A letter to NH Scottish Rite Members
March 16, 2020
Members and Officers of the Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry in New Hampshire:
These are extraordinary times. The COVID-19 Coronavirus which you have heard and read so much about, has spread throughout the globe and has been labeled a pandemic. As we watch the numbers of exposures, infections, and deaths grow, we cannot ignore the State of Emergency declared by President Trump and Governor Sununu. No one in New Hampshire is immune.
The gathering of numbers of people in one place can be problematic - even when observing "social distancing". Symptoms can appear days after exposure leading one to think he is healthy when he is not. Many of our fraternity are high risk due to age and general health, making any exposure especially dangerous.
Given these circumstances, I am directing that all Scottish Rite reunions, semi-public or public events, rehearsals for degrees, degrees, stated meetings, committee meetings, dinners or any other Scottish Rite in person gathering in the State of New Hampshire be suspended. These events may be rescheduled to a convenient date following the end of the State of Emergency. At that time, we will re-evaluate the circumstances and resume fraternal meetings when it is safe to do so.
This direction does not mean that we should abandon our Masonic or Scottish Rite obligations to care for our Brothers. Phone calls, electronic communications, social media should all be used to help, aid, and assist those who may be in need, especially those in high risk groups. Social isolation will be difficult for many of us, but please follow all precautions when in contact with others.
My Brothers, I am confident that when this outbreak is controlled, we will stand tall as leaders in our fraternity and our community. Now is the time to demonstrate our care for each other and our communities.
Sincerely and fraternally,
Mark C. Roth
Deputy for New Hampshire