Greetings, State Organization and Chapter Presidents! During this past week several chapter presidents have consulted myself and/or the Dr. Helen Popovich, the international parliamentarian, regarding procedures to use when chapter meetings must be cancelled. With so many of us under “shelter in place” edicts, knowing how to respond and carry on in times like these is imperative. I am attaching to this BLAST the information that chapters can use as they proceed with elections this spring. Helen’s guidelines also address concerns that some of you have expressed regarding installations and inductions, neither of which is required for chapters to hold.
In addition, there have been many questions regarding the status of the international convention and the business that is slated to occur at that event. No decision will be made on the status of the convention until after the Administrative Board meets in the middle of May and probably not until the first of June. We cannot predict at this time where we will be with this pandemic until we give time to the call to distance ourselves socially. When a decision is made by your Administrative Board, you can rest assured that the health and safety of our members will be in the forefront of that decision. It is my continuing hope that there will be a convention and to that end I am preparing for it. Additionally, along with the AB members contingency plans are being developed that will address the international elections and other required business to keep the Society moving forward with the start of the 2020-2022 biennium.
I ask for your patience and your support as we all work together to persevere and be stronger at the end of the situation we now face. I’m here for you!
Cathy P. Daugherty
2018-2020 International President
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