Australian National Council News BulletinPublish Date: Wed 18th Mar 2020
Dear Brother Secretary,
The Executive Committee of the Australian National Council met earlier this week and discussed both the forthcoming Sydney National Conference and Catenian gatherings generally in the light of the growing impact of COVID-19.
In the light of that meeting, the ANC has decided to defer the Sydney Conference planned for August 2020 until sometime in the second half of 2021. The ANC will be keeping the arrangements for the conference under review and as and when it becomes possible to plan with some certainty will advise of the rescheduled date. It is envisaged that P21 will continue to manage those conference arrangements in Sydney.
With regard to Catenian gatherings generally our overriding consideration is the health and well- being of Catenians, their partners and families, and, as Catenians our responsibility is to act calmly, and consistent with government and health authority advice. The ANC urges Circles to remain abreast of the guidance being offered by the Federal and State governments and medical authorities and to conduct their activities accordingly.
With faith based friendship being the core of our Catenian ethos, the ANC reminds all Brothers to both pray for and keep in touch with their fellow Brothers especially those who may be confined to their homes during this time. Circle Councils may wish to consider alternative gathering arrangements to maintain contact. Circle Secretaries may wish to remind Brothers that they can readily access contact details for any Brother they may wish to make contact with from the Catenian Portal .
John Secker ANC Secretary