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7/15/2020 Grand Chapter of Vermont Extension of Suspension through August 31, 2020

07-24-2020 09:58:00

July 15, 2020

Dear Sisters and Brothers

As the Governor has extended the State of Emergency to August 15, 2020 and we are seeing an uptick in cases, we are extending the suspension through August 31, 2020. In addition, as many of our Chapter rooms do not have air conditioning and we have been experiencing high temperatures, wearing masks may be difficult for many members. As a majority of our members meet the criterion to stay home, we believe it is best to continue our suspension. This includes both Grand Chapter as well as local Chapter events.

This picture was posted to Facebook Order of the Eastern Star group and I thought it said it all. I know that we are all anxious to start meeting again and we thank you for your patience and understanding. We are not in this alone. Many other jurisdictions have also chosen to stay home. With all the unknowns, it is the most logical thing to do. We encourage you to reach out to your members. Stay in touch. Please be attentive to our elderly members and check in on them frequently as they are the group that will be the hardest hit If a Chapter would like to hold a phone call using a conference call number, please contact me (Jacque) and I can provide you with my number to use. As others are using it, the time will need to be scheduled. Please remember that business cannot and should not be conducted until a regular meeting to be held at a future date. This is a social call only.

Please understand that the reason we extend on a monthly basis rather than indefinitely or for a longer period is that we keep hoping that we can get together sooner rather than later. So please bear with us as we navigate through this uncertain time. When there is a change in our status, we will notify the membership accordingly.

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.

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

Proud To Be,


Jacqueline (Jacque) M. Shiner


Bruce A. Johnson