Statistical Clerk Job Description – 2012

STATISTICAL CLERK (2012)
JOB DESCRIPTION

  • The Statistical Clerk maintains the official list of members of the Pacific Yearly Meeting.
  • The Statistical Clerk assembles annual statistics of deaths, new memberships, transfers or withdrawals of membership and changes of address from constituent Monthly Meetings.
  • The term of office is three years.
  • Statistical Clerk is an ex officio member of the Finance committee.

Statistical Clerks’ Report to RepCom 2015

Response to Request for Information
Re: Adding “Children of Members” to Statistical Report

Following the presentation of the Statistical Report at the 2014 Pacific Yearly Meeting (PYM) Annual Session, a Friend noted that the graphic showing a 10-year year-over-year decline in membership does not give a good sense of membership trends in the future.

The Friend suggested that the Statistical Clerks also track the number of children of members in the Monthly Meetings to present a better picture of potential growth. A few people concurred, and the Statistical Clerks agreed to consider the idea.

After consideration, we agree that, while knowing the number of members’ children who attend Meeting or First Day School might be interesting, the numbers would not necessarily suggest a growth pattern (e.g., we know that not all children of members later become members of PYM).

Gathering sufficient data to show a trend would require tracking each child in each Meeting until he or she becomes a member, or leaves the Meeting. This tracking is best left to individual Meetings.

If over time the individual Meetings notice there are more children becoming members than there are members who transfer to other yearly meetings or die, the request could be re-introduced and directed to the Nomination and Finance Committees, who are responsible for the Statistical Clerks’ job description.*

*The current job description is on the PYM website, and appended below.
STATISTICAL CLERK (2012)
JOB DESCRIPTION

  • The Statistical Clerk maintains the official list of members of the Pacific Yearly Meeting.
  • The Statistical Clerk assembles annual statistics of deaths, new memberships, transfers or withdrawals of membership and changes of address from constituent Monthly Meetings.
  • The term of office is three years.
  • Statistical Clerk is an ex officio member of the Finance committee.

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Pacific Yearly Meeting Statistical Report – 2013

This report summarizes membership information within the monthly meetings of Pacific Yearly Meeting (PYM) for the statistical year ending May 31, 2013.

There are 37 Monthly Meetings. Twenty-four meetings are in College Park Quarterly Meeting (65% of the total), nine meetings are in Southern California Quarterly Meeting (27% of the total), and four meetings are not affiliated with a Quarterly Meeting (Big Island, Honolulu, Guatemala, and Mexico City), which represent 7% of the membership.

There are 15 worship groups:

  • Sierra Foothills Worship Group, under the care of Delta Meeting
  • Maui, Kauai, and Molokai Worship Groups under the care of Honolulu Meeting
  • Southern Humboldt Worship Group, under the care of Humboldt Meeting
  • Las Vegas Worship Group, under the care of Inland Valley Friends Meeting
  • Conejo Valley and Whitleaf, under the care of Orange Grove Monthly Meeting
  • Friends House, Ukiah, and Lake County Worship Groups under the care of Redwood Forest Meeting
  • West Marin Worship Group, under the care of San Francisco Meeting
  • Ojai Worship Group, under the care of Santa Barbara Monthly Meeting
  • Oakland Worship Group, under the care of Strawberry Creek Meeting
  • Oaxaca Worship Group, under the care of Mexico City.

The largest Meetings are: Strawberry Creek (99), Palo Alto (97), and Berkeley (94). Seven Meetings have 9 or fewer members.

Overall membership within the Pacific Yearly Meeting has decreased by 44, for a total of 1,346, down from 1,390 last year.

Eighteen people joined by convincement, 26 members died, and 22 members were released or withdrew. Eleven members transferred into Meetings; 17 transferred out.

Within the past 10 years, PYM member meetings were blessed with a high of 1,534 members (2004). The lowest number of members is in 2013.  Total membership was down 3.2% for this statistical year, and the ten-year loss is 11.5%

A 10-year Year-over-Year view of PYM membership changes, and the number and types of changes per Meeting, will be available on the Pacific Yearly Meeting Website.

Respectfully submitted, Lee Knutsen, PYM Statistical Clerk