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Covid-19 Update:
Covid-19 Update

Fellow Honourable Members.

We are clearly living in unprecedented times.  Not since the 1918 Spanish influenza outbreak has the world, as a whole, been impacted by a global pandemic.  To be clear, the world has seen local outbreaks such as the swine flu (2009), the severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) of 2004,  the middle east respiratory syndrome (MERS) of 2018/2019, and numerous outbreaks of Ebola, on the African continent, but none of these prior epidemics appear to  have had the global reach of the current outbreak of the coronavirus, COVID- 2019. 

Medical professionals advise us to practice social distancing and to observe, what some would consider normal, hygiene practices such as washing your hands, etc., as a means of slowing the spread of the virus.  It is expected that the vast majority of the population will not suffer any long-lasting adverse impacts.  A significant portion of the population, however, is still at risk. These would include seniors and those with pre-existing underlying medical issues.   In order to lessen the risk and “flatten the curve” all levels of government are encouraging (and in some cases mandating) the postponement and/or cancelling of events.

Your Court has discussed these issues and we are in agreement that it is prudent, and the right thing, for us to also postpone and reschedule all of our upcoming events.  Our annual general meeting (AGM) was scheduled to take place on Wednesday, April 15th, 2020.  Our annual gala dinner was scheduled for Friday, May 1, 2020th.    These events have now been cancelled and will take place in the fall of 2020.  Our annual gala dinner was to take place at the Royal Canadian Military Institute (RCMI) located at 426 University Avenue in Toronto.  Prior to sending this message we had hoped that we could communicate the new date.  To that end, we have been communicating with RCMI, and our guest speaker, in securing a new date in the fall.  Unfortunately, due to the epidemic RCMI has closed their facilities to at least April 14th, 2020 and, as of today, we have not confirmed the new date.  As soon as the new dates have been confirmed we will send our members the information.

At the AGM it is common practice for a new Court to be voted upon.  Since we are deferring the AGM the current Court officers will remain in their office until duly replaced. The Court is a volunteer position.  The Court, in addition to the AGM and gala dinner, meets between 4 to 6 times a year to manage the affairs of the Honourable Company.  If any Honourable Member wishes to join the Court or is interested in obtaining any additional information please reach out to our Immediate Past Master, Norm Morris at normanpj.morris@gmail.com .

Until then please be safe and I hope to see each and every one of you in the fall.

Sincerely


Dean T. Smith
Master

 

 

 
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