Sunday, March 18, 2007

A Four Year Timeline of NYYM Malfeasance


October 2002

GLENN R. Contacted New York Yearly Meeting (NYYM) Clerk with request for the Meeting to join with AFSC (American Friends Service Committee) and send Jimmy Carter, and the Carter Center, a congratulations letter (for winning the Nobel Peace Prize)

December 2002

1. GLENN R. was given 60 seconds at the end of the NYYM Witness Coordinating Committee meeting (part of the hierarchy which allows minutes to be heard on the floor of the Yearly Meeting) to propose the congratulations letter to Jimmy Carter, which if approved in committee would have allowed the minute to be passed to the floor of the Yearly Meeting. Two responses by committee members were: 1) We don’t do things like this around here, 2) This minute needs seasoning. (Jimmy Carter was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in December 2002) (Seasoning, I’ve found through experience, is a way fearful, dishonest people say they don’t like the idea, and go forward and will stall and derail an initiative until it dies).

2. When NYYM Operating Budget for 2003 was presented, GLENN R. asked NYYM Representative Meeting if a 6% increase in the budget, considering a poor economy and declining membership, was responsible. Responses by both clerks of the Financial Services Committee were: 1) We don’t base our budget on the stock market, (indicating that although the Quakers were supposed to have changed the model of church governance away from one controlled by the rich, the modern Quaker church is still run by the rich (those whose fortunes are dictated by the stock market) and 2) Yes.

3. GLENN R. asked to join NYYM Financial Services Committee by the Clerk who answered ‘Yes’.

4. GLENN R. was considering joining the NYYM Communications Committee, went to meeting and saw how paid employees dominate the committee agenda and action. The Communications committee was gerrymandered to replace the Publications Committee. The name change also indicates how decisions controlling information about NYYM are now centralized and closely attached to the top paid employees. (Like in corporate America)

June 2003

NYYM Financial Services Committee does not meet, as prescribed, to consider next year’s expense requests from Coordinating Committees. (Clerk/Captain refuses to convene and instead combines it at the annual sessions in July, which is very difficult for Friends to attend due to its location and time needed). The main tactic of poor governance is to cancel meetings, so that budgets can be rammed down the throats of those uninformed committee members at the last minute. You've heard of cancelled elections in so-called democracies in civil governments? This is basically the same concept in religious organizational governance.

Basically the expenses are added up and divided by the number of regions because the committee has not been given authority to make cuts. The Clerk/Captain goes out of view of the whole Financial Services Committee to make special deals with Clerks of Coordinating Committees. This might because there are very few people on this committee, when there should be 27. The Clerk/Captain did whisper once to GLENN R. that "we don't want too many people on our committee".

July 2003

GLENN R. approved to NYYM Financial Services Committee. Committee Clerk (Captain) is the one who answered ‘Yes’, above.



September 2003

1. Spark, the official printed newsletter (house organ for propaganda) of NYYM, is published including an edited feature story by GLENN R.. GLENN R. was not told of the edition, which he GLENN R. felt substantially changed his message. It was found later that the NYYM database record was altered so that GLENN R. would not receive the edition in the mail. However, GLENN R. had been to the NYYM office in New York City to pick up a copy, and subsequently realize that the edition had happened surreptitiously.

2. NYYM Financial Services approves a 27% increase in New York Quarterly Meeting’s share of the 2004 NYYM proposed budget without GLENN R., due to being unavailable. New York Quarterly Meeting Treasurer was also not present. Increase was to prepare for a 3 year trial General Secretary position.

December 2003

1. NYYM Representative Meeting canceled due to weather. (Conveniently, again in order to ram business at the last minute down an unprepared body.) 2004 Budget approval (of 20% higher expense) is delayed until April 2004 Representative Meeting.

2. A congratulatory letter to Jimmy Carter and minute is approved by Brooklyn Monthly Meeting. (One year after Carter's award)

January 2004

1. A congratulatory letter to Jimmy Carter and minute approved by Brooklyn Monthly Meeting is approved by New York Quarterly Meeting. A separate minute directs the Clerk to send this to New York Yearly Meeting for consideration.

2. GLENN R. applies for General Secretary position of NYYM on a ‘platform’ of his ability to enable communication between Monthly Meetings and his ability to enable communication and transparency between Monthly Meetings and Yearly Meeting, and stated in the letter, on the understanding that this position is a sojourning position, not a permanent or lifetime position.

3. GLENN R. has clearness (grievance) meeting with a paid staff member, who was the Editor of NYYM Newsletter, and a member of the NYYM Personnel Committee. No apology was made by Editor for making the changes without notifying GLENN R.. GLENN R. witnesses the NYYM database being altered back to allow him to receive the next newsletter mailing. The NYYM Spark Editor position was shortly after given to another employee.

