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A Message from the High Chief Ranger

Read about changes to the 2020 National Convention, how our members are responding to needs presented by COVID-19, and more.

Since March, Catholic Order of Foresters (COF) has adjusted to the changing conditions in the world. All state conventions moved online and participation in these conventions had never been higher. Many State Chief Rangers mentioned how they were impressed with the strong participation rates during the online conventions. By exploring new territory with online state conventions, we met our goal of continuing the convention process remotely. Beyond state conventions, Feeding God’s Children events and Spirituality Tap-ins also continued online through the spring as part of COF’s long-standing tradition of bringing Catholic values to life.

Looking forward to August, the High Court voted unanimously to move the 2020 National Convention from Cleveland to an online format due to shelter-in-place orders and guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Our Home Office Team is working to transition the meeting to an online format. You may visit the National Convention homepage online which serves as a resource for convention attendees while also providing members a glimpse into Catholic Order of Foresters' governance process. Finally, the online 2020 National Convention will take place on Saturday, August 15.

As you will read in this issue of the magazine, COF members and courts across the country stepped up to help their neighbors in need by answering the call of Matthew 25. Whether they made masks, delivered groceries, or wrote thank-you cards for first responders, COF members reacted in a time when the call to action was loud, urgent, and necessary.

Since 1883, the Society has overcome numerous global crises and challenges that shook prominent global institutions and nations to the core. I know we will come out on the other side as a stronger, more resilient organization that continues to put members first. Together, we will weather this storm by remaining adaptable in the face of change and flexible in our willingness to adapt, all the while maintaining faith that we will endure this time through acts of love and prayer.

St. Francis of Assisi once said, “A single sunbeam is enough to drive away many shadows.” I encourage you to remember these words as we transition to the second half of 2020 and look to the future. Going forward, let us each be sunbeams among shadows.

Dave Huber, FLMI
Chairman of the Board, Catholic Order of Foresters

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