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November 2013 Dear Friends, I begin this request for donations with a disclosure. For many years, I did not give money to Canadian Yearly Meeting. I was active in our small worship group and in Western Half-Yearly Meeting, but I did not feel much connection either with my Monthly Meeting, 650 km away, or with the Yearly Meeting, which we attended every four years. It was not until our children – then young teenagers – told us that they wanted to see their Yearly Meeting friends every year that we began to work CYM into our holiday travel plans. As I became more involved in CYM, I became more aware of the CYM work from which my family had been benefiting all along. I learned that CYM is the foundation for committees that serve all of us, and for outside links that bring our voice to interfaith work in Canada and to Quaker work around the world. We decided to make regular donations to CYM. But how much should we give? CYM was not an external charity. CYM was us, and we wanted to know our fair share. Today I know that if all adult members or attenders involved in a Canadian Monthly Meeting were to donate $52 to CYM in 2013 (and donate to their Monthly Meetings as usual) we would meet our proposed – but deficit – budget for 2014. If we could increase our average donation to $75 apiece, it would not be a deficit budget. If we could maintain an equivalent level of giving over time, we would not have to look for ways to cut our budget. CYM knowingly decided on a period of deficit financing to support the Quaker Education and Youth Secretary programs, but we are reaching the end of that time, and must either increase income or decrease expenses. We have a well-established Quaker Education Program with many fine materials that have been developed by the Coordinator. Our Youth Secretary Program has engendered new levels of enthusiasm and participation among younger Friends, demonstrated by the success of the Youth Challenge at CYM 2013. Although both the Quaker Education Program Coordinator and Youth
Secretary positions will soon be vacant, both staff people have left us with a legacy of resources and interest that we want to maintain. Our new website is already enhancing our ability to communicate among ourselves and to draw in inquirers, but it needs more development. Quakers across Canada differ in their financial situations. Some of us can give more than the average amount, others less, and we are all equally valued as Friends. Today I ask you to ask yourself what CYM means to you, and what is the right amount for you to give. A return CYM-addressed envelope and donor voucher are enclosed, along with the new Quaker Learning Series pamphlet by Caroline Balderston Parry, The I Don’t Know Place. Alternatively, you may donate on-line a If you are not a monthly donor, please consider becoming one. Being able to count on regular contributions saves administration costs and helps us plan for the year. Monthly donation amounts can be changed at any time. I thank you for your past and future support of our Canadian Quaker community. In Friendship, Susan Stevenson Presiding Clerk, Canadian Yearly Meeting P.S. Please consider supporting Canadian Yearly Meeting in 2013 with a donation. Remember, a donation of only $52 by every adult member and attender would let us meet our 2014 deficit budget. A gift of $75 apiece would erase the deficit from our 2014 budget. Your financial contribution sustains our spiritual home and all the good work done by its committees and staff. Thank you.
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