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5/18/2020 Vermont Grand Chapter Suspends All Activities through June 30, 2020

05-18-2020 08:59:00

May 18, 2020
Dear Sisters and Brothers
On May 15, 2020 Governor Scott extended Vermont’s "Stay Home, Stay Safe" to June 15, 2020. We believe that it is prudent, out of concern for the health and welfare of our membership, that we suspend allEastern Star activity in the jurisdiction of Vermont through and including June 30, 2020. While the "Stay Home, Stay Safe" may be lifted, out of concern for our membership, we have extended the suspension to the end of the month. 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.
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 continue to watch for updates and public notices from the State of Vermont and the CDC.  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