I for one do not find the cuts in staffing to be in the best interests of thelocal meetings and their members. This what I thought made up a Yearly Meeting, When I came from the Midwest, Ohio, I was surprised to hear the yearly meeting staff at 1515 Cherry being referred to as the yearly meeting. There are at least three different things called Philadelphia Yearly Meeting, staff, Annual Session, and Members of local meetings affiliated as PYM. The staff has grown beyond what is necessary for the facilitating of local meetings and their membership. The income for the support of staff has gone down over the last few years but the cost of PYM staff has consistently gone up even though numbers are about the same . It has been known that the Yearly Meeting Staff was "living" as a corporate entity beyond its means but nothing was done.
The local meetings and their membership are not living beyond their means and receive little help from Staff at a local meeting level. Most yearly meeting programs that have to do with local meetings have been started and are cared on by non-staff groups and some have even been laid-down because of interactions with staff was detrimental to the work of the group. I must admit that leadership and willing hands have not come forth from the members of the Yearly meeting, but isn’t this motivation part of what the staff is for?