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Today we received a notification from the Council Chairperson Lion Rudolph Augustin of a decision to cancel the Multiple District Convention, which was scheduled for May 13- 17, 2020 in Barbados. In light of this decision, we await information from the Organising Committee regarding the refund of registration fees. The District 60 B Secretariat will advise you once this information becomes available.

Regarding the International Convention, on March 20, 2020 our International President Dr Jung-Yul Choi advised that the Ministry of Health in Singapore has banded large-scale events through to June 30, 2020 in an effort to reduce the transmission of the coronavirus. As a result, the International Convention scheduled for June 26-30, 2020 will not be held in Singapore. LCI will issue full refunds for all registration fees paid.

Lion Dr Choi has also advised that in anticipation of this occurrence for several weeks the International Board has been assessing the feasibility of other host cities. The International Board will make a decision on this issue on or before their April 2020 Board meeting.

The cancellation of the MD Convention means that District 60 B will have to make its own arrangements for our meetings and elections. The Cabinet will be meeting on March 23, 2020 and again online on March 29, 2020 at which time the decisions regarding these meetings will be advised.

With respect to the Regional Leadership Training Institute, the MD GLT is in contact with LCI requesting a postponement of the Institute originally scheduled for May 11-13, 2020 in Barbados. I therefore urge interested parties to ensure that your applications are submitted. Here again we will keep the District informed in future bulletins. We are disappointed with these developments, which are out of our control; but, we must keep moving forward, while keeping at the forefronts of our minds the health and safety of our members.

Let us continue to follow the guidance given by our governments and public health professionals and remain in prayer one for the other as we ‘weather the storm’ of the coronavirus.

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