You can view our previous updates and news at these links below:
- Pittsburgh Shrine Center to Remain Closed Through at Least June 1st -R.W. Grand Master
- March 22nd Update on Syria Temple’s COVID 19 (Coronavirus) Response
- Imperial Potentate Defers to Grand Masters on Temple Activities
- 3/16 Update: Syria Shriners Facility Closures and Event Rescheduling
Syria Noble and Lady Hospitalized due to COVID-19
We learned yesterday morning of the second and third cases of the novel coronavirus to enter into our Syria Shriners family. One of our faithful friends and Brother Nobles, and his Lady, have been admitted to a hospital in Butler County due to illness from COVID-19. Please keep them-- and all of us -- in your prayers, and ask the Great Architect of the Universe to lay his healing hands upon them, that their infections may resolve and they can return to good health soon.
Please do not contact me to ask whether you might have been exposed. First of all, Syria Shriners, its Units, Caravans and Clubs, and all of Freemasonry in Pennsylvania have not been meeting for more than 14 days. If you have shown no symptoms, you are almost certainly not at risk from exposure to these cases. Second, I can tell you with certainty that these folks were not present at our Night at the Races fundraiser of March 14. Third, I am currently receiving a very large volume of emails and phone calls on a daily basis during this uncertain time, and I will not be able to respond to your inquiries in a timely fashion. Finally, if you have had a likely exposure, you would have been notified by now, as public health authorities conduct contact tracing. If you feel ill, contact your primary care physician for advice.
Don't panic. Simply be informed and send your prayers and good thoughts our Brother's way.
At Syria Shriners, we are doing our best to continue keeping you informed as circumstances quickly change and events are canceled or rescheduled, while our Grand Lodge and Shriners International reach decisions and issue statements that affect all of us. While it has never been our intention to flood your inbox with email, we feel an absolute responsibility to maintain the flow of information.
Watch for additional communication, check our website at syriashriners.org, and follow our Facebook page for ongoing information as developments unfold. We'll all get through this together, and if we take proper public health precautions, most of us will not become seriously ill.
Let's continue to pray for one another and support each other through safe social contact (i.e., phone, text, email, FaceTime, Skype, etc.), all the while practicing proper physical distancing to control the spread of the Coronavirus. We must all do our part. Even if you think this situation is overblown, please exercise caution, as many of your friends and neighbors are counting on you not to increase their likelihood of exposure or illness.
We are repeating some information below, in the hope that more people will see it. More people are signing up for our emails, but most who receive them continue not to open them, so we apologize for the repetition, and hope you understand that redundancy is not a bad thing when the information is important. There's plenty of new content, though, so keep reading!
Meanwhile, stay well, and stay home. We look forward to being together again soon.
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In Case You Missed It
On Saturday, March 21, Shriners Hospitals for Children® partnered with Circle and the Grand Ole Opry to produce WSM radio's regular weekly broadcast, featuring Noble Brad Paisley, Vince Gill and Marty Stuart, which was livestreamed on Facebook and Circle. Click the video link to the left to see the show.
Shows continue every Saturday night. Last night, for the 4,917th consecutive Saturday night, again with support from Shriners Hospitals for Children®, the show went on at the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville, with Vince Gill, Amy Grant, and their daughters, Jennie Gill and Corrina Grant Gill, keeping the music playing in Music City, once again without a live audience. Click the link to the left and advance 30 minutes to check out the show.
U.S. Surgeon General Visits Scottish Rite
Last Thursday evening, Dr. Jerome Adams, Surgeon General of the United States, and Ill. Bro. Dr. Oscar Alleyne, 33°, a public health expert working in Washington, D.C. presented a livestream for the Scottish Rite, NMJ, titled "Un-Panic the Pandemic," and Sovereign Grand Commander David Glattly, 33° addressed Scottish Rite Masons on current public health concerns. Click this link to view that content.
Horse Patrol Open Horse Show
The 55th Annual Syria Shriners Horse Patrol Open Horse Show is cancelled! More information available here.
Vidalia Onion Sale Fundraiser
Our VIDALIA ONION SALE fundraiser is still on! The order deadline has been extended to Monday, April 6. We will fulfill orders in May, when we hope to be reopened. Regardless, we will conduct distribution of the onions, dressings, and sauces outside in the pavilion, with all proper precautions for physical distancing, and without anywhere near the number of people you would encounter in a grocery store. This fundraiser is even more important to us in light of the other changes we're experiencing due to public health concerns and stay-at-home orders. Click the link above or the onion cartoon at the right for an order form.
Pittsburgh Shrine Center Closure
The Pittsburgh Shrine Center remains closed until further notice. Please keep our office and facilities staff, and our entire Syria Shriners family in your prayers. We all need to remember each other during this trying period. Call your fellow Shriners, and look after their well-being. Run errands to the grocery or drug store if your situation allows, and theirs does not.
Forward this email to your friends who don't receive it directly, and encourage them to sign up for our email list.
The Potentate's Stag Testimonial Dinner, originally scheduled for March 21, has been rescheduled for Saturday, November 21. Rocky Bleier will join us that day. Hospitality Suite reservations have been shifted to November, and all tickets issued will be honored in November.
The Potentate's Ball, originally scheduled for April 18, has been rescheduled for Saturday, October 24. The same menu, entertainment, and other festivities will be offered in the fall. All reservations have been shifted to the new date.
If you need a refund for either event, contact the Shrine Center office, after we reopen.
Canceled & Postponed Events not yet rescheduled
The Bunny Bash, scheduled for April 4, has been canceled. we will try to schedule another party for our kids sometime this spring.
The Quarterly Meeting,and First Ceremonial, scheduled for April 6, has been postponed to a date to be determined. Shriners International bylaws require Temples to meet at least once a quarter, and we will reschedule when we can safely do so.
The Caravan 14 Seafood Stag, scheduled for April 17, has been postponed. The new date has yet to be determined.
The Swing Time dance, featuring the Syria Stage Band, scheduled for April 24, has been canceled. The dances are scheduled to resume on the third Friday in May, and continue on the third Friday of every month through November.
The Directors Staff Spaghetti Dinner, scheduled for April 26 has been canceled. No further information is available at this time.
Taking care of ourselves and each other
Let's make sure we look out for each other as we navigate our way through the "new normal." While we practice physical distancing, let's be sure no one goes without vital social contact. Reach out to your fellow Nobles, Lodge Brothers, friends, family and neighbors. If your situation allows, run an errand to the grocery store, pharmacy or other essential business for someone who can't, or really shouldn't, be leaving their home right now. And while you're at it, be sure to take proper precautions like those below.
President Trump's Guidelines
You have probably received this postcard outlining President Trump's Coronavirus Guidelines for America. Click on the photo to the left to visit the federal government's Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at coronavirus.gov.
Wash Your Hands!
Dr. Sanjay Gupta demonstrates proper hand washing techniques to safeguard yourself and your loved ones against the spread of the novel Coronavirus. Public health authorities continue to tell us that this is the most effective thing we can do to protect ourselves against the spread of infectious diseases of any variety.. Click the video link to the right to see how it's done!