Hello from home confinement,
I am late in writing this (as usual) and really don’t know what to say other than WOW.
I never thought that I would see something of this magnitude in my lifetime.  I can only hope and pray that God looks over us, and delivers all of us safely.
As everyone should know, the Governor has issued basically a “shelter in place” order, with all non-essential businesses closed and travel stopped until May 26th. The biggest question for many of us has been “what is essential”?  I have tried to get an answer to this, but like always, it depends on who you talk to.
The most common answer I got was to follow the DHS (Department of Homeland Security) guidelines.  According to their website – essential businesses are ones people need to use daily. I trust that all of you will use good judgment, and not subject our Lodges and Members to fines, illness, and in the worst case, jail time.
Let’s all take this time to reach out to our members to see how they are doing.
Some might just like someone to talk to.
Others may not be able to get out shopping, and need our help.  Remember that we are here to help and support each other. Yes, some members may be adversely affected by this pandemic but we also need to remind them that our obligations to others remain intact. We SHOULD be concerned with our members and yes, remind them that they are an asset to the organization as well. I believe that we should certainly practice what we preach and start with helping our own members.
As I will be working from home, I have set up a call-in schedule for all Lodge Administrators.  I expect all Lodges to check in weekly until we are back up and running.  I will be available by phone and email.  If I do not answer, leave a message and I will get back to you.  I will send out updates as I get them.
Until next month, take care, be safe & God Bless
Mike Rynearson, TM