April 2004

1. Most likely less than 50 Friends out of 3,500 are in attendance at a remote location in Western New York State. NYYM 2004 Proposed budget is approved. NYYM General Secretary is introduced and approved for a three year probationary period (the approval of the position was due to be made at the December Representative Meeting but it was cancelled)

2. New York Quarterly Meeting minute approving congratulatory letter to Jimmy Carter is not brought to floor of New York Yearly Meeting.

June 2004

1. NYYM Financial Services Committee does not meet, as prescribed, to consider next year’s expense requests from Coordinating Committees. (Clerk refuses to convene and instead combines it at the annual sessions in July, which is very difficult for Friends to attend due to its location and time needed). Basically the expenses are added up and divided by the number of regions because the committee has not been given authority to make cuts. The Clerk/Captain goes out of view of the whole Financial Services Committee to make special deals with Clerks of Coordinating Committees. This might because there are very few people on this committee, when there should be 27. The Clerk/Captain did whisper once to GLENN R. that "we don't want too many people on our committee".

July 2004

1. Clerk of NYYM refuses to place Jimmy Carter agenda item at Annual Sessions, because the minute from NYYM was vague about what it wanted NYYM to do with it.

2. On the floor of the Yearly Meeting, Glenn R. questions the approval of a General Secretary’s Committee which was already formed in a Coordinating Committee. Glenn R. states that Committees may only be formed by the Yearly Meeting. Glenn R. also states that there is a personnel committee and this would create a redundancy and confusion of responsibility. (There are to this day no time and task specific job descriptions for any paid personnel in NYYM). The name General Secretary’s Task Group was later clarified and a three year term was defined for its life.

3. An additional increase over 2004 in the NYYM Annual Budget for 2005 is proposed and divided between regions. The 2005 proposed budget is now more than 35% above the 2003 budget.

September 2004

1. Glenn R. gathers representatives of all Monthly Meetings in New York (City) Quarterly Meeting (because the New York Quarterly Treasurer refused to participate in New York Yearly Meeting duties as a regional treasurer, as prescribed by the NYYM handbook). Representatives which are financially knowledgeable, write a minute as an ad hoc committee and send this to NYYM Financial Services Committee stating that they will not be able to contribute $90,000 but will contribute $80,000 in 2005, pending approval of New York Quarterly Meeting.

2. Other regions also decline to pay the amount NYYM is asking. NYYM Financial Services approves a deficit budget for 2005.

3. Glenn R. is asked to resign from NYYM Financial Services by the General Secretary and the Clerk of Financial Services. (allegedly for communicating with Friends outside of the committee structure (and for bringing up inconsistencies in spending at NYYM). The fact is that Glenn R. initiated a grass roots tax revolt, for which those wanted to punish/banish him. GLENN R. refuses to resign.

November 2004

1. New York Quarterly Meeting approves a contribution of $80,000 to New York Yearly Meeting by the Monthly Meetings of New York Quarterly Meeting.

2. GLENN R. publishes a NYYM 35 year decline in membership (data found in NEW YORK YEARLY MEETING Yearbooks) email Glenn R. for document.

December 2004

New York Yearly Meeting approves a deficit budget for 2005

March 2005

An ad hoc committee of financially knowledgeable Friends including members of Monthly Meetings of New York Quarterly Meeting sends a message to NYYM Financial Services saying that monthly meetings of New York Quarter will not be able to give substantially in excess of their 2005 approved contribution, to NYYM in 2006.

May 2005

Glenn R. sends a paper letter to Monthly Meetings of NYYM asking them to consider the Budget Issues, Membership Issues and Transparency Issues at NYYM.

June 2005

1. NYYM Financial Services Committee does not meet, as prescribed, to consider next year’s expense requests from Coordinating Committees. (Clerk refuses to convene and instead combines it at the annual sessions in July, which is very difficult for Friends to attend due to its location and time needed). Basically the expenses are added up and divided by the number of regions because the committee has not been given authority to make cuts. The Clerk/Captain goes out of view of the whole Financial Services Committee to make special deals with Clerks of Coordinating Committees. This might because there are very few people on this committee, when there should be 27. The Clerk/Captain did whisper once to GLENN R. that "we don't want too many people on our committee".

2. Glenn R. is asked to resign from NYYM Financial Services for sending the letter of 5/17/2005 to Monthly Meetings of NYYM. He refuses.

