Dorron emails: "Are these people "official" Lubavitchers, or Yechis who have been (at least on paper) disowned by "official" Lubavitch?"
Yisroel emails: Yes, Dorron, these people are all longtime, veteran "official" Lubavitchers.
Both of the rabbis I wrote about, and their wives, are official Chabad-Lubavitch shaliachs/shluchim in San Francisco. That might also make the son who recently got married an official Chabad-Lubavitch shaliach here by default, too, but I’m not sure about that.
I’m frankly surprised you asked that, because the dead-rebbe-focused messianism I was writing about seems to be virtually the "official" norm here. Can an organization disown itself?
My first sentence was, "I was invited to a wedding and reception for the son of a San Francisco Chabad-Lubavitch rabbi/shaliach." http://lukeford.net/blog/?p=10528
To me, the word shaliach in this context means or clearly implies an "official" representative and member of the Chabad-Lubavitch organization.