Your Governing Board had a challenging two months this past spring, preparing a budget for our 2012-2013 year. Dues income has been flat for the past four years while our expenses have increased over time. We have reached the point where we need to put our day-to-day expenses on a sustainable path. As important as our volunteers are to running the congregation, we cannot survive on volunteers alone. The Religious School, Shabbat services, High Holy Days, adult education, and other activities all have a price tag. So do the electricity, phones, staff, and routine property maintenance.