Trend two: Continued growth of expenses. APA and its Board and Assembly have made every effort to meet the demands of the membership in a multitude of areas. APA is a large tent with many "tribes" who all have legitimate, important professional issues and desire help from APA. We, of course, want to provide that help but have traditionally had difficulty deciding what the trade-off will be when another good cause is added to our plate. It is also expensive to be headquartered in Washington, D.C., but it is also a distinct advantage. We have benefited greatly from the wonderful employees who live in the area. In contrast, we have suffered from pay rates, rent, and other expenses that are higher than most of us are used to in our hometowns. We have also seen an increase in the number of staff positions as our areas of interest expand without, again, tradeoffs being offered to keep the financial and resource expenditures in balance.