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Brother Knights,

Yesterday we received a letter from the Supreme Knight Carl A. Anderson

regarding the (COVID-19) Coronavirus and how the Knights are going to deal with it.

 

I ask you to please read the letter attached with this notice below. For the Massachusetts Jurisdiction, we will follow the Supreme Knights lead and at this time we are canceling all State-run functions until further notice, with the exception of the Stale Convention which has not been canceled as of yet. That means no Lantern Award Dinner and all the upcoming District Deputy Friendship Dinners starting with the State Deputy's Friendship Dinner. All Council and District meetings, planned events like the Cribbage Tournament, Communion Breakfast and Council Fundraisers are all canceled until further notice. These actions are being taken to protect all our Brother Knights,

 

Paul A. Flanagan State Deputy

Dear Fraternal Leader,

 

 

March 11, 2020

 

The Knights of Columbus is carefully monitoring the (COVID-19) coronavirus situation and its impact on the Order. Since the virus is spread by personal contact. containment efforts stress social distancing by restricting travel, meetings and other gatherings. Accordingly, the Supreme Council most strongly recommends the following actions to protect brother Knights and others:

Cancel all personal contact meetings, including business meetings, until further notice.

 

Cancel all planned events, where people would gather, until further notice.

 

Cancel all travel for Knights of Columbus business until further notice.

 

There are many ways to continue council operations without face to face contact. Here are some suggestions:

 

Conduct meetings by conference call, Skype, Google Groups or other methods. · Use a webinar service for large meetings like monthly business meetings.

 

Allow member votes by email or text to approve bills and candidate admissions.

 

Use the email feature of Officers Online for member communications.

 

Set up a call tree to contact members and ascertain their wellbeing.

 

Conduct degree ceremonies In homes using the combined Exemplification of Charity. Unity and Fraternity video or the First Degree video.

 

Use applications like "Go fund me" to digitally raise funds for causes.

 

Additional information is available for members and their families on the websites of the CENTER FOR DISEASE CONTROL and WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION. Be aware that the elderly and sick are highly vulnerable to this disease.

 

This is a moment to deepen our commitment to the very principles which define us: charity, unity, and fraternity. There will likely be many opportunities in the coming weeks to live out these principles in service to our brother Knights, our families, and our communities. May this time of difficulty also be a moment when we as Knights step into the breach and show ourselves to be disciples of Jesus Christ and men at the service of others.

Carl A. Anderson Supreme Knight

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