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April 30, 2021
Dear Sir Knights All,
Please review General Order No. 17, which outlines our Commanderies in Ohio moving to Phase Two of our reopening plan.
While the Commandery orders may now be conferred per the Ritual, there are safety protocols that must be observed. Some of these are detailed in Conditions for conferring the Orders 2021, which is part of our reopening plan.
I advise Commandery officers to continue to develop a strategy for moving your Commandery toward more traditional activities. Since we have been severely restricted for more than a year, this process is certain to be more of “ramping up” than “flipping a switch”. Work with your Blue Lodges, Chapters, and Councils to secure petitions, and focus first on those who are already in the York Rite pipeline. These men are bound to feel somewhat forgotten and some have been waiting a year to finish this part of their York Rite journey. Do everything you can to make them feel welcome and included.
We cannot get the time back that has been lost, but we can now resume the activities that we have missed so much. Let’s do so with safety for our fraters uppermost in mind. We are not completely out of the woods yet as far as this virus is concerned, but we are getting there! Scripture tells us, “Joy cometh in the morning!” Welcome to the dawn of a new day.
“Blessed be the tie that binds our hearts in Christian love; the fellowship of kindred minds is like to that above.”
R. Thomas Starr, KCT