A Message from the President of Our Civil War Round Table
August 10, 2020
To All Members of the Civil War Round Table of Kansas City:
In consultation with the executive committee and in recognition of the ongoing struggles in our community with regard to the spread of the corona virus, the decision has been made to cancel all further monthly meetings of the Round Table for the remainder of 2020. Only a significant development, such as the introduction of a vaccine, or a remarkable reduction in new virus cases would alter this decision.
In the past several weeks we have seen event after event cancelled in our area. Many organizations have already announced that they have decided to forgo any further events through the end of this year. From the Kansas City Symphony and KC Rep to the American Royal World Series of Barbeque to Worlds of Fun, difficult decisions have been made to stem the tide of the virus.
We reached our decision reluctantly and with heavy hearts. But we recognize that our first obligation is to the safety of our members, many of whom are in the most vulnerable category regarding the effects of the virus. The early theory of the virus “fading" during the hot summer months was proven wrong. There has not been a reduction, but an increase in diagnosed cases in recent weeks. While hope remains for a slowing of the spread due to increased diligence regarding social distancing and the wearing of masks, there is no guarantee that a sufficient reduction will be achieved anytime soon. We simply cannot continue month to month with cancelations, and promises of "better days." Thus, it became apparent that the only prudent action was to cancel through the end of the year.
We do have some good news. We already have a tremendous slate of speakers lined up for next year. We will still work at retaining our membership with an eye on 2021. Membership dues will still be due in November or December. In recognition of the brevity of this year's activities we are announcing a “bonus" for next year. The first dinner meeting in 2021 that you attend will be free of charge. If you return in January (assuming a January meeting) that dinner will be free. If you wait until March, the same free dinner will await you. Since the cost of the dinner is roughly the amount of the annual dues, we are, in essence, returning those dues to you. We hope this will encourage you to rejoin our group, and continue to attend meetings next year.
I need not tell you how painful this letter was to write. But that pain pales in comparison to the heartache we on the executive committee would feel if we conducted a meeting and one of our members contracted the virus as a result. This was the overreaching reason for our decision.
Until we meet again, I pray you will stay safe, stay well, act responsibly, and “keep your powder dry”. Thank you all for your loyalty, your dedication, and your exhibition of keen interest in our nation's history.