Dear Brothers and Sisters,
I hope this message finds you well and your family safe during these difficult times. As we work our way through the COVID-19 pandemic, the Supreme Lodge once again would like to stress the importance of social distancing, even as our communities begin to reopen. While we are all anxious to return to normalcy, proper precautions and steps will help protect ourselves and loved ones.
2020 National Convention Postponement
Due to the progression of the outbreak, the many associated health risks that the virus poses, and restrictions on social gatherings, the Supreme Lodge in consultation with the convention committee of Toronto have decided to reschedule the this year’s convention until 2022.
Therefore, the next Supreme Convention will be held next year in Cleveland, Ohio in 2021. The Supreme Lodge and Foundation are developing contingency plans which will be provided to each chapter in the coming weeks.
Pan Icarian Brotherhood Community Food Bank Drive
In an effort to help our local communities during this time of crisis the Brotherhood initiated a community food drive challenge, asking chapters to support their local food bank / food pantry by raise funds or collecting food donations. I’m happy to report that already several chapters have participated in this great event and I encourage others to join us in this worthy cause.
Remember, for chapters which raise $500 (or more) towards this effort, the Pan-Icarian Brotherhood’s Foundation will contribute an addition $500!
2020 Scholarships Program
Applications for the 2020 Pan-Icarian Scholarship program are available on our website, and must be submitted by July 1, 2020. This is a valuable program which invests in our youth and I encourage all eligible students who are continuing their education at a university or trade school to apply.
Applications are now submitted electronically and can be found on our website at: https://pan-icarian.com/scholarships. Questions on the application process can be submitted to our Scholarship Chairman George Livanos (scholarships@pan icarian.com).
With the cancelation of many chapter events, membership submissions for the 2020 fiscal year have understandably been low. A strong membership base is the lifeblood of our great organization and the reason why we have been able to accomplish so much together.
I’d like to remind everyone that memberships can be paid through our website at: https://pan icarian.com/membership. Mailed in submissions should be sent to Supreme Treasurer Evangelos Fragos with checks written out to “Pan-Icarian Brotherhood of America”.
I hope that you and your family remain safe during these unprecedented times, but also stay optimistic for the year ahead. Thank you for your support and dedication to the Pan-Icarian Brotherhood.
Damianos T. Skaros
Pan-Icarian Brotherhood of America “Icaros”