Once again we did not have an in-person general meeting this month.
After discussion with Mark Arnold and the intern class chairs, the Board of Directors authorized a reduction in the number of volunteer hours required for the 2020 intern class from 75 to 50 which is the minimum set by TXMG. The interns are writing, doing research and meeting online at present and have a year from the end classes to complete volunteer service.
Lighthouse for Learning is putting together a schedule for October and November. Classes meet on Mondays and Thursdays. Gay Doyle is in charge of scheduling our participation. Please contact her if you are willing to teach.
Joan Brammer is ordering badges for members. If you need a replacement badge, please contact her. There is a fee to replace a badge, but there is none for the initial badge or badges reflecting a service milestone.
Following the May 20th end for Wave 1, A&M released guidelines for Wave 2 of the reopening process. Volunteers, which is our MG category, can meet face to face after June 1st in groups of 10 or less while wearing masks, adhering to social distancing of 6 feet and sanitizing work space and hands. While this does not allow for our general meeting to take place in June, it does allow the Board to meet which we will do on June 2nd at 10 AM. If you have items for the agenda or need to make a presentation please let me know. In order to keep attendance at 10 or less I will schedule times for members other than the Board to attend.
The Waxahachie Farmer’s Market will open on June 6th. The Market will have fewer and more widely spaced booths but does not require masks or provide hand sanitizing stations for the public. Social distancing is only recommended. After communicating with our Board, Mark Arnold and previous ECMGA leaders at the Farmer’s Market it was decided that we cannot meet TX A&M’s guidelines at this venue, particularly being 6 feet away from the public who do not have masks.
The Oak Leaf home of Bob and Pat Cochran has an almost palpable peace about it. The lush lawn, the songs of birds in towering pecan trees, and Bob’s thriving vegetable garden make it hard to believe that one year ago a historic flood ravaged the grounds and house.