It was communicating with me. There was a tall white being standing in a blue light to my right and I remember thinking how ugly he was. The craft went from a horizontal position, instantly to vertical. Then it took off at an incredible speed and then stopped dead in its tracks maybe a mile up in the sky. A fireball exited the bottom and then in an instant, they both took off and were gone. After the event I went to my Mom’s to talk to her about it. I thought all this happened in 10 minutes but when I got to my Mom’s it was two hours later. I was taken aboard but they told me they were not taking me and wouldn’t hurt me. I remember thinking the next day, “What happened to me? How do I file this in my mind when there is no place for this in my belief system?”
Journal: You are like the “Queen of MUFON” when it comes to organizing meetings.
Lynge: “Queen of MUFON” lol.
Journal: No really, I heard you added several new meetings in Florida.
Lynge: Well I added 13 new chapters in Florida and now I’m working on training Section Directors for those chapters.
Journal: Thirteen? See you are the Queen. What is your formula? Tell the readers how to establish a chapter in an inactive area?
Lynge: Well first you need to make sure you are a 501C3. Have most of your meetings at public libraries because they are well kept, comfortable, and open to the public. Have some professional signs printed. I have a meetup site and post info there which is very effective. Use radio stations if they will give you air time and speak at community service organizations. Send emails to everyone UFO related in your address book. Invite witnesses and local media. Just get out and talk it up and make it known that you’re going to have the meeting. Put together a professional presentation. At the meeting I invite everyone to share their story if they would like. I also have pamphlets or bulletins to pass out. And always invite them to meet afterwards for dinner. Dinner is a good time to network.
Journal: How many people attend your meetings?
Lynge: Well, normally in Tampa we have 50-75 people. In other places we might have 20 or 30. You know, I would love to see states work together more on these meetings. I think MUFON should support MUFON. If I were in Texas I could do a presentation at one of your meetings and I would love to have you come do one of our meetings if you’re ever here in Florida.
Journal: That’s a great idea. No really, if Jan Harzan reads this we might see that organized.
To contact Teri Lynge: firstname.lastname@example.org. or meetup.com\florida-mufon.
To contact Terry Hinson about One-On-One: email@example.com.
This story originally appeared in the January 2014 issue of the MUFON Journal.