An Important Message from the JCYM President
March 18th, 2020
Dear JCYM Members:
As your President, I have been swimming in uncharted waters making the best decisions I could for JCYM. Never would I have imagined that we would be confronted and challenged as a country, a community and an organization by such an insidious pandemic. In a previous message to our Board members, I said: “We are experiencing an awful new “normal” that is negatively affecting our daily way of life.”
In these uncertain times we would never have dreamed we’d be making the kind of decisions we have had to for ourselves and families. Being prudent and responsible for taking care of our loved ones has never been more important. Kicking this virus to the curb by following the recommendations of the CDC and our local health department guidelines (preventative measures including self quarantine when prescribed), has been paramount and driven my decisions for JCYM members.
I know everyone understands why our meetings and events have had to be cancelled in a timely manner. So it is with an abundance of precaution and concern that I am cancelling all our JCYM April and May meetings and events. In addition, I am asking that all JCYM related meetings including the Task Forces and Standing Committees be cancelled. However, this does not preclude text, phone or email communications within these groups. The timelines and completion dates for our Strategic Planning and other Club Committee initiatives will have to be adjusted. Although our Club year ends on May 31st these procedures restricting group meetings over ten and social distancing are likely to remain in place, extending into the 2020-2021 Club year.
Additional Club related directives and information will be sent out to all members on an on-going basis following a meeting of the Executive Officers on March 24th. The focus of this meeting will be determining how to move forward and best meet the challenges before our organization and philanthropies. We will be in communication with the Board of Directors, Task Force Chairs, Philanthropy Liaisons, DOF & CGF Committees. Please feel free to contact me for any clarifications or questions you may have regarding JCYM at this time.
Since we are at a standstill regarding our JCYM organizational work I want to assure everyone that it is understood that Club requirements including hours, etc., probably cannot be met now by everyone. Remaining in “Good Standing” as a JCYM member should not be a concern. However, I am requesting that any meeting or project time sheets, etc., you may have to date be provided to the Executive Secretary.
In closing, remember sometimes in life, a sudden situation, a moment in time, alters your whole life, and forever changes the road ahead. For every challenge encountered, there is an opportunity for growth. It is important that we meet that challenge rather than wish it were not before us. The ultimate measure of each of us is where we stand at times of challenge.