The way a congregation develops and markets its dues structure speaks volumes about its values, membership, and goals. Whether it be flat rate, fair share, hybrid, or another model, learn how congregations can be successful in creating a dues structure that is in line with the best of its Reconstructionist values.
Susie Speer is currently president of the Board of Trustees for Congregation Beth Evergreen (CBE). Immediately upon moving to Evergreen, CO from Atlanta, GA in 2004 with her husband, Neil and their son Dylan, the Speers joined CBE. Susie quickly became involved in synagogue leadership, first as chairman of the Membership committee. A year later, she was asked to participate on the Board as Vice President where she served a two-year term and is currently halfway through her two-year term as President. At the same time, CBE just hired their first full time rabbi, Jamie Arnold. CBE has experienced phenomenal growth in the last 3 years and now has 200 member families.
Susie juggles the demanding schedule as president with a career in residential real estate. She is also a volunteer Family Support Partner for Blue Spruce Habitat for Humanity, mentoring a recipient family in all aspects of home ownership. Last year, Susie had her own adult bat mitzvah at CBE, which was the culmination of two years of study including Kabbalah and Reconstructionist Judaism. When not working or volunteering, she enjoys cooking, running, hiking, bicycling, reading and travel.