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August 20, 2020
Unfortunately, Covid-19 has thrown another curve ball at us. Because controlling the spread of the virus continues to be difficult, and because of the current State restrictions that impose significant limitations on the size of indoor gatherings, it has been strongly recommended that Lodges in our area once again suspend in-person Stated Meetings. While this is very disappointing, there are legitimate medical and logistical reasons for this directive. The course of the pandemic, at least in the near-term, remains very volatile and unpredictable.
In light of this, we will resume our Zoom meetings, using the same format that we used for our meetings in May, June and July. We will meet, “virtually”, on Thursday evening September 3, at 7:30 PM. Zoom invitations will be sent a few days in advance to everyone on our email list. (If you did not receive email invitations to the previous meetings, that means that we do not have a valid email address for you! Please update!!) This will be an “open” meeting, so you may invite guests.
We will have a brief presentation about the Zembo Shrine from Brother Scott Burford. Then, in keeping with our “history” theme, the program for the evening will be “Brother Stephen Sechrist and the Red Lion Cabinet Company.” Brother Sechrist, a prominent Red Lion citizen, businessman and entrepreneur, was a member of Red Lion Lodge, and also of Commandery, Scottish Rite and the Shrine. The Cabinet Company, of which Brother Sechrist was the founder and president, was the largest and most successful of Red Lion’s many furniture factories during the first half of the 20th century. We hope that many of you can join us!
At the August Stated Meeting, we read three Petitions for Membership. Committees of Inquiry have been assigned, and we will look forward to holding ballots as soon as we are able to do so. Currently, we are not permitted to conduct official business by Zoom, but Grand Lodge is evaluating and considering possible ways to modify and streamline Lodge functions during the pandemic.
If you have not already done so, please make your reservations, and consider being a sponsor, for our annual Golf Outing on Friday September 18! Recall that this year’s Golf Outing will provide the funds for our 2021 Scholarship recipients! (Because this event is an outdoor activity, it is not subject to the 25-person limit that is currently in place for indoor activities.)
Finally, an important reminder: If anyone is in need of assistance with shopping, transportation, or other logistical issues, please contact any of the officers or Bro. Rodney Ream. If anyone is in need of financial assistance, please contact our Almoner (Bro. John Sharp PM) or me. We do have some funds available that we can use to assist with bill payments, and the like.
In these times of social isolation, it is important, for both practical and emotional reasons, that we do our best to find ways to remain safely connected to one another. Be sure to take advantage of resources such as The Two Way Street newsletter, as well as our Lodge Facebook page and web site. Of course, you can always pick up the phone and make a few phone calls!
Stay safe and healthy, and remember that better times are ahead! Hope to “see” you (virtually!) on September 3 at 7:30!
Sincerely and Fraternally,
Sam Laucks, W.M.