March 14, 2020
To our Brethren in South Carolina, This “NOTICE” is in response to the Coronavirus COVID-19 in our Grand Jurisdiction.
Until further notice, our Grand Lodge Communication scheduled for April 23rd and 24th 2020 in Myrtle Beach HAS NOT BEEN CANCELLED. Please stay tuned to the Grand Lodge System (Grandview ) Postings, Emails and the Grand Lodge Web-Site for future updates. Please do not cancel any room reservations at this time. You will have plenty of notice if the Annual Communication has to be rescheduled and the Grand Lodge Office will assist in cancelations at that time.
Our Grand Lodge Officers and Committees are looking for future alternatives for our annual communication if such issue should need to be addressed.
We are recommending that you follow all guidelines and mandates issued by the President, Governor of South Carolina, CDC –Atlanta, South Carolina Emergency Management Division, and Local Governments in your particular area.
All Brethren that are considered at-risk, elderly, or are currently ill should refrain from Masonic gatherings.
Until Federal, State, and Local mandates are issued, we recommend the act of “social distancing”, limited contact, proper hand washing, and refraining from shaking hands.
As of this date, any Subordinate Lodge unable to open will not be penalized until established government mandates in your area are discontinued, if your area has been affected. Please report this to our Grand Secretary for recordkeeping purposes.
Please stay in touch with local elderly Brethren, any Brother living alone, or any Brother with chronic health issues. I have included health links below for information.
We are taught the lessons of Brotherly Love, Relief, and Truth. Now is the time and Here is the place for our world to know “Who We Are.” Lady Laura and I are praying for the health and safety of each of you, our state, and our country.
May God continue to Bless our Craft, the state of South Carolina, and the United States of America.
Walter C. Disher II – Grand Master
South Carolina Emergency Management Division