As we rolled into lockdown in March we communicated that the majority of our Ceremonials were postponed from 2020. I've been aware that we have talked with our new member recipients about their future ceremony but not other recipients, hence this long explanation of what is happening in the Lower North Island for 2020 and the first half of 2021.
Ceremonial events cover New Member, Milestone (25, 40, 50, 60 and 70 years of membership) and Fellowship Events. In Wellington due to the numbers we usually run separate events for each and in some years, we have run two New Member Events to manage the numbers.
In the areas of Whanganui, Manawatu and Wairarapa we usually combine them all into a single 'Gala' Event, once a year.
The disruptions of COVID, lockdown and remaining at Alert level 1 have impacted all of our plans for these Events, across the LNI Region. Some communications have gone out to some of these members groups, but I thought it was a good time to do a single communication about how we intend to manage them until the end of June 2021;
New Members – all New Member recipients will be awarded their certificates in a global, digital presentation, likely to be in November 2020. The eligible members are being communicated with individually and planning is progressing well.
Milestones (25, 40, 50, 60 and 70 years of membership);
25-year Milestone members will receive their certificates by mail in the upcoming weeks.
40, 50, 60 and 70-year Milestone members will receive an invitation to have their certificates awarded at a Fellowship or Gala Event, depending on where they are located.
Fellows and Life members will receive an invitation to receive their certificates at a Fellowship or Gala Event, depending on where they are located.
Manawatu will host a Gala Event, which is likely to be held in May 2021. Wellington will have a Combined – Fellows, Life Members and Milestone members Event, which is likely to be held in April 2021.
Once we have made venue bookings a 'Save the Date' will be sent to the eligible members.
Whanganui and Wairarapa will have Gala Events in the second half of 2021.