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Vermont Grand Chapter Communication Regarding COVID-19 February 2021

02-16-2021 10:24:00


February 15, 2021

Dear Sisters and Brothers

The Governor has once again extended the State of Emergency to March 15, 2021. In addition, Stuart Corso, Most Worshipful Grand Master has directed Lodges to hold meetings including elections via Zoom, telephone, email or regular mail encouraging our Lodges to remain closed. In Edict 10 dated February 1, 2021, he stated “It is my personal belief that when spring comes, the warmer weather coupled with the ongoing vaccinations for COVID 19, will lift some of the restrictions we are under now, and we will be able to meet in lodge again.” As the majority of our Chapters meet in Lodges, until the Grand Master lifts the restrictions, we are unable to meet in person. Therefore, we are suspending all local Chapter meetings until further direction is provided by the State of Vermont and Grand Lodge. Please keep in mind, that even if Grand Lodge lifts restrictions, we may continue our own suspension as we are not under the direction of Grand Lodge.

Per our Most Worthy Grand Matron Marianne R. Shenefelt in her letter dated January 19, 2021:

“I say farewell to 2020 and hello to 2021, my Sisters and Brothers! For the well-being of our Order, I believe it is necessary for Grand Chapters and Subordinate Chapters alike to move forward with their business, elections, installations, etc. I am aware there are challenges for doing this due to the various COVID-19 restrictions, but I have every confidence that together we can figure it out.” We are in the process of developing a path forward preparing instructions for local Chapters. Further information will be provided at a later date.

or 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.

Grand Chapter events will also continue to be suspended until further notice. We are also developing several different plans for the Grand Chapter session and will inform you when we are closer to that date.

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.

Stay Home – Stay Connected – Stay Safe – Stay Strong – STAY POSITIVE!

Proud To Be,

Jacqueline (Jacque) M. Shiner

Bruce A. Johnson