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Neil Lichtman, Annual Program Fund ChairBy now you may have seen the request from our UUA for this Fiscal Year's pledge to the Annual Program Fund and wonder why it has arrived months earlier than usual.

The reason is that our soft national economy has already been seen to a slight degree in the wrap up for the Fiscal Year we have just completed. This has sensitized our Development Personnel to the possibility that we may see more than a slight decline in this Fiscal Year. That said, we still hope our congregations do not use the economy as an excuse to pledge and donate less unless, of course, your congregation has been hit hard.

Nevertheless, we suspect all congregations will feel this economy to some degree. That means that it may take a little more work than usual to hold the line in your budget process. We understand that and are here to help.

Back to Pledging itself. As I've written a few times last year, we'd like every congregation to pledge even if you cannot pledge Fair Share. Pledging is critical for getting the UUA's budget under control. However, if you recall my pleas of last Fiscal Year, pledges are promises. The congregations that pledge are the congregations that promise to support all of us. I sincerely hope that this Fiscal Year every congregation in the CMwD will promise to support all of its fellow congregations by filling out the pledge card and mailing it soon.

Meanwhile, enjoy the fleeting Summer.

Best regards,

Neil Lichtman
Your CMwD APF Chair