I received a number of comments about the special blast that I sent out earlier this week. They fell into several categories:
1) A number of you correctly pointed out that the Mayor of Wilson county had rescinded his order requiring residents of Wilson County to wear a maskwhen out in public. Please note that my communication was mailed prior to the Mayor's action to rescind a requirement that he was not empowered to make. The Mayor quickly issued a new order "requesting" that residents of the County wear masks in public places.
Because my blast regarding masks was a request, there was no need to change or issue a new email. I have been requesting members to wear masks in almost every communication for the last two months.
2) I received a number of emails and text messages thanking me for taking this issue on. It is a fact that Covid-19 has greatly affected our operations this year. One of the things that grieves me is that so many of the reopening policies simply suggest that those of us over 65 or people under 65 with a history of heath issues should just stay at home.
I asked that all people in our community remember that we all pay our dues and have a right to enjoy the facilities of our club and the services that are offered to members. I requested that everyone in the Harbor Island Community show consideration and accommodate our older members and some of our younger members with health issues by wearing a mask.
Common sense need to prevail. I hope that every one will carry a mask. If you are alone it is not necessary to wear a mask. However if you are in a group, please ask the others around you if they would feel more comfortable if you put your mask on. This is nothing more that showing respect and courtesy to the other members of our community.
Please remember that I pointed out that we will not be policing or fining members for failure to wear their mask.
3) I received one comment from a member criticizing me for delving into politics. The person went on to state that the risks are overblown and that a member with health concerns should simply stay home.
The fact that the virus is spreading rapidly again and the fact that we had two close contact events in one week will allow each of you to draw your own conclusions.
I thanked that member for his honesty and his willingness to share his opinion with me.
I value the contributions of every member of the club. I am continually impressed by how many of our members reach out to help and offer support to other members. I try to live by the "golden rule" and what John Donne wrote in 1624 about community is more true than ever today.
No man is an island,
Entire of itself;
Every man is a piece of the continent,
A part of the main.
If a clod be washed away by the sea,
Europe is the less,
As well as if a promontory were:
As well as if a manor of thy friend's
Or of thine own were.
Any man's death diminishes me,
Because I am involved in mankind.
And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls;
It tolls for thee.