Much has happened since your Board of Directors last met “face to face” in March. As all of us have been challenged by Covid-19 and the Board and the Lodge face these same challenges. As of March 17, all Lodge and Club events were cancelled, and the Lodge was closed. Newly elected officers assumed their respective positions April 1 until a formal installation can be held later once Lodge meetings resume. We welcome our two new Board members Leading Knight Shannon Ball and Lecturing Knight Calvin Hara. Along with Exalted Ruler Russ Motter and Loyal Knight Gloria Yau and the five Trustees John Nadler, Carl Reber, Rick Bergstrom, Judy Rubano and Bud Lush, these members make up the Board of Directors for 2020-21.
Since closing the Lodge due to Covid-19, we have been working to do as much as possible to assist our employees. All employees who had medical insurance at the time of closure will have coverage through the Lodge until the end of April. This will be reviewed again at that time. Any employee that had to be laid off during the closure has been encouraged to file for unemployment. The Lodge is also looking into the Government “Payroll Protection Program” recently passed by Congress to see if we qualify for this program. As of this writing the Club is providing food take-out on a limited basis Wednesday through Sunday from 11am to 6:30pm. This also enables us to keep some of our employees working. Call the Lodge for take-out orders at 923-5722.
The first Board meeting of the year was held on April 7 using Zoom and will continue that process until the Lodge reopens. Board meetings will still be held on the second and fourth Tuesday. Several projects the Board has been working on will continue as scheduled and we’re taking advantage of the down time to complete various ongoing maintenance projects. The 2020-21 budget is currently being addressed and any changes in fees due to the closure are in discussion. We encourage members to forward any concerns or questions you have for the board to Bud Lush at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will respond back by email.
We are hopeful and optimistic things will return to “normal” soon. Please follow all the recommended Covid-19 guidelines and we hope and pray for the safety of you and your family.
Bud Lush, Chairman
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