I hope this finds you all well, physically as well as mentally. The self-isolation and restrictions that are in place to keep us physically healthy can have a nasty toll on the mental status of even the most well-adjusted. I would like to say that this missive is to let you know that we will be meeting soon, but I am afraid that is most likely not the case. As many of you have already read, the Grand Master has already extended the ban on tyled meetings, and rightly so. We will also not be having any GP meetings in the lodge either as the risk is too high. The numbers of Covid-19 continue to climb, and we need to keep our members safe.
We have had another zoom meeting and except for a late member (Me) and a few technical glitches on my end, it went off well. Brother Bernard has proposed that we should purchase the Zoom Pro version of the meeting software which will enable us to extend the time of our sessions. This was met with approval by the members who were at the meeting and in an effort to keep the cost down, it was decided that the lodge would purchase the program and any members willing could donate back to the lodge. The cost is $200.00.
The next topic I would like to share is about our 50/50 draw. I will be getting the tickets from Brother Ryckman in the next few days and will make every effort to get them out to anyone who wants some. Please take part my friends, we cannot rely on Bob and Judy Cuddy to sell them all. Please give me a call to plan a time to pick them up or for me to drop them off.
The most important bit of discussion was regarding Dues for the upcoming year. Some might be of the mindset that because we are not holding meetings, that charging dues is a bad idea. We must keep in mind that the dues are needed to sustain our lodge building. The $150 per year that we give to the lodge is what enables us to keep the lights and heat on. With this in mind, dues will still be required to be submitted to the secretary by December 31 of the year.
There may be some that are facing financial hardship due to Covid-19. If this is the case, please get in touch with me. I want to be able to assist you, but I cannot do that if you don’t let me know there is an issue.
My friends, this is a very trying time for all of us. Even those who think they are dealing with the upheaval well, there is still a toll. Please stay in touch with each other. Even though we cannot be together in person, there are ways we can support one another. Pick up the phone, send a text or email. And please please please, join us in our video meetings, they are a good time and it is always good to see everyone’s faces……even the ugly ones.
Thank you for taking the time to read yet another email.
WM Tim Heisler