Robert Earl Burton founded The Fellowship of Friends in the San Francisco Bay Area in 1970. Burton modeled his own group after that of Alex Horn, loosely borrowing from the Fourth Way teachings of Gurdjieff and Ouspensky. In recent years, the Fellowship has cast its net more broadly, embracing any spiritual tradition that includes (or can be interpreted to include) the notion of "presence."

The Fellowship of Friends exhibits the hallmarks of a "doomsday religious cult," wherein Burton exercises absolute authority, and demands loyalty and obedience. He warns that his is the only path to consciousness and eternal life. Invoking his gift of prophecy, he has over the years prepared his flock for great calamities (e.g. a depression in 1984, the fall of California in 1998, nuclear holocaust in 2006, and most recently the October 2018 "Fall of California Redux.")

But according to Burton, Armageddon still looms in our future and when it finally arrives, non-believers shall perish, while through the direct intervention and guidance from 44 angels (recently expanded to 81 angels, including himself and his divine father, Leonardo da Vinci) Burton and his followers shall be spared, founding a new, and more perfect civilization.

Many regard Robert Earl Burton a narcissist and sociopath, surrounded by a largely greed- and power-driven inner circle. The following pages offer abundant evidence supporting that conclusion.

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Wednesday, March 6, 2013

North Fork Yuba River partnership formed

[ed. - The North Fork Yuba River business partnership will become a point of contention in the 2014 Board of Supervisors election, as partner Randy Fletcher runs against incumbent 5th District Supervisor Hal Stocker, and receives considerable political support from Fellowship of Friends members. During the election campaign intense criticism focused on the fact that, if elected, Fletcher would participate in deciding matters before the Board that could benefit the Fellowship in general, and his partners in particular.]

From North Yuba Grown Meeting minutes, March 6, 2013:
Freja and Roger checked to Bylaws to be sure a sitting member of the board could change their office. It was agreed that Article IV, Section 5 does allow for this change to be made.

The group voted and Jenny became Treasurer and Kim stayed Vice-Chair.

Agenda Item 5

– Wrap up presentation of Strategic Planning. – Steven (5 min)

Steven handed out an outline of the budget for the three committees (Publicity & Promotion, Community Outreach, Agritourism) and described their goals for 2013. The budget showed that in order to accomplish its goals, NYG needs $30,000 more than it expects to earn in 2013.

Steven acknowledged that the strategic plan is a work in progress and that NYG is going to look for members and sponsors which will offset the deficit somewhat. He noted that any funds we do acquire have already been allocated by the strategic plan.

Agenda Item 6

– North Fork Developments update. –Steven (10 min)

Steven reported that the North Fork Project has been a work in progress for the last 6 to 8 months. A corporation has been formed (North Fork Yuba River, Inc.) with two current objectives.

One is to create a coffee house, local food market, simple restaurant and very nice wine tasting room. The corporation is hoping to purchase the Willow Glen Restaurant as a venue, but will pursue other possibilities if the Willow Glen does not work out. Ideally this will be open for the upcoming season, but realistically it will be open sometime later this year.

The second objective is to develop Randy Fletcher’s chestnut orchard into a special events location. This will be operational by June, 2013. Steven plans to host the Local Art Food Wine lunches there every Saturday throughout the summer if the North Fork restaurant is not yet running. Steven mentioned that NYG can include the chestnut orchard as a venue for its Agritourism events.

North Fork Yuba River, Inc. is a collection of local people that want to help make these two businesses work. It includes Randy Fletcher, Katie Lee, David Lee and Charles Sharp. The corporation is looking for a couple more investors that can be good partners for making these businesses successful. Investments are at about $100,000.

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