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Knights of Columbus, Maryland State Council
Dale W. Trott, State Deputy
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Notification from: Knights of Columbus, Maryland State Council

Brother Knights,

The Supreme Knight does not feel the situation with the Coronavirus Outbreak will end anytime soon. Per our Supreme Knight, the Supreme Office and states should prepare for a long period (3 - 4 months) of limited contact events. The Supreme Council has established a fraternal working group in New Haven who's job it is to review all facets of this situation on a daily basis. The Supreme Office will be operating with a skeletal staff with most of their personnel working from home. In addition to keeping tabs on the daily situation around the country, the fraternal working group will be working on new guidelines for meeting such things as the Circle of Honor and the Star Council Awards. They will be weekly meetings held between the Regional Growth Directors (RGD) and the home office to better assist councils through this period. RGD's will continue their regular calls with state officers and inform them of any updates The Supreme Council will also be sending out updates to everyone via email on a regular basis.

That being said, it is with a very heavy heart that for the first time in all the years I can remember, I have the sad duty of announcing that we will not gather to hold the 122nd Maryland State Convention at the Princess Royale in Ocean City, Maryland this year. In lieu of our normal gathering and meeting at the ocean, the Supreme Knight has directed that all State Conventions shall be "Virtual Conventions" for this year. Supreme will be providing guidelines to the State Deputies as soon as possible. Once received, the State Officers and I will begin preparing for our upcoming "virtual" state convention. Once all details have been finalized, the State Council will issue written guidelines to everyone; most especially, to Grand Knights, Delegates and Alternates pertaining to voting.

Lastly, I have been in contact with the the Convention Committee Chairman and the committee members will begin the process of issuing refunds and, unless otherwise instructed, they will also request that the hotel cancel and refund all room reservation charges.

Fraternally,
Dale W. Trott
State Deputy
Maryland State Council