December 15, 2020
I sincerely hope you and your families are all staying safe and are coping well through these tough government and health authority restrictions. The situation is still quite serious and for the time being and we must all continue to do our part to try to decrease the curve of the infection rate for this Covid-19 pandemic.
We have all welcomed the recent news of a vaccine on the way and I certainly hope this will be the beginning of the end of this pandemic. At least it is a light at the end of the tunnel. However, we must all face the reality that it will still be months before most of us receive that vaccination, as we must look after our most vulnerable citizens and our front-line health care workers first. That only makes sense if we are going to win this fight.
We also must be prepared for the possibility that things may get worse before they get better and that positive change will take time. We must be patient.
With that said, I believe it is prudent continue to do everything we can to protect the health of our members and their families. There is every indication that public health restrictions in one form or another will continue well into the New Year. Therefore, I am continuing the suspension on all in-person Masonic meetings and activities until further notice.
We will continue to carefully monitor the situation, and as health regulations are eased over the coming months, I expect that we will be able to have a gradual resumption of our Masonic activities when it is safe to do so.
In the meantime, we must continue make extra efforts to keep in touch with each other Take the time to call your Lodge brothers and see how they are doing, especially our older brethren who I am sure will appreciate being remembered and speaking to you. If you can safely lend a hand, please do.
Many Lodges are now holding non-tyled lodge meetings via Zoom or other virtual platform on their regular lodge nights. Lodges can still share fellowship and education on a regular basis as you would if we were able to meet in person. Try to keep your schedule as close to normal as you can!
We have just finished holding the first Grand Lodge Virtual Town Hall on Zoom this past weekend and it was well attended by brethren from across the province. We had a great exchange of ideas, Lodge updates and fraternal exchange. Everyone who participated agreed the session had a lot of value and we plan to hold another Town Hall early in the New year.
On Saturday, January 16th, 2021 at 9:00 am we will be holding the first in a series of the Grand Lodge Lecture Series. This will be a presentation on the topic of Masonic Dress by Bro. J.A. Shapira. This presentation is open to all brethren and potential candidates.
Please RSVP directly to me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested. Please join us!
I will soon be sending out a Holiday message for all of you and your families, but in the meantime, take care and stay safe.
Gordon E. S. Fardoe
Grand Lodge of Manitoba