July 2005

1. Glenn R. attempts to allow teleconferencing to allow the 9 regional treasurers to participate in the Financial Services Meeting at Annual Sessions. Request is refused by Clerk/Captain. The Annual Meeting is held far away from most members, partly because it is a very beautiful location and partly because it restricts participation in governance, allowing the elite to continue to dominate.

2. Clerk/Captain of NYYM Financial Services and Glenn R. have a temporary understanding at Annual Sessions that things are changing and this is difficult.

3. Manhattan Monthly Meeting approves a one-year travel minute for Glenn R. to bring a concern for the ‘vibrant participation between Monthly Meetings and Yearly Meetings’. Approximately 1/3 of 65 Monthly Meetings were visited in the one year period. The concern is culminated in July 2006 with a published article in Friends Journal.

September 2005

NYYM Financial Services approves a deficit budget for 2006 with hopes that the Clerk/Captain of Financial Services will agree to cuts with Coordinating Committees or increases in income from Monthly and Regional meetings.

October 2005

Glenn R. is approved as a co-opted member of NYYM Witness Coordinating Committee, as the Latin American Concerns Contact. NYYM Witness Coordinating Committee approves an Information and News Sharing Infrastructure, proposed and specified by Glenn R. The news sharing infrastructure specifies Glenn R. to implement the network, and that each NYYM committee will be responsible for adding and updating news, which will forward to committee websites to give Witness Concerns a single place for the public and Friends to know what monthly and regional and yearly meeting are doing in specific witness activities. The end user for this information is the public and also the NYYM office for use in compiling its printed newsletter.

November 2005

NYYM Witness Coordinating Committee Clerk who had consulted with a 'A Trustee and the General Secretary' writes to Glenn R. and specifies that all information and news sharing would have to be approved and posted by the 'NYYM Office'. Glenn R. responds that he was not comfortable with this modification, which he felt was out of the spirit of transparency of Friends, and also requires more work to implement as well as additional ongoing work to maintain this modified network.

December 2005

1. New York Yearly Meeting approves a deficit budget for 2006, for a second year in a row.

2. NEW YORK YEARLY MEETING publishes the first annual 'increase' in membership in 36 years in its 2005 Yearbook (after GLENN R. published less than a year earlier, the fact of 35 year decrease). Glenn R. has visited approximately 1/3 of the Monthly Meetings between July 2005 and June 2006 in NYYM and finds specific instances of gross misrepresentation in the published membership numbers.

3. NYYM Witness Coordinating Committee approves a minute stating that Glenn R. is no longer interested in implementing the information sharing infrastructure. The committee does not recind the minute of October 2005 which specified the information sharing infrastructure. Glenn R. was not at the meeting and never stated he was 'not interested in implementing the infrastructure'. Glenn R. simply disagreed with the authoritarian overstepping by the Trustee and the General Secretary in their top-down manipulation of a committee approved decision.

April 2006


Outgoing NYYM Witness Coordinating Committee Clerk agrees that Information and News Sharing Infrastructure can be implemented as per the minute of October 2005, with information being posted by each NYYM Committee Clerk. Glenn R. agrees, but states that he cannot implement the project until September 2006.

June 2006

1. NYYM Financial Services Committee does not meet, as prescribed, to consider next year’s expense requests from Coordinating Committees. (Clerk refuses to convene and instead combines it at the annual sessions in July, which is very difficult for Friends to attend due to its location and time needed). Basically the expenses are added up and divided by the number of regions because the committee has not been given authority to make cuts. The Clerk/Captain goes out of view of the whole Financial Services Committee to make special deals with Clerks of Coordinating Committees. This might because there are very few people on this committee, when there should be 27.

2. Glenn R. is renominated to NYYM Financial Services Committee after he sends a letter to NYYM Nominating and the Clerk/Captain of NYYM Financial Services, stating - "I am willing to be renominated to the committee to continue the change that has begun (bottom up financing). Friends might consider that change is always difficult and sometimes painful."

3. NYYM Conflict Resolution Clerk refuses to get the committee involved in Manhattan Meeting's conflict, refusing to send anyone, and mere sends a letter to the Clerk of Manhattan Meeting, suggesting that the two people that have a conflict at Manhattan be temporarily disowned. Manhattan Meeting, a formerly very small meeting, has since for all intents and purposes, dissolved.

July 2006

1. The NYYM Treasurer and the Clerk of Financial Services reject a request for teleconferencing at the Financial Services Meeting at Annual Sessions. Very few people attend these two Financial Services Meetings at Annual Sessions.

2. Glenn R. makes suggestions for making increases in income from regions which might have been deemed to be giving too little (wealthy suburbs of New York City) and cuts in the NYYM Operating Budget for 2007 (which has been in deficit for two years). The suggestions are ignored.

