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From the President - April 2020

16 Apr 2020 6:23 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

Dear Members,

I write to you on behalf of the Society’s Council, which held a meeting on 17th March. We considered our responsibilities to our members in the current public health crisis with the COVID-19 virus. While the situation is constantly changing, and we will endeavour to keep you up to date, we have made the following unanimous decisions:

  • To suspend all RGSQ activities which involve our members and the public through April and May, effective immediately.
  • This means that our normal scheduled monthly lectures 7 April and 5 May, including the 6 April Expert Climate Forum, are postponed. In lieu of the usual monthly lecture, you may wish to revisit the recorded lecture delivered by former RGSQ President, Professor Jamie Shulmeister, at the USC in June 2017. The lecture topic “Shrinking Glaciers? Cautionary Tales from North America and New Zeeland” is still very relevant and the lecture can be accessed here. .
  • TAAC are currently working on arrangements to postpone and reschedule planned trips. Further information will be sent shortly to event and trip registrants.
  • In order to minimise any risks for our dedicated volunteers, the Library and the Office will be closed for public access through April and May at least.
  • With the exception of a small number of volunteers (1 or 2 at a time) who had considered the risk and were comfortable with coming in to help with Competition scanning (Bernard will contact volunteers at the appropriate time), Council strongly encourages our valued volunteers not to visit RGSQ premises to continue their usual work during the period of closure.
  •  The normal office email - - will be functional and monitored throughout the period, so you can also communicate with us. All issues will be dealt with as best as we can under the circumstances.
  • Wherever possible, we’ll collectively try to keep the wheels of the Society’s business turning as best we can.
  • The situation will be reviewed constantly by Council executive and at its regular monthly Council meeting on 21 April (which will be a virtual meeting held via skype or zoom). We will aim to provide advice to members as things change. Wherever possible, we will attempt to reschedule activities once things return to normal, but due to factors beyond our control – such as speaker availability – some activities may have to be cancelled completely.

We trust you will appreciate the duty of care which Council feels obliged to exercise in the current circumstances, to a membership which largely falls into the highest risk category. It is our desire to limit any risks to you, by ceasing all non-essential activities. We will continue to communicate with you during this period and look forward to getting back to normal as soon as possible. As President, I wish that you all stay well and encourage you to monitor and heed the changing medical and Government advice.

Kind regards,
Dr Iraphne Childs, President RGSQ

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