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Three Yearly Meetings - 2008 Annual Sessions Costs


The Special Guest at NYYM Sessions

Dear Friend,

Has New York Yearly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends learned anything? Is it frozen in its tracks, unable to react to evidence that it mismanages its members' resources of time, talent and money?

The cost of attending New York Yearly Meeting Annual Sessions has again increased. Again, 520 beds out of 650 at Silver Bay, the NYYM luxury site, geographically far away from most constituents, will be much more expensive than the costs to attend both New England and Baltimore Yearly Meetings. The average cost for an adult attending NYYM sessions is more than 20% higher than the two similar sized, similarly located Yearly Meetings. This percentage is calculated without considering the cost to arrive and stay a long amount of time.

NYYM Annual sessions are also held far away from major portion of the populous, some feel purposely to restrict wider participation in decision-making. Who can travel that far at $4.00 per gallon, ruin the environment and spend 7 days of time just to do Quaker business? Who could travel so many miles for less than 7 days? Who would want to even if they could afford to?

We see the physical evidence below compared with two growing Yearly Meetings which shows one important aspect of the costs to self govern - the cost to attend Annual Sessions. Silver Bay, a resort by Lake George in the Adirondacks, is continued for those in the NYYM hierarchy. It’s a chance for those special NYYM Friends to celebrate themselves while they avoid the obvious elephant on the beach - the money it costs to operate their central religious government. NYYM like many other non-profits, is mired in inurement - in the business maintaining its ivory tower status and high paying jobs. NYYM competes with the other Quaker mouthpiece / vacation planners like FGC, to maintain a reason to be, in its own little market niche, maintaining undefined no-show jobs and its insinuated authority. Most understand NYYM has no desire to be connected to its constituent local communities, its monthly meetings. Yes, Friends, this is the sign of a dying community, so insignificant and irrelevant, that a relied-upon ministers said recently in the press that her ‘community’ is not that of the Friends. I wonder if she’ll be staying in the most expensive housing this summer at almost $800 (per person double occupancy) for the week?

And the cost to attend the annual vacation is conveniently outside the operating budget of NYYM. Have Friends asked the questions of their yearly meeting regional ‘government’ that makes Friends Society special, a non-hierarchal religion? Have Friends found that tacitly approving Yearly Meeting budgets without the needed upwelling of mandate from the constituents, is simply easier, as the Society goes down the tubes? Have Friends considered a long-term fix for their financial woes, which will by the way add vitality to their religious lives? Not mostly, I think, they dance around it, and ignore it and hope that pesky elephant goes away.

Each year, the price for Silver Bay goes up, (see last year’s cost comparison) and one might wonder who at NYYM can’t fairly come by a price and a location and govern itself in less time to achieve the true essence of the Faith ? So don’t tarry, because the gravy train is pulling away shortly. Oh, yes, if you’re wondering, the same condescending air that elite private schools offer up as their claim to righteousness - ‘financial aid’ to this vacation is available.

Yours in Friendship,
Glenn R.

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Three Yearly Meetings
2008 Annual Session Costs

per night / including meals



5 Nights
6 Nights
6 Nights


NEYM
BaltYM
NYYM


$
$
$
Additional Gratuity*
-
-
5%
Average Registration Fee
20.00
0.00
50.00
Adult/Double**
83.00
83.00
99.75
Child/Double***
43.00
41.00
71.40
Child/Floor/Camp****
43.00
25.00
40.00





* NYYM has an unpublished forced 5% gratuity upon registration


** NYYM range with number of rooms below


*** NEYM has only child on floor/camper rate


**** NYYM closest campgrounds are +10 miles away

















Adult


Capacity

Dbl. Occ.

Hall
Persons






785.00

Trinity
12
9,420
718.00

Brookside
12
8,616
655.00

Bayview
81
53,055
604.00

The Inn
296
178,784
539.00

Paine
51
27,489
510.00

Hemlock
72
36,720
460.00

Hepbron
110
50,600
390.00

Hillcrest
17
6,630






NYYM Avg. Cost / Adult

$570.37

NYYM Total Capacity
651






80 out of 100 of all Adult NYYM attenders

will spendmore than NEYM and BaltYM attenders






100 out of 100 of all Youth NYYM attenders

will spend more than NEYM and BaltYM attenders


























































































































































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