3. Friends Journal article is published advising Friends not to give more than 1/3 of Monthly Meeting budgets to all wider bodies (including their Yearly Meeting) This is written on the assumption that a Yearly Meeting serves Monthly Meetings in the first place.

4. Glenn R. is re-approved to NYYM Financial Services Committee

5. NYYM Witness Coordinating Committee replaces Glenn R. with no consultation, with a paid NYYM employee as Latin American Contact Person.

August 2006

Glenn R. writes an essay, to a few people, which was forwarded to the NYYM hierarchy.

September 2006

1. Glenn R. calls the NYYM Treasurer and asks how many transactions per month on average the Yearly Meeting has, not including payroll, (to justify a $28,500 per year book keeping service). Treasurer refuses to answer the question and hangs up.

2. Glenn R. is uninvited to the NYYM Budget Saturday Financial Services Meeting, by the Clerk/Captain of that committee, where the 2007 NYYM Proposed Budget will be considered and approved. Clerk of Ministry and Counsel Coordinating Committee rubber-stamps the request by the Clerk/Captain of Financial Services Committee for Glenn R. to be uninvited, without first speaking to Glenn R. to hear his side. The reason given to univite Glenn R. is his essay not intended for wide distribution. Glenn R. tells them both that they are not in authority to uninvite him to this meeting. Glenn R. ultimately makes a decision not attend the meeting. Other Friends bring similar concerns to the Sept. 2006 Budget Saturday meeting, however are put on notice that Glenn R. has been 'dealt with' by the Clerk/Captian, and others may be cowed, or possibly shunned themselves, and therefore silenced in future budget approvals.

3. Financial Services Committee approves a balanced budget for 2007, by making some cuts where in previous years it said it could not for contingency reasons (Personnel benefits lines).

December 2006

1. New York Yearly Meeting approves a balanced budget.

2. The elite of NYYM are shown data was collected showing potential employee fraud (no show) at the NYYM office. The General Secretary responded by trying to cover up for it in his report of 12th Month 2006.


3. The largest Monthly Meeting (Brooklyn) in New York Yearly Meeting does not meet its 2006 budget, which includes 57% of that expense going to New York Yearly Meeting. The large Monthly Meeting extends its budget year to April 1, in order to add three months and in order that it can then pay its full commitment.

4. NEW YORK YEARLY MEETING publishes for the 2nd year in a row, a small increase in membership. Glenn R. has visited approximately 1/3 of the Monthly Meetings between July 2005 and June 2006 in NYYM and finds specific instances of gross misrepresentation in the published membership numbers.

July 2007 - Prediction

New York Yearly Meeting will attempt to approve a third, full time, lifetime employee while it still publishes no time and task specific job descriptions.

Its membership will continue to slide, and NYYM 'same old same-olds' or the elite, or possibly the paid employees, will continue to attempt to cover up the membership slide.

The 2008 proposed budget will most probably go down compared with 2007. This is because one employee of the three employees feels entitled to a sabatical and the Personnel Committee will most probably request a less than full-time percentage of the employee's salary for 2008 while on 'sabbatical'.

New York Yearly Meeting members should hold the number of full time employees at two. I make no judgments on which ones they are. Friends should ask the important questions of NYYM. One ore more full-time employees have not been in the NYYM office a considerable amount of time, within one sampling period, and serious questions should be asked about this potential employee fraud. All full-time positions should be affirmed by NYYM as sojourning positions, not lifetime positions.

NYYM costs will go up heavily and steadily from 2009 forward while membership goes down, unless Friends in NYYM require the elite to move the NYYM office to a more affordable and central location, seek a less expensive bookkeeping service, and ask expensive long term employees (gently of course) to move on in their spiritual journeys. Elite Friends , the same old same-olds, however, will indubitably try to access dead Friends trust and bequest money from various Monthly and Quarterly meetings to pay for a static and ever more unaccountable, non-transparent NYYM religious government.

The NYYM elite controls the total NYYM body as does the brain of a stranded hiker controling the body while it dies of hypothermia. The brain, or the elite cut off the blood supply to the outer extremities, to 'save itself'. But, it's only a matter of time until the hiker and the brain die, because blood didn't get to the legs to allow the hiker to walk down off the mountain.

Unless Friends .... Wake up!
2009 - Annual Sessions Costs

Click here to see the comparison of NYYM with other Yearly Meeting Annual Sessions Costs.

The numbers say it all, especially when seen in a three year comparison - NYYM - where centralization and hierarchal elitism live. The main business issue of 2009 Annual Sessions was how much more to pay the already overpaid NYYM General Secretary.