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Important Info Regarding the Coronavirus
17 March 2020
My Fellow Brother Knights
On Thursday March 12, I conducted an emergency meeting of the Delaware State Council Officers. The purpose of that meeting was to review and get a clear understanding of the protocols Supreme had just issued concerning the present Corona-Virus epidemic. We also laid the groundwork for the course of action for the State to follow during this crisis.
I have attached a copy of the letter from Supreme Knight Carl Anderson outlining their recommendations. In keeping with the direction Supreme has put forth, The Delaware State Council strongly recommends that all Councils cancel all meetings, programs and events where significant numbers of people would be present. The Delaware State Council is in the process of canceling all its scheduled meetings and events, this includes the State Convention in April. In the event that your Council would have a program that you deem is imperative to conduct I advice you contact State Program Direct Don Ryan (email@example.com) or State Deputy Eugene M. Dzielak (firstname.lastname@example.org) for guidance and clarification. At present there is no time table how long this band will last.
Pertaining to the Convention cancellation, this mainly affected the social and ceremonial aspects of the weekend. We still have an obligation to attempt to conduct the business portion of the convention. We have put into action a team to evaluate and institute Video Conferencing technology for the function. Our goal is to have this software up and running by Saturday April 24 (the original date of the convention). Delegates keep that date on your calendars. It is imperative that the State Secretary Richard Johnson (email@example.com) have your current email address. As the software gets implemented we will have a trial run to work out any glitches. Prior to the business meeting all delegates will be sent copies of the: Good of the Order, Resolutions, Budget, and current Audit for your considerations. If you have anything that needs to be considered for next years budget, please submit them via email to State Deputy Eugene Dzielak (firstname.lastname@example.org) no later then March 23!, the budget committee will meet on the 24.
As part of the business meeting we will conduct the election of State Officers for the upcoming 2020-21 Columbian year. Listed are the current names of men seeking State Officers positions: State Deputy: Eugene Dzielak, State Secretary: Richard Johnson, State Treasure: Richard DeZao, State Advocate: Michael Panfile PSD, State Warden: Don Ryan. These nominations are not closed. Any member seeking to put his name on the ballad can do so by contacting Executive Secretary: Gerald Safranski PSD (email@example.com ). He will give you the format to follow which will include a short video for nominating purpose.
I have asked Sir Knight, and Life Program Chairman Felix Spitelle to be the State Corona-Virus Information director. His task will be to keep up to date with the latest information from the State, health Department and the Dioceses as regarding to restrictions and guidelines. He will be reporting on a regular basis, keeping the membership appraised of any changes either way.
Addressing the question of Membership and Exemplifications. Our doors are always open. The Order still encourages membership. The change is in the Exemplifications. It is recommended that they be keep very small, an almost one on one situation. The Ceremony should be held in the Councils or an appropriate location and the degree done by video, thus limiting the number of people. Again, any question on this or any other matter do not hesitate in contacting the State Deputy or one of the State Officers.
I conclude that we are in a real crisis unprecedented in our society. This crisis in someway affects all of our lives. The fabric of our society is truly being tested. Right now politicians and even the medical professionals are scratching for answers. Gentlemen, I truly believe that we as Catholics may have the answer. Turn off the TV, reach into our pockets, and pull out our rosary you were given at your Admission degree, kneel down and pray. This is something positive we can do. God will hear us.
Eugene Dzielak SD
We Must Teach Them
Carl A. Anderson
Dear Fraternal Leader,
The Knights of Columbus is carefully monitoring the coronavirus situation and its impact on the
Order. Since the virus is spread by personal contact, containment efforts stress social
distancing by restricting travel, meetings and other gatherings. Accordingly, the Supreme
Council most strongly recommends the following actions to protect brother Knights and others:
• Cancel all personal contact meetings, including business meetings, until further notice.
• Cancel all planned events, where people would gather, until further notice.
• Cancel all travel for Knights of Columbus business until further notice.
There are many ways to continue council operations without face to face contact. Here are
o Conduct meetings by conference call, Skype, Google Groups or other methods.
o Use a webinar service for large meetings like monthly business meetings.
o Allow member votes by email or text to approve bills and candidate admissions.
o Use the email feature of Officers Online for member communications.
o Set up a call tree to contact members and ascertain their wellbeing.
o Conduct degree ceremonies in homes using the combined Exemplification of Charity,
Unity and Fraternity video or the First Degree video.
o Use applications like “Go fund me” to digitally raise funds for causes.
Additional information is available for members and their families on the websites of the
CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL and WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION. Be aware that
the elderly and sick are highly vulnerable to this disease.
This is a moment to deepen our commitment to the very principles which define us: charity,
unity and fraternity. There will likely be many opportunities in coming weeks to live out these
principles in service to our brother Knights, our families and our communities. May this time of
difficulty also be a moment when we as Knights step into the breach and show ourselves to be
disciples of Jesus Christ and men at the service of others.
Carl A. Anderson