Dear Brothers and friends,
The DC Scottish Rite (DCSR) supports the efforts of our local governments to contain the spread of COVID-19 and our first priority is always to protect and support our members, guests and staff. Accordingly, we have made the decision to cancel all DCSR meetings and gatherings within the Temple through October 31, 2020.
In addition to regular meetings, these specific DCSR events are also cancelled or postponed to a later date.
October 3rd: Gala Sesquicentennial Banquet at Library of Congress is postponed to Saturday, May 22, 2021
October 13th: Feast of Tishri is cancelled
November 7th: Fall Reunion will be conducted virtually
November 14th : Sesquicentennial Musical Concert is postponed to Saturday, November 13, 2021
November 24th : Educational Scholarship Awards Evening is still planned for this date
December 15th : The DCSR Sesquicentennial Membership Banquet is still planned for this date
We are taking proactive, precautionary measures which at this time calls for social distancing, staying up to date with DC Health and CDC guidelines, and maintaining the cleanest environment possible. The DCSR offices are now closed to visitors and all meetings. For information about Blue Lodges which meet at DCSR, please contact the respective Lodge Secretary.
With the coronavirus (coronavirus is a general name for a type of virus, the actual name of this specific virus is COVID-19) dominating the news recently, the Grand Lodge has gathered several authoritative resources for you to get the best, most accurate information on the virus, its spread, and prevention techniques. Special thanks to RWB Adam Tager, who works in emergency management for the government, and our Grand Lodge Physician, Dr. Jean Marcelin, Jr., MD for compiling these resources.
They are quick to point out that at this point, there is no cure or vaccine for the virus, so the best prevention method is to avoid exposure to the virus. This is especially critical for the most at-risk groups: children under 5 years old, adults over 65, and those with compromised immune systems or multiple medical issues like diabetes, heart failure, asthma, emphysema, liver disease, etc.
We will continue to update our website and official member communications (like our newsletters) with any new information or recommendations going forward. Until then, here are the most important things to know: