A Message from Our District Master
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
I am looking forward to this upcoming year, working with the District Executive Board and attending and supporting lodge functions when our city and State reopen for social gatherings. I was elected Vice District Master at our Pacific Southwest District 15 held February 27, 28 and March 1, 2020 in Cathedral City, CA for the 2020-2021 year. I was looking forward to working with our elected District Master, Inga Francis, the District Executive Board and the district Lodges this year. Our dear District Master, Inga Francis, passed unexpectedly on June 9, 2020. Inga was a lovely lady with a deep commitment to her Swedish heritage, a friend to many and was looking forward to providing leadership and support to our District. My goal is to continue as she would have to offer support to our district and local lodges.
Here it is the middle of July and our lodges, Vasa Park and gatherings are in limbo due to emergency local and State orders. Once the coronavirus pandemic has gotten under control, there will be more options for allowing our lodges to reopen. I believe that I speak for our district when I say that we dearly miss all of the wonderful district and lodge events such as lunches, dinners, meetings, special anniversary events that we have all participated in over the years. There have been so many options for all of us including children, parents, grandparents, families and friends over the years. Never have we seen anything like this with the pandemic.
The good news, though, is that our government has concentrated on working to contain the virus so that our lives can soon carry on as before. We miss the good times and our friends, our lodges, Vasa Park and more. We want society to open up, but we also want it to open up safely. Until that time, I encourage all of you to be mindful of the guidelines to protect yourself from this coronavirus. This includes wearing face masks, practicing social distancing and protecting yourself when you are out and about. Many of you are still working behind the scenes on activities. Some newsletters are still going out. Friends are keeping in touch through email and phone calls. Although events have been cancelled up until now, they will be rescheduled in the future. A few lodges are looking forward to outdoor social events and dinners when the pandemic ends. We miss each other and are ready for the pandemic curve to get under control. Until we meet again.
In Truth and Unity,
Maggie Connelly, District Master
District Lodge Pacific Southwest No. 15