When I addressed you in June I thought for sure we had a 50/50 chance to hold the Annual picnic. The California numbers were in hand and going down, restaurants and business’ were reopening by the day and hope lived eternal. THEN, D614G, the new corona virus strain took over and the numbers all across the sunbelt have soared, everything is closing down again, and quite frankly it is getting downright depressing. For those of you who don’t know, the D614G strain is a mutation of the Italian/European strain that first infected New York and caused the 32,000 deaths there. This new strain has a base pair swap of a G for an A at position 23,486 in the DNA Double Helix. Yada, Yada, Yada….in short, it is less virulent, BUT 6 times more contagious and therefore has led the way to the current spike in numbers and reclosing of Churches, bars, restaurants, and unfortunately continued shutdown of our meeting space and activities. I would like to predict when we can reopen, but my crystal ball is very dusty and I fear the virus still has a few surprises before it is done with us. Also we are in a special category as our attendance numbers are usually over 100.
Temecula Valley Prospectors has experimented with an outdoor masked and distanced meeting, and Southwestern Prospectors and Mining Association has held an outing to their Big Bear claim. My greatest fear is to get too antsy and hold an event that leads to an outbreak or trigger event and have anybody at all get sick after toughing it out for the 5 months that we have endured so far. I have blended bubbles with about a third of our Board of Directors and meet once a week so we can keep contact and plan for the future. Right at the moment our claims are in areas that currently are too hot to visit, but by the third week in October the temperatures will be coming down and the fall season will be upon us. I am in favor of trying an outdoor meeting and organized trip by then, as long as the spike numbers continue to come down. As of this week the numbers seem to be plateauing and the community outbreaks have all been associated with restaurant exposures.
There has been a lot of interest from new people wanting to join during the shutdown, unfortunately, our Bylaws require signing the Liability form and then attending 3 meetings, which can’t be done at this time. It was not anticipated that this hold would have been for most of the year and we would need to change our Bylaws to accomplish this. Stay tuned for new news and contact me for the latest plans as you have been.
For those going on trips to Alaska and or Roaring Camp save up your presentations.
Stay safe, Stay well, and Continue to take care of each other!