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6/23/2020 Vermont Grand Chapter Suspends All Activities through July 31, 2020 and Rob Morris Day in August 2020

06-23-2020 10:59:00


June 23, 2020
Dear Sisters and Brothers
While the "Stay Home, Stay Safe" is in the process of being lifted and groups up to 75 will soon be allowed, out of concern for our membership, we have extended the suspension to July 31, 2020. This includes both Grand Chapter as well as local Chapter events.
Per our Most Worthy Grand Matron Marianne R. Shenefelt:
“Those who are in the high-risk group should not attend meetings until it is considered safe by health experts to do so. Those at high-risk for severe illness from COVID-19 are: people aged 65 years and older; people who live in a nursing home or long-term care facility; people of all ages with underlying medical conditions, particularly if not well controlled including chronic lung disease or moderate to severe asthma; serious heart conditions; diabetes; chronic kidney disease undergoing dialysis; liver disease; and people who are immunocompromised which includes cancer treatment, smoking, bone marrow or organ transplantation, immune deficiencies, poorly controlled HIV or AIDS, and prolonged use of corticosteroids and other immune weakening medications (source: cdc.gov/coronavirus).”
As a majority of our members meet this criterion, we believe it is best to continue our suspension.
After careful consideration and discussion with Sister Donna Masterson, Associate Grand Matron, we will not be celebrating Rob Morris Day in August 2020. We are concerned about being able to social distance under the pavilion, the need to wear masks in the heat for several hours and the serving of the food. The next Rob Morris Day will be in August 2021.
For chapter regular meetings, during this time, chapters are not required to submit a request for dispensation. This is a one-time exception. Once this suspension of activity has been lifted, we will immediately continue with our regular schedule. Should a meeting need to be rescheduled after the suspension, you will be again required to submit dispensation requests. Further instructions for meetings will be provided prior to your first meeting.
Should an urgent matter arise during this period, please contact either myself or Sister Jerri K. Riegler, Past Grand Matron, Grand Secretary via phone or e-mail.
Please be attentive to our elderly members and check in on them frequently as they are the group that will be the hardest hit. When there is a change in our status, we will notify the membership accordingly.

Proud To Be,

Jacqueline (Jacque) M. Shiner


Bruce A. Johnson