District 15 October News
Welcome to Fall, everyone. The days are shorter and cooler and the trees are beginning to turn golden, crimson and orange. Soon we’ll all be planning our Thanksgiving dinners and family gatherings. Some of these may be virtual celebrations, but no less meaningful. I am happy to share our District 15 update.
Following the GCU Board of Directors meeting in August, all lodge and district officers were notified of the Board Guidelines for the remaining months of 2020. The changes are in response to the ongoing concerns about COVID-19.
As a fraternal society, the GCU lodges and districts are committed to social and benevolent activities. Yet during the pandemic our efforts have all but been shut down. As President of District 15 I was very happy to receive specific guidelines from our GCU Board sent in a letter from President/CEO George Juba on August 28. Specifically, the Board recommends that lodges and districts:
● Suspend all activities unless they may be conducted virtually or adhering to the various local guidelines established
● May maintain current officers for 2021
● Continue to submit quarterly financial statements, volunteer hours and other sponsored activities
Furthermore, lodges and districts will NOT be required to hold an annual meeting this year; subsidies will NOT be affected. Lodges and districts will receive their usual subsidy.
District 15 Board members voted to support District 15 churches and Mt. St. Macrina as these institutions struggle with fewer donations during this time. St. Nicholas Chapel in Beaver, PA; St. George BC Church in Aliquippa; St. Mary BC Church in Ambridge; St. John the Baptist BC Church in Lyndora; St. Mary BC Church in Weirton, WV; St. John BC Church in Mingo Junction, OH; and the Sisters of St. Basil at Mt. St. Macrina in Uniontown, PA each received a check for $500 to be used as needed.
I applaud the GCU Board of Directors and Mr. Juba, for the abundance of caution for our members as reflected in their deliberations and ultimate guidelines for the rest of the year. Clearly, these were not easy decisions; we are grateful for your leadership.
The District 15 Board offers our continued prayers for our members, and for the continued success of the GCU. We look toward 2021 with hope for an end to the pandemic and return to our regular fraternal events.
Elizabeth Harbist | President