In reference to the July 29, 2021 message [click to view message] from our Sovereign Grand Commander, Ill. Bro. Robert S. Whitmore 33° advising us: …that, subject to certain conditions, indoor Scottish Rite activities and events will be permitted effective August 15, 2021.
The conditions that he refers to and first must be met are:
- All applicable legislative, municipal, and public health rules, limitations, directives, and guidelines must be fully satisfied and complied with; and
- All limitations, conditions, rules, and directives coming from the applicable Provincial Grand Lodge must be fully satisfied and complied with; and
- All limitations, conditions, rules, and guidelines imposed by the venue hosting such event must be fully satisfied and complied with.
And finally, he states that: …simply by opening up this opportunity to resume meeting, I am not mandating that Valleys must resume their normal in-person schedule for meetings, even if their By-laws stipulate specific meeting dates.
As a result of his message, the Valley of Barrie has decided NOT to resume any Reunions until the SPRING of 2022. Meanwhile we have formed a Valley Reopening Transition Team that will guide us towards a successful and safe reopening in 2022. The Transition Team hopes to be able to hold a Business Meeting and possibly Workshops (in the Fall of 2021), which will be designed towards the introduction of Health and Safety Protocols, Degree Portrayal Protocols, and Business & Reunion Reopening Guidelines.
While we are optimistic that all will go according to plan, we must also be cautious of any unforeseen circumstances. We thank each of you for your cooperation, understanding, and patience. ‘Together Everyone Achieves More’, let us be supportive of our Transition Team as they commence the task of enabling us to meet safely in person and the renewal towards the enjoyment of the social interaction among our fellow members in the Spring of 2022.
Ill. Bro. John E. Harrison 33°