Message from the Potentate:
Nobles and Ladies of Alee Shrine: We have all been watching the news and are aware that the Coronavirus has now been updated to pandemic status. What exactly does that mean? It does NOT mean that the virus is any more potent, it just means that it has become more widespread. The advisement given by authorities is to take measures to reduce exposure in order to slow the spread and to follow universal precautions of cleaning and disinfecting.
Due to these recommendations, we have made the decision to postpone any meetings or temple events that have more than 50 people as directed by the CDC. I am leaving it up to individual presidents on hosting their meetings at this time but ask that you be prudent and follow any new guidelines issued by local, state and federal authorities. The Alee Temple business office will remain open at this time.
Our number one priority is the health and safety of our Nobles and Families. We want everyone to know that your Divan is working diligently to ensure that the business of the temple will be done during this time as we are allowed. We hope that this terrible virus will run its course quickly and that everything will be back to normal in the next few weeks and that we can return to our 2020 Vision with Purpose. In the meantime, we will continue to pray for those that are sick and ask all Shriners to be safe and diligent in your daily lives.
As you have heard many times over the last few days in the media, common steps to take include:
- Regularly clean your hands with soap and water or an alcohol based hand sanitizer. Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds. Wash before, during, and after you eat and after coughing or sneezing.
- Disinfect surface areas of commonly used contact surfaces. Keyboards, desks, phone, mouse, doorknobs, sink and bathroom fixtures, etc.
- Maintain social distance(3 feet).
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
- If you do not feel well, STAY home. If you have a fever, cough or have difficulty breathing, call your physician to get direction on the next steps
- Listen to local news channels to stay abreast of up to date information in our specific areas.
- For now, be courteous and do not shake hands. Provide other courteous gestures of greeting and acknowledgement.
- Avoid areas and events of greater than 50 people
Focus on facts and not myths. The virus is here in the US and Georgia to a small degree and affected areas will likely expand quickly in the next 30 days. Currently there is no treatment or vaccination that is available. We know that we have the best scientists and doctors in the world and that they are working around the clock to ensure our safety and health. For now, we are just in a watch and listen posture on how to best respond.
We are working with our staff at the temple to take additional steps to sanitize and disinfect our buildings so that we can reduce any chance of contamination. We ask the units and clubs also take these precautions. Thank you for all that you do to Make Alee Great.
Buddy Grayson Alee Shrine Potentate 2020
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Shriners are founded on fun and fellowship—we work to live out brotherly love, relief, and truth every day.
We are a fraternity based on fun, fellowship, and the Masonic principles of brotherly love. We come from all walks of life, meet on the level and enjoy sharing things we have in common. We are Masons first, and became Shriners in the brotherhood in search of more internal growth by helping children in need of medical attention that they might not get otherwise, and share this growth with fellow brothers. We get great pleasure in performing our charitable part in every way we are able, and in doing so we have fun and build relationships that last an eternity. Every time a Shriner puts on a costume, dresses in funny clothes, rides in a tiny car, waves from a float in a parade or participates in any fashion that makes a person smile and happy for the moment, it makes us swell up inside with joy. The bottom line is “We Care”.
Shriners Hospitals for Children has a mission to:
- Provide the highest quality care to children with neuromusculoskeletal conditions, burn injuries and other special healthcare needs within a compassionate, family-centered and collaborative care environment.
- Provide for the education of physicians and other healthcare professionals.
- Conduct research to discover new knowledge that improves the quality of care and quality of life of children and families.
This mission is carried out without regard to race, color, creed, sex or sect, disability, national origin, or ability of a patient or family to pay.