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Vermont Grand Chapter Suspends ALL Activities through February 28, 2021

10-19-2020 14:24:00


October 19, 2020

Dear Sisters and Brothers

The Governor has once again extended the State of Emergency to November 15, 2020. As many of our Chapters go dark either December/January or January/February, after long discussion we have decided to extend the suspension through February 28, 2021. As there has been an uptick in cases with school starting and that 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.

DO NOT PANIC! Our great Order will still be there in February 2021!! In 2016 we discussed at the Mid-Winter Meeting the top five reasons our members ARE members: love and friendship, making friends, believe in values, parents, and history/honor/pride of family. With this past year and a half and many of our members going through hard times, we know that the love and friendship they received from their Eastern Star sisters and brothers, not to mention their prayers, got them through. we have heard many of them say so. We encourage you to reach out to our 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.

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